GREEN RIDGE, Mo. (April 5, 2012) – Community support is vital to volunteer fire departments in rural America. Most small communities such as Green Ridge do not receive enough funding for fire protection services but still experience the same emergencies found in a big city. Green Ridge Volunteer Fire Department will now be able to better serve the residents in its fire district thanks to a local farmer and America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM.
Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. John Ficken was the winning farmer in Pettis County. He recognized the need to support his local fire department and directed the donation to Green Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.
The organization will use the $2,500 to improve radio communication in the fire district. The fire department plans to help the city install a radio repeater on the city water tower. The repeater will improve radio communications in the southwest part of Pettis County for emergency medical services, fire, police, sheriff’s department and highway patrol. Any additional funds will be used to buy more handheld radios.
“I would like to thank the Monsanto Fund for this opportunity,” said Allan Rohrbach. “The project will improve public safety for the residents of southwest Pettis County.”
In a ceremony held on April 2 at the Green Ridge Fire Station, Ficken got the chance to present Green Ridge Volunteer Fire Department with the $2,500 donation.
Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities:
• Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations.
• The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone.
• More than $177,500 in total has been donated to nonprofits in Missouri.
• A list of all winners and more information can be found at www.growcommunities.com.
Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Pettis County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Ficken make every day to our society.
About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.