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Vote to help Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is one of the finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program.

Below is a full press release on the recognition and how you can vote to help them earn $25,000 by voting here.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain has been selected as a finalist in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program. Communities across the United States answered the call from State Farm® to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhoods. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain needs your help by voting for us to bring money to our local community. Now through August 25, anyone with a valid email address can vote by clicking here to help bring a $25,000 grant to each of the top 40 vote-getters.

Two thousand submissions were received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. At least one cause was received from every state. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 finalists.

If awarded, the $25,000 grant would assist Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain in delivering high quality, evidence-based academic success programs to 3,500 Club members, ages 6-18, in Pitt, Beaufort, Lenoir, Greene, Martin, Craven, and Carteret Counties. Clubs provide educational programs that promote achievement and on-time graduation through expanded learning opportunities. In addition to Academic Success Programming, middle and high school members will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workforce readiness programming, because youth who have some employment experience while in high school are less likely to drop out than those who do not work during high school.  During the 2015-16 academic year, four of the seven counties the Clubs serve saw increases in high school dropout rates, proof of the need for programs that work to increase the high school graduation rate for at-risk youth.

The 200 causes have until August 25 to rally votes and anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day. On Good Neighbor Day, September 28, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at www.neighborhoodassist.com and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.

"Neighborhood Assist is another example of State Farm successfully turning caring into doing in communities all across the U.S." said Michal Brower, State Farm spokesperson. "The communities themselves play an important role in inspiring people to rally and vote for these important causes." Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain strives to improve the lives and welfare of youth in our community, and we can further that mission by rallying together and encouraging others to join us in support by voting.

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The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. There are five Clubs located throughout Pitt County, two in Beaufort County, one in Lenoir County, two in Martin County, one in Greene County, three in Carteret County, and three in Craven County serving approximately 2,000 members daily. Club programs focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and citizenship with an over-arching goal of building strong children and communities. For more information, visit the Clubs online at www.bgccp.com or call (252) 355-2345.


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