Back in early July, we introduced a new Liberty Mutual initiative: Like My Community™. Liberty Mutual agents in three different cities – Milwaukee, Dallas-Fort Worth and Baltimore – nominated worthwhile organizations on dedicated Facebook pages, giving the top 3 vote-getters in each city the chance to win $30,000 each. Most agents had a personal connection to their organizations, which included free clinics providing medical care to the uninsured, caring havens for at-risk kids and city beautification projects (among many other worthwhile institutions). Visit the individual pages for Milwaukee, Dallas-Fort Worth and Baltimore to see the inspiring stories of each organization.
The voting has been tallied, and Liberty Mutual has announced the winners from each of the cities – as well as a few unexpected bonuses. Here are the results:
Baltimore residents cast more than 54,000 votes for their favorite organizations, with the following three local causes winning $30,000 each:
Harford Family House: The funds will provide housing, case management and support services to a homeless family of four for nearly an entire year (350 nights).
Maryland SPCA: With $30,000, the Maryland SPCA is planning to expand its spay/neuter services to address the number one cause of animal homelessness – pet overpopulation. The SPCA will also target the most difficult to adopt pet populations, cats and pit bulls.
Youth Dreamers: The Youth Dreamers will use the $30,000 to fund operating costs of the Dream House – Baltimore's only youth-run center. These costs include program supplies and snacks, utilities, stipends for young people to work and portions of the salaries for the small adult staff.
Liberty Mutual also awarded the four runners-up with an unexpected $2,500 each to support improvements and renovations within their organizations. The runners-up include Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Family Tree, Health Care for the Homeless, and Maryland Food Bank.
Dallas-Fort Worth residents cast more than 47,000 votes on Facebook. The three top finalists – each a recipient of $30,000 – included:
Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers: Plans to use the funds to enroll additional cancer patients in one of its targeted gene-based research trials.
Miracle League of Frisco: Will use the funds as the foundation of its Miracle Village Capital Development Project, which will expand the number of sports opportunities (like basketball and baseball) available to the North Texas community of children with special needs.
The Samaritan: Plans to use the winning funds to purchase a van to transport people experiencing homelessness to and from the shelter to their jobs.
And just as in Baltimore, Liberty Mutual also awarded $2,500 to each of the four runners-up: Big Thought, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind and Family Resource Center of North Texas.
Milwaukee residents cast more than 33,000 votes on Facebook, winning $30,000 each for:
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: The hospital will use the $30,000 award to fund Playroom of Hope, a space for entertainment and solace to be used by toddlers and school-aged siblings of hospitalized children.
Milwaukee Rescue Mission: The $30,000 will help provide a homeless family with food, shelter and programming support for nearly one year.
Washington County Humane Society: The winning funds will be applied toward emergency medical services for at least 30 neglected and abandoned animals.
Additionally, Liberty Mutual awarded the four runners-up with $2,500 each to support improvements and renovations. These organizations include Albrecht Free Clinic, Ozaukee Interurban Trail Advisory Council, Prevention & Protection of Abused Children, Inc. (PPAC) and the West Bend Baseball Association.