Thousands of voters across the nation recently voted in Tom's of Maine's "50 States for Good" program with just the click of a mouse. From a pool of 51 finalists, public voting determined the six winning nonprofits that will share $150,000 in funding to support grassroots projects dedicated to healthy, human and environmental goodness. From serving the homeless and renovating play areas to building sustainable summit trails and providing alternative energy education, all winning organizations demonstrate the heart and determination of community nonprofit organizations to inspire lasting change in their communities.
Tom's of Maine, a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care, encouraged all qualifying nonprofit organizations to apply for the program. Applications were then narrowed down to 20 finalists by a panel of judges based on the number of volunteers mobilized by the project, and number of people positively impacted. A month-long online vote starting in September determined the six winning organizations.
Among those winners was the Glacier Institute in Kalispell, MT. The Big Creek Outdoor Education Center, located off the power grid in the beautiful Flathead National Forest, hosts thousands of elementary school children annually. Funding from Tom's of Maine will allow Glacier Institute to install solar panels, a wind turbine and a battery back-up system at its educational site as well as create a new curriculum to educate all course attendees as part of its "Alternative Energy Surrounds Us!" program.
For more information on the other winners, please click here.
Hiking in Glacier National Park