HOUSTON (September 12, 2019)Volunteer Houston, a program of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Interfaith Ministries), and Dow are partnering on local service projects throughout Houston for Dow’s EMERGE 2019 Day of Service on Friday, September 13.

EMERGE is Dow’s annual Employee Resource Group (ERG) conference, bringing together more than 400 employees from 30 countries and diverse job roles, functions and businesses in Houston, Texas. The highly interactive event focuses on building a culture of inclusion and emerging the role of ERGs as true business partners and change agents to advance the business strategy of Dow and enable inclusion around the world.

“Volunteer Houston is honored to work with Dow through our Corporate Volunteer Program to create a customized volunteer experience around causes that align with Dow’s organizational values while meeting real needs in the community,” said Eleanor Gates, director of Volunteer Houston.

“At EMERGE we look to activate our employees – cultivating inclusive mindsets, sparking passion for positive change, and connecting through service to address community challenges,” said Alveda Williams, Dow corporate director of Inclusion and HR director for Talent. “Partnering with Volunteer Houston and leveraging their expertise and local connections has enabled us to seamlessly engage our employees to uncover their passion, transform it into purpose and make a difference through volunteer service across the city.”

With the company’s commitment to engaging employees for impact, and supporting its local communities, Dow will activate the passions of more than 400 employees in attendance at EMERGE for meaningful volunteer service with organizations addressing local challenges and delivering services to those in need across many dimensions of diversity.

The service project descriptions and locations are:

  1. Project C.U.R.E.

8303 Kempwood Dr., Houston, TX 77055

Sorting and repackaging of donated medical supplies that will support under-resourced hospitals, clinics and community health centers in developing countries.


  1. Buffalo Bayou Partnership

1019 Commerce St, Houston, TX 77002

Restoration and protection of Buffalo Bayou’s parks and trails.


  1. Montrose Grace Place

2515 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77006

Sorting and organizing clothing donations for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in the Montrose area. Montrose Grace Place was founded in 2009 by members of Grace Lutheran Church to serve and provide a safe space for youth experiencing homelessness in the Montrose area.


  1. Santa Maria Hostel

2605 Parker Rd, Houston, TX 77093

Paint exterior wrought iron perimeter fence at this treatment center for pregnant and parenting women working toward long term recovery.


  1. Hope Farms

10401 Scott St, Houston 77051

Expand community farm by building raised beds, weeding, composting and mulching, that will contribute to providing healthy, affordable food and nutrition education to Houston’s Sunnyside community, which is designated as a food desert.


  1. 3rd Ward Proud Citizens

2901 Nettleton St, Houston TX 77004

#PullingOurWeight clean-up, helping to resolve the ongoing issues of poverty, homelessness, illegal dumping, crime and violence in this community.


  1. Easter Seals

4888 Loop Central Dr, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77081

Build portable board makers for non-verbal clients and decorate “Pumpkin Patch” party bags for children with disabilities.


  1. Operation Gratitude

Marriott Marquis Houston 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010

Assemble care kits for active military, veterans, first responders, wounded heroes and caregivers and military families.


  1. The Alliance & Interfaith Ministries Refugee Services

Marriott Marquis Houston 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010

Assemble hygiene kits for refugees, immigrants, and underserved residents to achieve their goals for self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.

The Dow EMERGE 2019 Day of Service projects can be followed online at:

Twitter – @downewsroom and @VolunteerHou

Facebook – @dow and @volunteerhou

Hashtage – #DowEMERGE


For more information about the Corporate Volunteer Program at Volunteer Houston please contact Gates at egates@volunteerhouston.org.