The Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois, a 501c3, is excited to be a finalist for a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant to connect Fairmont City for internet access availability.
Though sitting just 20 minutes east of St. Louis, the Village of Fairmont City has limited internet access. The only free WiFi in the village is at the local library’s hotspot. The town of nearly three thousand is 80% Hispanic with 40% living at or below the poverty level. In this critical time, internet access can seem as important as food and water especially to the school age children. Without internet, Fairmont City residents are more challenged than ever to access social services (especially those related to COVID 19), seek employment, receive critical news, and even attend school. And while online classes may be difficult for many families, it is challenging for households that do not have internet and rely on their phone data plans for connectivity.
This important grant had more than 2,000 applicants and we are in the top 200!
40 – $25,000 grants nationwide will be awarded and the selection is by online popular vote. Voting opens September 23.
We are trying to get the word out to as many people as possible who care about their brothers/sisters in the St. Louis area, so that they can vote for the Fairmont City grant.
From Sept. 23rd. at 12:01 am ET through Oct. 2nd. At 11:59 pm ET, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote 10 times per day for the cause at:
Many of the Village’s children that are bilingual and academically talented do not have access to outside opportunities due to limited connectivity. This is exactly what members of the Latino Roundtable work tirelessly to change. Honoring the residents of Fairmont City with this valuable grant would serve two important purposes:
- Providing the kind of connectivity needed in today’s world.
- Showing the Village that they are important, valued, and not forgotten.
The Latino Roundtable of Southwest Illinois is a non-profit organization whose mission is to work together in developing and expanding available resources to improve delivery of social services to the Latino community through networking, advocating and providing services.
This cause has until Oct. 2 at 11:59pm ET to rally votes, and anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day.
On November 4, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at www.neighborhoodassist.com and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.