History of Dow's Partnership with Habitat

The Dow Chemical Company has been a proud and active supporter of Habitat for Humanity since 1983 and became the first international partner in 1993. Dow helps Habitat for Humanity build homes and change lives around the world. To find out about Habitat builds in or near your community, visit the Habitat for Humanity International web site.


Some of the major milestones of Dow’s more than 30 year partnership with Habitat are highlighted below:

2015: Dow expands build locations to include three new countries, enabling thousands of families around the world to live in decent, affordable housing. With first-time builds in Ethiopia, Argentina and Colombia, Dow is increasing the number of countries it has supported since its partnership with Habitat began in 1983 to 29 countries.
2014: Employees surpassed the 2014 volunteer goals set by the Company of 1,500 volunteers and 10,000 hours, with more than 1,780 volunteers spending 11,859 hours working on 123 builds and serving 355 homeowners last year. Dow retiree volunteers were major contributors to Habitat, logging 5,263 of the total hours.

Dow expanded the Gift-in-Kind (complimentary) product offering to Habitat for Humanity Affiliates in North America to include FROTH-PAK(TM) Foam Insulation, STYROFOAM(TM) Brand Insulation, GREAT STUFF PRO(TM) Insulating Foam Sealants.
2013: Dow began a celebration of 30 years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity. As part of its anniversary commitment, Dow will participate in the 30th Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP) build that will take place in October and has added Ghana, Africa, to its list of building sites. Dow also announced a renewal of its longstanding commitment to provide funding, product donations and volunteer support to Habitat. To date, Dow has contributed $56.9 million in cumulative giving to Habitat.
2012: Dow helped sponsor 135 new homes, including 17 homes in China and 100 in India. The company also sponsored its first builds in Kenya and Portugal, in addition to 76 renovations. Dow’s Great Lakes Bay Region, for the second year, led a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative which involved three cities, 56 homes, 787 Dow volunteers and 3,148 volunteer hours.
2011: Dow participated in its first Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in China, as the exclusive corporate partner of the Shanghai Age-friendly Housing Project. Through the sponsorship, the group renovated 25 homes for elderly residents in the Yangpu, Zhabei, and Huangpu districts of Shanghai.
2010: Dow announced a two-year agreement to continue providing funding and product donations in support of JCWP, a commitment that brought Dow’s aggregate Habitat contributions to nearly $11 million in funding and more than $25 million in gift-in-kind support during the span of the partnership. Dow celebrated the commitment by supporting 32 houses for approximately 150 people living in substandard housing in the city of Guaruja, Brazil. This support enabled families that previously lived in polluted areas access to healthier and safer homes, served with complete water, sewage and electric power systems.
2009: A team of 40 Dow employees joined Habitat for Humanity China in Qionglai, Sichuan, to build homes and provide affordable housing for local residents.
2008: Dow celebrated 25 years of commitment to Habitat, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Habitat's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project (JRCWP). Dow recognized this legacy partnership by participating as a Gold Sponsor of the 2008 JRCWP in the Gulf Coast which rebuilt homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
2007: Dow Indonesia received Habitat for Humanity's prestigious Nehemiah Award for distinguished volunteer service at the organization's Asia-Pacific Leadership Conference in Singapore.
2006: Dow contributed $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity China for their Post Flood Rehabilitation program through Save and Build. Homes were rebuilt for 110 families in Guangdong Province in southern China.
2004: Dow pledged $100,000 for Habitat’s new Global Village & Discovery Center at Habitat for Humanity International's corporate headquarters. The Center is an interactive, educational experience that illustrates the housing transformation that partner families undergo to thrive in Habitat homes worldwide. Dow sponsored 2 houses and helped to develop an educational module about the building science.
2003: Dow became a National Underwriter for the Congress Building America program, which provides the opportunity for hundreds of low-income families to become homeowners.
2001: Dow became a Lifetime Cornerstone Society Member of Habitat for Humanity and a leader in the More Than Houses: Rebuilding our Communities CampaignMore Than Houses was Habitat's initiative to build 100,000 new homes by 2005. Dow committed to supply $5 million of STYROFOAMth Brand Insulation for the next 25,000 Habitat homes built in North America from 2002-2005.
1997:  Dow renewed its commitment to be the exclusive supplier of rigid foam insulation for North America Habitat homes. The company announced a four-year financial commitment of $1 million for Habitat affiliates around the world to use for house sponsorship.
1994:  Dow committed to be the official supplier of STYROFOAM™ Brand Insulation for all Habitat homes built in North America.
1993:  Dow became Habitat for Humanity’s first international partner.