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Three Causes Supported Through Foundation The FCS Financial Rural Community and Agriculture Foundation recently distributed more than $25,000 to three organizations. The Novelty Plevna Rural Fire Department received $5,582 to purchase a rescue bin harness set. The department previously purchased the rescue tube and training through donations of local farmers. As harvest time nears in Missouri, the grain bin rescue system ensures the safety of the department’s volunteers if a rescue operation is needed. Additionally, the areas serviced by the department have an added sense of safety for their rural communities. “This grant allows us to purchase harnesses, slings, ropes, descenders and carabiners for our grain bin rescue bin tube,” say Ben Bradley, Novelty Plevna Rural Fire Department volunteer. “There are numerous large and small grain bins in our area. If someone were to become trapped in grain, several of our fire department members are trained for grain entrapment rescue. Time is of the essence in a grain entrapment situation and our department will now have the proper rescue harness set readily available.” The Andrew County Youth Foundation received $10,000 Foundation for the construction of a Youth and Community Building on the fairgrounds. The fully-insulated, climate-controlled 1,600 square foot building will include a kitchen and handicap accessible restrooms. Nearly FCS Financial Rural Community and Agriculture Foundation presents $5,582 to the Novelty Plevna Rural Fire Department to purchase a rescue bin harness set. Left to right: Dan Devlin, FCS Financial Director; Byron Harder, Fire Department Volunteer; Randy Doss, Fire Department Volunteer; Jacob Bryant, Fire Department Volunteer; Connie Kuhman, FCS Financial; Kathryn Whisenand, FCS Financial; Kent Franke, Fire Department Volunteer; Stanley Bowen, Fire Department Volunteer; Sadie Barnes, FCS Financial; Ben Bradley, Fire Department Volunteer; Debbie Ragsdale, FCS Financial; Jason Doss, Fire Department Volunteer; Dave Janish, FCS Financial CEO; and Randall Smoot, Fire Department Volunteer. three quarters of the costs were raised through fundraising, individual pledges and donated services. The FCS Financial Foundation grant puts the project closer to its main goal of getting the inside of the building completed and fully functional. “The Youth and Community Building will provide a facility where more than 450 youth and 900 adults from throughout the area can participate in year round activities,” says Jim Humphrey, Andrew County Youth Foundation Advisor. “We will also be able to host the Andrew County 4-H/ FFA Project Day as well as producer and community meetings at the Andrew County Fairgrounds.” The Laclede County R-1 School District received $10,000 for the construction of the Conway Ag Learning Center. The learning center will include a shop, livestock facility and two classrooms to provide a better learning environment for students. The design also includes observation areas to accommodate younger students and to 20 HEARTBEAT | FALL 2017