Banks Fire, Adelante Mujeres in the running for $25k grant
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.
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