PONCE, PR (September 23, 2015) – Committed to make a positive impact on the communities where its employees live and work, Monsanto Caribe, LLC formed part of the 128 companies that participated in this year’s Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico’s “Regala un Día” event. Nine employees of the Monsanto Juana Díaz site visited the Esperanza Para la Vejez Luis Biaggi Senior Center in Ponce with gift mugs, hors d’oeuvres, an informative pamphlet on how to prepare for hurricane season, and a karaoke machine.
“We wanted to take some time to spend with the participants at the center,” said Marelyn Delgado, QMS and Compliance Manager at Monsanto Caribe, LLC MSP Juana Diaz Site. “I want to thank the center’s management and personnel for opening the doors to us so we could spend some time and share with them. We sincerely hope that the gifts we brought are of enjoyment to all.”
According to its website, The Esperanza Para la Vejez Luis Biaggi Center – formerly known as Project Hope – is a private nonprofit organization with 49 years of existence. Organized in May 1966 as the Board of Communal Services for Senior Citizens, Inc., the organization was the first organized community effort to provide services to elderly people below the poverty line. The center’s mission is to improve the quality of life of seniors through the effective delivery of integrated services with a community-based approach to strengthen social, emotional, economic, physical and spiritual, without distinction of class. Their services include social services, nutrition, transportation, socialization, health promotion and disease prevention, education and training, and day care services. All of them free of charge.
“We thank Monsanto and we welcome them to our center. I know that this Fondos Unidos’ activities is a very beautiful initiative that has been taking place for many years,” said Monica Maldonado, Esperanza Para la Vejez Luis Biaggi Center Director. “Hopefully in the coming years they will be motivated, either with us or other entities, to participate again in these events, because we need the support of the private industry in these entities. All nonprofit organizations in Puerto Rico attend about 10,000 people a day – from children, disabled persons, addicts, the elderly, to abused women. We urge you to continue to support these activities, continue to support these organizations who work with love, determination and dedication to provide quality of life, in this case to the elderly population.”
This is the first time that Monsanto Caribe participates in Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico’s, “Regala un Día” event. Other community outreach efforts from the company include Monsanto Fund, Monsanto Company’s philanthropic arm, donation of $20,000 to Fondos Unidos’s ‘BienEstar’ Program, as well as $18,000 to special education institution STARBRIGHT Pals in Ponce.
Monsanto employees are also committed themselves to helping their neighbors and engaging in conversations with them. From collecting and donating toys during the holidays for children in need, to participating in the reforestation of dunes, or visiting schools to talk about safety, Monsanto employees are engaged in a variety of community efforts to create a better living environment for all.
To learn more about Monsanto’s corporate giving programs visit http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/Pages/corporate-giving.aspx.
About Monsanto Caribe
Since 1996, Monsanto Caribe LLC has been part of the Puerto Rican seed breeding industry, using the tools of modern biology to help farmers successfully feed, clothe and fuel our growing world. Monsanto’s operations on the island consist of agricultural biotechnology research and development of the best corn, cotton and soy seeds for farmers. The objective is to find the most desirable traits to improve crops and develop new seed with such traits. In Puerto Rico, the company has earned such honors as the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Los Mejores Patronos en Puerto Rico Award in the Medium Business Category, as well as being inducted in the Puerto Rican Agriculture Hall of Fame in April of 2013. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed. For information in Spanish, please visit www.monsanto.pr, and follow our business on Facebook® at facebook.com/monsantopuertorico.
About Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico (United Way of Puerto Rico)
United Way of Puerto Rico is a private nonprofit organization that for over 48 years has been dedicated to advance the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all. Its focus is on education, income, and health as the building blocks to achieve a good quality of life. It currently provides financial support to 132 participating non-profit institutions and their services cover community segments of children, youth, adults and seniors islandwide. United Way also has community impact programs such as the 2-1-1 of Puerto Rico Helpline provides information and referral to callers on where to obtain assistance from local and national social service programs, local and national governmental agencies and local and national non-profit organizations – also online (www.211pr.org), the Volunteer Center that, among other volunteer groups, supports a Youth Club that engages on volunteer work in collaboration with schools and colleges, as well as the cause of ‘Sembrando Futuro, Para el Desarrollo de una Nueva Generación’ (Planting for the Future for the Development of a New Generation), which provides the basis for promoting development and continuous learning in early childhood in Puerto Rico. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to make things done. We invite you to be part of the change. You can contribute, volunteer and support a cause. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED®. For more information call at 787-728-8500, or at 2-1-1 in Puerto Rico; you can also visit us at fondosunidos.org, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.