'CCFSC needs your vote' director says

The Coffee County Family Services Center has the chance to receive a $25,000 grant to benefit school children in need.

“But we need your vote,” said CCFSC Executive Director Judy Crowley.

Crowley said that CCFSC is one of two organizations in the state of Alabama eligible for the national grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program.

Between Aug. 14 and 23 those 18 years old and older with a valid email address can vote for Coffee County Family Services via www.neighborhoodassist.com.

People are allowed up to 10 votes per day, Crowley said.

On Sept. 25, the top 40 vote-receiving organizations will be announced at www.neighborhoodassist.com and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.

Almost 2,600 of Coffee County’s 10,000 school-age children live in poverty with 1,200 of those in extreme poverty and more than 350 are reported to be homeless, Crowley said.

“Stats like these set our youth up for failure,” said Lee Milliner, an Enterprise State Farm agent working to bring in votes. “Through this program, the entire community can rally around these children and support programs that will have a lasting impression on them.”

Winning the $25,000 grant will allow the Coffee County Family Services Center and its many local partner agencies to identify approximately 250 children who are most at risk of school failure due to lack of resources.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 finalists from 2,000 submissions.

Coffee County Family Services Center is a non-profit located in Enterprise committed to aiding families with needs and issues in an effort to promote family stability.

Family Services Center offers a wide variety of services such as parenting classes for young adults, teenagers, fathers, the Parent Project and other parenting classes. They also offer health programs and comprehensive resource referrals.

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