|The Greene County Extension Council in Springfield, Missouri is hoping to generate money for educational programs and office operations thanks to a partnership with AutoWranglers, a national vehicle buying company headquartered in Tifton, Georgia. The budget needs shoring up after after Greene County Commissioners cut the county contribution to the extension council by 90 percent in 2011.
Cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, boats, boat motors and farm equipment in any condition may be donated to the Greene County Extension Council with a phone call to (877) 845-7378 or by requesting a quote online here.
AutoWranglers will pick up the vehicle within 24 hours and send a check to the Greene County Extension Council. The donated vehicles may come from any place in the United States.
“This is a perfect way to contribute to Extension and help us maintain our programs and office operations that mean so much to the residents of Greene County and the surrounding areas,” said David Burton, county program director for Greene County Extension. “Best of all, we 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 from anywhere in Missouri or the United States and Greene County Extension gets money to keep operating.”
Since 1914, residents of Greene County, Missouri (and adjoining counties) have sought help from MU Extension in areas related to agriculture, gardening, Master Gardeners, 4-H youth, nutrition, cooking, families, Master Naturalists and business and community development. During 2012 over 25,000 residents of Greene County received unbiased and research-based information, assistance or education through the Greene County Extension Center.
AutoWranglers buys pretty much anything that has or had wheels, according to AutoWranglers president Barry Barbee. “It doesn’t even need a motor or wheels for that matter. If you have an old turning plow that’s broken and rusting, we’ll buy that,” Barbee said. “We’ll buy junked tractors, combines, trucks, ATVs. If you don’t want it, donate it to the Greene County Extension office through AutoWranglers.”
In addition to supporting the Greene County Extension service, AutoWranglers donates $10 to the national Arbor Day Foundation for every vehicle purchased.
To learn more about the “Friends of Greene County Extension,” a campaign to raise operational funds for the Greene County Extension, call (417) 881-8909 or go online here. The Friends campaign was established in 2012 in effort to privately raise monies to keep the Greene County Extension office open to the public.