WARNER ROBINS -- Four local organizations are competing with thousands of others nationwide in an attempt to secure grant money.
The Chase Community Giving Program, in its fifth year, will give away $5 million to organizations in the U.S.
Businesses were selected by Chase employees and customers. Thursday through Sept. 19, Facebook users will vote for their favorite charities. This will select the 196 businesses who will receive the prize money.
The charity with the most votes will receive $250,000. Then, $100,000 will go to 10 runners-up, $50,000 will go to the next 35; $20,000 to the next 50, and $10,000 to the next 100.
Go to facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving for more information about voting.
The local organizations are:
Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins
The Museum of Aviation has more than 90 displayed aircraft. It sits on 51 acres and is the second largest museum in the U.S. Air Force. Admission is free, and the museum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information about the museum, visit www.museumofaviation.org.
Central Georgia Volleyball Association, Warner Robins
The Central Georgia Volleyball Association is a nonprofit Junior National volleyball club that belongs to the USA Volleyball Association, according to its website, cgva.clubspaces.com. The association provides opportunities for children ages 10-18 to compete in regional and national tournaments. Its 2010-11 season had six teams with 60 volleyball players for its 12 and under tournament teams. Tryouts are in November.
Joanna McAfee Childhood Cancer Foundation, Warner Robins
This organization is staffed primarily by volunteers and was started by Jeff and Misty McAfee of Warner Robins as a way to memorialize Joanna Rae McAfee, their daughter, who died of a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer. The mission is to raise awareness, provide support and fund research for childhood cancer.
Our operating expenses are extremely low, which means that more than 90 cents of every dollar has directly served our mission, said co-founder Jeff McAfee.
The money would be used to help its three missions: awareness, support and research.
Blue Heron Lake Nature Conservancy Inc., Fort Valley
According to its website, the conservancy is a nonprofit corporation that is a wildlife sanctuary and a place of healing. It also focuses on environmental education. Located off of U.S. 341, there is a 10-acre lake and wetlands in the preserve. There is limited public access.