8,000 Employees Strengthen Local Communities through United Way

Repairs for older homes, meals for homebound and education for preschoolers are just a few of the myriad ways that United Way benefits people and communities, which is a major reason that Dow employees have been such strong supporters of the nonprofit organization for 94 years.

United Way impacts millions of lives each year by bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions that create lasting change in communities around the world.

More than 8,000 employees pledged roughly $4 million during the 2015 fall United Way campaign at sites across North America. In addition, more than $300,000 was raised at several special events.

Houston Operations, for instance, concluded its 2015 campaign with a chili cook-off that raised more than $2,500.

Beyond monetary assistance, Dow employees continued to get involved in United Way supported projects in their communities. In the Delaware Valley, volunteers have worked with UrbanPromise and the Delaware Gardens Neighborhood Initiative to clean Johnson's Cemetery Memorial Park, a long-forgotten resting place for many African-American military veterans and civil servants.

In Louisiana, employees devote time and expertise to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, providing free tax return help to low-income, disabled and elderly people.

In Texas, employees support the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way Helpline, which connects people with the right agencies for any number of human challenges. The helpline receives about 1 million calls a year.

“We are so fortunate to have an outstanding relationship with United Way, to continue to find the needs in our communities and make such a big impact through our employee campaign,” said Rob Vallentine, president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. “Not only do we give through donated funds, but our employees continue to donate their time to some very important and worthy causes.”