United Way receives $10,000 Bayer Fund Grant For Woodland KinderCamp Program
Bayer Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to Woodland United Way to support KinderCamp, a free summer program for incoming kindergarteners in Woodland who have not had the opportunity to attend preschool. Bayer Woodland employees nominated United Way for the grant from Bayer Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer that is focused on strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects. United Way California Capital Region will manage the grant as a result of the recent merger between the two United Way organizations.
“We are so grateful to Bayer for supporting school readiness and early childhood literacy through our KinderCamp program,” said Lori Ross, Yolo County area director, United Way California Capital Region. “By getting kids excited and familiar with the classroom setting, they’ll start school in the fall ready to learn.”
This summer, 40 kids participated in Kindercamp, part of United Way’s Square One Project that is working to end poverty in our region by increasing the number of kids who graduate from high school ready for college or career. Each summer, KinderCamp is held on a local elementary school campus, allowing young students to experience a classroom environment before entering kindergarten. Participants receive a brand new book for each day they attend the program. For some, these are the only new books in their home. Kindercamp, which is coordinated by Yolo County YMCA on the school campus, also connects families with community resources, and provides free dental screenings and assessments for developmental delays.
Bayer has partnered with United Way for more than five years. In addition to grant funding, Bayer employees have volunteered for United Way’s KinderCamp and Read To Succeed Tutor programs. They have donated their hourly wages and sent teams of volunteers to work on projects with United Way partner agencies such as Yolo Food Bank and Yolo Community Care Continuum. In 2019, Bayer Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofits in rural communities to address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Nonprofits across the U.S. have received more than $7 million through the Bayer Fund over the last five years.
“We are very happy, through the Bayer Fund, to support organizations like United Way that do so much to help the communities in which we live and work,” said John Purcell, senior vice president, Bayer Crop Science, and member of United Way California Capital Region’s board of directors. “United Way plays a critical role in building strong, healthy and compassionate communities.”
For nearly 100 years, United Way California Capital Region has
brought local people together to make community change happen.
Today, the nonprofit is bringing people together across Amador,
El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties for its Square
One Project, a 20-year promise to end poverty by significantly
increasing the number of students in our region who graduate from
high school ready for success in college and beyond. United Way
is working to ensure kids meet important milestones and their
families receive support and resources.