The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $2,000 to Watertown Fire Department to replace a damaged hose.
Lee Broderius of AgStar presented Watertown Fire Chief Wade Stock with the check on Monday, Nov. 26, at the fire station. The mission of this program is to support rural areas in AgStar’s service area by funding emergency response equipment for volunteer fire, rescue or ambulance departments.
Rural volunteer emergency response departments in AgStar’s 69 county service area are eligible to apply for a grant up to $2,500 if it has not received a grant in the last two years.
“Rural communities are being asked to do more with less, even when it comes to emergency services,” said John Monson, Chair of AgStar’s Fund Board of Trustees. “Many of the grant requests we received were for fundamental equipment and supplies. We see deserving volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance departments struggling; that’s why we at AgStar felt compelled to do more.”
Receiving the largest number of requests since the program’s inception, AgStar awarded 94 communities grants totaling $127,835 this year. In total, AgStar has awarded nearly $567,274 to fire departments, ambulance teams and rescue squads in Minnesota and Wisconsin.