The Shelby County Women in Agriculture Committee was happy to award Rustic Hope of Russia with a $1,000 donation recently to help continue its efforts in ensuring the support and well-being of single mothers before, during and after delivery.
The committee holds a leadership and education event each year that specifically targets women involved in agriculture in our community. The goal of the event is to help women who are active in the agriculture profession to be able to learn, grow and expand their footprint in our industry. Each year the committee allocates a portion of the fees for attending the event to be dedicated to supporting women in crisis or other local charities.
“We are more than excited to be able to support Rustic Hope and all the great things they are doing,” said Jill Smith, chair of the Women in Ag Committee. “What Connie is doing with Rustic Hope is empowering those who need it most, and it is so important for our community in order to make it stronger.”
The Shelby County Women in Agriculture Committee has been working for five years and is made up of women involved in our local agriculture community. Members of the committee are Julie Ehemann, Shelby County Commissioner; Jill Smith, Shelby County Farm Bureau organization director; Summer McCracken and Angie Otte, Farm Credit Mid-America; Debbie Brown, OSU Extension educator; Andrea Flowers, Guckes-Cargill; Annette Purkey, USDA Farm Service; Sophie Hurley, Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District; Lou Ann Albers; and Sarah Heilers, Anna FFA instructor.