April 25, 2011
Cast your ballot: Online votes decide fate of $25,000 in grants

Online voting is now open to determine which local organizations, service groups and community leaders will receive a combined $25,000 in grants.

Raley's Family of Fine Stores and Frito-Lay have partnered to give five $5,000 grants for Raley's Reach, a program that encourages positive changes in communities throughout Northern California and Nevada.

More than 90 ideas were submitted from April 6 to 20 for the program. Online voters can cast their ballots for their favorite idea once per day until May 14, a Raley's news release states.

Ideas range from after school programs for foster children in Sacramento County to providing fence installation for an off-leash dog park in Rocklin. To qualify, the ideas must fit one of three categories - improving the lives of children, creating healthy communities and celebrating the arts, the release states.

As of this morning, Camp Kesem at UC Davis, a summer camp for children affected by cancer, is the top vote getter with 1,033 votes, according to information on the Raley's Reach website.

To view the nominated ideas and vote, go to the

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