University of Missouri receives gift from State Farm to support variety of safety training and financial wellness programs

COLUMBIA, Missouri – Today State Farm Insurance Company presented the University of Missouri with a check for $ 287,050, bringing the State Farm’s total contribution to MU to nearly $ 2 million. MU remains the largest recipient of state farm funds in Missouri.

“State Farm’s support continues to be a strong driver for MU programs that help keep Missourians safe and financially secure,” said Jackie Lewis, Vice Chancellor for Promotion at MU. “From emergency training to financial planning, these are programs that illustrate MU’s commitment to national public relations.”

Today’s check delivery represented State Farm’s combined gifts for 2020 and 2021. The gifts will benefit major programs such as fire and rescue training that have affected hundreds of firefighters across the state.

Pictured here from left to right: Cheryl Kelly (State Farm Insurance Agent), DJ Hinds (State Farm Insurance Agent), Jeremy Diener (Executive Director for Advancement, MU Trulaske College of Business) James Green (Director, MU Student Success Center), Stephanie Wilmsmeyer (State Farm Insurance Agent), Gail Hagans (MU Extension Educational Program Coordinator), Jackie Lewis (MU Vice Chancellor of Advancement), Lathon Ferguson (MU Director of Advancement, Corporate Relations), Ryan Kenney (State Farm Sales Leader, Missouri Northeast) Rachel Augustine (Director, Missouri Extension 4-H Foundation) Amy Price (MU Trauma Nurse Clinician), John Worden (Director, MU Law Enforcement Training Institute), Beth Koster (MU Coordinator of Outreach Programs, Trauma Services), Lisa Cravens (State Farm Insurance Agent).

“72 percent of Missouri firefighters are volunteers,” said Interim John Worden, director of fire and rescue training at MU Extension. “Many fire departments cannot pay their firefighters and struggle to afford training, and the State Farm’s generosity helps us provide that training for free.”

“State Farm is focused on helping local organizations and we are proud to support the University of Missouri programs in our community,” said Ryan Kenney, State Farm Sales Leader. “As a company, we are committed to supporting local organizations to make our communities safer, stronger and better educated.”

The State Farm contribution will support a variety of programs including:

Fire Rescue Training Institute and MU Health Trauma Center

MU Extension provides essential training for rescue workers in Missouri. Through this training, the emergency services acquire additional competence in the rapid stabilization and removal of accident victims in order to improve survival rates and at the same time to cope with the scene safely.

The MU Health Trauma Center trains young people about first aid and the risks of driving when they are disabled. The Center’s “Is It Worth It?”? The program creates realistic events and scenarios, e.g. For example, asking participants to complete tasks while wearing protective glasses to simulate drug and alcohol abuse. “Stop the Bleed” has helped thousands manage uncontrolled bleeding in spectator scenarios, while “Keep Your Keys” educates seniors on how to deal with age-related driving risks.

Trulaske College of Business Risk Management and Insurance Program

A 2015 investment from State Farm helped launch the Trulaske College of Business Risk Management and Insurance program. State Farm’s continued support has enabled MU to fully staff the program and implement a curriculum that has helped prepare hundreds of students in this important area that focuses on identifying, accessing, and managing risk to businesses and organizations focused.

First impact

First Impact offers a free 90-minute evidence-based road safety program to educate parents about the Missouri Graduated Driver License (GDL) law. The program aims to raise awareness of teenagers’ driving risks, understanding of the GDL Act and the importance of being a positive role model.

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