The National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis Section (NCJW) has been selected as the only finalist from Missouri in the Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” program and now has a chance to win up to $50,000 in support of a community project that will provide children in need with the tools to return to school on the first day and stay in school all year long.
Through a public vote at www.Facebook.com/TomsofMaine now through Oct. 9, local residents can help bring the funding to St. Louis with the simple click of a mouse.
The “50 States for Good” program seeks to uncover local nonprofit groups that address urgent community needs and engage volunteers to get the work done.
NCJW’s Back-to-School Store entails bringing together over 500 community volunteers to help children select new clothing and school supplies before the first day of school and continue to provide new clothing items to children throughout the school year.
Non-profits from each state were selected by an independent panel of judges, featuring actor and environmentalist Ian Somerhalder, Laura Burge of the social action network Care2.com, philanthropic leader and Huffington Post columnist Lisa M. Dietlin and Sam Davidson, president of Cool People Care.
The public vote will determine six winning organizations to share $150,000 in funding. The organization with the most public support will receive $50,000 in sponsorship funding, while five additional organizations will each receive $20,000.
Tom’s of Maine is a longtime supporter of community involvement programs including clean waterways and greater access to affordable dental care, among many other programs. In addition, since its inception, the company has donated 10 percent of its profits back to the community.
To vote for NCJW, log on to your Facebook page, go to the www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine and vote for NCJW and the Back-to-School Store.
*Information was provided by Marissa Rosen of the NCJW.