Dow and Habitat Partner to Support Flood Relief Efforts Nine Months Post FloodPLAQUEMINE, LA. - September 27, 2016
The catastrophic flooding that hit southern Louisiana in August has had a long-lasting impact extending into the beginning of the school year. To help teachers and students recover from the disaster, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) has stepped forward, announcing the funding of 52 projects at 17 schools totaling $60,000.
"This is the 60th anniversary of Dow’s operations in Louisiana, and we are proud to contribute $60,000 to support the schools and teachers who have had to overcome so much this year," said Eduardo Do Val, Site Director, Dow Louisiana Operations. "Empowering quality education and contributing to sustainable communities are important to Dow and this is a situation where we can provide valuable help to our educators at a time when they really need it."
Dow funded the requests through DonorsChoose.org, which is a website that makes it simple for anyone to support educators. The website allows teachers to post a description of classroom needs and enables site visitors to contribute money toward specific requests. The nonprofit organization that runs the site verifies the authenticity of each request and when enough donations arrive to fully fund a request, the organization purchases everything and delivers it to the teacher.
"Last month's flooding in Louisiana destroyed hundreds of classrooms, and so many teachers and students have resumed the school year without some of the most basic resources," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "We're so grateful for our partners like Dow who are helping these teachers rebuild their classrooms and replace many of the tools they need to get students back to learning."
In the weeks since the flooding, hundreds of teachers in the affected area have posted pleas for help on a special page on DonorsChoose.org. In Baton Rouge, for instance, a teacher from Park Forest Elementary School hoped to acquire study carrels and education technology after the class was forced to relocate to a different building. In Lafayette, a teacher at Westside Elementary School requested vinyl materials and a special vinyl cutter that will allow her students to express themselves artistically in new and constructive ways.
"People are truly hurting, and we want to do as much as we can to help get them back on their feet as quickly as possible," said Abby Cook, Dow Public Affairs Manager for Louisiana. "Southern Louisiana will bounce back, and Dow will be part of the solution."
The announcement continues Dow’s comprehensive effort to support the recovery of communities in southern Louisiana. On August 16, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation announced $250,000 in flood relief support, including $50,000 for the Louisiana Capital Area local chapter of the American Red Cross, which provided meals and shelter to more than 10,000 people displaced from their homes, and $50,000 to the Capital Area United Way Flood Emergency Fund to address flood relief in the greater Baton Rouge region. The remaining $150,000 is being allocated for long-term recovery efforts.
$50,000 to the Capital Area United Way Flood Emergency Fund to address flood relief in the greater Baton Rouge region. The remaining $150,000 is being allocated for long-term recovery efforts.
This collaboration aligns to Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goals of Engaging Employees for Impact, where Dow has committed to encouraging its employees, customers and communities to work together to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people.
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Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers at 70 percent of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and 2,074,210 people have donated $423,338,352 to projects that inspire them. Over 18,292,472 students – most from low-income communities and many in disaster-stricken areas – have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.
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