Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia, PA

What a difference just a few hours and some amazing volunteers can make.

This past Saturday, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, along with the City of Philadelphia, were proud to team up with Dow Chemical’s Propel to Excel training and talent development program to transform the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in the Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. In three short hours, 200 top Dow engineers helped revitalize a community hub that serves hundreds of Philadelphia’s children and families each year. Dow volunteers refreshed the outdoor fencing running the perimeter of Lonnie Young, painted multiple rooms throughout the Center, refurbished outdoor benches, planted new flower beds, and built additional shelving for the Center’s auditorium. Much of the paint used on Saturday was donated by Dow through the Community Paint Donation Program, another partnership with Keep America Beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful work every day to create and sustain vibrant communities, and this past Saturday’s success is a perfect example of how we could not fulfill that mission without the commitment to good citizenship of partners like Dow. We encourage you to find out more about Dow’s Corporate Citizenship work (http://bit.ly/1rjxebx), and to visit Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (www.keepphiladelphiabeautiful.org) online to see how you get involved in helping to keep your community beautiful. We also hope you will take a moment to look through our pictures from Saturday’s big event (http://on.fb.me/1p1WheG), to see the impact we made.

Dow volunteers plant 146 trees to create new forest at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI

It’s not an easy task to plant a forest and save one all in a day’s work; however, a group of Dow volunteers made it look simple. As part of Dow’s 2014 Great American Cleanup, volunteers planted 146 trees to create the new forest at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI, on May 14. The group was also busy saving an existing forest by removing garlic mustard seed, an exotic invasive species. In total, 14 different species of trees were planted by 30 volunteers.

The work put in by the volunteers will have a lasting effect on the local environment and the community will be able to enjoy it for years to come.

“The diverse trees planted will allow a place for birds and other wildlife to nest and eat,” said Tom Lenon, director of land and facilities at Chippewa Nature Center. “Plus, it will bring beauty to the region as the season change and the fall colors are in full bloom.”

Community outreach has been an essential element to Dow since its founding in 1897. The Great American Cleanup is a key initiative of Dow’s Contributing to Community Success objective as part of the company’s 2015 Sustainability Goals.

“Giving back is part of who we are at Dow,” said Mike Witt, global leader at Dow. “My team and I are always excited to volunteer, and projects like this allow us to have a lasting effect on our community that generations of people can enjoy.

The tree planting initiative is one of more than 60 Great American Cleanup events that Dow will host across the U.S. this year. A national sponsor of the Great American Cleanup since 2008, employees from Dow sites across the U.S. collaborate with local organizations and volunteers in cleanup, recycling, beautification and education initiatives to improve their communities through sustainable solutions for a cleaner and greener tomorrow.

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.