What is AgriHub Cares?
'It takes a village'. Many of you have heard this phrase in reference to raising a child, but it truly applies to many situations and stages throughout the years when life takes a bit of a detour. AgriHub Cares is a central effort of the AgriHub Family of Companies that focuses on supporting and caring for our villages (communities) that support us. Whether that is through food banks, men's health, women's health or other charitable organizations, we are thrilled to be serving our communities with a grateful heart.
Our company is, by nature, founded with a giving heart. AG Penner and Reg Penner, Leo Apperloo, Keith Vaandrager, Steve Klein, and the Kurbis brothers, the common thread between the founders of our operating brands is the financial, emotional and logistical support they have ensured their local communities have experienced throughout each brands growth.
While 'AgriHub Cares' is the overarching name of our fundraising efforts, it's also the name of the focused efforts to support individuals within our community during the month of June.
AgriHub Cares - Focusing on Specific Recipients
Perhaps the most exciting part of the entire AgriHub Cares announcement, is the dedicated efforts in the month of June in which all fundraising will be directed to an individual or individuals within our company, or customers. A nomination/application form will be made available each year. A panel of AgriHub Cares leaders will review all of the applications to determine the recipient(s) of the fundraising efforts.
The Jongsma Family
In our inaugural year of the AgriHub Cares effort, The Jongsma Family out of Elm Creek, MB has been selected as the first recipient. Janwillem Jongsma is our Lely FMS Advisor in our Blumenort, MB location.
How and why were the Jongsma Family selected? A member of our Penner Farm Services Blumenort team, Leo Pauls, brought forward information of a large cost the Jongsma family was about to incur - a Ram ProMaster Wheelchair accessible van. This van will enable the Jongsma's to travel as a family not only to church and events, but to visit family in both Canada and the USA, as well as commit to school for Garret.
There was encouragement to turn the donation request into something larger - which has led Judy Moyer, Ashley Graye and Jessica Wipf to build and execute on the AgriHub Cares initiative. Our goal for this year is to cover a portion of the Wheelchair Accessible van the Jongsma's are in need of, which goes for something along the lines of $111,000. Read below to learn how you can help us raise funds!
If you feel so inclined to support the Jongsma Family, we encourage you to visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-canadian-abilities-foundation/ to donate. Please indicate 'AgriHub Cares' in the dedication field to ensure the donation is directed to the Jongsma's. If you wish to send a donation via cheque, please mail it to:
c/o Penner Farm Services
10 Penner Dr
Blumenort, MB R0A 0C0