Dow in the Delaware Valley

How do you transform challenges into opportunities, redefine what’s possible and help create a more efficient, more sustainable world at the same time? It takes collaboration, teamwork and a belief that the next breakthrough is only a moment of inspiration away.

For more than 100 years, chemistry and manufacturing have played an integral part in the growth of this region. The Delaware Valley has been the birthplace of solutions and home to some of the greatest minds in history. This is still true today.

We are guided by our ambition to become the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world.

  • Innovative: Alongside our customers, we create the materials and solutions that transform our world.
  • Customer-Centric: We aim to be easy, enjoyable and effective to do business with through all our interactions.
  • Inclusive: We champion a fully inclusive workforce that reflects the world in which we do business, because it’s the right thing and smart thing to do.
  • Sustainable: In everything we do, we strive for positive impact on society and the planet.

Across our footprint in the Delaware Valley and around the world, Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care.

We are proud to call the Delaware Valley home.

Partnering to solve local challenges

Whether you partner with us, work at Dow, or experience our materials in your favorite brands, we are relentlessly working to make the world and this community better. By listening and collaborating, we can find out what solutions are needed next.

Our community partnerships and investments are aligned to the company’s ambition and fueled by volunteer service. We are applying our innovative technology, employee expertise and culture of inclusion to drive our citizenship strategy and generate transformational social impact in the Delaware Valley and around the world.

Communities We Support

In the Delaware Valley, Dow emphasizes partnerships that serve communities where Dow employees live and work, including:

  • Bristol, PA
  • Collegeville, PA
  • Spring House, PA
  • Wilmington, DE

Commitment and Priority Areas

Dow focuses on social impact in three key areas– Advancing sustainable solutions, building inclusive communities and developing tomorrow’s innovators.

  • Advancing sustainable solutions
    • Drive progress towards a more circular economy
    • Collaborate to discover and deliver new ways of using Dow products and processes for social good
  • Building inclusive communities
    • Help communities thrive by partnering with local organizations to create more inclusive places to live and work
    • Inspire and empower educators and students to create more inclusive environments in schools
  • Developing tomorrow’s innovators
    • Inspire and prepare the next generation of manufacturers, engineers, and chemists
    • Cultivate an innovative mindset that supports Dow’s ambition

Additionally, we believe, whether through the dedication of time, talent or expertise, that volunteering promotes a positive employee experience, further supports the global citizenship priorities and investments, and, ultimately, advances Dow’s ambition.

How to Partner

#TeamDow: Engaging for Impact

Community Grants

  • Submission Deadlines: March 31 & September 30, 2020
  • Request: up to $10,000 to support strategic and transformative programs
    built on community collaboration and volunteer engagement.
  • Eligibility: review FAQ
  • Apply: click here

Frequently asked questions

Who do you support?

  • Applicants must adhere to the company’s non-discrimination policy and be a charitable or non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 designation or eligible government or school with required tax documentation. Note – faith-based organizations may qualify, provided their proposed project is for the benefit of the community as a whole rather than just the members of the congregation.
  • Organizations who serve and are based in communities where Dow employees live and work.
  • Examples of charitable organizations and/or activities that would not qualify for funding include:
    • Proposals submitted by for-profit businesses, religious organizations for the sole benefit of the organization, individual sports teams, political organizations or candidates, labor unions, homeowners' associations, or individuals.
    • Operating expenses, personal computers, travel expenses, conferences, advertising, fundraising events, walks or runs, giveaways or prizes, individual scholarships, dues and memberships, lobbying expenses or capital campaigns.
  • Opportunities for support of Habitat for Humanity affiliates, FIRST Robotics Teams, and PullingOurWeight cleanup efforts are managed outside of this process. For additional information, click here.

What is the application process and timing?

In 2020, grant proposals will be reviewed two times during the year. In order for organizations to meet the appropriate review deadlines, proposals should be submitted prior to:

  • Spring cycle:
    • Proposal Deadline: Submit by March 31
    • Notifications: Early June
  • Fall cycle:
    • Proposal Deadline: Submit by September 30
    • Notifications: Early November

How do we apply?

  • Step 1: Review all of the eligibility criteria to determine if your organization meets the basic requirements.
  • Step 2: Ensure your request aligns to at least one of Dow’s global citizenship commitment and priority areas.
  • Step 3: If you meet the eligibility requirements AND align to at least one global citizenship commitment and priority areas, you may begin the process to apply.

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