#MakingGood in the Community: April 2019

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EHCMA members are regularly giving back to the communities in which we live and work. While making products that are vital to everyday life for people around the world, we are also #makinggood for the future generations of the industry and within the local communities. 

Employees from Arkema’s Houston plant joined the Channelview and Cloverleaf volunteer fire departments to help donate to its local Toys for Tots. Together, everyone purchased new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to children as gifts in time for the Christmas holiday. All gifts were accompanied with a message of hope to those in need within the North Channel area.

Launched in 2015, the Dow U.S. Apprenticeship Program offers a pathway to manufacturing careers. Dow’s fully paid U.S. Apprenticeship Program offers 3+ years of on-the-job experience while earning a two-year Associate’s Degree in some of the most sought after and highest earning technical specialties in the industry. This program is among a portfolio of apprenticeship programs within Dow that support STEM education and Dow’s STEM career pathways.

Each year at INEOS BMC, the Community Activities Team hosts a Pick-A-Star Drive for families in the community. This year, the BMC site sponsored two wonderful families from Bayshore Elementary, located in La Porte ISD. INEOS received positive feedback from many sources, including the Bayshore Elementary Counselor who said, “I just wish you could have been here to see their faces of shock, disbelief, and overwhelming sense of gratitude.” Special thanks to everyone at the BMC site for uniting together to help make a difference within the community.

In January, employees from Valero’s Houston Refinery hosted a pizza party at J.R. Harris Elementary in the East End as part of the annual Environmental Calendar Contest. Students in the schools’ 3rd grade class were challenged to draw pictures relating to recycling, conservation, and environmental awareness. The best drawings were featured in a calendar, which was distributed to the students and throughout the Manchester neighborhood. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Each holiday season, TPC Group employees have generously sponsored families at Rucker Elementary, making holiday dreams come true. On December 19, 2018, employees from TPC Group brought holiday magic to 63 children and 30 families from Rucker Elementary; more than double the number of children sponsored in previous years! In addition to the presents generously purchased by employees from each child’s wish list, TPC Group provided each family with a gift card to purchase a holiday meal. Employees were on hand to deliver gift bags to the children and their families, witnessing the magic the Adopt-a-Family program brings to the community firsthand.

Dow employees led a panel on creating a culture of safety at the 4th Annual POWER Women in Industry Conference presented by the Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI). They exemplify the power that women in the industry have to drive expectations for safety at every job level and function. Dow representatives from the Houston Operations U.S. Apprenticeship Program also spoke with hundreds of potential candidates at the conference. The connections made at the conference are the foundations of tomorrow’s success. Dow sponsored the event which brought over 1,300 women from the workforce, colleges and high schools together for an inspiring and momentous day at Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston.

ExxonMobil Baytown area employees helped make a brighter holiday season possible for 14 families at Robert E. Lee High School and San Jacinto Elementary School. This marks the third year that employees have raised funds for these schools, which are two of ExxonMobil’s partner schools through the Baytown Chamber of Commerce’s Partners in Education Program. The fundraiser hit a new record this year! This year, employees raised $5,420 and HEB provided a generous discount on gift baskets, cured ham and additional freebies for a complete meal.

VetNet, Dow’s employee resource group for veterans, was featured on an episode of Military Makeover on Lifetime TV. Dow and members of VetNet believe those with military training have a strong foundation of discipline, commitment, and respect that serves them well in civilian careers.

The Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) recently hosted their fourth annual Women in Industry Conference to a sold-out crowd of more than 1,200 attendees. The forum, held at Moody Gardens in Galveston, gave women from the area an opportunity to discover a wide variety of career options available in the petrochemical and construction trades industries. A total of 547 students from 22 different ISDs, 128 college students from nine colleges and women looking to change or advance their career paths enjoyed the day of motivation, success stories and networking. In addition to learning about careers by visiting booths from industry and colleges, the highlight of the conference was hearing directly from women who have been successful in industry. ExxonMobil Baytown Olefins Plant Instrument Technician Sherrie Rogers inspired women in a breakout session to put their goal in front of them and never give up on their career ambition.

Dow’s site leadership team joined forces with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, in December to work on three different homes in the Houston area that were affected by the flood water. Our volunteer teams put up insulation, painted, and secured doors in hopes that these families will be back home soon.

On February 26, Dow’s Deer Park site hit an amazing milestone, having worked one-year injury free!  This means that for over 3.6 million manhours, everyone who has set foot on the Deer Park site has returned home safely without injury.

Flint Hills Resources
Flint Hills Resources sponsored a Children’s Museum of Houston Family Stars Learning event at Rucker Elementary on February 27. Family Stars is a science-based, hands-on learning experience for parents and their children.