Community Success Stories
Junior Achievement of Brazoria County
Thanks to a collaborative effort between Brazosport ISD, The Dow Chemical Company and Junior Achievement, more than 210 seventh grade students at Clute Intermediate recently got the opportunity to explore career paths, how to prepare financially for their future, basic budgeting and how an education can truly make a difference in their future.
The Dow Chemical Company provided funding and most of the volunteers to go into the classrooms to help students explore personal finance, education and career options based on their own individual skills, interests and values.
Texas Operations employees, contractors and retirees once again opened their hearts and wallets to personally donate a total of $773,000 to the United Way of Brazoria County during the 2011 Texas Operations United Way Campaign. The result was a great achievement for the Freeport site and highlights employees’ willingness to give back to the Brazosport community and support those who need a helping hand.
Dow holds various other fundraisers for United Way of Brazoria County throughout the year, such as chili cook-offs, employee game nights, and book drives, to continue lending support for the many services they offer the community.
When the Dow Team began participating in the MS150 in 1996, they set a long-term goal for themselves – to raise over $3 million dollars to fight multiple sclerosis. When the team rolled across the finish line of the 2011 ride in Austin, that goal was surpassed - and Dow was named to the Top 25 Texas MS 150 Teams ranked by fundraising. In 2011, BP MS150 reported a total of $217,836 raised by the 189 cyclists on the Dow Team. That’s an average of $1,153 per rider, nearly triple the $400 minimum per rider and well over the national average per rider of $900.
The Texas BP MS 150 is a two-day, 180-mile fundraising cycling ride -the largest event of its kind in North America. In 2010, 12,000 cyclists raised more than $16 million for multiple sclerosis and the BP MS 150 has raised more than $131 million since the first ride in 1985.
Sea Center Texas
Sea Center Texas, located in Lake Jackson, is situated on 75 acres donated by Dow in the mid-1990’s and is funded by the Texas Coastal Conservation Association, the Texas Sport Fish Restoration Fund, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Its marine hatchery produces up to 15 million juvenile fish each year – red drum and spotted speckled trout – to stock in Texas bays and to conduct research on stressed fish stocks from Texas waters. The center is one of three saltwater fish hatcheries operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that as a group release more than 25 million juvenile fish each year to supplement natural fish populations and enhance fishing opportunities along the Texas coast.
Sea Center Texas opened its marine aquarium and education center in March 1996 and the fish hatchery produced its first fish in June 1997. Numerous Dow employees and retirees volunteer countless hours at the Sea Center, and are proud of Dow’s partnership with this organization that has been instrumental in the sustainability of our environment.
Black Skimmer Open House
On the last Saturday in June bird watchers of all ages attend the Black Skimmer Open House at the Freeport site to get a close up of the marine birds. It is a great way to educate people about the skimmers and the importance of coastal habitat preservation. Skimmers are named for their ability to fly just above the surface of the water with their knife-like lower bills skimming along the surface, picking up morsels of food.
Dow’s special relationship with Black Skimmers started in the 1960s when Dow employee Maurice Garner noticed the birds nesting in the parking lot and put up some ropes and barricades to keep them from being disturbed.
The event is free and open to the public and provides the rare opportunity to view one of the largest nesting colonies of black skimmers on the Texas Gulf Coast. Texas Operations is proud to continue that tradition of conserving and protecting the Black Skimmers and their habitat so they continue to return year after year.
Brazoria County Fair
Dow Texas Operations is proud to showcase an interactive exhibit at the annual Brazoria County Fair, one of the largest community events held in the area. Employee volunteers man the booth and educate booth visitors on various products, technologies, and innovations that Dow produces every day.
Dow is also a proud sponsor of the Fair’s Senior Citizens Day, an annual event aimed at showing local senior citizens how much they are appreciated. Seniors compete in events including dominoes, horseshoes, washer tossing and bingo, and enjoy a free barbeque lunch served by Dow employee volunteers.