The FFA is an organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
They are committed to providing the highest quality educational, leadership and career development opportunities for students:
- Through effective classroom education; developing minds for future opportunities and critical thinking;
- Through competitive, career-based activities, preparing students for objective problem-solving; And through team-based leadership experience, building a better tomorrow.
- As a locally grown agriculturally based cooperative, owned by local growers, Wilco invests in farming, farmers, agricultural education and the lifestyles of rural living families.
We know that developing leadership qualities in our youth is an integral part of securing the success of our communities, businesses, and lifestyle in the future. With that goal in mind, Wilco and many of its vendors have joined forces to support Oregon and Washington FFA in the roles they play in the development of our youth.
FFA Forever is Wilco’s ongoing campaign to raise funding and awareness for Oregon and Washington FFA. FFA Forever is made up of several events and fundraising activities throughout the year where Wilco, our vendor-partners, customers and employees have combined to raise over $150,000 per year for FFA.
The program started in 2012 shortly after Oregon FFA lost state funding. Wilco and several other ag-focused organizations, like Les Schwab, agreed to help privately fund the Oregon FFA Foundation; and FFA Forever was born. Our customers are the driver behind what we do, so we decided to split the funds raised based on the percentage of customers and added Washington FFA to the program as well.
Since it’s inception, the FFA Forever program has raised a over $709,000 to benefit Oregon & Washington FFA. These funds help support the state FFA organizations but a significant portion is also earmarked for local chapter grants so a large portion of the dollars directly benefits as many kids and programs as possible.
The FFA Forever funds come from the following sources and activities:
- Wilco Grower-Owners: Silent Auction held at Wilco’s Annual Meeting
- FFA Gift Card Contest. Students submit photos and the top ones are selected and converted into a Wilco Gift Card. Then Wilco donates 10% of the value of those gift cards purchased through the FFA Forever campaign
- August FFA Month
o Customers can donate to FFA throughout the month at any Wilco store and Wilco will match each donation $1 for $1 up to $25,000
o Vendor-Partners contribute towards FFA and we recognize and thank them throughout the month, encouraging customers to support and purchase from the community-focused brands
- Wilco Team Members can donate vacation time at the end of the year that Wilco converts to a donation to the FFA
Additionally, we’re happy to try and bid on as many animals as possible at over 20 county fairs and contribute more than $50,000 per year towards junior livestock auctions benefiting both FFA and 4H Youth.
The FFA Forever Campaign is an ongoing effort in these difficult economic times to provide financial assistance and public awareness for the FFA and our youth involved in its programs. Please join us in supporting FFA!
FFA Gift Card Contest! Open to all active Oregon and Washington FFA Members. Submit a .jpeg file of art, drawing or photo to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered! Submissions should be received by January 31st and can feature any artwork or photo that best represents the lifestyle of the FFA and Wilco customers. Artwork may come from any season and may also be project related. Winners artwork will be turned into a Wilco Store gift card which will then be sold in ALL Wilco Farm Stores. Winners also receive a gift card prize to Wilco Stores up to $250 in value and will be featured on Wilco’s social media pages and website. REMEMBER– 10% of each FFA gift card design sold goes right back to the FFA Foundation and back to programs to help support your chapters.
Wilco farmer-owners are also a big part of the FFA Forever program. At the annual meeting each year a silent auction is held. Items donated by teams and vendor-partners are auctioned off during the meeting with proceeds gong to FFA.
Stop by and say “hi” to us at the Oregon FFA State Convention! Visit with Team Members and learn about other opportunities with Wilco.
Stop by and say “hi” to us at the Washington FFA State Convention! Visit with Team Members and learn about other opportunities with Wilco.
August is FFA Forever Month in all Wilco Stores!! Stop by to support FFA all month long. We’ll be collecting donations from our customers at the registers– all of which go right back to the FFA Foundation to help fund programs like the Wilco-FFA Grant Program! Help support your local store’s goal to raise $2,000 or more! Wilco will match up to $25,000 in contribution back to the OR & WA FFA Foundations. Additionally, help support our awesome vendor partners who have also helped by making a contribution of $2,000 each to help support FFA. This year 22 vendors who have contributed over $40,000 to FFA Forever!
Wilco Team Members are also a big part of FFA Forever. Not only do they help put on FFA fundraising events, but towards the end of the year employees can donate their Paid Time Off (Vacation Days). Wilco converts the time off days to a cash donation towards FFA Forever.