Sky-high generosity


Dow's corporate aviation hangar serves as distribution center for flood relief supplies

May 28, 2020 | Jim Fitterling

The list of supporters is long and ever-growing; and we appreciate each and every one of these donations. We’re so grateful to have so many generous partners.

Dow volunteers sort donated relief supplies

After days of heavy rainfall last week, two dams breached just north of our global headquarters in Midland, Michigan. It brought catastrophic flooding to area homes and businesses. Thankfully, due to strong leadership and quick action from local and state officials, there were no reported injuries or deaths.

As we turn our focus to clean up and recovery, however, we see immense needs throughout our community. Our colleagues, friends and neighbors are dealing with damaged homes, businesses and property, and are trying to pick up the pieces after this disastrous event.

Last week on this blog, I talked about this region’s spirit — how the can-do attitude of Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region has been a critical part of Dow’s success.

We carry that spirit far beyond our operations here. It’s a part of our company wherever we operate. Our people bring it with them wherever they conduct Dow business. And it’s especially present in our interactions with our customers and partners. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Team Dow did all we could to respond to the needs of our stakeholders. Now, they’re responding to our needs.

The list of supporters is long and ever-growing. We’re grateful to have so many generous partners and appreciate every donation they’ve offered so quickly.

Volunteers unload planes carrying donations from Louisiana and Texas

Volunteers unload planes carrying donations from Louisiana and Texas

Dow volunteers sort donated relief supplies

Thanks to this amazing outpouring of support, we partnered with United Way of Midland County to turn our corporate aviation hangar at MBS International Airport into a distribution center for critical relief supplies – including food, water, cleaning supplies and more – for those impacted by the recent flooding across Midland and Gladwin counties. The hangar — which has transported Team Dow all over the world, sharing this region’s spirit globally — is now being used to bring the world’s generosity to our community.

Team Dow continues to find a way to help, using their vast knowledge and world-class expertise to build a system of local distribution centers across the area to get relief materials directly to where they're most needed.

The team has also connected with our network of global partners, suppliers and customers to source more donations. While donations of supplies are currently stacked high at the hangar as we sort them and distribute them, we know the need is great. We will keep the trucks rolling, keep these centers stocked across the region, and keep the donations flying in.

For more information about how to access and donate relief supplies, monetary donations, and flood relief volunteer opportunities, please click on the links below.

Dow volunteer moves a load of relief supplies

While there are no planes flying out of this hangar, our gratitude is soaring and our collective spirit is lifted because of the outreach from others.

Just as we’ve seen throughout our 120+ year history… Team Dow continues to respond to the needs of all our stakeholders; this region is coming together to help one another in ways big and small; and our global partners are working alongside us to overcome a big challenge.

Jim Fitterling, Chairman and CEO

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