Stratford FD receives donation

STRATFORD – Local farmer Dale Westrum has directed a $2,500 donation to Stratford Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the group purchase confined-space rescue equipment, including ropes, harnesses and rescue tools. 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.

“We are very excited and pleased to receive this donation,” said Jim Berglund, EMT director at the fire and rescue. “It will help us with the financial aspect of running a volunteer fire department, as we rely on a tight budget and need to update our equipment. We appreciate all this support and are very thankful for it.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like Stratford Volunteer Fire and Rescue, who 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 over $13 million to more than 5,200 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 important contributions of farmers like Westrum.

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