Groton, South Dakota is a small, tight-knit community of around 1,500 people. It’s the kind of place where you see someone you know every time you step outside.
The Groton Fire Department is also small, with only approximately 30 volunteer firefighters. And while the department is mighty, it found itself in desperate need of new equipment.
When local farmer Della Abeln heard of America’s Farmers Grow Communities through an email she received, she knew exactly where she’d direct the $2,500.
"There are so many organizations that are desperate for funds not only to sustain but to grow at all."Della Abeln, Nominating Farmer
Making Safety a Priority
Safety technology is ever-changing. People are always working to improve it, which is great when it comes to saving lives. But many small communities simply don’t have the resources to keep up with the latest and greatest.
With Abeln’s nomination, the Groton Fire Department was awarded $2,500 to go toward replacing outdated and old equipment as well as stay current with more modern safety equipment and technology. The department purchased a new computer system for the firefighters and chief to enhance their training and reporting of fires. They also purchased new protective gear to help keep their volunteers as safe as possible while fighting dangerous fires.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Since 2010, Grow Communities (sponsored by the Bayer Fund) has donated more than $33 million to farming communities across the U.S. The donations are meant to encourage people to grow with farmers to better the lives of everyone in the community.
The Groton Fire Department is just one example of a nonprofit that has benefited from the kindness of a local farmer. Farmers have helped schools get virtual reality technology to help students learn about the heart. Funds have gone toward food pantries to help feed those who need it most. The possibilities are truly endless.
American farmers — nominate a local nonprofit organization that you care about today for the chance for a $2,500 donation. Change the lives of your neighbors, now and for years to come.