Meaningful Employment Project Needs Your Vote to Win a $25,000 State Farm Grant

Common Threads Family Resource Center in McFarland, Wisconsin, USA is a wonderful organization meeting the complex needs of individuals on the autism spectrum and other significant challenges. I  work for and have been connected with Common Threads for many years and am so happy to let you know we have been selected as one of the 200 finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® program! Our submission, along with the other finalists, are live on Facebook and anyone who gets the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook application can log on and vote for our cause. I am asking you to please vote for our MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT project, but first, let me tell you a bit about this venture.

Common Threads has developed the beginnings of a transition program for the teens we currently serve. The next step in our dream is to get a licensed commercial kitchen installed so the students in the cooking/catering class might go on to the next level. Karl, one of our employees, runs a small catering business in his after work hours. He is also part of our cooking class team. Karl submitted the paper work to State Farm Neighborhood Assist contest. We were just notified that our project is one of the 200 finalist projects! From this pool of 200, just 40 causes will ultimately be funded with $25,000.

This is where you all come in. The 40 causes to be funded will be determined by popular vote. MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT, our project, will use the grant money, should we win, to set up our licensed commercial kitchen. Since opening it’s doors in 2006 Common Threads Family Resource Center has always been part of the solution, filling the gaps in our community when it comes to services and programming for children, teens and adults with autism and other significant mental health issues. Please join with Common Threads to be part of the solution for youth needing MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT.  Not only can we rally together around this effort, but we can also encouraging others to join us in support by voting. Feel free to forward this on to friends, family, and neighbors! All voting is through Face Book. Thank you!

To support Common Threads and vote,

  1. Visit the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app by clicking here https://www.state-assist.com/cause/1501729/meaningful-employment
  1. Then click on the “Vote” button to show your support for our project MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT. Please click the box to indicate you want to use all 10 of your daily votes.
  1. Please vote EVERY DAY. The voting phase is open from May 14 – June 3 and any Remember to check the use all 10 VOTES button each day 

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REFERENCES

Common Threads Family Resources Center, located minutes from Madison, WI, offers school and mental health programs geared toward individuals affected by autism, behavioral disorders, and mental health challenges. Our experienced and talented team of professionals creates a daily environment of acceptance and growth where students and clients flourish. http://www.commonthreadsmadison.org

State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook. The initiative utilizes the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to vet submissions for causes and allows Facebook users who download the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist application to vote for the final 40 grant winners. The program has been inspired by the incredible number of neighborhoods that are coming together to solve a problem or improve their community. https://apps.facebook.com/sf_neighbor_assist/