SSV Needs Your Vote!

Help bring $25,000 for Veteran assistance to Alabama and beyond 
 
 
 
HUNTSVILLE, ALA (April 4, 2013) – Huntsville answered the call from State Farm® to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhood. Now Still Serving Veterans needs your “assist” by voting them to the top and bringing money to Huntsville and surrounding communities. From April 4 through April 22, anyone who has the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist™ Facebook application can vote for SSV’s “Technology 4 Serving Vets” cause which will bring $25,000 to North Alabama.

The $25,000 would bring “Technology 4 Serving Vets.” Still Serving Veterans has big plans to reach more Veterans and families through virtual means but their in-house technology is holding them back. With your help, Still Serving Veterans would use the money from State Farm to buy 20 new computers for staff and Veteran use in their facilities and would then donate the old laptops to needy Veterans to assist in their job searches.

3,000 submissions were received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhood.  At least one cause was received from every eligible state, district and province in the United States and Canada. Then, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students who are passionate about social responsibility, reviewed the cause submissions and selected the 200 finalists based on criteria they created.

Once the Youth Advisory Board selected the top 200, the program connected each cause with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem. Forty-three states and Canadian provinces have causes in the top 200. 

Still Serving Veterans has until April 22 to rally votes in North Alabama, with anyone voting allowed up to 10 votes per day. On April 29, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced on the Facebook app and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits.

Retired Colonel William Webb, USA, SSV’s President and Co-Founder, said, “It’s the support of the community that makes our service possible and lets our military heroes know their sacrifices for our Nation are recognized. This $25,000 grant will enable us to leverage our success and serve at a higher level for our hero Veterans. Education, stable and fulfilling employment, and access to healthcare services empower our nation’s service members and their families to successfully reintegrate into civilian life and lead enriching lives.”

Vote for Still Serving Veterans’ “Technology 4 Vets” cause by clicking here, or for a complete list of the top 200 causes click here.


 
Questions? Contact:
Sheila Mcferran
256-883-7035
 
Lindsey Bonen
256-883-7035
 
About Still Serving Veterans:
SSV is a Veteran Service Organization headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama that empowers Veterans and their families to optimally transition into meaningful new careers and post-military lives with all the benefits and services that they have earned.  Founded in 2006, SSV has served more than 10,000 Veterans and their families nationally. Since 2007, SSV has secured over $78 million in cumulative additional benefits, services, and salaries for their Veteran clients. In 2012, SSV’s professional counselors conducted 3,499 one-on-one counseling sessions which secured over $7.7 million for their Veteran clients and helped a record 164 Veterans get hired. SSV is also recognized nationally as a center of excellence for Veteran reintegration and optimization of Veteran services. For more information about SSV, please visit www.stillservingveterans.org


About State Farm®:
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 43 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.

 

About the Youth Advisory Board:

The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of 30 students, ages 17-20, from across the United States and Canada who serve a two-year term. Their directive is to implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative to address issues important to youth and communities. The Board is completely autonomous and youth-driven, and funds projects focused on issues selected by the board that impact youth. It consists of a diverse group of full-time students at high schools and universities. Each member commits about 15 hours a month to the Board and participates in three face-to-face meetings per calendar year. The Board will fund the 40 grants awarded through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program with a portion of its $5 million funding in 2013. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmyab.com.

 

Links

Neighborhood Assist: http://www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist

Youth Advisory Board: http://www.statefarmyab.com/

Criteria: https://www.state-assist.com/

Vote for SSV: https://www.state-assist.com/cause/129/technology-4-serving-vets

See Top 200: https://apps.facebook.com/sf_neighbor_assist/