News Release
Release No.STELPRD4009519
ContactSteven Gerrish(660) 263-7400 Ext 4
Mexico, MO, Apr 18, 2011 --

@@In recognition of Earth Day 2011, ceremonies were held on April 18th, 2011, with Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director, USDA Rural Development announcing the award of $19,600 to the Handi-Shop, Inc. sheltered workshop. Funds were used towards the purchase of a new recycling baler that is being utilized by the sheltered workshop for the recycling of cardboard and other waste products. The Handi-Shop, Inc. workshop is located in the Mexico community of 11,320 residents and serves Mexico and the surrounding area. The assistance consisted of a Community Facilities (CF) grant of $19,600 from USDA Rural Development and funded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program. The Earth Day celebrations bring recognition to projects that provide environmentally friendly services or equipment in rural communities.

The success of this project involved the formation of multiple partnerships to include the Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation that donated $25,000 towards the project, the Elmer A. Sander Charitable Trust that provided $5,000 for the recycling baler, Nina B. and W. Basil Leach Charitable Foundation contributed $4,500 and the Handi-Shop, Inc. workshop contributed $3,052. The new recycling baler cost was $57,152.

"Recycling grows more every year, as does our need to employ people with disabilities, new equipment aids in this process; by creating jobs with safer equipment to operate.  We greatly appreciate the USDA Rural Development grant and other charitable foundations. Thank You,” stated Rodney Shivers the Handi-Shop, Inc. manager.

“I’m pleased to hear that with the help of competitive grant funds, the employees at the Handi-Shop, Inc. Sheltered Workshop will have the necessary equipment to continue to safely and efficiently operate,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “Ensuring that the Handi-Shop, Inc. continues to administer the recycling program is vital to the community and to the opportunity for employment for many of the area’s special needs people.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of providing a new, safe, and efficient recycling baler for the sheltered workshop,” said Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I am very pleased that so many rural residents and businesses in the area will benefit from the new recycling baler that is essential in the Handi-Shop, Inc. recycling programs.”

Dunning added, “Appreciation is also extended to our federal elected officials for supporting the USDA Rural Development programs. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”

Anyone seeking more information about the Community Facility program or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at or by contacting the New London Office at 17623 Highway 19, New London, MO 63459 or by calling (573) 985-7211 - ext 4.

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