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The fire district wants to buy more AEDs. Adelante Mujeres is trying to expand its Chicas program.

Two western Washington County organizations are among those vying for a $25,000 prize through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist competition.

Both are, on their face, worthy causes. The Banks Fire District is hoping to get the grant for a community program to install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools, businesses and other public places throughout the largely rural Banks Fire District. Adelante Mujeres, a Forest Grove-based nonprofit, is trying to expand Chicas youth development, putting the grant toward a "Journey to College" program to mentor the Latina college students it serves.

Only four causes from Oregon qualified, with the other two being a Salvation Army program in Gresham and a Boys & Girls Club initiative in Corvallis.

Out of 200 projects nationwide, 40 will end up winning a grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist.

The winners will be determined through a public online vote. Up to 10 votes per person can be cast per day.

Voting started Wednesday, Aug. 14, and runs through Friday, Aug. 23.

For more information or to cast your vote, visit the Banks Fire District's entry and Adelante Mujeres' entry on the State Farm Neighborhood Assist website.


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