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Community can help nonprofits win grant with online voting

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The Humana Communities Benefit is a program funded by the Humana Foundation that awards grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in the Chicago, San Antonio and Tampa Bay areas. Winners of this $350,000 grant use it to create new programs or improve on existing ones to make a positive impact on the community and the organization as a whole.

This time around the program has created a way to give the community a chance to vote for the organization they feel most deserves the grant. This community vote can be done online at the Humana Foundation site starting on Monday August 11 and will close on Friday August 22, 2014. These results will count for 20 percent of the organization’s total score during the final scoring which will take place later on this month.

The three finalists in the San Antonio area are The San Antonio Food Bank, ChildSafe and Morningside Ministries. Here’s a rundown on what each organization does for the community.

The San Antonio Food Bank
Their mission is to help fight hunger in Southwest Texas by providing food and grocery products to various agencies in the area. The organization is funded by the generosity of local businesses, churches, foundations, corporations, government, civic groups and caring individuals. Everyone including children, employed adults and the homeless in every ethnic group benefit from their services at any given day.

ChildSafe is a Child Advocacy Center that provides services to children who have been abused, neglected or sexually abused. This organization provides a safe child-friendly environment so that law enforcement, Child Protective Services and mental health professionals can work together to help those in need.

Morningside Ministries
The ministry was founded in 1961 by the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church with the sole purpose of serving the senior community. These communities work together to meet the individual, physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs of residents and families alike.

Online public vote to help nonprofits win grant

Voting opens on Monday August 11 and is open until Friday August 22, 2014

Source: Matt Coppola