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Safe Passage needs help to win grant

Safe Passage, Inc. is one of 200 finalists for a sizeable State Farm grant, but needs the communities’ help to advance.

In order to win a $25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist national program, the domestic and sexual violence shelter and support services for the six county area needs supporters to go online and vote daily (up to 10 times a day) for the grant. The voting is nine days, and starts on Aug. 14 and ends Aug. 23.

“You don’t have to spend a dime and it’s just a moment or two of your time, but with the click of a button you can help save lives,” said Mary Mattingly, Community Outreach Director for Safe Passage.

The program the nonprofit submitted is for the Rural Mobile Greatest Asset Center. Evidence-based, this program is to expand beyond the shelter to the rural communities, reaching HeadStart, libraries, schools and other organizations with at-risk youth.

Depending on the age, Safe Passage presents asset building lessons or healthy relationship curriculum. There is no cost to the school or organization and the funding would allow a greater presence in all six counties by supporting staff and materials, such as books, crafts and more, plus a vehicle to cover the 1900 square miles in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Switzerland, Ripley and Jefferson Counties.

Prevention and education is part of the organization’s mission, with the intent to change the cultural mindset toward ending domestic and sexual violence.

The link is: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2024150.

Vote daily and up to 10 times a day. Safe Passage is also sharing this link through social media, including Facebook, Instagram and the website, www.safepassageinc.org.

“I feel confident the community and supporters will help Safe Passage win this grant. We did in 2017 with another public voting campaign that was also national in scope and that award helped sustain our 111 year old building,” said Mattingly. “The Mobile Greatest Asset Center eventually creates a safer, healthier community for generations to come. This is actually a win-win for all. Together, we can make such an impact!”

To vote in this campaign, you must be 18 years old, a US citizen and have a valid email address to vote. The 40 winners will be announced Sept. 2.

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