Close to 3,000 votes were generated from The Brazil Times' recent online and in-office polls.
For close to two months, The Times has asked readers online and in print, "In your opinion, which non-profit organizations need the most help with funds?"
Readers had more than 30 organizations to choose from. The Times conducted two separate online polls for its "Pay It Forward" initiative, which drew approximately 2,500 responses.
In addition, The Times ran several house advertisements in the daily newspaper, which drew hundreds more.
The top 12 non-profit agencies selected by readers from the online polls and print advertisements will be spotlighted monthly as a result of the initiative.
Readers will be informed of the remaining 11 agencies' functions and will also learn how donations or volunteering may be made.
Area advertisers will sponsor the "Pay It Forward" pages. Half the money generated by advertisement sales for the month will be donated to the organization that is spotlighted.
The United Way of the Wabash Valley was spotlighted in January and 12 more agencies will be spotlighted this year. The remaining agencies scheduled to be featured include:
* February -- Local Food Pantries,
* March -- Clay County Humane Society,
* April -- Clay County 4-H,
* May -- Kidz Klozet,
* June -- Local Fire Departments,
* July -- Serving On The Streets,
* August -- Tri Kappa Alpha Omega Chapter,
* September -- Clay County Sheriff's Department/K-9 Fund,
* October -- Clay County Search and Rescue,
* November -- Area 7 Agency for Aging and Disabled, and
* December -- Benevolence Ministries and Brazil Rotary.
Advertising spots are still available for the remainder of the year.
For further information regarding the initiative, call Lynne Llewellyn at 446-2216.