Special Kids has been selected as a finalist in the State Farm Youth Advisory Board Cause An Effect program and has a chance to win $25,000. Over 3,000 applications were submitted to the board that narrowed the list to 100 finalists. The winners will be chosen by the community via voting on Facebook. The top 40 organizations will each be awarded $25,000 to apply towards their cause.
Voting is going on right now and will end Thursday, May 17. Any Facebook user can vote up to 10 times per day. To support Special Kids with your vote, visit the State Farm Facebook page and click on the “Cause An Effect” tab.
If Special Kids is chosen as a winner, the organization will use the funds for Camp Ability, a summer day camp for children with special needs ages 6-25. The camp is offered eight weeks during the summer and engages children with special needs in a variety of activities. Camp Ability provides children with special needs an opportunity to be physically active, gain self-confidence, social skills and independence while bonding with others who share in their same challenges. “Within our community, there are very few activities available for children with special needs,” said Jan Parker, Director of Foundational Investments. “Many of these children have to sit on the sidelines and watch their peers and siblings participate in activities. Camp Ability allows them to have those same experiences.”
The grant would allow Special Kids to expand Camp Ability by offering new program initiatives, such as life skills and additional Camp Ability days throughout the year.
Krista Hawkins, Agency Training Specialist at State Farm Headquarters, also serves on the Board of Directors at Special Kids and is eager for the opportunity for her employer and volunteer organization to work together. “I am so honored and excited for the chance that my company, State Farm, could make such an incredible impact on Special Kids. This organization does so much for children and families in need of various therapies,” said Hawkins. “I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Special Kids and work for an amazing company like State Farm!”
The Cause An Effect program is a State Farm crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative which lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook.
Cause An Effect empowers consumers to identify problems in their community, connects local nonprofits to problems they can help solve and provides an opportunity for communities to receive funding to help solve the problems. The program has been inspired by the incredible number of neighborhoods that are coming together to solve a problem or improve their community.
Special Kids is a Christian, nonprofit organization located in Murfreesboro, TN, that provides therapeutic rehabilitation and professional nursing services to children with special needs. Since 1998, Special Kids has served over 2,200 families from 11 counties in middle Tennessee. For more information on Special Kids, please visit specialkidstn.com or call 615.893.4892.