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Donate vehicles, farm equipment, fund Greene County Extension

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Some vintage vehicles are more dependable than others, but they all raise funds for Greene County Extension Council in 2015.

The Greene County Extension Council is again working to generate funding for educational programs and office operations in partnership with a national company located in Rogersville.

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, boats, boat motors and farm equipment — in any condition — can be donated to the Greene County Extension Council. Call the office at 417-881-8909 or by visiting them online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.

“This is a great way to contribute to the Greene County Extension Council and help us maintain our programs and office operations,” says David Burton, county program director for Greene County Extension. “We also think this is a valuable service and a great way to clean up a yard or farm. For no cost, you can get rid of a heap of junk and extension gets money to keep operating.”

Through the partnership, nearly anything can be offered as a donation.

“It doesn’t even need a motor or wheels for that matter. If you have an old turning plow that is broken, they can sell it,” adds Burton. “They can sell junked tractors, combines, trucks, ATVs. If you don’t want it, donate it to Greene County Extension.”

Donations can be arranged through Greene County Extension. Arrangements are then made to have CoPart pick up the vehicle at a time that works best for the donor. Another option is for the donor to deliver the item to CoPart’s location in Rogersville and save Extension the hauling fee. CoPart specializes in online auctions of vehicles, boats and farm equipment at www.copart.com.

When contacting the local extension office with a donation be prepared to give the following information: name, address and telephone for the owner and type of item. If it is a vehicle we will need VIN, make, model, year, color and mileage. When the vehicle is picked up (or delivered) the owner must sign over the title.

CoPart charges Greene County Extension a per item fee to process the title and sale. All proceeds over that amount are given to the Greene County Extension Council. In 2014, sales at CoPart generated more than $4,000 for the Greene County Extension Council.

The Friends campaign was established in 2012 as an effort to privately raise monies to keep the Greene County Extension office open to the public.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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