It started as a vision - the vision of Dow employees to positively impact African-American communities near Dow locations, where economic and educational challenges may be barriers to success. It was also a promise to give something back to kids and their communities.

Since its creation in 2000. Dow Promise has evolved from a promise into a lasting relationship that supports Dow's commitment to the principles of Sustainable Development, and more importantly, social responsibility.

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  • A clear need in the city or community where Dow has a presence
  • A chance to help pre-college students discover the wonders of science
  • Support of a project or program involving science, engineering, business or a related area where Dow needs talented people
  • An opportunity to sustain and enhance the environment


Dow Promise owes much of its success to the organizations that partner with us nationally and in our communities. Our communities give Dow its license to operate. In return, Dow seeks to be a good corporate citizen with over 150 Dow Promise volunteers helping to make a positive contribution to each of our communities.


America's Promise

Dow Promise supports the principles of America’s Promise through our involvement in local Communities of Promise.

Communities in Schools

Communities in Schools brings communities and corporations together to help students stay in school and learn skills that will last a lifetime.

Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe place for children to learn and grow. Local clubs give kids hope and opportunity through life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. Dow Promise supports Boys & Girls Clubs through our involvement in clubs in our communities.

Kansas State University Golf Course Management Research Foundation

First Tee is a national initiative aiming to blend leadership and academics into an appreciation for golf. Students receive academic help, are taught leadership principles, and learn the fundamentals of playing competitive golf. Dow Promise provides support for the academic component of the program, by helping to sponsor mathematic enrichment programs at local universities. Additionally, minority youth from communities near our sites, who would not have access to a golf facility or to golf lessons, are awarded an opportunity to learn from the best golfers in the country, as well as receive life skills training from University staff, at the Earl Woods National Youth Golf Academy at Colbert Hills on the campus of Kansas State University.

NAACP National Headquarters - Afro-Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics

Dow Promise supports the national initiatives of NAACP ACT-SO program and works to further these achievements in our local communities. Locally, ACT-SO is a year long enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Dow Promise volunteers serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence.


City Mission

An after school and community outreach effort, the City Mission program targets the Brightmoor community of Detroit. Dow Promise volunteers work with local youth in after school tutorials that focus on help with homework and improving math, reading and basic computer skills.

Detroit Lions Academy - Keys to Success

The Detroit Lions Academy is proof of what can happen when an NFL football team and major corporations come together to make a difference in area students’ lives. Dow financially supports Keys to Success, a program designed to make students and staff aware of how their attitudes and temperament impact their ability to learn.

This program has been implemented at the Detroit Lions Academy to give students skills to control their emotions while in and out of school. Financial support from Dow Promise also enabled the Detroit Lions Academy to build a hands-on science lab to make learning fun.  Employees from Dow Automotive and Dow’s Southfield office volunteer as mentors for middle-school students who have difficulties in a traditional school setting. Students who have learning, behavioral and attendance problems are beginning to love school and learning, with the help of their Dow mentors.

Detroit Public Library Summer Reading Program

Kids in the Detroit area get together every-other Saturday during the summer to take part in reading program, hosted by Dow Promise and the African-American Network of The Dow Chemical Company (located in Auburn Hills, Michigan). Approximately 10 volunteers meet with kids ages 4 to 13 to read stories, engage in lively discussions and enjoy treats afterwards. Kids are rewarded for their efforts with trips to the circus, Detroit Tigers baseball games, and certificates at the conclusion of the summer program.


Baldwin Community Schools

Dow volunteers participate in an e-mentoring (electronic mentoring) program with middle school students in the Baldwin area. Through e-mail, mentors are involved with their students’ academic and social development activities, while helping them enhance their computer and Internet skills.

Midland Children's Museum - Kid Domain

Have you seen a museum without walls in the Baldwin community? It travels within Michigan and may be coming to an elementary school near you. Dow Promise funded the creation of this museum – one without walls – to give students a hands-on opportunity to learn archaeological skills and identify skeletal structures and animal hides of animals native to Michigan.

Plastics Van (Plasti-Van)

Can you think of a hundred different uses for plastic? Targeted toward students in grades 3-12, the Plasti-Van travels around the state to educate and encourage the use of plastics and polymers in society. Dow Promise helps to finance the implementation of Plasti-Van in the Baldwin Community Schools and the Boys and Girls Club.


Boys & Girls Club - East County, CA

Dow Promise volunteers from Dow’s Pittsburg site work with children from the Pittsburg area and East Contra Costa County. The Boys & Girls Club and Dow Promise volunteers work together to provide local children with homework help, recreational and athletic activities, computer skills, and act as mentors to teach valuable life skills.

African-American Academic Achievement Committee

What do homework, career days and a national engineering conference have in common? They’re all part of Dow Promise volunteers’ involvement in Four AC. Volunteers from Dow spend time with local students to give them help with homework in after school programs. Career days also help to give students ideas of what different careers involve, and Dow volunteers also participate in these events to talk about their jobs and careers in various areas of science. In addition, Dow Promise provides financial support for local youth to attend a national engineering conference sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers.

