Assistance Dog Organization Peoria Calls on Community to Help They Win $ 25,000 in Grants

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Paws Giving Independence, a local service dog training organization, is asking the community to vote for their business to win a $ 25,000 grant from State Farm.

The State Farm Neighborhood Assist program selected PGI as one of 200 national organizations competing for the award. The top 40 companies with the most votes will receive the grant.

PGI is a Peoria-based company dedicated to rescuing and training dogs to help facilities and people with disabilities in central Illinois. Donna Kosner, co-founder of PGI, said they provide a completely free service, covering all expenses while the dogs are training.

Kosner said fundraising became more difficult after fundraisers for COVID-19 were canceled, and this grant would cover an entire year of vet bills and bring in more dogs.

“People still have a disability and we don’t have a product that you can stop forming,” Kosner said. “Our dogs have been in training for two years… we can’t just stop training because then, for two years, we wouldn’t have dogs for the beneficiaries who need them. “

Voting begins on August 18 and ends on August 27, and the winners will be announced on September 29.

You can vote here on the State Farm Neighborhood Assists website.

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