Dow Announces Recipients of 2015 Dow Gives Community Grants

Program will provide local organizations in the Golden Crescent opportunities to positively impact and improve quality of life

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) announced today that eight local organizations have been selected to receive funding through the 2015 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 the Golden Crescent.

“This year’s Dow Grants recipients will play an important role in positively impacting and improving the quality of life in Victoria County, Calhoun County and the communities of Austwell and Tivoli,” said Gabriella Cone, community relations manager, Dow Seadrift Operations. “I am excited to see these projects come to fruition and witness the positive results they will offer the communities they serve.”

Among those receiving funding is the Victoria Adult Literacy Council. They will use their grant of $3,036 to purchase science-based books and engineering challenge kits that aim to increase literacy in children.

"The Victoria Adult Literacy Council is so excited that Dow funding will again provide our Family Literacy in Practice (FLIP) program with children's books that provide curriculum and learning opportunities for the families involved,” said Stacey Milberger, VALC's Executive Director. “The 32 STEM focused books are the cornerstone to weekly education while building libraries in the home."

Calhoun County ISD will receive $7,494 to fund a curriculum series that will be used to educate K-12 students in the area of Instrumentation and Electrical applications by providing appropriate class material and lab hardware to give students practical, hands-on experience in these fields.

"This Dow Community Grant helps CCISD kick-off the first step in our long-term plan to provide students with skills training in the area of Instrumentation & Electronics (I&E), which is a career that is in high demand here in Calhoun County and along the Gulf Coast," said Amy Boone of CCISD’s Partners in Education. "The grant-funded material and equipment can also be used by students exploring courses in engineering and even robotics."

The recipients of the 2015 Dow Gives Community Grants are as follows:

Victoria Adult Literacy Council- The grant will fund the purchase of science-based books and engineering challenge kits that aim to increase literacy in children.

Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry- The grant will help fund store fixtures such as clothing and shoe racks. These fixtures will be used for a bigger project to construct a large room at the center for clothing sorting and a shopping area.

Calhoun County ISD- The grant will fund a curriculum series that has been created specifically for educating K-12 students to analyze, design and construct electronic circuits in conjunction with other trainings specific to the Instrumentation & Electrical job fields.

The Brownson Home- The grant will fund a play set that meets the State of Texas standards for playground equipment. This play set will allow the 16 children at the Brownson Home to play in a fun and safe way.

Texas MOCH Network (DBA Texas AHEC East)- The grant will fund the purchase of science enhancement educational models and program supplies that will encourage 10th - 12th graders in the community to enter into a healthcare profession.

The DeCosta Volunteer Fire Department- The grant will fund additional handheld radios for the volunteer firefighters so they can stay in contact with each other when they are on a fire scene and not in sight of each other.

Community Food Bank (DBA Food Bank of the Golden Cresent)- The grant will fund a AirVoluntion 6 Blade Fan that will help the warehouse stay cool which will in turn increase the shelf life of the food and provide a better work environment for volunteers.

Victoria Boulevard Lions Club- The grant will fund new seating and a merry go round at the park. The new seating at the park means providing a high quality eating area for park users. The new merry go round will enable youth to enjoy the park.

For editorial information:

Gabriella Cone
Dow Seadrift Operations Public Affairs
+1 979-238-4159