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Giving Showcase – Dow Corning Corporation

Examples of how Dow Corning Corporation gives back

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:

> Global
> China
> Germany
> India
> Korea
> Wales

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Science Day Programs – In this popular science education program, school children
participate in hands-on experiments and other fun activities designed to introduce
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 and
clothing to children.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) – Corporate-sponsored teams of university
students work together to make a difference in their communities. The students
apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the
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 play-ground.

The Leonardo Award – This program encourages students (8th grade and up) to
participate in team projects related to art, media, music, social engagement,
technology, theater, the environment and economics. Dow Corning’s Wiesbaden Site
sponsors the Social category award. The 2011 winner was a project called “We
against violence,” which helps motivate people to intervene in violent situations.

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The Mumbai Marathon – Dow Corning contributed approximately $100 each for
nearly 40 Mumbai employees to participate in the 2011 Mumbai Marathon Dream Run,
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 installed
a solar energy system that provides electricity to the anganwadi, an adjacent village
school and a community ground. We worked with the village school in Dhoksangvi to
provide a laboratory and a library, and we donated 120 desks and benches so the
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 Week,
more than 200 pupils from seven local schools visited the Dow Corning Barry Site’s
Nature and Education Center
and participated in silicone science experiments. The
center also hosts a math mentoring program and is adapting user-friendly signs to
enable children of all abilities (including students with Asperger’s syndrome and
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 interviews and
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 students.

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.

Kentucky, USA

Weatherization – The Dow Corning Elizabethtown Site donated $16,000 of
sealant to agencies that distribute it to low-income families for use in home weatherization projects.

Disaster ReliefDow Corning Elizabethtown Site employees collected household
personal care items for victims of tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri; the site donated
safety glasses and gloves for volunteers assisting with clean-up.

Community Advisory Panel Projects – The Dow Corning Carrollton Site’s
Community Advisory Panel, in conjunction with another major Carroll County
employer, has provided support for a local search and recovery team, a college
scholarship, a community-wide home winterization project, hazard- and weather-alert
radios, and shelter-in-place kit supplies.

Michigan, USA

Hispanic Youth Symposium – Dow Corning enabled eight students from Saginaw,
Michigan, to attend the Hispanic College Fund’s sixth annual Virginia Hispanic Youth
Symposium, a four-day, three-night college empowerment program where students
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 Healthcare Industries
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 donated to
nonprofit organizations and schools. The plant also has an arrangement with the local
American Chemical Society chapter, which coordinates the donation of laboratory
materials to local schools’ science programs. Additionally, the plant donates steel and
tools to local high school welding programs.

American Heart 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 our Corporate Center and Midland Plant  campuses. We also invest in and partner with:

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