2014 Dow Gives Community Grant recipients announced

Fourteen organizations were selected to receive grants through the 2014 Dow Gives - Community Grants Program.

Twenty-four eligible applications were received this year requesting funding for projects focused on improving the long-term success and quality of life of area communities, according to a news release from Dow.

"I am very pleased that UCC Seadrift Operations is able to support such worthwhile projects that will benefit so many people in our area," said UCC Seadrift Operations site director Crystal King. "All the nonprofits receiving funding are taking important action in making our communities even better places to live and on behalf of all the Seadrift Operations employees, I applaud their efforts."

A committee of Dow employees and community members selected the recipients.

Recipients are:

Affectionate Arms - $5,000 for replacement air-conditioning units for its adult day care facility. Affectionate Arms mission is to satisfy the needs for adult day health care in an efficient and caring manner.

Child Welfare Alliance of Calhoun County - $5,500 for enhancements to its Victim Advocacy Center and streamlining of forensic interviewing. The mission is to lessen the trauma to victims of sexual assault, child abuse/neglect and other crimes.

Community Food Bank of the Golden Crescent - $10,000 for a pallet jack to assist with moving pallets of food. The Food Bank serves as a central clearinghouse for donated food intended to serve the hungry in its 11-county service area.

Devereux Foundation - $6,000 for on-demand water heaters. The water heaters are energy efficient, help conserve water, and will supply hot water to adult residents in the Vocational and Life Skills Program.

First United Methodist Church of Port Lavaca - $2,000 for enhanced fire safety in the Harvest Kitchen. The Harvest Kitchen serves 400 to 500 meals a week to homeless or needy families.

Hope of South Texas - $1,482 for technology improvements for the forensic interview system. Hope of South Texas reduces the trauma of child abuse by assisting in the investigation, assessment, prosecution and ongoing treatment of children affected by child abuse.

Raisin Volunteer Fire Department - $3,864 for personal protective equipment for volunteer firefighters and first responders. The Raisin VFD serves an area that includes portions of several high speed-highways including U.S. 59, U.S. 77 and Loop 463.

TMC Golden Crescent Head Start - $5,941 for emergency preparedness kits for Head Start classrooms. Head Start offers education, training and other resources to children and families.

Texas AHEC East - Victoria Region - $1,109 for health careers promotion and preparation program equipment. The mission of AHEC is to improve the health of the community by developing a quality health workforce and helping to address unmet health needs.

The Victoria College Foundation - $10,000 for the Veterans Resource Connection Center. The Veterans Resource Connection Center will assist veterans in their transition to civilian life by providing customized services such as education, career counseling and military benefit advisement.

Victoria Adult Literacy Council - $3,606 to support the Family Literacy in Practice program through the purchase of books. Flip is an after school program that increases literacy in children and adults.

Victoria Business and Education Coalition - $2,700 to support VBEC programs. The programs include Business Cents, mentoring/tutoring and YOUth LEADership and the Dream Big STEM Expo.

Victoria Christian Assistance Ministries - $1,010 to enhance the newly implemented Client Choice program. VCAM acts as a safety net to individuals and families living at or below poverty income levels to ensure they have basics needs such as food and clothing.

Victoria Trap Neuter Return - $2,320 for program supplies. Victoria Trap Neuter Return strives to improve the lives and health of stray and feral animals by capturing the animals for spay/neuter services and adoption when appropriate.

The organizations will complete these projects by May 1, 2015. Updates and photos will be posted to the UCC Seadrift Operations Facebook page at Facebook.com/seadriftoperations. Dow has been providing community grants to communities in the Seadrift Operations area since 2004.