Vote for the Maytag Dependable Leader Award to Support Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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I’m participating in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Maytag. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating and helping to spread the word about this special project.

Want to help kids with the click of your mouse? Maytag wants YOU to help select the best candidate for the 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Award – an award to recognize someone committed to making a difference in the lives of youth – through America’s Vote competition.

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The Dependable Leader Awards recognize Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of youth, and are dependable and exceptional role models.  America’s Vote is an extension of the Dependable Leader Awards, inviting people across the U.S. to select the final Maytag Dependable Leader Award winner in 2013 by voting online.

Now through November 29th, visit to learn about all five finalists and the exemplary work they do in their respective communities. And to help make a difference, you get to VOTE once a day for the nominee YOU find to best represent a Maytag Dependable Leader!

The finalists are:

Albert Hernandez – Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena
Ethan Harris – Boys & Girls Club of Bryant
Nate Ford – Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco
Ricky Gallon – Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
Steve Hixson – Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland

The winner will join 24 of this year’s other Dependable Leaders across the country and receive a $20,000 financial grant to help his Club continue to improve its impact in its community. The Maytag Dependable Leader Award gives back to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s professionals and volunteers who continuously give their days to help better the world of youth with whom they work. America’s Vote is an extension of the Awards, inviting Americans to select the final Maytag Dependable Leader Award winner in 2013 by voting online at

Vote for Your Favorite State Farm Neighborhood Assist Programs

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I’m so happy to have been asked to help spread the word about a fantastic initiative, the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program. Each year, State Farm generously donates to nonprofits across the United States and Canada. State Farm Neighborhood Assist lets you help decide where the money should go.

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How It works:

First, Facebook users submit causes that they think deserve a $25,000 grant. Next, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board narrows down the submissions to the top 200 and pairs them with nonprofit organizations that can help make them happen. Finally, Facebook users vote to select the top 40. Each winning cause will receive a $25,000 grant, for a total of $1 million!

I grew up in Detroit and have experienced first hand how much of a need there is for community assistance programs like this one and how they can make a difference in the lives of neighborhoods, kids and families. Now, being a pet blogger and mom to rescue pup Daisy, I’ve also come to be more aware of all the causes supporting animal rights and protection. No matter what type of cause is most important to you, I think it’s so cool that State Farm has started this program and that they are asking all of us to get involved and help choose the grant winners who will receive these much needed funds!

How You Can Help:

Find and vote for your favorite State Farm Neighborhood Assist programs and encourage your friends to do the same. You can vote 10 times per day for any combination of worthy causes and you’ll find categories including Animals, Youth Job Training, Literacy, Community Beautification and lots more.

Here’s a PAW-tastic example of one of the winners from last year’s program. Paws Place Dog Rescue received a $25,000 grant from State Farm and used it to help purchase a much needed new van to transport their shelter dogs that needed to find new homes! Check out the video:

Visit the State Farm Neighborhood Assist website to learn more about the program. You’ve got til April 22nd to help support causes near you and/or that are near and dear to your heart. I’m headed over to vote for my personal favorites today and hope you’ll take a moment to do the same!

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of State Farm and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.