CAMDEN – State Farm Agent January Peavey has a long history of demonstrating what it means to be a good neighbor. Peavey recently presented the PAWS Animal Adoption Center with a $10,000 grant from State Farm® as part of the company’s Outstanding Community Involvement Program.
Peavey was one of 100 officers across the country recognized for her community support and volunteerism. As a result, Peavey chose PAWS to receive a $10,000 grant on behalf of State Farm.
Peavey served on the PAWS board of directors for four years, treasurer for three years and is the new president.
“PAWS does a lot to not only help animals, but also supports senior and low-income pet owners in our communities through a variety of supportive care services and programs,” Peavey says, in a press release. from PAWS. “For example, we provide food and pet supplies to those who cannot otherwise afford it, and we offer affordable neutering and neutering services to the community. I am honored and thrilled beyond words to be able to help provide this funding to PAWS.
“When you think of the people who exemplify what it means to be a ‘good neighbour’, Peavey shoots high on the list. From her first day as a board member, Peavey has proven to be intensely passionate and dedicated not only to the mission of PAWS, but also to serving our community of pet owners,” said Shelly Butler, Executive Director of PAWS.
Butler shared that the grant will be used to support the PAWS Cares Community Wellness Program, ensuring low-income pet owners have access to affordable wellness and preventative care for their pets.
Peavey’s community involvement goes beyond PAWS. She is a presiding deacon, choir member, and liturgist at Warren’s Second Congregational Church, as well as a member of the church’s Caring and Sharing Sisters. She also regularly volunteers with the Warren Day Committee, Toys for Tots, Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, Midcoast Christian Academy spaghetti dinners, and sending people cards to brighten their day. Additionally, she provides funds to local youth groups, Lifeflight of Maine, Boys & Girls Clubs, and sponsors an adopted child through World Vision. Some of Peavey’s work is done anonymously by shoveling neighbors’ driveways in the winter and buying meals and coffee for individuals as random acts of kindness. In 2020, Peavey purchased gift cards from local small businesses and gave them to frontline workers.
“At State Farm, we are committed to helping build stronger communities,” says Peavey. “For me, it’s not enough to just say I’m a good neighbor, I take responsibility for improving this community by being part of a solution.”
Established in 1974, the mission of the PAWS Animal Adoption Center is to provide care for homeless dogs and cats until they can be placed in permanent, responsible homes, while promoting human values in our community through through awareness and education programs. To learn more about PAWS, please visit www.PAWSadoption.org.