Placing a Priority on Community
There’s a big difference between a company being in a community and being a part of the community. As a company, United Prairie supports the communities in which we live and work in many ways—some obvious and some behind the scenes.
For example, as a former ag teacher and FFA advisor, I see the value of 4-H and FFA. They help students accomplish goals they never thought possible. We support our local and state chapters with donations, teaching opportunities and plans for their FFA plots. We invited a group of FFA officers to our Emery open house for a tour and a discussion about what we do in ag retail to help farmers and our communities.
We also have groups from Parkland College tour our facilities. It gives some of them an initial exposure to not only ag retail, but agriculture in general. We also work to expand the opportunities for Illinois agriculture, bringing groups from China and South America through.
Ag isn’t our only focus, however. We also help support other community groups and events—schools, sports teams, county fairs, tractor pulls—with donations and volunteering.
We encourage our employees to volunteer in their communities. Among our employees we have volunteer firefighters, EMTs, EMS personnel, school board members, 4-H leaders, Sunday school teachers and youth group volunteers. Their participation helps keep these communities strong.
Community involvement is important to us because we’re very proud of our communities. We’re happy to do our part to make them great places to live and work.