Solutions for At Risk Youth - Pitttsburg

Saturday mornings involve more than cartoons for some high school students in the Pittsburg area. The Pittsburg Firefighter Youth Academy, a Saturday morning tutorial and mentoring program, recruits students to enhance their academic performance, consider careers in public service, and practice self-discipline.

Dow Promise volunteers support this program by helping students with their homework and acting as positive role models and mentors for low-income, at risk youth.


2020 Vision Foundation - F.O.C.U.S. Tutorial Program

Standardized tests play an important role in a student’s education, and can impact class selections and opportunities for scholarships. The Adults in Action Program helps middle school and high school students prepare for standardized Texas assessment tests. Dow Promise volunteers work as tutors and mentors for students to help them score well on their tests.

Learning for Life Club - Bess Brannen Elementary

The Learning for Life Club is an initiative sponsored by Bess Brannen Elementary and local neighborhood partners for students living in a low-income neighborhood in Lake Jackson. Dow Promise volunteers work with students having academic challenges in an after-school setting, and provide tutorials and help with homework.

Brazosport Independent School District - Brazosport High

The Study Hall Program at Brazosport High School actively engages students with the help of volunteers from Dow Promise. Volunteers provide homework assistance, tutorials, and help students prepare for future careers and advanced studies.

Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering

What was your favorite part of science class? Do you like to take appliances apart to see how they work, or would you rather explore chemical compounds? The TAME exhibit visits middle school students and asks questions like these while exposing them to career options related to science and engineering. Dow Promise actively supports this program by providing financial and volunteer support for this engineering exhibit, which travels throughout Texas.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saginaw Bay Area

Dow Promise provides financial support to help market the need for more caring adult mentors to act as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Several Dow Promise volunteers are also active as “Bigs” to young people in the Saginaw area.

Boys & Girls Club of Saginaw - Longfellow

Dow Promise volunteers work with students in the Longfellow Boys & Girls Club. They act as mentors and provide tutoring support for a variety of programs, such as the phonics reading program. They also give middle school and high school students exposure to different careers by educating students about their jobs at Dow.

First Robotics - Buena Vista High School

What can thirty students in a robotics program do? Something amazing, according to Dow Promise volunteers. Students and volunteers work together to develop robotic equipment and refine their technical skills. Other students learn marketing and presentation skills while creating the Chairman’s Presentation, along with videos to showcase their project.  Along with their project involvement, students also work to attract sponsors, encourage school participation, and have the opportunity to earn college scholarships.

Help One Student To Succeed (HOSTS) Program - Claytor Elementary School

Dow Promise volunteers mentor fourth grade students at Claytor Elementary in a one-on-one setting. They help the students improve their reading, math, science, and writing skills – whatever the students would like to work on.  A recipient of the 2003 Betty Scharff Award, Claytor teachers and volunteers have come together to make a difference in their students' lives. As one HOSTS student put it when speaking of her mentor, "She has made a difference in my life…now I know I can read."

First Tee Program - Delta College

First Tee is a national initiative aiming to blend leadership and academics into an appreciation for golf. Students receive academic help, are taught leadership principles, and learn the fundamentals of playing competitive golf. Dow Promise provides support for the academic component of the program, by helping to sponsor mathematic enrichment programs for First Tee at Delta College.

Houghton-Jones Saginaw East Central Neighborhood Association

Imagine an economically challenged neighborhood plagued by poverty and crime becoming a vibrant community. The Houghton-Jones Neighborhood Association is doing just that, with the help of financial support from Dow Promise.  

After-school and summer programs are in place, along with recreational activities. These give area students the opportunity to get to know their neighbors in a safe and educational setting. Workshops teaching life skills are also available for adults and encourage parent-child interaction. 

The Houghton-Jones Neighborhood Association does more than provide help with homework and sponsor activities. It also works to create a sense of community, through neighborhood clean-up projects such as turning vacant lots into parks where families can play.

Midland Children's Museum

Have you seen a museum without walls in Saginaw? It travels around the state of Michigan and may be coming to a school near you. Dow Promise funded the creation of this museum – one without walls – to give students a hands-on opportunity to learn archaeological skills and identify skeletal structures and animal hides of animals native to Michigan. Dow Promise also provides financial support that enables the museum to visit schools in Saginaw.

Saginaw County Promise - Saginaw Community Foundation

As a local Community of Promise in the America’s Promise program, the Saginaw County Promise is a community partnership that works to assure that all children in Saginaw County have the opportunities to thrive and succeed. This program enables adults to connect teams and children in the community with five promises dedicated to their learning and growth.

Dow Promise provides financial support for the Saginaw County Promise’s marketing efforts to make Saginaw County families aware of the program and the opportunities available.

Saginaw Striders

Running provides more than just exercise – it also provides an opportunity to learn new skills as part of a team. Developed by volunteers from Dow Promise and South Middle School, Saginaw Striders introduces Boys & Girls Club members, South Middle School students, and other Saginaw area youth to the fun of running and walking. Dow Promise and other community volunteers act as coaches and mentors for the students, encourage healthy eating and fitness, and help expose them to new skills through career shadowing opportunities at Dow.

