State Farm recognized for $128,600 donation to MU

6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:55:00 AM CDT in Continuous News
By: Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 News Reporter & Amber Snipe, KOMU Ditigal Producer

COLUMBIA - Officials from the University of Missouri recognized State Farm Insurance Company today for their recent donation of $128,600 to various programs at MU, according to the MU News Bureau.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the generosity of State Farm and Mizzou’s long-standing partnership with the company,” said Tom Hiles, MU vice chancellor for advancement.

The News Bureau said the donation came as a gift to the Family Impact Center, Fire and Rescue Training Institute, Frank Mitchell Trauma Center for Motor Vehicle Crash Outreach, Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business’s Risk Management and Insurance Program and College of Human Environmental Sciences Office for Financial Success.

A mid-Missouri community support organization, Columbia's Family Impact Center, received a $10,000 donation.

The director of the Family Impact Center, Ashley Guillemette, said the donation will be used for a variety of purposes, but primarily for renovating the center's financial counseling program offices. Additional uses for the funding include marketing materials, administrative assistance salaries, and general expenses.

The gift to the Fire and Rescue Training Institute, or FRTI, will fund training for Missouri emergency responders to highway incidents. It will sponsor 30 courses and provide training to an estimated 750 firefighters and emergency responders. Training will include lessons for responders about quick stabilization and removal of accident victims to improve patient survival and preventing addition injuries. The course is requested more than any other course offered by FRTI. 

State Farm donated $48,600 to FRTI, according to the News Bureau.

The News Bureau said State Farm also donated $25,000 to the Frank Mitchell Trauma Center for Motor Vehicle Crash Outreach. The donation builds on previous gifts that demonstrated peer-to-peer counseling improves outcomes among older adults who are considering the transition to driving retirement. The goal of these donations and the project as a whole is to reduce crashes among older drivers, increase access to web-based information and training materials for professionals and support appropriate reporting of impaired drivers for further evaluation.

The MU News Bureau said Trulaske College of Business Risk Management and Insurance program received $25,000 for continued support from State Farm. An investment from State Farm helped launch the program in 2015. State Farm's support allowed the program to hire a director, design and implement a curriculum that will prepare students for the field and market the new course of study to students interested in risk management. 

The College of Human Environmental Sciences Office for Financial Success received $20,000 from State Farm. The program provides valuable financial counseling and resources like weekly financial tips and tax preparation, according to the News Bureau. 

Hiles said, “State Farm’s continued support in important MU community outreach programs shows their dedication and investment in bettering the community and state, and we thank them for their vision.”

The MU News Bureau said State Farm's total donation amount to the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign is now at $520,600.

[Editor's Note: This story was edited to include more information about State Farm's donation and the programs it will fund.]

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