Three North Carolina nonprofits are among 150 projects - including nine in the U.S. - chosen to share $790,000 in donations from The Bayer Cares Foundation as part of Bayer's 150th anniversary celebration.
Bayer CropScience, whose North American headquarters is located in Research Triangle Park, N.C, chose the projects based on employee volunteer projects across the country. North Carolina recipients include:
- The Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen of Raleigh is awarded $3,300 to support the feeding of men, women and children of every faith and ethnicity, serving more than 300 people each day.
- Passage Home is awarded $3,300 to fight poverty and homelessness in Wake County, and provides children in Southeast Raleigh with year-round educational enrichment through its Safety Club.
- The North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, which is part of the University of North Carolina, is awarded $1,600 to support programs that inspire understanding and appreciation of plants to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.
"Bettering the communities in which we live and work is one way we achieve our mission, Bayer: Science For A Better Life," said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. "We are proud of the outstanding volunteerism efforts of Bayer CropScience employees and retirees in North Carolina, Missouri and Kansas, and we are pleased to announce this grant to support them as we celebrate our anniversary this year."
Nearly 700 employees and retirees from more than 60 countries applied to Bayer for support for a project in which they volunteer their services as part of the 150th anniversary program "Being a role model pays off!" In RTP alone, Bayer CropScience employees volunteered more than 3,750 hours and the company donated more than $410,000 to local nonprofits.
Additionally, Bayer CropScience is presenting the "Bayer: Science For a Better Life" international touring exhibition in celebration of Bayer's 150-year anniversary. The interactive exhibition highlights the company's rich history of research and development in the areas of health care, agriculture and high-performance materials.
Research Triangle Park is the only location in North America chosen to display the exhibit. Other cities on the itinerary are London, São Paulo, Shanghai and Sydney. For information, visit http://www.bayer.com/en/150-years.aspx.
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