Dow gives 12 nonprofits a boost

Sonny Long

May 31, 2013 at 12:31 a.m.

Tim Hornback is appreciative of anything that helps make the time of his Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) more productive.

The agency has received a Dow Community Grant for $1,717.12 to purchase four Apple iPads and accessories.

"The Dow grant will allow CASA case supervisors greater contact with our volunteers, sharing of documents and information and recording of case notes during once unproductive time," said Hornback, executive director of the nonprofit agency.

Often case supervisors, who may oversee up to 30 volunteers each, are in courtroom halls waiting for cases to be heard or traveling with others to see children in distant Texas foster placements, explained Hornback.

"CASA will be able to share information not only with volunteers on a timelier basis but also with social workers, attorneys, teachers and medical professionals in order to meet the needs of our community's abused and neglected children," Hornback said.

Golden Crescent CASA is one of 12 agencies to receive funding from the Dow Community Grants program.

More than 40 organizations applied for the program, which provides funding to 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," site director Crystal King said in the release.

"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."

One of the grant recipients is Calhoun High School. It will use the $3,138.76 grant to purchase equipment and supplies for the school's award-winning robotics team.

"We are truly honored to be able to partner with Dow to energize local students about STEM careers though our robotics program," said Amy Boone, the Partners in Education coordinator who submitted the grant.

"Without this funding, our program would have been on hold."

The Bartimaeus Foundation will receive a $7,490 grant to purchase equipment to offer free vision screenings to schools, churches and day cares in Victoria and surrounding counties.

"I get goose bumps thinking about all the vision problems we can prevent in children with the funding from Dow," Amy Kirkpatrick-Hartman, therapeutic optometrist and representative for the Bartimaeus Foundation, said in the news release.



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