DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 Utah) — Utah County Search and Rescue will receive a $10,000 donation for demonstrating extraordinary volunteerism to make positive change happen in its community.
The donation will assist the rescue group in their mission to provide effective rescue services throughout the county at no cost.
Insure Pro originally received $5,000 for Utah County Search and Rescue through a submission process, and this year, Safeco offered agents an additional opportunity to help the causes they care about most. Brandon Scott, an independent agent for Insure Pro, and Utah County Search and Rescue had a story about positive community change featured on Safeco.com.
Together, they were able to raise an additional $5,000 by their story being shared on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at least 50 times. They even offered a hat tip for ABC4 Utah for helping get the word out.
“We appreciate the community support to raise the additional funds and we are honored to be able to provide Utah County Search and Rescue with an even larger donation,” said Gabriel Valenzuela, Safeco Insurance Mountain Region territory manager.
With the donation, the rescue team will be able to purchase essential rescue gear ranging from basic boots and gloves to more expensive tools necessary to perform rope rescue missions. The $10,000 is especially meaningful to the team because the organization runs almost exclusively on the contributions of volunteers and their supporters.