Keep Guntersville Beautiful, AL

Keep Guntersville Beautiful and more than 100 of our friends constructed a beautiful “Hope in Bloom Garden” as a tribute to families in our community who have been touched by cancer. The “Hope in Bloom Garden” is located on the Azalea Walking Trail located in the Guntersville Civitan Park and received extensive damage from a series of tornadoes in 2011. The new garden is part of on-going efforts to restore the park. Seasonal flowers and plant materials were selected in color schemes representing various forms of cancer.

Species with candy themed names were also selected such as Cotton Candy Camellias were included in recognition of childhood cancers. The focal point of the garden is a heart-shaped recycled metal ribbon sculpture created by local artist David Hammock. This National Planting Day Project was funded in part by a KAB-Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant. KGB partnered with the Marshall Medical Center Foundation, Girl Scout Troop 10098, BSA Troop 4173, Marshall County PALS, GHS Wildcats@Work, Students for Earth and cancer survivors which provided a beautiful backdrop along the route of our Annual Pink Pumpkin Run for Breast Cancer.

Dow Volunteers Help Transform a Playground with Keep Houston Beautiful

In March, 195 young professionals from Dow’s Propel to Excel learning and talent development program transformed a small playground at Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Education Center in Houston, Texas, into a nature-based outdoor learning center. Community service is a key component of Propel to Excel, which introduces new manufacturing and engineering employees to the Dow culture. The project at Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Education Center was the perfect way to engage participants in a valuable community project.

Dow volunteers painted a mural, planted trees, and built benches, tables, planters, as well as a puppet theatre. Educators at the school are using the new space to give students a hands-on approach to learning about nature. The event was conducted in partnership with Keep Houston Beautiful, as part of the Great American Cleanup.

As a part of the company’s Contributing to Community Success initiatives, Dow has been a sponsor of the Great American Cleanup since 2008. Dow sites across the U.S. have been collaborating with local organizations and volunteers in cleanup, recycling, beautification, and education events to improve their communities and create a more sustainable future.

“Propel to Excel was thrilled to partner with Gabriel Mistral and Keep America Beautiful to help improve the children’s learning environment,” said Paul Mefford, Dow global operations learning and talent development leader. “This project is one example of how Dow is living out its citizenship commitment, by improving our communities and leaving a positive impact for years to come.”

During the 2014 Great American Cleanup, more than 1,000 Dow employees and their families and friends are expected to volunteer at upwards of 60 beautification events across the county.

Watch this short video to see how the Dow volunteers transformed the playground in a just a few hours.