Local farmer donates local youth ministry through America's Farmers Grow Communities

  • Monday, March 17, 2014

Front row from left: Scotty Scott's children Bethany and Ava Rose; middle row: James Bookhart (Monsanto representative), Jamie Brown, Scotty Scott, Ricky Harris, Pastor Mike McKenzie, Rocky McKenzie; and back row: LaRue "Snowball" McKenzie. Photo provided

Local farmer Scotty Scott has directed a $2,500 donation to the Sandy Bay Penticostal Holiness Church Youth Ministry. Funded by America's Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the church support their three youth programs.

Pastor Mike McKenzie was thankful for Scott's genriosity. "We're very excited about it," said McKenzie was a member of the church for 19 years and served as Deacon before becoming pastor in 2010. "We were so surprized when Scotty Scott won it. " McKenzie said the funds will be split between the youth minitries which include the Girls Ministry, Royal Rangers for Boys, and Teens youth group RAGE (Reaching a Generation for Eternity) who are planning a mission trip to Belize, Central America.

Thanks to the support of farmers like Scott, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states. According to Scott, Sandy Bay has a positive impact on the youth in Williamsburg County. "This church does many great things with the youth in our county," said Scott in a press release. Scott has been a member of the church for several years and has two children who participate in the youth ministries. "They could put this money to good use for programs within the ministries." 

America's Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Sandy Bay PH Church Youth Ministry, 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. America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America's Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Scott. The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, visit growcommunities.com. To learn more about America's Farmers visit www.americasfarmers.com.

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