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State Farm national contest would give $25,000 to local nonprofit organization

A local nonprofit organization is vying for national grants — and it needs the community's help.

The Gresham Salvation Army made it through a stringent process to be named a finalist for a $25,000 grant through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program. Of the 200 causes, if the Gresham Salvation Army secures enough votes to finish in the top-40, it will receive the grant.

The voting opened on Wednesday, Aug. 14, and will continue through Friday, Aug. 23 — so there is still time to cast your support for the East Multnomah County group. People can vote 10 times per day, and the Gresham Salvation Army anticipates needing roughly one million votes to secure the grant money.

The Salvation Army provides support to impoverished families in East Multnomah County — with a focus on East Portland and Rockwood. The grant would support its New Mercies Ministries Initiative, which offers life skills classes. Some of the topics include parenting, budgeting, resume preparation, career counseling, marriage and family enrichment, house cleaning, and cooking healthy meals on a tight budget.

The grant would double the Gresham Salvation Army's capacity in the classes.

To cast your vote, visit www.neighborhoodassist.com.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, Aug. 25.


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