Dow Announces Recipients of 2017 Dow Gives Community Grants

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

Freeport, Texas - November 21, 2017 - The Dow Chemical Company, a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) announced today that twenty local organizations have been selected to receive funding through the 2017 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 for Dow Texas Operations. “We had a very good pool of applicants full of very deserving projects that will no doubt enhance the quality of service and care they can provide for the residents of Brazoria County. This was a tough year for Brazoria County and the non-profits in our community have risen to the challenge to support us in this time of need.”

Among those receiving funding is the Gulf Coast Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. They will use their grant of $10,698 to update sonar equipment to assist in their search and rescue operations. The Gulf Coast Rescue Squad is a community-based group that recently provided more than 1,600 man hours in response to Hurricane Harvey and the resulting river floods, The GCERS performed more than 300 water rescues and evacuations. “We are so appreciative of Dow and their commitment to bettering our communities,” said Will Blackstock, member of GCERS. “Without a doubt this new equipment will greatly help our organization to more efficiently help those we serve.”

Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County will receive $20,000 to purchase two “Charlie Carts”, which are a mobile kitchen and nutrition education tool that will be used in their K-12 school programs in Freeport, Angleton, Clute and Lake Jackson. In partnership with the Brighter Bites program, BGC will use the Charlie Carts to further nutrition education through cooking classes and cooking demos. The goal of the mobile kitchens and nutrition education curriculum is to improve the long-term health outcomes of the families they serve by teaching them to make healthier food choices at home and minimize food waste.

The Dow Gives Community Grants recipients will be honored at a luncheon at the Dow Academic Center on November 30th.

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

The recipients of the 2017 Dow Gives Community Grants are as follows:

ADAPT Foundation Inc. (Brazos Place) – New detoxification unit

Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County – Two Charlie Carts for nutrition education program at K-12 campuses in Angleton, Clute, Freeport and Lake Jackson

Brazoria County Alliance for Children – Upgrades to the nursing unit, conference/training rooms and technology so they can better serve their clients and families

Brazoria County Association for Citizens With Handicaps (BACH) – To implement a transformational technology plan so that field staff can operate in a paperless environment and improve network functionality agency-wide

Brazoria County Gathering Place Interfaith Ministries – New copies of reading material to be shared with caregivers and support groups, used at future conferences, resource fairs, first responder trainings, community presentations and annual Brain Health Fair.

Brazosport Health Foundation – New stretcher with weight measurement capabilities and hand held emergency radios

City of Richwood – Five new Automated External Defibrillators for patrol cars

First United Methodist Church – Brazoria – Resurface and restore existing basketball court to provide a facility for safe, healthy and constructive play for everyone in the community

Freeport Historical Museum Foundation – Interactive TVs to display greater detail about exhibits and artifacts on display and enhancements to children’s exhibit area

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory – Project Soar – a curriculum based program for 3rd - 6th graders that allows students to gain hands on experience as researchers on the biology of birds, both in the classroom and outdoors.

Gulf Coast Emergency Rescue Squad – Updated sonar equipment to assist in search and rescue operations

Interfaith Food Bank, dba The Food Basket – Expansion of the current facilities to allow for more space to store an additional 20,000 pounds of food, including space to hold private client interviews and cooking demonstrations

Lake Jackson Emergency Medical Services – New automatic ventilators to be used for respiratory, cardiac arrest and critical care transports

Memorial Child Care – Two new steel doors to bring the building in compliance with Texas Fire Code

Nature Center and Planetarium of Brazosport – New full dome HD projector to show full dome films and in house built presentations

Oyster Creek Community Volunteer Fire Department – Install an air bottle filling station at the Oyster Creek Fire Station with a cascade system

Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas – Purchase digital signage for educational displays at Sea Center Texas Visitor Center

Peach Street Farmers Market – Gates to secure the pedestrian only area and provide safety for children and families while in the market area

Southern Outdoor Dreams – Mobile shooting mount designed for individuals with limited hand and arm movement and strength

The Brazoria County Library System Foundation – STEM Career Fairs throughout the year featuring coding technology and other STEM related kits

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Gabriella Cone