Monsanto works to substantially and meaningfully improve people's lives around the world. As a company, we are focused on strengthening both farming communities and the communities where we live and work. VANGUARD, Monsanto’s Veterans and National Guard Network, focuses on bringing together Monsanto members who supported their country or state through military service. As an organization, we are proud to partner with military groups in building and enhancing communities through generously sharing time, money and resources to support a wide variety of projects.
Toys for Tots
“Monsanto has been supporting Toys for Tots for more than 15 years. It’s an important part of Monsanto’s philanthropic efforts because of the effect it has on the St. Louis community,” said Tom Butler, Selectives Chemistry Manager and VANGUARD talent acquisition lead. "Toys for Tots" is a program to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters. VANGUARD business resource network members lead the toys and food drive every year at multiple Monsanto locations.
You can learn more about the program by visiting Toys for Tots website.
Arbor Health is a residential care facility specializing in the mental health treatment of Veterans focusing on multiple areas of reintegration into everyday life utilizing the Eden Alternative Concept incorporating plants, animals and relationships. The Arbor Health facility is run by a combat service connected disabled Marine Veteran whose experience helps relate to the needs of Veterans and those who struggle with the after-effects of service. Arbor Health programs incorporate many types of therapies including: Art, Horticulture, Music, NA/AA classes and Tai Chi. In addition, Arbor Health partners with many groups to provide activities and classes for residents.
In 2015 and 2016 the Monsanto Vanguard Business Resource Network as well as Monsanto Vegetable business team members planted vegetables and herbs donated by Monsanto for Arbor Health’s inaugural community vegetable garden of raised beds. The raised beds were donated and assembled by The Home Depot.
Learn more about Arbor Health by visiting www.arborhealthmgmt.com.
H.E.R.O.E.S CARE Freedoms Golf Tournament
The mission of H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is to provide service members, veterans, and their families care and support before, during and after deployment in the communities where they live. Since 2003, we have provided material, financial and other support for more than 100,000 military families.
Hosted by the H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, Freedoms Golf Tournament formerly known as Boots on the Green started 6 years ago with 36 golfers and has developed into a program that now serves hundreds each year. Monsanto has been a proud sponsor of the event for the last 4 years. For the past six years, an average of 96 cents of every dollar received has been returned to military families in program services. Few charities are as effective at financial and material stewardship.
To learn more, visit www.heroescare.org.
Greater St Louis Honor Flight (GSLHF)
Each month Monsanto VANGUARD members support GSLHF through volunteerism at the Welcome Home event raising money for the organization by selling raffle tickets, GSLHF branded merchandise and providing flag holders for the sea of flags. More than 40 volunteers from Monsanto’s IT department joined forces with eight Washington University in St. Louis students (in an event called Codefest) to build a cloud based web application to benefit the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight. Network members donated over 600 hours of time to begin work on the systems to automate online entry for veterans, guardians and volunteers; streamline processes for flight scheduling; and, in managing donor and volunteer information.
Visit Greater Saint Louis Honor Flight website to learn more.
Above and Beyond Award
Monsanto is a proud winner of the 2016 Above and Beyond Award. The Above and Beyond Award is presented by ESGR State Committees to recognize employers who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits.
Pro Patria Award
Recipient has demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserves. This is the highest level award that may be bestowed by a state ESGR committee.
NSSAR Minuteman Award
The award is presented for distinguished service rendered to the SAR on the national level.
Seven Seals Awards
The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,700 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis.