Crop Science, a division of Bayer shares a vision with Passage Home to utilize partnerships with businesses, non-profits and caring citizens in North Carolina to support strengthening a Southeast Raleigh neighborhood by:
- Engaging and empowering the people in the neighborhood
- Building a sense of ownership and pride
- Creating a sustainable, healthy environment for those citizens to flourish
Through these efforts, Passage Home helps to create a safer, healthier, more beautiful and viable community for the residents in Southeast Raleigh today and in the future.
In April of 2012, Crop Science announced a four-year, $600,000 grant made possible by the Bayer USA Foundation. This grant will support the non-profit community development corporation’s overarching goal of alleviating poverty and homelessness and strengthening families and communities in Wake County. Specifically, it is earmarked for development of a new community garden in the Brown Birch neighborhood of South Raleigh and for increased support of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for students involved in Passage Home’s after-school and summer school programs at the neighborhood’s Safety Club.
Additionally, during the summer, Bayer employees host “Bayer Days” at Passage Home’s camp to expose the Passage Home youth to science, agriculture, nutrition and fitness, sustainable living and technology through experiential learning.