Grinnell Mutual provides grants to three community projects

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Three non-profit organizations in Iowa received $3,500 from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company's Working Together Making It Better grant promotion.

Puppy Jake wins first place in Grinnell Mutual's Working Together Making It Better grant.

“Grinnell Mutual’s Working Together Making It Better grant will go directly to pay veterinarian bills for our dogs,” said Roxanne Hoover, president of Fur Fun Rescue. “This grant is a great help to our small rescue."

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company provided $3,500 in grants to three non-profit organizations in Iowa: Puppy Jake Foundation of Des Moines, Fur Fun Rescue of Lisbon, and Wapello County Trails Council in Ottumwa. These organizations and the other seven finalists that participated in the Working Together Making It Better grant promotion deserve recognition for enhancing town facilities, educating children, and supporting neighbors and the four-legged members of their community.

“Working Together Making It Better complements our company’s conventional giving by supporting the efforts of people in the communities where our customers, agents, and the staff of our affiliated mutual insurance companies live and work,” said Director of Advertising and Community Relations Barb Baker.

Grinnell Mutual invited Facebook users to nominate community projects for a Working Together Making It Better grant on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/myGrinnellMutual. Projects were submitted from six Midwest states. More than 2,800 Facebook users voted for their favorite projects from among 10 finalists.

“The 10 project finalists received incredible support from their fans and ours. We had over 700 votes in the first 24 hours. Every vote mattered. Only 15 votes separated the top two projects,” said Dan McCue, online marketing specialist at Grinnell Mutual.

Grant recipients
Puppy Jake Foundation took first place. The organization will receive $2,000 to professionally train and place service dogs with wounded military veterans. Funds will help purchase dogs, supplies, and veterinary care.

“We want to do everything we can to provide dogs that can actually help transform and regain some independence for those who have given so much for our country,” said Becky Beach, president of Puppy Jake Foundation.

Fur Fun Rescue took second place. The organization will receive $1,000 to rescue dogs in need and place them into adoptive homes.

“Grinnell Mutual’s Working Together Making It Better grant will go directly to pay veterinarian bills for our dogs,” said Roxanne Hoover, president of Fur Fun Rescue. “This grant is a great help to our small rescue. It will go a long way toward saving many dogs.”

Wapello County Trails Council took third place in Working Together Making It Better. The organization will receive $500 to support construction of a lighted underpass underneath Highway 34 in Ottumwa.

“It’s a vital link for safety and for enhancing usage of the trails,” said Fred Jenkins, treasurer of Wapello County Trails Council.

About Grinnell Mutual
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, in business since 1909, provides reinsurance for farm mutual insurance companies and property and casualty insurance products through more than 1,600 independent agents in 12 Midwestern states. Grinnell Mutual is the 120th largest property-casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America.

For more information, please contact:
Dan McCue
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
Phone: 1-800-362-2041, ext. 8289
E-mail: dmccue(at)gmrc(dot)com

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