Monsanto Fund Gives CCOC $10,000 Grant!

Studies show students who participate in after- school activities are linked to higher academic achievement, increased safety, and civic participation and reduced negative behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In Olivia, Minn., the Christian Community Outreach Center recently received funding for its After-School Enrichment Program. In an effort to reach out to more students, the Olivia, Minn. Monsanto site nominated the program to receive a $10,000 grant.

“The program gives young people opportunities to succeed in their education and build their social skills with peers and adults,” said Sarah Hausken, ministry coordinator. “Ultimately, it prepares children to make a greater contribution to our community.”

The outreach center, a nonprofit organization in Olivia, Minn., is an ecumenical organization, known for its After-School Enrichment Program, which serves the local community by providing a safe place for children to learn high moral values and take pride in being a healthy citizen.

The Christian Community Outreach Center will utilize the grant to support the After- School Enrichment Program that is available to K-12 students twice a week from 3-6 p.m. The children are given a healthy snack, participate in a Bible story hour, work on homework with adult supervision and enjoy “Hang Time,” which includes artistic, musical or physical activities lead by a community volunteer.

Marv Boerboom, Monsanto Olivia Site lead, was excited to play a part in the grant nomination because some of his staff volunteers at the center.

“The Christian Community Outreach Center has served as a means to give students a place to go after school that offers them the opportunity to receive guidance in life choices while getting their homework done,” Boerboom said.

The Christian Community Outreach Center was presented a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, during Olivia Night Out, on June 27.

“Monsanto and the Monsanto Fund are important businesses in our community,” Hausken said. “It’s wonderful to see companies and nonprofit organizations working together for the common good.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded 95 site grants to nonprofit organizations in 25 states. In Minnesota alone, four site grants were awarded this year, totaling $42,500. The Monsanto Fund continues to provide support to organizations, such as Christian Community Outreach Center, to help strengthen communities where farmers and Monsanto employees live and work.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at

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