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Local nonprofit Active Minds is competing with 24 charities from around the country for a shot at winning a $1 million grant from the American Giving Awards, presented by Chase.

Active Minds was founded by Potomac native and 1999 Winston Churchill High School graduate Alison Malmon, after losing her brother, 95 Churchill graduate Brian Malmon, to suicide. In less than ten years, the organization has grown on more than 350 college and university campuses nationwide.

Active Minds is the young adult voice in mental health advocacy. By supporting a rapidly growing network of hundreds of student-led chapters at colleges and universities, Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.

Twenty-five past Chase Community Giving grant recipients — five charities in five different categories — were chosen to participate in the American Giving Awards. Participants are being asked to vote for the charity they feel is making the biggest difference in their community. Voting will run from Nov. 27 at midnight until Dec. 4 at 11:59 p.m. The charities receiving the most votes in each of five categories will receive grants of up to $1 million.

You can help Active Minds receive up to $1 million by simply visiting the Chase Community Giving Facebook page, then casting your vote. For more information, contact info@activeminds.org or visit www.ActiveMinds.org.