Farmer’s donation benefits Kelly VFD

Staff report

May 29, 2014

KELLY – Local farmer Cindy Robinson has directed a $2,500 donation to the Kelly Volunteer Fire Department, a donatoin that is being funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The donation will help the KVFD purchase tools and protective equipment, along with outfitting for its new station.

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

“They endanger their lives to save others when needed,” said Robinson, speaking of the impact the fire department has had on the community.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Kelly Volunteer Fire Department, 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 Robinson.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, visit