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RMFU helps put money back into communities


Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Service Association is putting money back into local communities. FUSA is the network of agents who sell Farmers Union Insurance in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The organization recently launched a Community Builder program to distribute a total of $12,000 to worthy causes in their communities. "Our goal is to build stronger communities so our region can pull through these tough times," FUSA General Manager Gary Wilmoth said.

There is a contest element in the program, as the money is given to top-performing agents in each district. Every two months, the top agents in each district are allowed to select the charity or community program they would like to see receive up to $1,000 from the pool. "The amount available to the agent depends on their standing in the district. First place is worth $500, second is $300, and third is $200," Wilmoth explained.

The first round ended in April. So far, five of the winning agencies have distributed funds:

--The Stafford Agency, Wray, Colo., directed $200 to the Wray Food Bank.

--The Miriam Pletan Agency, Casper, Wyo., had $200 given to The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Casper.

--The Taylor Agency, Fort Morgan, Colo., presented the Life Fellowship Church with $500.

--The Steve Baer Agency, Wiggins, Colo., gave a check for $300 to American Legion and added their own matching donation of $300.

--The Jonathan Schrack Agency, Casper, Wyo., gave $500 to Child Evangelism Fellowship.

"Our agents are integral parts of their communities," Wilmoth said, "and we have several agencies that span two and three generations. The Community Builder contest gives them a chance to compete and give back at the same time."

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