Community Partners

Making a difference in the communities where we live, work and play is not just a saying at Bayer—it’s a way of life.

A Big Impact

Every year, Crop Science, a division of Bayer and our employees give not only monetary donations but also the gift of time and volunteerism to support numerous locally-based organizations in their efforts to sustain and improve the communities where we live, work and play.

We are fortunate to be a recipient of funds from the Bayer USA Foundation, which supports programs that enhance the quality of life, provide unique and enriching opportunities that connect diverse groups and ensure preparedness for tomorrow's leaders–thereby resulting in sustainable partnerships that continually improve communities in which Bayer employees live and work.

From the Headquarters – and the Heart
Our commitment begins at home, in and around communities in Central North Carolina, which is home to Crop Science, a division of Bayer's North American headquarters.  We proudly partner with and support the following organizations and initiatives that are such an integral part to the sustainability of the region.

Passage Home

Passage Home

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.

Shepherd's Table

Throughout the year, employees from the Raleigh area head to Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen to prepare a hot meal for those in need. Located in downtown Raleigh, Shepherd's Table serves a nourishing hot mid-day meal to anyone who walks through our doors - no questions asked.

In December, employees serve a hot, sit-down meal and distribute gift bags filled with nonperishable food items to soup kitchen patrons as part of the company’s commitment to the fight against hunger.

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

2010 Food Fight Competition

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina’s Weekend Power Pack Program was initiated in 2005, through the generosity of the Bayer USA Foundation, to provide nutritious food over the weekend to children who rely on free-and-reduced-cost meals at school. Without the Weekend Power Pack Program, these children might not get a full meal until the following Monday. Participating children receive a backpack on Thursday or Friday with enough food for six meals, including fresh fruit. Currently, the program provides 2,240 kids at 55 sites a total of 412,800 meals year – with Bayer USA Foundation providing critical support for 650 children with 24,050 backpacks and a total of 144,300 meals!

Additionally, annually, Crop Science, a division of Bayer employee teams battle it out to see who can collect the most pounds of food. In 2012, more than 3,200 pounds of non-perishable food was collected and donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

United Way

United Way
Crop Science, a division of Bayer is a long-time supporter of the United Way of the Greater Triangle through a variety of company activities and initiatives, including an annual giving campaign through employee donations, where the company matches all gifts. In 2012, this campaign raised more than $300,000 for the United Way. Various other Crop Science locations across the U.S. also participate in a variety of events benefitting their local United Way chapter.

Museums

Museum of Life + Science

Discover interactive exhibits that give you an up-close and personal view into the lives of selected members of the largest group of animals on the planet – insects!

The Crop Science Insectarium, located in the Magic Wings Butterfly House at the Museum of Life & Science in Durham, N.C., features a rare assortment of exotic insects from around the globe, making it one of the top destinations in the Southeast to admire entomological life cycles.

You’ll never think the same way about bugs again!

Theater

North Carolina Theatre
Crop Science, a division of Bayer not only supports the North Carolina Theatre, a non-profit theater which directs and produces its own shows, it also participates in Share the Stars, the Theatre’s bridge from ticket holders, foundations and corporations to children who do not have the resources to attend theatrical productions. By providing free theatre tickets to nonprofit organizations serving children in need, North Carolina Theatre is able to identify children that would normally not be able to attend a musical due to financial limitations.

Events

Ride for Kids

Ride for Kids

Team Crop Science works together to raise awareness and donations for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation  (PBTF) through the annual motorcycle ride, Ride for Kids. In 2012, the team raised $22,136 during its awareness day with employees.

MS 150 Volunteer Team

MS 150

Each September, Crop Science employees and their family and friends join the fight against Multiple Sclerosis as riders and event volunteers at the Bike MS event held in New Bern, NC

STEM Education

Making Science Make Science - Teacher Workshop

Crop Science, a division of Bayer recognizes the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area. Not only does it means our students will have a firmer grounding in subjects that are vitally important for getting them college- and career-ready, but also the region’s STEM employers will have access to a STEM workforce prepared to continue innovating, inventing and discovering, and that the region itself will continue to grow, prosper and provide real economic opportunity for its residents.  

Through our Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) program, more than 50 employees regularly visit local schools in Durham, Orange, Wake and Johnston Counties, giving more than 1,700 students throughout the region regular access to real-life professionals who serve as mentors and role models to budding scientists and engineers.

We also support teacher professional development in science. For the last two years, we’ve hosted teacher training workshops that provide hands-on, inquiry-based science resources and instruction, helping teachers hone their teaching styles and deepen their science content knowledge.

Community Partners - Across our Sites

Every year, employees at our major locations give back to their communities through gifts of money, time and talent to support local causes and organizations that impact their communities in positive ways. >> more

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