Tri-County benefits from Monsanto Gives Back program

Monsanto and Tri-County employees joined forces from August 7-11 to fix up the school grounds before the beginning of the school year. 

            One week a year, Monsanto, based in Williamsburg, sponsors a program called Monsanto gives back. Monsanto Gives Back is an annual event that designates one week each year to unite employees around the world in giving back to the communities where they live and work. This year, it was August 7th-11th.

            According to production manager Hanna Neuenschwander, “sites are given the flexibility to choose any day during that week to participate by volunteering for a cause or organization important to them and their community. This year was the 3rd annual event and the first year it expanded globally within the company. Approximately 2,300 employees are estimated to log over 9,000 volunteer hours this week. “

            Each site then provides the funding for their events, including the supplies needed to complete the projects. This would include paintbrushes, mulch and other various items needed. 

            “In Tri-County's case, we have multiple employees with kids in that school system. Then we just reach out to those organization (schools) and see if they would be willing to have us. Because we have so many employees at our site, we were able to go to Mary Welsh Elementary, Lutheran Interparish School, the Ronald McDonald House, and North English Community Center in addition to Tri-County. In total, 140 employees from Williamsburg volunteered a total of 753 hours yesterday,” Neuenschwander said.

Please view the August 23 edition of The News-Review for the full story.