Dow Announces Recipients of 2016 Dow Gives Community Grants

Program will provide local organizations in Southern Brazoria County opportunities to positively impact and improve quality of life

Freeport, Texas - July 28, 2016 -The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) announced today that seventeen local organizations have been selected to receive funding through the 2016 Dow Gives Community Grants Program. Through grants from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the program helps local non-profit groups implement projects that will improve the quality of life for the residents of Southern Brazoria County.

This year’s Dow Grants recipients will benefit a broad range of needs in the community,” said Gabriella Cone, community relations manager, Dow Texas Operations. “Each one of these projects will uniquely enhance the services our non-profits in the community have to offer. I’m looking forward to seeing the positive impact each one of these grants will have in the areas of safety and security, education, community well-being and environmental responsibility.”

Among those receiving funding is the Angleton Area Emergency Medical Corps, Inc. They will use their grant of $14,626.89 to purchase a cardiac monitor to be installed in the fifth ambulance in their fleet, which currently is being used as a reserve. Emergency call volume has risen 11% this year over 2015 and in 2015 rose 21% over 2014, so the need for units that are fully operation is critical. With the addition of this cardiac monitor, AAEMC will have five frontline, fully stocked and licensed ambulances in operation every day.

The Brazoria County Dream Center will receive $12,815 to streamline the services offered to clients with the purchase of a new refrigerator, produce display bin and electric pallet jack for their Dream Pantry. The Pantry Equipment Project will allow the Dream Pantry to purchase food in bulk to better serve the community with the food items they need. With the additional storage, the Dream Pantry will be able to serve more families and seniors. The organization anticipates by the end of 2016, the Dream Pantry will have distributed food to over 5,000 economically disadvantaged individuals.

The Dow Gives Community Grants recipients will be honored at a luncheon at the Freeport Museum Heritage Ballroom this week.

Dow Texas Operations contributes approximately $1 million to Southern Brazoria County community organizations annually.

The next major contribution program will be Dow’s Education Grants Program, which opens in September 2016 and provides local schools with the opportunity to apply for up to $10,000 in funding for projects that enhance math and science education in Southern Brazoria County. More information is available at:

The recipients of the 2016 Dow Gives Community Grants are as follows:

ADAPT Foundation Inc. (Brazos Place) – Security fencing surrounding the treatment facilities to allow for complete confidentiality of for clients and a more secure environment for clients, employees and visitors of Brazos Place.

Angleton Area Emergency Medical Corps, Inc. – Cardiac monitor to fully outfit their fifth ambulance with equipment required by the Texas Department of State Health Services to be fully operational.

Angleton Police Department – Ten automatic external defibrillators (AED) to be placed in patrol cars working 12 hour shifts.

Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County – Do It Yourself (DIY) STEM Curriculum to be used at 16 campuses where Boys & Girls Club have established programs. The kits will allow youth of all ages to explore science concepts like engineering design, chemistry, energy/electricity, physical science, earth science, life science, robotics and aeronautics.

Brazoria County Alliance for Children – iRecord digital recording system with the capability to record two forensic interviews simultaneously. This will provide critical evidence for criminal and/or child protection investigations.

Brazoria County Dream Center – Upgrades to Dream Pantry equipment including: new refrigerator/freezer, produce display bin and electric pallet jack. This will allow for a more efficient work flow and enhanced service offerings to clients.

Brazoria County Gathering Place Interfaith Ministries – Sound system, Giant Functional Center Brain Model and laptop to be used at all future conferences, resource fairs, first responder trainings, community presentations and annual Brain Health Fair.

Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office – Two dive helmets and two fully encapsulated dry suits to better equip divers performing dive operations for search and recovery of evidence, victims of drowning, recovery of vehicles, and under water crime scene investigations.

Brazosport Christian School – Enhancements to literacy instruction including: teacher resource materials, novel sets, instructional posters and new literature textbooks.

City of Clute EMS – Stretcher with power-load system to allow stretcher to be lifted into ambulance by use of a hydraulic system with no effort or lifting by the medics. This will prevent injuries for both patients and medics giving care.

Communities and Schools of Brazoria County – 3D printers, computer systems and wide variety of software to implement the A-STEAM Club at Jane Long Elementary, Lanier Middle School and Velasco Elementary in Freeport. This program will engage and excite students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math and art.

Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department – New air breathing masks, flame retardant coveralls and ergonomically correct hand tools to assist responders in performing their jobs at the scene of a fire.

Pregnancy Help Center of Brazosport – Technology upgrades for H.O.P.E program geared towards educating new parents about caring for an child. Participants in the program will now be able to see and hear the material being presented to them through new computer screens and audio system.

The Brazoria County Library System Foundation – iREAD program will be implemented in seven libraries across Brazoria County. The libraries will be equipped with iPads, listening headsets and antitheft holders so that patrons can use the tablets to practice reading and learning how to use current technology to do so. This program is geared towards pre-school and grade school aged children.

The Salvation Army of Brazoria County – Two security systems with recording capabilities to better secure the residents at the shelter. New computers and printers for residents of all ages to use for resume building, job applications, school research papers, reports, etc…

Village of Jones Creek –Three automated electronic defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in the Jones Creek Marshal’s Office Police Units.

West Columbia Police Department – Live Scan Machine will replace obsolete machine currently at the department. The technology will be used during booking and identification of subjects under arrest as well as tracking registered sex offenders in the community. The Live Scan Machine will be used by the Sweeny ISD and Columbia Brazoria ISD Police Departments.

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Gabriella Cone