Farm Safety 4 Just Kids received $100,000 from Nationwide Insurance, presented by Gary A. Douglas, president and COO of Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company.
The donation is the first major gift to help fund the organization’s $10 million national endowment for the Children’s Safety Campaign.
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (www.fs4jk.org) works to increase public awareness and understanding of the hazards to children in rural communities, provides people with resources to make farms and ranches safer, and motivates them to work for change in safety and health issues.
The organization sponsors presentations, workshops and community training. Chapters present school programs, promotional campaigns, family seminars and day camps to teach about safety and health. Farm Safety 4 Just Kids collaborates with government agencies and private organizations concerned with the health and safety of children in all environments.
Since 1987, the organization has grown to a network of 137 chapters and 6,200 grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada.
According to a news release [http://www.marshfieldclinic.org/patients/?page=newsreleases&id=4311] by the Marshfield Clinic, the rate of childhood injury on farms and ranches has declined by nearly 60 percent since 1998, an encouraging sign that research and public awareness efforts are making an impact in one of the nation’s most hazardous industries.
“We appreciate this generous gift from Nationwide in support of our endowment campaign to help continue to educate rural families about safety and agricultural risk,” said Marilyn Adams, founder and national spokesperson for Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.
“Each year, hundreds of children die and thousands are injured on the farms and ranches where they live, work and play. This contribution will make a meaningful difference in helping protect rural children and continuing the good work of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.”
“Nationwide and Farm Safety 4 Just Kids have partnered for more than 20 years, primarily through our funding of their chapter development program. When Marilyn approached us with the endowment concept to fund this great organization long-term, Nationwide wanted to be a part of that effort as well,” Douglas said. “The caring people at Farm Safety 4 Just Kids reach out to the same people Nationwide Agribusiness serves. We knew we needed to be part of this effort to raise $10 million.”