Help Youth On Their Own Win $25,000—Vote Now!

State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Announces Top 200 Causes That Need Your Votes

Tucson, AZ (October 26, 2016) – Communities across the United States answered the call from State Farm® to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhoods. Now, Youth On Their Own needs your help by voting for them to bring funds to Tucson! From Oct. 26 through Nov.4, anyone with a valid email address can vote for their favorite cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com to help bring $25,000 each to the top 40 vote-getters.

Youth On Their Own is one of only 2 organizations from Tucson and 8 organizations from Arizona that made it to the top 200. Youth On Their Own, or “YOTO”, is a 31-year-old dropout prevention agency that supports homeless teenagers so that they may graduate from high school. With more than 5,600 homeless students identified in Pima County, this is a cause that all Tucsonans should care about. Over the years, over 17,000 youth have been impacted by YOTO, being provided with meaningful guidance and assistance to stay enrolled in school to their graduation. A $25,000 grant would allow YOTO to provide financial assistance and mentoring to 178 additional homeless students in the community.

YOTO’s application was just 1 of 2,000 submissions received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a group of 30 students who are passionate about social responsibility, reviewed the submissions and selected the top 200 finalists based on criteria they created.

The 200 causes have until Nov. 4 to rally votes and anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day. On Nov. 30, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at www.neighborhoodassist.comand a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits.

“Neighborhood Assist is another example of State Farm helping life go right in communities all across the U.S.“ said Kellie Clapper, State Farm Assistant Vice President. “The communities themselves play an important role in inspiring people to rally and vote for these important causes.”

For a complete list of the top 200 causes or to vote for a cause, go to www.neighborhoodassist.com.

Media Contacts:
Youth On Their Own: Kristyn Conner, Director of Development, 520-545-0598
State Farm: Naomi Johnson, State Farm Media Relations, 631-786-0619

About Youth On Their Own
Youth On Their Own is a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless, unaccompanied youth in Pima County. Since 1986, the agency has helped over 16,000 homeless and at-risk teens to stay in school by providing financial assistance, basic human needs, and guidance. More information on the organization’s achievements, success stories, services provided, and key leadership can be found at http://yoto.org.

About State Farm®
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home and individual life insurance in the United States. Its 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve more than 83 million policies and accounts – nearly 81 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 35 on the 2016 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.

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