Dow Volunteers Surprise Charities with Bonus

Nineteen local non-profits have something to be thankful for – Dow employees who volunteer in their organizations.  Through a newly launched program called “iGive”, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) allows employees who volunteer more than 25 hours a year to a single organization to nominate that organization for a $500 grant.

The criteria are simple.  The Dow employee must volunteer a minimum of 25 hours to the organization, the organization must be a 501(c)(3), school or municipality, and the organization must be in the community where the employee lives or works.  The organizations sharing this $10,000 gift are:

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    • American Red Cross – Concord
    • Antioch High School Wrestling Team
    • Boy Scouts of America (Troops 153, 298 and 248)
    • Clayton Community Library Foundation
    • Clayton Valley High School
    • Community Emergency Response Team – Concord
    • CYO Basketball Organization – Antioch
    • Delta Youth Soccer League – Antioch
    • Halau Ke Waikahe Lani Malie — Sacramento
    • JARCC Diablo Athletic – Concord
    • Junior Optimist Baseball/Softball League – Concord
    • Lindsay Wildlife Museum – Walnut Creek
    • Michael Valle Foundation (two grants) – Pittsburg
    • O’Hara Park Middle School – Oakley
    • One Day at a Time – Brentwood
    • Solano County SPCA – Vacaville
    • Survivors – Bethel Island

“I knew we had employees giving their time in a variety of places throughout the community,” said Patty Deutsche, Senior Manager of Public Affairs at Dow Pittsburg.  “What surprised me was the number of hours being donated.  In nearly every case (employees’ estimates ranged from 40 hours to 425 hours), as we verified the hours with the organization, the employee underestimated their own hours.”

In total, the twenty employees donated more than 2,400 hours in the past year.  Typically, Dow donations must meet strict criteria – relating to education, science or the environment.  This new program, iGive, “rewards” the employee by rewarding the organization about which they are passionate.  It’s truly a win-win-win situation.

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About Dow
Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in approximately 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. In 2008, Dow had annual sales of $57.5 billion and employed approximately 46,000 people worldwide. The Company has 150 manufacturing sites in 35 countries and produces approximately 3,300 products. On April 1, 2009, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of $10 billion in 2008, 98 manufacturing sites in 30 countries and approximately 15,000 employees worldwide. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

About Dow’s Pittsburg Operations

The Dow Chemical Company purchased the Pittsburg facility in 1939 from the Great Western Electrochemical Company. It is one of more than 150 manufacturing sites located in 37 countries around the world and supports two of Dow’s eight global businesses – Dow AgroSciences and Performance Chemicals.  The Pittsburg facility produces a variety of products used in personal care products as well as a variety of crop protection products and intermediates. www.dowpittsburg.com

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