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Vote for local after-school program DC SCORES to win $50,000
Vote for local after-school program DC SCORES to win $50,000

Across the District this afternoon, over 1,400 kids representing 42 schools will don bright new uniforms; be handed crisp new poetry notebooks; and take to the soccer field, many of them for the very first time, as the DC SCORES fall season kicks off.

Thanks to a Soccer for Success Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Sub-Grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, nonprofit after-school program DC SCORES -- in partnership with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and KIPP DC -- is serving, by far, the most youth in its 18-year history.

To continue to do so, however, it needs DC's support over the next 30 days.

DC SCORES has been selected as the only finalist from the District of Columbia in the Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” program, and has a chance to win up to $50,000 -- the equivalent or providing full programming for a year to two schools. Anyone with a free Facebook account can vote once per day from Sept. 10 through Oct. 9. Simply:

1. Visit the Tom’s of Maine Facebook page

2. Choose "District of Columbia" from the dropdown menu and vote for DC SCORES

3. Come back the next day

4. Make it easier on yourself by signing up for a daily email reminder (note: follow this link; then choose "Help DC SCORES win $50,000" as the list you want to sign up for).

The “50 States for Good” program seeks to uncover local nonprofit groups that address urgent community needs and engage volunteers to get the work done.

Nonprofits from each state were selected by an independent panel of judges, featuring actor and environmentalist Ian Somerhalder; Laura Burge of the social action network Care2.com; philanthropic leader and Huffington Post columnist Lisa M. Dietlin; and Sam Davidson, president of Cool People Care. The public vote will determine six winning organizations to share $150,000 in funding. The organization with the most public support will receive $50,000 in sponsorship funding, while five additional organizations will each receive $20,000.

“We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on our ‘50 States for Good’ finalists and their meaningful work,” said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine. “We can’t wait to see the lasting impact of healthy, human and environmental goodness that will come from funding our winning organizations’ projects.”

Tom’s of Maine is a longtime supporter of community involvement programs including clean waterways and greater access to affordable dental care, among many other programs. In addition, since its inception, the company has donated 10 percent of its profits back to the community.