Nine area nonprofit groups receive Dow grants totaling $61,000

June 28, 2010 at 1:28 a.m.

SEADRIFT - Nine area organizations have been selected to receive grants ranging from $2,080 to $10,000 through the 2010 Dow Gives - Seadrift Operations Community Grants Program.

About $61,000 was awarded through the program this year, according to a news release from Dow.

Through the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, the program helps area nonprofit groups implement projects that will improve the quality of life in local communities.

Seadrift Operations site leader Brad Fedorchak said he was impressed by the quality of the 31 applications received. The recipients were chosen by a committee of Dow employees and external community members.

"Our Dow Gives - Community Grants Program is one of the main ways we provide financial support to our communities and I'm very proud that Dow continues to provide this funding year after year," said Fedorchak. "I know it was a challenge for our selection committee to determine the recipients, but their choices are definitely going to contribute to the long-term success of local communities throughout this region."

The Texas Zoo was a first-time recipient of a Dow Gives grant, and executive director Andrea Bloomberg was delighted with the news that her organization will receive $9,505.70 for the expansion of the zoo's education building.

"I am so pleasantly surprised," she said. "This is the boost that we needed."

Bloomberg said the funding will enable them to double the size of the building so that they can increase the number of students learning science concepts as well as the importance of conservation. The grant will also fund the construction of child-friendly restroom facilities.

"This could be the cornerstone of our future success," she said. "It lets me know that others support our mission of conservation and education."

The Victoria College Foundation received $9,630.50 to purchase 10 new kits for the CPR Anytime Program, a Calhoun County-wide continuing education program to provide community members with the knowledge, training and confidence to respond in an emergency situation with life-saving skills.

The kits will be housed at the Victoria College Calhoun County Center in Port Lavaca. In addition, new automated external defibrillators trainers, a crisis manikin and adult and child CPR manikins will also be purchased and used to expand basic and advanced life support training at the Center.

"CPR Anytime is a tool that will help increase survival rates in communities across the country," said Foundation spokesperson Jennifer Yancey. "Individuals who receive CPR Anytime training are able to share lifesaving skills with family, friends, co-workers and loved ones. "This grant provides Victoria College with essential resources necessary to expand training in the Calhoun County area. We are very excited to receive a Dow Gives grant that supports health programs, our students and the community," Yancey said.

Since 2004, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation has provided more than $400,000 in funding through its community grants program in the Seadrift area.

The recipients will receive the funding at a ceremony scheduled for late August.



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