State Farm has been an important LISC supporter for nearly two decades, providing us with more than $132 million in flexible resources to advance our comprehensive community development efforts, including economic development, workforce development, health, and affordable housing programs.
State Farm's current $4 million grant impacts 11 cities, with a focus on economic opportunity and financial stability. In each city, State Farm's funding enables LISC to implement community development efforts that leverage local opportunities. For this reason, State Farm's grant touches nearly all of LISC's programs. In the Twin Cities, for instance, LISC provides technical and financial assistance to Juxtaposition Arts, a North Minneapolis youth art program with a strong apprenticeship program that currently has around 75 paid youth apprentices in graphic design, textiles, environmental design, and public arts. These students are not only learning important job skills, but they are also earning an income from their art and revitalizing the area with a gallery and a retail store that sells designs by the apprentices.
Or take LISC's work in New York City around green, healthy housing. State Farm's grant supports Two Shades of Green (TSG), which helps affordable housing owners implement green, healthy and cost-effective measures to both improve the environment and preserve the affordability of their buildings through energy cost-savings. TSG has integrated such measures into 1,100 affordable housing units.
In select LISC markets, State Farm resources help seed business growth and improve safety—both vital for attracting economic activity. Further, State Farm is also a champion of LISC's Financial Opportunity Center model, and its grant impacts 48 FOCs nationwide. In 2018, State Farm broadened that reach and provided the first commitment in support of LISC’s expansion to Atlanta, which will start with the establishment of the first LISC-supported Financial Opportunity Center in the city.
State Farm's grant strengthens multiple LISC programs and so do its employees. State Farm employees provide essential human capital that further advances LISC's work. For example, in Houston, State Farm agents participate in "National Night Out" events, which promote community safety and cohesion. Five State Farm representatives also serve on our local office advisory committees to offer programmatic and strategic guidance.
"Our multifaceted relationship with LISC helps us give back to the communities where we live and work," said Ed Woods, Director – Human Resources, State Farm. "Aligning with our Neighborhood of Good® platform, State Farm employees and agents are turning caring into doing as they work side-by-side with LISC to build safer and stronger neighborhoods."
Please see this press release about our partnership and State Farm's most recent grant.
State Farm supports auto and home safety programs; disaster preparedness and recovery programs; and education, economic empowerment and community development projects, programs and services that help people realize their dreams.