Local farmer Ryan Weeks has directed a $2,500 donation to the Harnett County Literacy Association. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the group pay for salaries of the coordinators to assist in students learning computers. Mr. Weeks’ daughter volunteered at the agency, and he believes education is very important to their rural community.
Thanks to the support of farmers like Mr. Weeks, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.
“It is essential that our adult students become computer literate,” said Sharon Syck, Executive Director at Harnett County Literacy. “We have to get our students to learn computers so they can advance their levels of expertise and get jobs.”
America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like Harnett County Literacy, 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.