Keys to Success - School District of the City of Saginaw, Central Intermediate

Dow Promise financially supports Central Intermediate and the delivery of the “Keys to Success” Seminar, a program designed to make students and staff aware of how their attitudes and temperament impact their ability to learn. Students are given skills to help control their emotions both inside and outside of school. “Keys to Success” seminar is a K-12 module of Envicare Consulting, Inc.


First Baptist Community Development - Renaissance Community Development

The Renaissance Community Development Program is an after school tutorial program for young people in the New Brunswick area, an economically challenged community in New Jersey. Dow Promise volunteers work with students ages 6-18, and help them focus on achieving academic, social and personal success.


Louisiana State University Office of Scholarships - Summer Camps

The opportunity to attend academic summer camps can make a tremendous difference for students who are struggling in school. The Louisiana State University provides a variety of academic programs, from remedial classes to enrichment programs. Dow Promise provides financial support and scholarships for elementary and high school students from low-income families in the greater Baton Rouge area, Plaquemine, Port Allen, Iberville and Brusly.

Sharing a Vision - Port Allen Middle School

Members of SAV and Dow Promise volunteers are coming together to impact the academic achievement of 6th-8th grade students at Port Allen Middle School. Volunteers work academically challenged students to improve their math, science and English skills, and also help the students with their homework.

Southern University - Adopt a Lab

What is corrosion science and why is it important? Dow Promise encourages high school and college students to explore questions like these through its support of mechanical engineering departments and a corrosion laboratory at Southern University. Dow Promise also provides financial assistance for students to explore this exciting area of science.


Hope Community Development Corporation

The Hope Community Development Corporation provides an in-school mentoring and tutorial program for at-risk students in the Charleston area. Dow Promise supports this group both financially and with the help of volunteers who primarily work with students ages 14-21.

Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. - Harambee Learning Center

Students of all grade levels can receive the extra help they may need at the Harambee Learning Center, an after school tutorial for students in the Dunbar and South Charleston areas. Dow Promise provides financial support, along with volunteers who work directly with students to provide help with homework.


Kid's Money Klub - Ridgemont elementary

How many lawns would I have to mow to buy a new pair of running shoes? The Kids' Money Klub is an after school program devoted to enhancing math skills for students who need extra help in math. Dow Promise supports this program financially and with volunteers from Dow's La Porte facilities, who help students learn how math is used in investments, budgeting, and money management.

Lightning Track Club

The Lightning Track Club is an academic and athletic enrichment program for students in all grades. Dow Promise volunteers are involved in all aspects of this club, from helping students develop their track and field skills to teaching students how to maintain good grades. Dow Promise also provides financial support for this group, which attracts students from all over the Houston area and involves participation in statewide and national competitions.


St. Charles Community Outreach Foundation - Mt. Airy Baptist Tutoring Program

Computers have changed the way we work and communicate, and knowing how to use them is essential. Through the Mt. Airy Baptist Tutoring Program, an after school tutorial program, Dow Promise volunteers are helping students to develop their computer skills through hands-on experience. Volunteers also work with students to provide help with homework and other school activities.

St. Charles Parish Schools - Luling Elementary School

Some students need a little extra help to succeed. Members of Dow Promise volunteer their time both during the school day and after school to work with elementary students that have academic performance problems.

St. Charles Parish Schools - Hands on Science

What is an emulsion? Does salt water freeze? Sometimes the best understanding of answers to questions like these comes from finding the answers yourself.

Dow Promise provides financial support to integrate inquiry-based science learning into science classrooms, giving students the opportunity to conduct experiments to discover the possibilities of science. Dow Promise volunteers are also involved by helping school districts develop strategies to introduce hands-on science learning and assist with teacher training. Volunteers are encouraged to work with classrooms who are implementing this unique learning opportunity.


Fourteen individuals and one team across the U.S. have been selected as recipients of the 2004 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Award which is co-sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation and Chemical Bank & Trust Company of Midland, Michigan. Established in 1987, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Award publicly recognizes individuals or groups who, through their efforts to improve race relations and the quality of life in our communities as well as in our corporations, have helped to keep Dr. King's famous "dream" of racial harmony and equality alive for a new generation of Americans. Among the winners, six (6) Dow Promise volunteers were announced as Recognition Award winners at a ceremony held in Midland, Michigan. Three award recipients from Midland were recognized for their involvement in the HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) program at A. A. Claytor Elementary in Saginaw Michigan; two award recipients from California were recognized for their after-school activities with East County Boys and Girls Club and Firefighters Youth Academy of Pittsburg, and the African American Academic Achievement Committee (4AC) of Antioch California; and a Plaquemine, Louisiana employee was recognized for his work with middle and high school schools in Port Allen and West Baton Rouge. Additionally, participants with the Auburn Hills Michigan African American Network (AAN) at Dow Automotive were recognized with the same award for their group efforts in making a positive difference with a number of community activities in Detroit.