The Houston Volunteer Fire Department and La Crescent Volunteer Fire Department will now be able to better serve the community, thanks to the support of local farmer Brian Olson and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
Houston County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Olson the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations.
Olson selected the Houston and La Crescent volunteer fire departments. Houston will use the donation to purchase lights and sirens for one of its fire trucks.
La Crescent will use the donation to purchase personal protective gear, including structural firefighting boots, helmets and flashlights for the firefighters.
“I chose the two fire departments because they’re both all-volunteer and they’re always in need of support,” Olson said. “I wanted to keep the money local and the fire departments are two very deserving local organizations.”
This year the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to strengthen rural America.