Last December I wrote a series of columns featuring business leaders who are known as much for what they give back to the community as they are for their business. One of those featured was James "Bubba" Revell, owner of the Country Store and Country Store Flooring.
Revell had accomplished his childhood dream of becoming a sheriff's deputy. The way he did it was a bit unusual. He paid his own way through the Police Academy and then became the first volunteer deputy under Sheriff Lynn Anderson. Revell was instrumental in setting up the Sherriff's Office Foundation, a nonprofit organization with hopes to help raise additional funds for the department to fund outreach programs.
Also, he is a certified D.A.R.E. instructor and has an incredible love for children. He shared in the article his dream to do more to help reach the children in our community if the business community would step up and contribute to the foundation.
Often in my column, I focus on social and civic opportunities, because I believe these investments into our community are what separates us from other communities. With that in mind - Revell's call was heard, matched and raised beyond his or Sherriff Anderson's wildest dreams.
Brian Glenn and Sean Davis, owners of Glenn-Davis Associations, answered the call in a remarkable way.
"Bubba sat down with us and shared with us the needs they hoped to be met with the Sherriff's Office Foundation," Davis said. "It was evident that they had a huge need for a vehicle that was an ‘official Sheriff's vehicle.' One that was kid friendly and cool enough to make an impression. After giving it some consideration, Brian and I decided to sponsor the purchase of a new pickup truck for the department."
Anderson further explained why the truck donation is so important.
"Funding continues to be a challenge for law enforcement agencies throughout the country," he said. "The demands on our department continue to increase as our revenues remain pretty much the same. Because of this, we really do not have the resources to do the community policing that our citizen's desire. Studies prove that the earlier you can reach a child with a positive experience with a law enforcement officer the better the chance they will respect what we do and strive to live a more productive life.
"The Sheriff's Office Foundation provides us a pathway to funding through donations like this to help us bridge the gap in meeting the needs of our citizens. I can't tell you how much it means to me and the department to have a business step up like this to support our efforts. Glenn-Davis has always been very responsive to our needs in the past, but this really blew us away.
"For us to be effective, we need a strong public-private partnership. Fortunately, we have had tremendous support from the business community and this gift raises that bar. We hope this will encourage other businesses to step up in creative ways like this to support our efforts also."
Founded in 1989, Brian Glenn and Sean Davis have grown Glenn-Davis Associates into one of the community's largest insurance companies in the market.
"Every year, at renewal time, we shop each client's business with multiple companies to make sure we are getting the best deal for their money," Glenn said. "It is important that we are responsive to our clients and treat them like they are family.
"In addition, we look for ways we can invest in our community, like this partnership with the Sheriff's department to make a difference. Our clients depend on us to protect them and their property which is a great responsibility that we are grateful to be entrusted with. At the same time, they expect us to be good corporate citizens and work to make our community a safer, cleaner and better community in every possible way. If this investment transforms the lives of just a few children, then we have accomplished our goal for our community and our clients."
Sheriff Anderson and Deputy Revell presented Glenn-Davis Associates with its first ever "Sheriff's Star Partner award." The award has been established to recognize community partners who step up in incredible ways to support the Sheriff's department's efforts.
If you would like to learn how you can help or contribute to the Sheriff's Office Foundation, contact Deputy Revell at (912) 764-1791.
Please email DeWayne at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at (912) 489-9499.
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