BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) – A local service dog organization received a large grant on Thursday to support their cause.
Paws giving independence received a $ 25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Help. According to a press release, 2,000 submissions were accepted in June at www.neighbourhoodassist.com. The State Farm Review Committee then selected the top 200 finalists, while public voting from across the country determined the Top 40.
Founder Donna Kosner told 25 News that she has a budget of around $ 50,000 per year, which covers the cost of training assistance dogs for children and adults with various special needs, as well. as assistance dogs for schools and other centers. These costs also include vet bills, medications, and equipment like harnesses.
Kosner says she expects this grant from State Farm to cover all of their expenses until 2022.
“With COVID and all that has been very difficult to fundraise… the right care for all of them.
-Donna Kosner, founder of Paws giving independence
A total of 40 communities in 18 states will receive similar assistance from Neighborhood Help State Farm.
“It’s really exciting because we know there are a lot of great programs out here that don’t have the funds to do what they need to do… and they do a great job with these dogs and these dogs. local kids, so it’s very exciting for us. “
-Missy Dundov, Analyst at State Farm Bloomington Link (B’link)
Over the past decade, the State Farm Neighborhood Help has awarded more than $ 10 million to more than 380 causes.