Ready for Life, Inc., Pinellas County, Florida wins $25,000State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant


Largo, FL (June 7, 2022) - In just 10 days this spring, 88,000 people cast more than 2 million votes in support of their favorite causes. As a result, 100 communities, in 34 states, including Ready for Life, will receive an assist from State Farm®. State Farm is proud to announce the Top 100 vote-getting causes that have won $25,000 grants to improve their communities.


A Check Presentation Celebration was held at the Ready for Life Skill Center in Largo on Tuesday, June 21, with Community Leaders, State Farm Agents, RFL Board and Staff. Representative Chris Latvala and District Aide Katie Blaxberg came to congratulate RFL, along with State Farm Agents Craig Duncan, Joanne Dauphin, and Doug Bishop.


“Ready for Life is thrilled to receive State Farm Neighborhood Assist, and we are grateful to our community for voting and for caring about young people aging out of foster care,” said Kathy Mize, CEO at Ready for Life. “Our tag line is ‘Changing Lives Beyond Foster Care’ and this State Farm Neighborhood Assist will certainly Change Lives.”


Ready for Life supports former foster care youth in crisis stabilization, lifeline & support services, and life skills through programs such as emergency food and supplies; housing assistance; health navigation and mental, physical, and dental wellness; tutoring and job coaching; financial literacy; and an incredibly impactful mentoring program. To learn more about RFL at www.readyforlifepinellas.org or contact us at info@readyforlifepinellas.org


“State Farm is happy to celebrate its 100th anniversary by providing these 100 causes with grant money to help them address the needs in their communities,” said Rasheed Merritt, Assistant Vice President at State Farm. “We look forward to seeing the impact these $25,000 grants will have.”


Four thousand cause submissions were accepted in February at www.neighborhoodassist.com. The State Farm Review Committee selected the Top 200 finalists and public voting determined the Top 100. In the eleven years of the program, nearly 500 causes have received a total of $12.5 million to enact change in their communities.


For a complete list of this year’s 100 winners, please visit: www.neighborhoodassist.com.


About Ready for Life:

Ready for Life (RFL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support, resources and guidance former foster care youth need to successfully transition to adulthood. At RFL’s Skill Center, young people aging out of the foster care system (ages 15 to 25) participate in comprehensive, solution-based programs. RFL offers immediate crisis aid; physical, dental, and mental wellness support; a plan for housing, education, and employment; a lifeline through a mentor; all with the goal of preparing former foster care youth to be Ready for Life. For more information, visit readyforlifepinellas.org.


About State Farm®:

For 100 years, the mission of State Farm has been, and continues to be, to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its more than 19,400 agents and approximately 53,400 employees serve over 87 million policies and accounts – which includes auto, fire, life, health, commercial policies, and financial services accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats, and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 39 on the 2021 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.