Thousands of voters across the nation voted in Tom’s of Maine’s “50 States for Good” program with just the click of a mouse. Genoa Central Parent Teacher Organization was one of the schools who will benefit from the program winning $20,000. 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.

Winner of $20,000

• Genoa Central Parent Teacher Organization (Genoa, AR): The Genoa Central PTO will use funding from Tom’s of Maine to support their community build project, Project Playground. It will include the renovation of two 30-year-old play areas with new equipment for students to increase their physical fitness and play, regardless of ability level or special needs.

A month-long online vote starting in September determined the six winning organizations. Tom's of Maine is a longtime supporter of community volunteer 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% of its profits back to the community and encourages employees to use 5% (12 days) of employee time to volunteer every year.

Special thanks to KKYR's midday on-air personality Kendra for helping push this on her show and promoting it on her facebook. And congratulations Genoa, Arkansas!

See the complete winners list.

(source:huffingtonpost.com)