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$1 Million awarded to support donations to the Rise Together Fund

$1 Million awarded to support donations to the Rise Together Fund

Midland, MI - May 21, 2020 - The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation is honored to work along its corporate and community partners to support the important work being led by the United Way of Midland County.

“Our Foundation was established by Grace Dow to honor the memory of her husband, Herbert Dow, and in recognition of the mutual friendship which has always existed between the members of the Dow family and the citizens of the Midland. While The Foundation has been contributing to United Way of Midland County since 1940, our Trustees expedited support for the Rise Together Fund to help the people of Midland County recover from the coronavirus pandemic and the flooding crisis,” said Ruth Alden Doan, President of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

The Foundation is pleased to announce two grants to United Way of Midland County to serve the residents of Midland County.

  • $500,000 as an outright grant to support coronavirus pandemic recovery
  • $500,000 as a matching grant to support flooding crisis recovery. The Foundation will provide a dollar for dollar match for the first $500,000 donated to the flooding crisis recovery. For more information: https://eportal.unitedwaymidland.org/risetogether

According to Holly Miller, United Way of Midland County Executive Director, “A global pandemic and a devastating flood have widened gaps and created new needs like never before in Midland County. We are in the middle of history. It's hard to know what to do. Where to go. How to help.”

Miller continued, “a global pandemic and a historic flood are truly serving as the one-two punch to our wonderful community. These two hurdles have left, and continue to leave, an impact for those in the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population, along with those in poverty and an emerging group who are facing situational financial crisis.”

The Rise Together Fund is designed to help the ALICE, poverty and situationally insecure populations. One out of three families in our community are ALICE or below—that was before this crisis. We will be seeing numerous families asking for help for the first time. They have never had to navigate finding resources before, and now they won’t have to do it alone. This Fund will help provide resources to help people stand up in the wake of devastation, making a difference in people's lives by meeting their diverse basic needs and providing long-term solutions and a hand up with equal parts accountability, support, and hope.

For more information contact Executive Director, Jenee Velasquez jenee@hhdowfoundation.org or (989) 631-3699.

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Photography by: Ben Tierney