The Well at Sunnyside has been chosen out of 2,000 applicants to win $25,000 among the top 40 other causes who were also voted as winners.
According to State Farm NEIGHBORHOOD ASSIST and local Shane McMahon State Farm Office Manager Jessica Hall, the process began with 2,000 applicants before it was lowered to 200 by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Those 200 applicants were then opened up to a public vote. During this process, people could vote 10 times per day, per valid email address for the organization they wanted to win the money.
“It feels wonderful to do this for them,” Hall said during the check presentation on Friday afternoon. “They do so much for this community and it feels good to be able to work for a company (like State Farm) that is able to help them out. When it went out to public voting I was able to tell Chiquita that we made it and we could start voting. It was up to the public and our community. For being such a small community, this is absolutely wonderful to see this support.”
In the application, The Well said that the money will go toward continued support of their Kids’ Cafe Summer Lunch program and many other programs at the well. They wrote that they hope to expand and improve the program by purchasing or leasing a bus to provide transportation. This will allow The Well to provide transportation to existing meal sites and take meals to kids in the community. This will also allow them to accommodate more children.
“I am trying not to cry, because it is much needed,” Chiquita Nash, free store director at The Well, said. “We have so much that we need for Kids’ Cafe and other programs here. (Pointing to lights) As you can see we have lights that need replaced and a lot of stuff done. We are truly blessed. Thank you to everyone who voted, and everyone who even tried to vote. It really speaks volumes of our community.”
Hall presented the check for $25,000 to Nash on Friday among community leaders, fellow employees and The Well volunteers. For more information, call The Well at 740-333-5088.
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