Murfreesboro – The Child Advocacy Center is excited to announce that we were one of the Top 40 winners in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant!” said Development Coordinator Katie Enzor. “We are so grateful to our community partners and supporters for voting for us in the contest.”
State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. In the last 10 years, State Farm Neighborhood Assist has helped hundreds of causes build stronger neighborhoods together.
“State Farm has a rich history of being an outstanding community partner to local non-profit agencies,” said Child Advocacy Center director Sharon De Boer. "State Farm agents have generously volunteered their time and served on the Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors, event committees, and sponsored fundraising events.”
The Child Advocacy Center works as a multidisciplinary team with the Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office to respond to child abuse cases, investigate the crime, aggressively prosecute offenders, help children heal, and help families rebuild their shattered lives. During the pandemic child abuse cases have increased 16%. “The State Farm Neighborhood Assist funding helps us meet the growing need,” said Development Coordinator Katie Enzor.
The State Farm funding will be used to provide crisis intervention and case management services in English and Spanish to child abuse victims, child sexual abuse victims, drug endangered children and their non-offending parents, grandparents, and family members
“The Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors and staff want to express our sincere appreciation to State Farm for this contribution,” concluded De Boer. “State Farm is making a difference in the lives of children and families!"
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From State Farm
In just 10 days in August, more than 125,000 people cast more than 3 Million votes in support of their favorite causes. As a result, 40 communities, in 18 states, including the Child Advocacy Center in Murfreesboro, will be getting an assist from State Farm®. State Farm is proud to announce the Top 40 vote-getting causes that have won $25,000 grants to improve their communities.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist® is a crowd-sourced philanthropic grant program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. Non-profits affiliated with each of the top 40 causes receive grants to address them.
The Child Advocacy Center will use the money to help respond to the increased number of child abuse cases. Child abuse reporting has increased 24% in the first 6 months of fiscal year 2021. Working as a multi-disciplinary team with the Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office, the CAC interviews child victims, provides crisis counseling to their non-offending families, helps children heal from the trauma, and helps families rebuild their shattered lives.
“State Farm recognizes the good neighbor spirit in the organizations that will be implementing these community improvement projects,” said Rasheed Merritt, Assistant Vice President at State Farm. “We are proud to support their efforts.”
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Two thousand cause submissions were accepted in June at www.neighborhoodassist.com. The State Farm Review Committee selected the Top 200 finalists and public voting determined the Top 40. In the ten years of the program, more than 380 causes have received a total of $10 million to enact change in their communities.
For a complete list of this year’s top 40 causes, please visit: www.neighborhoodassist.com.