Good Samaritan in running in online voting competition, ministry hopes to win $250,000

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Good Samaritan Ministries is in the running for up to $250,000 to be awarded by the charitable arm of the Chase credit card company in an online race for votes that begins Thursday and runs through Sept. 19.

The Chase Community Giving competition will include more than 6,000 community based nonprofit service programs from across the United States that have been nominated by Chase card users to participate in the online race for votes. Votes can be cast at the www.chasegiving.org website and at the Chase Community Giving Facebook page.

Joycelyn Lacey, director of church and community relations for Good Samaritan, said the ministry is encouraging everyone who would like to help the ministry to visit the Chase Giving website, where every vote cast during the 14-day competition will provide two votes for the charity of the voter’s choice.

While votes cast at the Chase Community Giving Facebook page will count as only vote, Lacey said Facebook voters can rack up additional votes for any charity they choose by posting the Chase Community Giving link on their Facebook page and by inviting their Facebook friends access the link on their wall.

Each voter will be allowed to earn up to nine votes for the charity of their choice. Each of the top 197 vote-winning charities will receive a share of a total of $2.5 million in cash prizes to be awarded by Chase in increments ranging from $10,000 to $250,000.

While the cash prizes may be used in any way the winning charities choose, Good Samaritan Executive Director Sarah Wells said the ministry will use any winnings it receives to provide assistance to local residents in need.

With federal funding for emergency assistance with housing, utilities and food awarded annually to community-based service nationwide on hold until at least October, Wells said individual needs have become more urgent, particularly among the elderly and those facing medical emergencies.

Wells said corporate contributions like those being offered in the Chase competition and in a similar online competition sponsored by the Walmart Foundation that brought a $10,000 prize to Good Samaritan earlier this year, also provide a helpful means for service agencies to broaden their base of support.

Lacey said the Chase competition and any prize Good Samaritan receives will help maximize the ministry’s potential to help. “Helping is as easy as a click of your mouse,” she said.

Anyone in need of more information about how to participate in the voting may call Lacey at 928-1958 for assistance.

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