Dow Chemical to Donate $250,000 to Help RefugeesDow Chemical to Donate $250,000 to Help Refugees
December 8, 2015
The Dow Chemical Co. will donate up to $250,000 to Habitat for Humanity International to support European refugee relief efforts.
“Refugees continue to arrive in Europe, fleeing from war and destruction. For the people concerned – those who have left their homelands to escape war and violence – the situation is becoming more and more desperate, especially now that the winter season is upon us. There is a great need for support in this humanitarian crisis to provide the very basic of human needs: food, shelter and medical care, particularly in South East Europe,” said Heinz Haller, Dow’s executive vice president and president of Dow Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India. “With our support, Habitat for Humanity will be able to continue their work in several countries along the ‘migration route’ including Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary.”
Since becoming its first corporate partner in 1983, Dow has supported Habitat for Humanity's global mission to create affordable housing through donations of energy-efficient product solutions, financial contributions, and extensive employee engagement. In addition to creating access to decent, affordable housing, Habitat engages in disaster risk reduction and response intervention around the world. To date, Habitat has aided more than 200,000 families in 44 countries after devastating disasters and conflicts.
Dow’s support consists of the following:
• A $200,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity International to support immediate shelter needs and relief efforts in 2016
• Implementation of a global employee matching grant program of up to $50,000 throughout the month of December
“We are grateful to The Dow Chemical Co. for their support of Habitat’s Syrian refugee relief efforts,” said Gregory Foster, area vice president, Habitat for Humanity Europe, Middle East, and Africa. “Because of Dow’s generosity, displaced Syrian families will have access to safe shelter.”
As part of Dow’s global citizenship strategy and its commitment to innovating for global and local solutions, the Company aims to identify, understand and address society’s most pressing challenges and determine how it can help provide solutions to create sustainable communities throughout the world. Dow’s donation and employee matching grant program will enable its longstanding partner, Habitat for Humanity, to provide shelter solutions and relief efforts to refugees and the communities in which they will seek shelter along the migration route.
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