The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

March 29, 2014

Local farmers support Calamus Fire Department

CALAMUS — Clinton County farmers Roger and Pam White have directed a $2,500 donation to the Calamus Fire Department. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the department match FEMA grant funds for the purchase of new equipment, including new air packs.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

“The Calamus Fire Department really relies on the community for support,” Pam White said. “Gear costs so much, and operating expenses are high. We want to help our department so that they can continue to serve the community.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Calamus Fire Department that are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated more than $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the contributions of farmers like the Whites.

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