During the month of December, Farm Bureau Insurance agents and local offices collaborate with the South Carolina state office to make Farm Bureau Cares donations to charitable organizations and families across South Carolina.
Farm Bureau Cares was started in 2015 by Executive Vice President and CEO Bill Courtney, with the support of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation. Courtney pledged to the local offices that the insurance company would match up to $500 in donations made by each local office to assist an individual or family in need or a local charity over the holidays. Each local office decides how to best put their Farm Bureau Cares donation to work in their own community. With first-hand knowledge of personal situations and needs in their communities, agents and employees in the local offices have generously given to the program.
Since its inception, nearly $150,000 has been distributed statewide through Farm Bureau Cares to charitable organizations and countless individuals.
While many Farm Bureau Insurance offices select individuals or families to assist, other offices opt to support local charities. The following charities, along with many others, have received assistance:
- Calhoun County Sheriff's Department "No-Shave November" Campaign
- Callen-Lacey Center
- Child Abuse Prevention Associates of Beaufort
- Connie Maxwell Children's Home
- Food for the Soul
- Hope Ministries
- Lakeview Assisted Living Facility
- Lee County Cooperative Ministries
- Meals on Wheels
- Sacks of Love
- Salvation Army
- Shop with Santa’s Heroes Program
- South Aiken Presbyterian Church’s Secret Santa Program
- United Christian Ministries
- Windwood Farms
It is simple for local offices to participate in the holiday outreach program, so if you are interested in receiving help or know someone who needs help please speak with your local Farm Bureau Insurance agency manager.