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Monsanto Netherlands Participates in Holland’s Biggest Volunteer Event Featured Article

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

NLdoet is organized by the Oranje … Full Article »

Monsanto Canada “carrot crew” harvest carrots for food bank Featured Article

By John Lynch and Ruth Thurston

Whose hang up is it, anyway?

On September 19 a team of nine Monsanto Canada employees – our entire governmental and regulatory affairs group in Ottawa, ON – got out of the office and got our hands dirty picking carrots for the Ottawa Food Bank. It feels really good to say that now, not only because we accomplished something together, but also because for a while we wondered if it would happen.

We originally identified this opportunity in the summer. Through the Monsanto Fund, Monsanto Canada supports the Ontario Association of Food Banks’ Community … Full Article »

Soda Springs Employees Volunteer at Food Bank to Help Fight Rural Hunger Featured Article

Left to right: (Front Row) Dave Prafka, HR Lead; Kevin Wright, Contract Cost Analyst; Brad Torgesen, Senior Cost Analyst. (Back Row) Shannon Tomas, HR Generalist; Helen Smith, Finance Lead; Tammy Griffiths, Cost Analyst; Laura Latham, Payroll Clerk; Deb Green, HR Administrative Assistant; John Anderson, HR Generalist.

Soda Springs, Idaho, employees volunteered recently to prepare over 1,000 individual meals to mitigate rural hunger in Southeast Idaho communities.  The volunteers hand-packed individual and bulk food items at the Eastern Idaho Foodbank located in Pocatello, Idaho, approximately 50 miles from the company’s Soda Springs manufacturing facility.

Nearly 15 percent of Idaho’s residents are … Full Article »

The La Plata Storm: Solidarity and Networking Pay Off Featured Article

On April 2, a violent storm struck the city of La Plata in Argentina. More than a foot of rain (200 ml) poured down on the city. More than 60 people died, and more than 150,000 were directly affected. Damages were estimated to exceed US $600 million.

The people at Monsanto’s Zarate Plant, plant contractors and Red Cross volunteers came together to help the storm victims.

On April 5, employees, their families and contractors donated and labeled 190 boxes of clothes. Volunteers classified and sorted clothes and food donated, and packed them in boxes. The labeling of the clothes was … Full Article »

Helping to Fight Hunger in America Featured Article

Since June 2010, Monsanto employees in the Americas have accomplished more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service to agencies and organizations of all kinds. And MonsantoTogether, the company’s program for coordinating employees with volunteer opportunities, reports that the company has provided more than $500,000 to the organizations employees volunteer for.

One example is what Monsanto employees did in Centralia, Ill.

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Photo credit: Abigail Smith

Monsanto Employees Take Part in St. Louis Diamond Jubilee Celebration; Raise $1,300 for Charity Featured Article

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee event in St. Louis, held at the downtown London Tea Room, was attended by more than 200 people and raised more than $1,300 in support of the fight against Mucolipidosis III. Monsanto employees JC Chandler, Scott Stevener, Scott Stoltz, Mark Sutherland, Victoria Turner, Connie Vivrett and Glynn Young helped organize and run the event, and together logged more than 80 hours in the Monsantogether volunteer program.

Mayor's Proclamation declaring June 5, 2012, "Queen Elizabeth II Day" in St. Louis, USA

As part of this celebration, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay presented Sutherland … Full Article »

Giving Back to the Troops

Recently, I received an invitation from a military-support organization to spend the day with the troops. As a member of the Navy League in the US, and the Royal British Legion Scotland and Royal British Legion in the United Kingdom, I never pass up those opportunities.

The invitation came from Operation Homefront Missouri, an organization whose entire purpose is supporting military families and getting them the things they need and the support they find essential. It’s an organization Monsanto supports, and that is supported by many other companies and individuals in the area.

So, with limited knowledge and unclear … Full Article »

Helping Restore a Piece of St. Louis’ Past

Greenwood Cemetery was founded in 1874 by Herman Kreuger, a native German and member of St. Peter’s German Evangelical Church, to serve the African-American community of St. Louis. Situated on 31 acres, it is divided into 22 burial sections. Krueger’s descendants maintained the cemetery through the 1970s. It was sold in the 1980s, and gradually fell into disrepair. The last burials occurred there in 1993.

A number of famous African-Americans are buried there, including Harriett Scott, the wife of Dred Scott, and composer and blues pianist Walter Davis.

In 1999, the Friends of the Greenwood Cemetery, Inc., was formed to … Full Article »

A Wee Bit of Culture in St. Louis

This past weekend was a big weekend for the Scottish community in St. Louis as the St. Louis Scottish Games took over Forest Park.

Close your eyes and picture Forest Park full of Scots and Americans, many wearing traditional highland attire, the sound of the bagpipes floating across the park, the clang of swords, the melody of folk music, the grunts of the athletes as they toss cabers and other heavy objects, the smell of food, the laughter of children, and the cheers of onlookers. This was the experience for the thousands of people who visited the 2011 Scottish Games.… Full Article »

Give a little bit…

For most of us Sunday is a day of rest. For the volunteers at the Monsanto YMCA this weekend, it was anything but.

Hundreds of children poured through the doors for the annual Craig Blac’s Community Cuts for Kids event. This Sunday’s mammoth task was to cut or style the hair of over 300 children before their return to school. A 30 strong team containing a mixture of both experienced stylists and students from the Paul Mitchell hair college here in St. Louis, crammed in to the Monsanto YMCA on Page Avenue for four hours of hair cuts, hot dogs, … Full Article »