March 10, 2020
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15 nonprofits named 2020 Renewal Awards finalists

Five winners each will receive $40,000 from The Atlantic and Allstate.

The Atlantic and Allstate have announced the fifteen finalists for the 2020 Renewal Awards. These nonprofit organizations from across the country are driving positive change in their communities.

Now in its fifth year, The Renewal Awards is a project of The Atlantic and Allstate, created to honor the local organizations making a difference and creatively solving problems in their communities. The finalists were selected out of a record 13,000 nominations.

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This year’s finalists represent twelve states and Washington, D.C. Among their services, they empower artists in Native communities in South Dakota; assist farmers with emergency services in south Florida; and provide influential opportunities for high-achieving, low-income students to serve on Capitol Hill.

Five winners from this group—one designated as an Allstate Youth Empowerment Award winner—will each receive a grant of $40,000 from The Atlantic and Allstate to further their work.

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Without further ado, her are the 2020 finalists (in alphabetical order):

Alice’s Kids (Mount Vernon, Virginia): Provides anonymous short-term financial assistance to children with immediate needs, all over the country, who have been referred by a teacher, social worker, or counselor.

Choose 180* (Burien, Washington): Engages youth in critical moments, like when facing jail time or school expulsion, and empowers them to make positive life changes.

College to Congress (Washington, D.C.): Levels the playing field and fosters bipartisanship for congressional interns, providing both financial support and mentorship across the aisle.

Creative Reaction Lab (St. Louis): Educates and engages Black and Latinx youth to apply a health, racial equity, and design lens to community challenges to impact life expectancy.

Custom Collaborative (New York): Equips women from low-income and immigrant communities for careers in the sustainable women’s apparel industry.

Facing Homelessness (The BLOCK Project) (Seattle): Integrates 125-square-foot detached dwellings in residential backyards to reduce homelessness.

Families & Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children* (New Orleans): Invests in community-based alternatives to the juvenile justice system, to end the cycle of violence against Black youth and reform the education and juvenile justice systems.

Farmworker’s Self Help Inc. (Dade City, Florida): Supports approximately 15,000 area farmworkers by offering emergency services, facilitating self-development and teaching leadership skills.

First Peoples Fund (Rapid City, South Dakota): Recognizes the power of art and culture to bring about positive change in Native communities, and aims to change the perception of artists by recognizing them as economic engines and catalysts of social change.

Hello Neighbor (Pittsburgh): Supports recently resettled refugees with mentorship, educational training and community events.

Huntsville Community Drumline (Huntsville, Alabama): Provides free music education, after-school programs, instruments, equipment, and transportation to kids, using drums as a tool to help them grow into contributing members of society.

Magpies & Peacocks (Houston): Disrupts the cycle of waste in the fashion industry through the collection and sustainable reuse of post-consumer clothing, scrap textiles, and accessories.

More than Words (Waltham, Massachusetts): Empowers youth in foster care, court-involved, homeless, or out of school by helping to run a bookstore.

Refresh Collective* (Cleveland and Cincinnati): Lifts up communities by giving youth the opportunity to create their own music and apparel designs.

Youth Rebuilding NOLA (New Orleans): Engages youth in the betterment of their community by fixing up blighted and abandoned homes that are then sold to teachers for less than the appraised home value.

* Allstate Youth Empowerment Award Finalist

Read the official Renewal Awards rules here.

This story has been updated to reflect that the winners will no longer be announced at The Renewal Summit in Chicago.

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