How Farm Bureau Agents Are Making a Difference in Their Communities
May 11, 2020
As a Farm Bureau Financial Services agent, your community’s welfare is the focus of your business. Of course you’re there for the tough times, like helping a family get back on their feet after a fire or guiding a nervous driver through an accident claim. But for many of our agents, an equally rewarding part of their job is finding ways to make a difference in their communities. Here’s how Farm Bureau agents are proactively improving the lives of others.
Warming Hands and Hearts
Agents Jared Klosterboer and Sandra Smith know that winters in Williamsburg, Iowa can be cold. From November through March, low temperatures routinely hover in the teens. Together, the pair came up with the idea for a hat and mitten drive for the school children in their town, who often go without such necessities. They launched the drive on Halloween, taking advantage of their centrally located office’s popularity with trick-or-treaters, and decorated a tree with orange lights to generate buzz. They also posted about the drive on Facebook and distributed posters to local businesses.
In 2018, the first year of their project, they collected about 80 hats and mittens. That number jumped to over 200 the following year. Jared and Sandra hope to keep warming hands and hearts for many winters to come.
Making Car Seats Safer
Child car seats save lives, but parents rarely receive guidance in proper installation and use. Working with Kansas State University, the Grant County Health Department and a host of local organizations, Farm Bureau Agents Taunya Lindahl and Randy Lucas of Ulysses, Kansas, organized a child safety seat checkup event that revealed an eye-opening situation: A team of certified technicians and volunteers discovered that of the 52 car seats inspected that day, a sobering 100% had installation or use errors. Participants most in need received new car seats, and all attendees learned correct installation techniques.
Agents Doing Good
Like Jared, Sandy, Taunya and Randy, Farm Bureau agents regularly become involved in making their communities better. Farm Bureau recognizes its agents’ local efforts via the “Agents Doing Good and Giving Back” program, which highlights how agents are supporting the people around them while growing their presence in the community. Agents simply submit their stories to Farm Bureau, and then those experiences are shared on corporate social channels. Farm Bureau may even work with local media to generate additional exposure for agents and the organizations they support. Whether you are already involved in a local project or are looking for the opportunity to become more active in your community, we encourage and support you.
Make a Difference in Your Community
Become a Farm Bureau insurance agent, and we can work together to create positive change. Contact us to learn how you can get started.