State Farm

State Farm employee Deanna Stoll, former employee Dustin Remme, Village Northwest Unlimited CEO Barry Whitsell and State Farm employee Allison Cooke were all on hand for the presenting of the $10,000 check to Village Northwest Unlimited from State Farm. The Village will use the check toward a new gazebo for the residents and community to enjoy.

SHELDON—The State Farm Insurance agency of Sheldon recently presented Village Northwest Unlimited with a $10,000 check.

The check was part of a grant offered by State Farm as part of State Farm’s 100th anniversary celebration in which 100 State Farm locations nationwide were nominated to help the nonprofit of their choice.

The Sheldon State Farm office was one of two State Farm agencies in Iowa selected to give the grant.

Melissa Bohrer, the former head of the State Farm office in Sheldon, built a relationship with the Village over the years. Although she recently moved, Bohrer made the decision to nominate the Village for the grant.

“We’ve been a part of a lot of events of the Village, and it just seemed like a good collab,” said Dustin Remme, who also was recently part of the State Farm office in Sheldon but has since moved. Allison Cooke and Deanna Stoll, who have stayed on with the renamed Scott Trautman State Farm office in Sheldon, also were on hand for the check presentation.

The Village provides services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder or traumatic brain injuries through residential, vocational, and social programs.

“It is a privilege to be chosen for this grant from State Farm Insurance and Melissa Bohrer and her team,” said Village president and CEO Barry Whitsell.

Bohrer helped with a project completing the Sheldon Recreational Trail around the Village’s campus which sparked the idea for a new gazebo. The Village will use the $10,000 to construct a new gazebo, which will be an $18,000 project in all. The current gazebo is located in the southwest corner of the Village’s campus and is used for activities, events and recreation. The new one will have better wheelchair access and more space overall to be enjoyed by Village residents and the Sheldon community.