Daily voting can help Safe Passage win $25,000 grant

Safe Passage Inc. is one of 200 finalists for a sizeable State Farm grant, but needs the communities’ help to advance.

In order to win a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist national program, the domestic and sexual violence shelter and support services for the six-county area needs supporters to go online and vote daily (up to 10 times a day) for the grant.

The nine days of voting starts Aug. 14 and ends Aug. 23. To vote in this campaign, you must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and have a valid email address.

The link is https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2024150. Safe Passage is also sharing this link through social media, including Facebook, Instagram and the website, www.safepassageinc.org.

“You don’t have to spend a dime and it’s just a moment or two of your time, but with the click of a button, you can help save lives,” said Safe Passage community outreach director Mary Mattingly.

The program the nonprofit submitted is for the Rural Mobile Greatest Asset Center. This evidence-based program will expand beyond the shelter to the rural communities, reaching HeadStart, libraries, schools and other organizations with at-risk youth. Depending on the age, Safe Passage presents asset building lessons or healthy relationship curriculum.

There is no cost to the school or organization and the funding would allow a greater presence in all six counties by supporting staff and materials, such as books, crafts and more, plus a vehicle to cover the 1,900 square miles in Ripley, Franklin, Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland and Jefferson counties. Prevention and education are part of the organization’s mission, with the intent to change the cultural mindset toward ending domestic and sexual violence.

“I feel confident the community and supporters will help Safe Passage win this grant. We did in 2017 with another public voting campaign that was also national in scope and that award helped sustain our 111-year-old building,” said Mattingly. “The Rural Mobile Greatest Asset Center eventually creates a safer, healthier community for generations to come. This is actually a win-win for all. Together, we can make such an impact!”

The 40 winners will be announced Sept. 25.

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