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Volunteering with Monsanto Together

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By Deborah Patterson
Monsanto Fund 

Deborah PattersonWhat is a volunteer?  To me, a volunteer is someone who gives of themselves to benefit others and their community.  Volunteerism is a core value at Monsanto Company; senior leaders, managers, employees all find the time to give back to their community.  My team has the privilege of supporting our volunteers by connecting them to issues that they are passionate about, assisting with coordinating group volunteer activities, and providing service grants to the organizations where our employees donate their time.. Our volunteer program is named Monsanto Together because working together with the community we can impact positive change to fulfill our commitment to leave our communities better than we found them.

In 2013 our Monsanto Together volunteer program generated $428,500 service grants to organizations where our employees donated their time.  Also in 2013 our employees served more than 80,839 volunteer hours. Since June 2010 we have contributed close to$1 million in service grants and our employees have logged more than 175,000 hours!

RCGA_logo_cmykThis week is a special week dedicated to celebrating the good work of volunteers across the country – it is National Volunteer Week in the United States.  Monsanto is hosting our annual volunteer recognition ceremony to honor the employees who donate their time to people and programs in their communities.  Impressively, we have 182 Presidential Service Award recipients this year.  Each person receiving this award personally gave over 100 hours of their time to causes they believe in during 2013.

Today we are also thrilled to announce our support of the St. Louis Serves campaign, a key platform of the stl250 effort to celebrate our city’s 250th birthday.  The St. Louis Serves campaign is promoting action through volunteerism by highlighting and expanding the philanthropic spirit of the St. Louis region.  stl250 is striving for one million volunteer hours from 250,000 volunteers through the end of 2014.  Working with the United Way of Greater St. Louis and AmeriCorps St. Louis we will work to achieve this goal alongside stl250.  Today, Monsanto is committing to 50,000 hours toward this goal!  Please visit the St. Louis Serves website to learn more about signing up for projects and registering your group’s efforts.   We can’t hit one million hours if you don’t sign up!

I am proud and humbled by the commitment of Monsanto people to volunteerism.  Thank you so much for all you do to improve the communities where we operate and where our farmer customers live.  And thank you to volunteers around the globe – we celebrate you this week!

3 Responses to "Volunteering with Monsanto Together"

  1. We are interested in partnering with you!

    Kids Vision for Life St. Louis provides free comprehensive vision services, including vision screenings, eye exams, and prescription eyewear for elementary school students at Title 1 schools around the St. Louis area. Our vision is to give students with visual impairments free glasses in order to provide the best education possible. Many families do not have the ability to provide eye care for their children, which can be detrimental to their education.

    Last year, KVFL visited 91 elementary schools and prescribed over 2,700 pairs of eyewear for students. During the 2015-2016 school year, KVFL plans to increase its outreach to 130 schools and prescribe 5,000 pairs of glasses.

    With our rapid growth comes an increase in demand for volunteers. We need volunteers to go with us to different schools in the area and conduct vision screenings. We train all volunteers on site, so no previous experience is needed. We do screenings every day at a different school from 9:00am-2:00pm and typically have 4 volunteers a day. Volunteers will get the chance to make a difference in hundreds of children’s lives in just one screening day.

    If you want more information about what we do, you can visit our website: http://www.kidsvisionforlifestlouis.com. We also have a SignUpGenius link, which makes it easy for volunteers to pick the day and location that they want to serve. The Volunteer Sign up link is: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044eacac2baafd0-august

    I would love to provide you with more information and answer any questions you have. My number is 5017664315 and my email is sarahg@crownoptical.com

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