The pandemic continues to impact our health and safety, our economy, our culture – everything from the way we work to the way we shop…the way we gather to the way we learn. But even through the hardship – Dow continues to find ways to use our resources to support the pressing needs of our people and communities, and we are seeing the positive impacts of our collective efforts.
While 2020 was an extremely challenging year, once again our company values continued to guide us forward.
And now as the pandemic has progressed, we are seeing the toll on, not just our physical health, but our mental health as well. In response to these rising needs, today I am pleased to announce new mental health investments in partnership with local and global nonprofits, donating nearly $500,000 to connect community members and employees to essential services, support, and resources for their psychological safety and wellbeing.
We are collaborating with the following partners for support:
- $100,000 to Child Mind Institute – Providing employees, families and educators around the world with evidence-based mental health resources and tools designed to transform the lives of children and families.
- $100,000 to United Way efforts in Brazil and Argentina – Including the Born Learning Program in Brazil where socially vulnerable children will receive holistic support through nutrition, parenting resources and mental health support. And the Supporting Caregivers Project in Argentina where caregivers of school-aged children will be supported with resources promoting mental health, self-care, and healthy practices aimed at strengthening ties with children.
- $100,000 to the Midland County Youth Mental Health Initiative where educators and youth will receive training and support to respond to mental health crises, including suicide prevention, and training to provide social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum.
- $150,000 to 2-1-1 Support in Michigan, Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Canada where community members will have continued access to expert help, including the essential mental health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Including these collaborations, Dow and the Dow Company Foundation have provided a total of $4.5MM for COVID relief through 201 grants to 169 different organizations in 32 countries.
I want to thank all of the front-line healthcare workers tirelessly fighting the pandemic; the teachers and parents and children adapting to an ever-changing environment; our community leaders and nonprofits expending every resource to meet the critical needs of our neighbors; and of course all members of Team Dow for their continued commitment to safely manufacture and deliver the products essential to our way of life.
President and Chief Financial Officer
Chairman of the Dow Company Foundation
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