Eric Albright of C.P. Townsend Farms in Dagsboro recently donated $2,500 to the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company. The money was provided through the Monsanto Fund. In more than 1,200 counties nationwide, farmers can win $2,500 from Monsanto for their favorite community non-profit. Albright picked the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company because his wife is a member and because of his many friends in the department.
The DVFC has been working on raising funds for their new building, which will be located near the railroad tracks across from Southern States in Dagsboro.
“I know how hard she’s worked, as well as everyone else,” he said of the fundraising efforts.
Shane Furbush, DVFC fire chief, expressed gratitude for the gift and said it would help with the new building.
“The purpose of the fund is to highlight the role farmers play and how important agriculture is to the economy,” said William B. “Billy” Simmons IV of Monsanto.
He explained that all three counties in Delaware participated, as well as 14 counties in Maryland, and Albright was the lone applicant from Sussex County. He said about $75,000 was designated for the Mid-Atlantic area and, in total, about $3 million was given away in 1,200 counties in 38 states.
The program, called America’s Farmers Grow Communities, is “part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day by helping them grow their local communities.”
Simmons said that, to date, more than 60,000 farmers have participated in the program, and it has benefited non-profit groups such as agricultural and youth groups, schools and other civic organizations. For more information, visit growcommunities.com.