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Monsanto Netherlands Participates in Holland’s Biggest Volunteer Event

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Colleagues from Monsanto Bergschenhoek help out at the community gardens

Colleagues from Monsanto Bergschenhoek help out at the community gardens

This past weekend, more than 80 Monsanto Netherlands employees volunteered  in the Nldoet  2015, Holland’s biggest volunteer event of the year.

During the two days of NLdoet, thousands of people giving a hand to foundations, associations, healthcare facilities, schools and nature organizations that can use some help around their properties. Organizations and volunteers can find each other through the NLdoet website. This year, more than 300,000 volunteers participated in almost 7,600 projects.

Colleagues from Monsanto Enkhuizen help out with gardening work at school

Colleagues from Monsanto Enkhuizen help out with gardening work at school

NLdoet is organized by the Oranje Fonds, an endowed foundation and the largest in the area of social welfare in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The foundation’s goal is to promote participation in society, and its ambassadors include the royal couple King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.

Monsanto employee teams selected several “gardening” projects which relate to the company’s business. Jointly organizing this event within Monsanto were all plants in the Netherlands, Supply Chain, Event Planning, Corporate Communications and Monsanto Women’s Network – The Netherlands. The effort was fully supported by the Leadership teams as well.

Donation of vegetable seeds to a psychiatric institution for their garden project.

Donation of vegetable seeds to a psychiatric institution for their garden project.

The nine projects selected were in neighborhoods near Monsanto operations – in Enkhuisen, Wageningen, Bergschenhoek, and Naaldwijk. Activities included the cleaning of playgrounds, major garden maintenance, painting projects, the planting of vegetables and grapevines, and cutting and trimming bushes and trees. Vegetable seeds and sowing calendars and advice were also donated to three of the projects.

Colleagues from Monsanto Bergschenhoek gardening at the property of Natuurtalent.

Colleagues from Monsanto Bergschenhoek gardening at the property of Natuurtalent.

“It was a very positive experience for both the organizations and our Monsanto colleagues,” said Zsuzsanna Szabó, communication lead for the Monsanto Women’s Network – The Netherlands. “Our help was appreciated and we enjoyed meeting people from our neighborhoods and our own colleagues with whom we do not have daily contact. Some organizations invited us back to their open days during the summer when we will see the outcome of our work.  And all of them told us they would be happy to have us as volunteers during next year’s NLdoet event.”

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