A Day to Give Back: Bayer Serves UC Davis and Yolo Food Bank
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Giving back to the community is not only beneficial for those being served, but it is imperative for morale and allows for a sense of unity between the team that serves. That’s why Bayer, in an annual tradition, held a Community Service Day in West Sacramento last month. Bayer employees were given the opportunity to give back to the community in two major ways: volunteering at Yolo Food Bank in Woodland, California or by helping build a hummingbird habitat at the Arboretum and Public Garden on the University of California, Davis campus. I spent the day planting with nearly 100 other employees from Bayer’s Biologics team. We transformed a one-acre open field into a garden of native California flora including shrubs, grasses and trees. It’s gratifying to know that many of the plants are bee and hummingbird friendly since both are a key component to the ecosystem. The best part, however, was planting my favorite – oak trees. It was well worth the hassle of digging a bathtub-sized hole in the rough California soil.
Nate and coworker George plant an oak tree on the UC Davis campus on Community Service Day.
This day of community gave us an opportunity to live out the “WHY” behind Bayer as we are committed to producing crop protection products and production technologies compatible with the natural environment. This also means we understand the importance of maintaining native California flora and fauna. It was also a plus to do this project on the UCD campus because many of us graduated from the school and live and participate in the area still. I’m excited that on visits to the arboretum in the next decades, I will be able to point out trees I planted at the Bayer community service day to my family and friends.
For the employees that signed up to serve at the Yolo Food Bank, they were able to give back by sorting more than 1,800 lbs. of food into boxes for the Rural Food Delivery Program, which will serve about 60 local families in need. The Bayer team also packaged 2,500 lbs. of rice into family size bags for distribution. In all, these efforts will support about 1,400 households in Yolo County and the greater Sacramento area.
Overall it was a tremendous day of giving back that I hope to participate in again soon. If you have questions about our Community Day of Service leave a comment below or reach out to us in Twitter @Bayer4CropsUS.