Dow Launches Partnership for Renovating Senior Citizen Homes in Shanghai
Shanghai, China - May 17, 2011
Dow Greater China has joined with Habitat for Humanity China in an effort to provide safe and comfortable housing to needy senior citizens in Shanghai. Dow’s exclusive sponsorship for the 2011 Shanghai Age-Friendly Housing Project, which will run through September 2011, will provide improved safety and living conditions to 25 low income elderly households in the Yangpu, Zhabei, and Huangpu districts of Shanghai.
During the Spring Community Build Day on May 14, more than 50 Dow employees – known as Dow V-Care volunteers – donated their time and effort to assist in the renovation activities. A similar volunteer event is planned for this autumn.
“Dow employees are not only committed to contributing to human progress through science and innovation, but also to being a partner for change through collaboration with government and non-government organizations and communities. This project, in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity China and its partners, is further evidence of our efforts to support community success and benefit local residents,” said Peter Sykes, President of Dow Greater China.
Ronnie Chen, HR Director of Dow Greater China, said at the kick-off ceremony, “The senior citizen housing project is one more meaningful philanthropic program for our volunteers. The time and effort we will contribute may seem nothing to us, but is critical to each of the senior citizens we will support. It is truly rewarding to know that our hard work will have such a positive impact on the lives of people in our community.”
Dow and Habitat for Humanity have been global community partners since the early 1980s. In China, the Dow-Habitat collaboration has helped build and renovate homes for many natural disaster victims and disadvantaged citizens.