BUNKIE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Bunkie's John Guillory Field and city park win grant in State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist Competition.
State Farm has announced that Bunkie is one of 40 communities in the nation that has won a $25,000 Neighborhood Assist grant from State Farm. This particular grant program is unique, because the 40 recipients are determined by popular vote on Facebook.
State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program allows individuals to submit a cause or need in their community, once a year (March), that they are passionate about, and for which they believe they can rally support. The ‘cause’ of giving John Guillory Field and grounds a facelift was submitted by Amy Sonnier of Bunkie.
Submission of community needs this year ran from March 3 – 23. The number of causes or needs submitted was capped at 4,000. That list was then paired down in April by State Farm’s Youth Advisory Board (a mixture of thirty senior high and college students) to 200 community needs that fit into the categories of safety, education, or community development.
Then, from April 28 – May 16, Facebook voting began, and nearly 3 million votes were cast. The refurbishing of John Guillory Field and grounds came in 12th place in the national voting. Park restoration work will be done by the city of Bunkie in coordination with Avoyelles American Little League.
Bunkie State Farm agent, Kyle Wolff, said, “The great support we received for improvements at John Guillory Field and the park speaks so highly of the closeness of this community, and the important role the park has had here for so many years. I congratulate Amy for stepping up and getting attention to this community need, and thank all of the people who supported us by their votes.”
For a complete list of the top 40 causes or for more information about the Neighborhood Assist program visitwww.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist.