April 12, 2016
Agrium put out a call in late 2015 for community organizations to apply for this fund. The criteria were the same as they are for all of Agrium’s Donation Program: the project or program should align with our four priority areas of Health and Wellness, Youth, Civic and Arts, or the Environment. Of course, alignment with the idea of ‘Feeding the World Responsibly’ is always welcomed as well.
A team of employees from BNO carefully considered all the applications in early March and had a tough time narrowing it down to just two recipients. The group read through many strong and worthwhile submissions, but the applications that were ultimately successful were for two well-established organizations in Borger – the High Plains Helping Hands Building Project and the brand-new Livestock and Genetics Education Center at Frank Phillips College in Borger. Both projects will create lasting benefits in the Borger area and beyond. Each will receive $15,000 and the organizations’ leaders were thrilled to hear the news.
The High Plains Helping Hands Building Project donation will help fund the construction of a new building that will more than double the size of Borger’s existing food pantry. The current building is bursting at the seams and unable to accommodate the needs in the community. The new building will help this organization deliver food, clothing and educational programs to build its clients’ capacities, become more independent and improve their quality of life. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the fall of 2016.
The Livestock and Genetics Education Center will offer unique opportunities for the county and state. It is expected to generate local agriculture expertise as well as provide an economic boost to the area, due to the draw of students, researchers and other industry stakeholders for this unique program.
Congratulations to both recipients!