Every year, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids recognizes the hard work of the organization's chapter network by giving awards to the chapters that go above and beyond.
In 2009 over 130 chapters in the United States and Canada delivered more than 1,000 community events to 86,000 children, youth and farm families. It would not have been possible without 5,500 volunteers donating 44,200 hours of their time.
"The chapter network is what makes a difference,” said Dave Schweitz, executive director at Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. "They are the ones volunteering their time to put on safety presentations for the local youth. They are the life of this organization.”
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids awards chapters annually for volunteerism, professionalism, and membership, among others.
The 2009 Farm Safety 4 Just Kids chapter winners include:
2009 Volunteer Chapter of the Year: RedBrownville (MN)
The RedBrownville chapter of Minnesota held 19 events with 3,290 people attending. They reached another 69,000 people through mass means. A total of 2,335 volunteer hours were donated.
2009 Professional Chapter of the Year: Semo (MO)
The Semo Chapter in Missouri also hosted 19 events. About 2,105 people attended and another 24,500 were reached through mass media efforts.
2009 New Chapter of the Year— Central Columbia Basin
The Central Columbian Basin chapter in Washington held two events and reached 76 children.
Crowing for Farm Safety
Using media and large events to increase farm safety awareness
Darke County (OH), Mikey D Chapter (SD), Western IL (IL), Buckeye Insurance (OH), Illini (IL), South Central NE, RedBrownville (MN), Dubuque (IA)
More than 10,000 people
Chapters that have touched over 10,000 people this year
Buckeye Insurance (OH), Semo (MO), Mikey D (SD), Illini (IL), South Central NE (NE), Darke County (OH), RedBrownville (MN), PA Department of Ag (PA)
More than 1,000 volunteer hours
Chapters that logged over 1,000 volunteer hours throughout the year
Darke County (OH), Illini (IL), South Central NE (NE), RedBrownville (MN), Lancaster (PA)
Out of the Barn Box
Chapters that teach ideas and methods outside the original materials provided
Darke County (OH), South Central NE (NE), RedBrownville (MN) , PA Department of Ag (PA), Lancaster (PA), Mammouth Cave (KY), M.D. of Clear Hills #21 (AB Canada)
Chapters conducting farm safety education programs outside their own communities
Semo (MO), Mikey D (SD), Illini (IL), Lancaster (PA), Keep All Kids Safe (MN)
10 Year Chapter Awards
Florida (FL), Hand in Hand (NE), Jefferson County (NE), Big Sandy (CO), Madison (IA), Ontario (ON Canada)
5 Year Chapter Awards
KanOkla (KS), Grundy County (IA), Partners for Farm Safety (IA), York Safety (NE), Western Colorado (CO), Koussuth (IA), Town & Country (IA), Hancock (IN), Tipton County (IN), Audubon County (IA), Page County (IA), Huntingdon County (PA)
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids was started in 1987 by Marilyn Adams after the death of her 11-year-old son in a gravity flow grain wagon accident. The organization strives to educate youth about farm safety in the hopes of preventing injuries and fatalities among children.