The Renewal Awards by the numbers
Since 2016, The Atlantic and Allstate have been honoring local organizations that are creating positive change in their communities.
Since 2016, The Atlantic and Allstate have helped 20 organizations promote their good work and invest in their communities through The Renewal Awards.
Now in its fourth year, The Renewal Awards will name the next class of all-stars on April 3 at an event in New York City. As we count down to the 2019 winners—five nonprofits that will each win a $20,000 prize from Allstate—here are just a few ways former Renewal Awards winners have used the prize money to serve their communities.
And don’t forget to vote for this year’s finalists!
1—brand new website. AnewAmerica was able to use its award for a much-needed update to anewamerica.org. The Bay Area nonprofit also provided one-on-one coaching to 20 small business owners.
35—pairs of boots for high school sophomores embarking on wilderness expeditions. Summer Search provides summer experiential programs where students learn to apply socio-emotional learning skills, including problem-solving, leadership, self-reflection, empathy, and curiosity. Their prize money also provided 10 domestic flights to embark on these trips.
100—care packages for deployed service members. Soldiers’ Angels provided a “touch of home” to men and women in combat zones. The packages included hygiene products, snacks, and down-time items such as puzzle books, cards, and small games. “So many of these items seem so basic that we take (them) for granted, but when you are in a foreign land without access to such comforts, these items become critical and necessary,” wrote Soldier’s Angels founder Jennifer Cernoch. The organization also supplied 125 hygiene kits for homeless and low-income veterans, and two mobile food distributions that served 200 veterans with up to 50 pounds of nutritious food.
300—Christmas gifts for children under 10 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The Hazleton Integration project also purchased backpacks and school supplies for 100 kids, provided tuition for 55 children in its after-school Scholars program, provided 100 meals for children attending educational programs, and purchased 30 basketballs for the high school athletic programs. The eastern Pennsylvania nonprofit also outfitted 100 kids with cold weather clothing.
600—hours of one-on-one coaching to 30 educators. Profound Gentlemen supports male educators of color who can make an enormous impact on their students. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based nonprofit also supported 30 educators to participate in a community-based retention cohort. These men impact over 900 students across the country.
5,383—dollars spent on supplies for youth in New Orleans. Youth Empowerment Project used their award to fund vital services for underserved kids and teens in the New Orleans area, including educational instruction and after-school activities. YEP also spent another $12,000 on transportation, basic needs, and enrichment activities.
40,000—pounds of sweet potatoes. F.A.R.M.S. donated this produce to over 30 food banks and pantries in Eastern Tennessee. The nonprofit, which serves aging farmers and farmers of color and their communities, also printed educational books for farmers and provided legal assistance on three farm cases.
350,000—dollars awarded to 20 nonprofits to date! Vote for this year’s finalists and to help the next group of winners each put $20,000 to use in their neighborhoods!