Giving Back: Just One Great Reward of Being a Bayer CropScience Team Member
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
By: Cassidy Reeh, Bayer CropScience External Communications Intern
As an external communications intern for Bayer CropScience this summer, I have learned there is a lot of dedication and elbow grease that goes into event planning and communication plans.
Bayer CropScience organizes special events during the summer at the Passage Home Safety Club every week for a seven-week period. Passage Home Safety Club hosts summer camps and after school programs for young children. One of my responsibilities as an intern is to organize these field trips and other activities, and make sure that we are interacting with the kids and teaching them something new. The ultimate goal for these events is to teach kids about safety while also making sure they are having fun, and thankfully we always conquer both. My experience with Passage Home has reminded me that all of the planning and stress that comes with event planning is totally worth it.
Passage Home’s mission reads, “Passage Home exists to break the cycle of poverty for the communities we serve in Wake County by connecting families and neighborhoods to resources and opportunities.”
Recently, Bayer CropScience hosted a workday at the Passage Home Safety Club. People came from several different organizations and companies to help give the neighborhood a “face lift.” From painting and raking to shoveling and sweeping, everyone devoted that Saturday to making the area a prettier place. Although this event was not organized by me, it most certainly boosted my excitement for our upcoming summer camp events.
Working with Bayer CropScience and Passage Home this summer has far surpassed my expectations. I wasn’t expecting to make lasting friendships, to develop a better appreciation for each other or to create bright hopes for the community’s future, but of course, these are welcomed results.
When I first started working with Bayer CropScience, I wondered why such a huge company focused on such local community efforts. Why wouldn’t they just donate to a larger charity and forget having someone actually go out and volunteer? Volunteering takes time, money is much easier to give. After all, one of the first things that I learned was that being a part of Bayer CropScience team calls for a series of well executed juggling acts and that time is not something readily available.
It only took one day at the Passage Home Safety Club for it to all make sense. Their local efforts mean so much more than a donation alone. It is amazing that such a huge organization, like Bayer CropScience, rallies their employees to volunteer in their local community to make the area a better place. Time is much more valuable than money, and Bayer CropScience is dedicated to giving both.
Piloting Bayer CropScience’s involvement in the Passage Home summer camp activities have proved to be extremely rewarding. Who doesn’t want to work with a company that invests in their local community? Bayer CropScience has invested in much more than the happiness of their employees in an eight-hour workday. We all work to create a more beautiful community to come home to and that’s a 24 hours a day, seven days a week, kind of investment.
Cassidy Reeh is an external communications intern for Bayer CropScience at the Research Triangle Park location in North Carolina. She is currently a senior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA, where she is a Rural Studies major. Cassidy will receive her Bachelors of Science in Writing and Communications with a minor in Diversified Agriculture in the spring of 2015. She is a member of Sigma Alpha, a professional agricultural sorority, as well as the National FFA Organization.