Midland Area Community Foundation Approves Seven Grants from The Dow Chemical Company communityGives Fund

Midland, MI - Dow Community GivesThe Midland Area Community Foundation has approved a total of $5,500 to nine different youth programs in Midland County from The Dow Chemical Company’s communityGives Fund.


The grants will be awarded through the Dow communityGives component of a larger initiative called Dow Gives. Applicants were youth groups seeking funds for their organizations.  In order to be awarded a grant, the youth groups are asked to commit to a community volunteer project with a minimum of 50 or 100 hours of service. After completion of the volunteer project, the youth organizations will then be awarded a grant of either $500 or $1000. In total, the groups will provide over 600 hours in service to our community.


Rob Vallentine, Dow Chemical Company public affairs director, has expressed a strong belief in this program stating “…youth can pay it forward and really make an impact.”  Midland Area Community Foundation President & CEO Jan McGuire reciprocated this feeling, saying, “This grant gives our local youth groups a hands-on understanding of the value of volunteering in our community.”


 


Approved grant proposals in Midland County this spring included: Northeast Middle School, Midland High School,  H.H. Dow High School,  Midland Explorers Booster Club, Midland Youth Promoting Animal Welfare (MYPAW), The ROCK (Reaching Our Community Kids) and Great Lakes Bay Region BMX


These groups have elected to volunteer for several charitable activities such as the cleaning up and repairing City of Midland and Midland County Parks and trail ways; create and present a Leadership program for elementary students and clean-up of the Black Creek State Campground in Sanford and also assist Midland County Emergency Food Network.


The Midland Area Community Foundation encourages youth groups to apply to The Dow Chemical Company communityGives Fund.  Applications for the fall are due October 1,  2011 and more information about applying can be found on the Midland Area Community Foundation website, www.midlandfoundation.org.  


 


The Foundation is a non-profit organization serving thousands of people who share a common concern to improve the quality of life in Midland and Gladwin Counties. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations create permanent charitable funds that help our region meet the challenges of changing times. The Foundation invests and administers these funds. We then use the distributions to award grants and scholarships each year to many of the humanitarian, educational, environmental and cultural organizations in this remarkable region we call home.

Cathy Bott; Jeanne Lesinski; Andrew Dodson (adodson@bc-times.com)