Giving Showcase – Dow Corning Corporation
Examples of how Dow Corning Corporation
These are just a few of the hundreds of ways Dow Corning Corporation and
our employees are working to improve
the quality of life in our communities around the world:
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Science Day Programs – In this popular science education program, school
participate in hands-on experiments and other fun activities designed to
them to the fascinating world of silicone
chemistry and how it touches their lives every
day. Tailored to local needs and interests, Science Day programs have been
implemented in Dow Corning communities from China, India, Japan and Korea
to the UK, Germany and the Americas.
Habitat for Humanity –
Dow Corning employees from the USA and India partner with Habitat for
Humanity and participate in local building projects to construction low-cost
housing and revitalize neighborhoods.
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Giving Tree – To celebrate the Chinese New Year, employees donate books
clothing to children.
Free Enterprise (SIFE) – Corporate-sponsored teams of university
students work together to make a difference in their communities. The
apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve
environment, quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
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Interessengemeinschaft für Behinderte e.V (IFB) – Dow Corning’s
Wiesbaden Site has a longstanding partnership with this organization, which
works for the inclusion of people with disabilities in society. In 2011,
Dow Corning provided EUR 20.000 to the
European Giving Fund to support the construction of a handicapped-accessible
The Leonardo Award – This program encourages students (8th grade and up)
participate in team projects related to art, media, music, social
technology, theater, the environment and economics. Dow Corning’s
sponsors the Social category award. The 2011 winner was a project called
against violence,” which helps motivate people to intervene in violent
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The Mumbai Marathon – Dow Corning contributed approximately $100
nearly 40 Mumbai employees to participate in the 2011 Mumbai Marathon Dream
a fundraiser to support the efforts of ATMA, a non-governmental organization (NGO)
that works to provide education for the underprivileged.
Support for Village
Schools – Dow Corning India has constructed anganwadis
(child-care centers) in the villages of Karegaon and Karde. In Karde, we also
a solar energy system that provides electricity to the anganwadi, an adjacent
school and a community ground. We worked with the village school in Dhoksangvi
provide a laboratory and a library, and we donated 120 desks and benches so
students will be able to study more comfortably.
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Green Energy Contest – Working with KEEA (an environmental
education non-governmental organization) and 22 green energy clubs,
Dow Corning supported the efforts of 500 students to lead green
conservation and energy savings projects in their schools.
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Nature and Education Center – During National Science and Engineering
more than 200 pupils from seven local schools visited the Dow Corning Barry
Nature and Education Center and participated in silicone science
center also hosts a math mentoring program and is adapting user-friendly signs
enable children of all abilities (including students with Asperger’s syndrome
autism) to use the center.
Careers Education – Through its involvement with Careers Wales, the Dow Corning
Barry Site provides students with valuable experiences, including mock
science and technology fairs.
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Solar Decathlon – Dow
Corning was the education outreach sponsor for the U.S. Department of Energy
2011 Solar Decathlon, a program that challenges collegiate teams from around
the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are
cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. We also contributed to the
development of a free solar education curriculum for middle school
Matching Gifts Program (PDF) – Dow Corning has one of
the longest ongoing matching gifts programs in the United States and has
provided more than $4 million in matching gifts. Established in 1957, the
program matches the donations of Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor
Group employees and retirees, as well as their surviving spouses.
Weatherization – The Dow Corning
Elizabethtown Site donated $16,000 of
sealant to agencies that distribute it to low-income families for use in home
Disaster Relief – Dow Corning
Elizabethtown Site employees collected household
personal care items for victims of tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri; the site
safety glasses and gloves for volunteers assisting with clean-up.
Community Advisory Panel Projects – The Dow Corning Carrollton
Community Advisory Panel, in conjunction with another major Carroll
employer, has provided support for a local search and recovery team, a
scholarship, a community-wide home winterization project, hazard- and
radios, and shelter-in-place kit supplies.
Hispanic Youth Symposium – Dow Corning enabled eight students from
Michigan, to attend the Hispanic College Fund’s sixth annual Virginia Hispanic
Symposium, a four-day, three-night college empowerment program where
learn to overcome barriers to college success.
Emergency Preparedness – The Dow Corning Auburn
Site contributed $5,000 to help Bay County’s Williams Township purchase a
warning siren system to alert residents about potentially hazardous weather
situations or other emergencies. The site also contributed $3,500 to purchase a
similar siren for the City of Auburn.
LEGO® After-School Robotics Program – The Dow Corning
Materials Site contributed $10,000 to Swan Valley Middle School to help the
school establish a LEGO After-School Robotics program for seventh and eighth
graders. The program is designed to build student interest in science,
technology, engineering and math-related careers.
Scholarships – The Dow Corning
Healthcare Industries Materials Site in Hemlock, Michigan; Michigan
Technological University (MTU); and Saginaw County schools have teamed up to
sponsor a scholarship program that covers tuition, boarding and transportation
required to attend a STEM-education-focused summer youth program at MTU’s
Houghton, Michigan, campus.
Equipment Donations – The Dow Corning Midland Plant is the
distribution center for
used/recycled computer equipment and other electronics equipment that is
nonprofit organizations and schools. The plant also has an arrangement with the
American Chemical Society chapter, which coordinates the
donation of laboratory
materials to local schools’ science programs. Additionally, the plant donates
tools to local high school welding programs.
Association – Dow Corning provides annual sponsorships and
employee volunteer support for regional American Heart Association events,
including the Heart Walk, annual GO RED luncheon and silent auction, Circle of
Red leadership gifts, and Heart Health Day. Through these activities, we
enabled contributions of more than $20,000 for heart disease research and also
raised employee awareness about ways to combat heart disease.
Education Initiatives – Dow Corning offers summer student tours of
Center and Midland Plant
campuses. We also invest in and partner with:
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