The flagship branch of the Friendship Circle organization was informed Wednesay it won $25,000 from an online contest sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.
The West Bloomfield, Michigan-based organization is one of the 100 winning organizations in Round 1 of the Chase Community Giving program.
Trailblazers in the field of assistance for children with special needs, the Lubavitch charity was voted in by Facebook users.
“We would like to thank everyone for helping out and making this Kiddsh Hashem,” Rabbi Levi Shemtov, co-founder of the suburban-Detroit group turned national network, told COLlive.com.
Shemtov said he hopes the win will also raise awareness for families with ‘special children’ and the teenagers who volunteer to befriend them.
COLlive.com readers were encouraged to vote for the organization.
Asked about the future – round 2 of the contest – Shemtov said they are developing a plan that will involve local chapters across the U.S.
In round 2, beginning January 15, 2010, Facebook users will have the opportunity to cast up to 5 votes for the charities of their choice, but only one vote per charity.
The eligible organization receiving the most votes and meeting program requirements will earn a $1 million grant from Chase. Five additional charities will each receive a $100,000 grant towards their cause.