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Monday, September 10, 2012

Your 30 votes could mean $50,000 for DC SCORES through Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good contest

One of our favorite days of the year has finally arrived -- the start of the DC SCORES fall season.

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.

Thanks to a Soccer for Success Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Sub-Grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, DC SCORES -- in partnership with the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and KIPP DC -- is serving, by far, the most youth we ever have.

To continue to do so, we need your support -- especially during 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 now we have 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:

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).

After you, our supporters, put on a voting clinic to win us a brand-new Toyota Sienna as part of the 100 Cars for Good competition on May 14, we know just how powerful you can be as a team. We hate to ask you again for a similar yet longer commitment, but $50,000 could make a HUGE difference for us. We are looking for 200 people to commit to voting every day. That, we believe, will at the very least get us one of the five $20,000 rewards for second through sixth place.

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.


For people who believe in a well-rounded childhood, DC SCORES is the quality, team-based approach providing youth with the arts, athletics, and academics that will engage, enrich, and improve their lives. DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for over 1,450 low-income DC youth at 42 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness, and a sense of community. DC SCORES accomplishes this in an innovative model combining poetry and spoken word, soccer, and service-learning year-round. We have worked with over 7,000 students since our founding in 1994 and we aim to serve EVERY child in the District deserving of a team who does not have one. DC SCORES is an affiliate of America SCORES, with organizations in 14 cities. Visit www.DCSCORES.org to learn more.

About Tom’s of Maine
Tom’s of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care. TOMs sells high-quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, bar soap, and body wash products. TOMs products are Kosher and Halal certified. The company has a long-standing commitment to supporting people, communities and the living  planet. For over 40 years, Tom’s of Maine has sponsored hundreds of non-profit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to the community and encouraging employees to use 5% (12 days) of employee time to volunteer. Tom’s of Maine employees regularly contribute suggestions for improving the company’s high sustainability standards. And their ideas, from wind power to ways to improve recycled and recyclable packaging options, are critical to the company’s sensitive way of doing business. Tom’s of Maine enjoys partnering with its consumers, vendors and community organizations to support lasting, positive change  good for people and the planet. Visit us online at http://www. tomsofmaine.com/  or at http://www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine.

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