Women in Ag donate to Rustic Hope


Pictured from left to right, front, Sarah Heilers, Connie McEldowney (Rustic Hope), Summer McCracken and Jill Smith; and back row, Sophie Hurley and Debbie Brown.

Pictured from left to right, front, Sarah Heilers, Connie McEldowney (Rustic Hope), Summer McCracken and Jill Smith; and back row, Sophie Hurley and Debbie Brown.


Courtesy photo

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Women in Agriculture Committee awarded Rustic Hope of Russia with a $1,000 donation recently to help continue their efforts in ensuring the support and the well-being of single mothers before, during and after delivery.

The committee holds leadership and education event each year that specifically targets women involved in agriculture in our community. The goal of the event is to help women who are active in the agriculture profession to be able to learn, grow and expand their footprint in the industry. Each year the committee allocates a portion of the fees for attending our event to be dedicated to supporting women in crisis or other local charities.

“We are more than excited to be able to support Rustic Hope and all the great things they are doing,” said Jill Smith, chair of the Women in Ag Committee. “What Connie (McEldowney) is doing with Rustic Hope is empowering those who need it most, and it is so important for our community in order to make it stronger.”

The Shelby County Women in Agriculture Committee has been working for five years and is made up of women involved in the local agriculture community. Members of the committee are Julie Ehemann, Shelby County Commissioner, Jill Smith, Shelby County Farm Bureau, Summer McCracken and Angie Otte, Farm Credit Mid-America, Debbie Brown, OSU Extension educator, Andrea Flowers, Guckes-Cargill, Annette Purkey, USDA Farm Service, Sophie Hurley, Shelby Soil and Water Conservation District, and Lou Ann Albers and Sarah Heilers, Anna FFA Instructor.

Pictured from left to right, front, Sarah Heilers, Connie McEldowney (Rustic Hope), Summer McCracken and Jill Smith; and back row, Sophie Hurley and Debbie Brown.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/05/web1_IMG_0830.jpgPictured from left to right, front, Sarah Heilers, Connie McEldowney (Rustic Hope), Summer McCracken and Jill Smith; and back row, Sophie Hurley and Debbie Brown. Courtesy photo