Dow Encourages Courageous Collaboration in Support of MS Society
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The many signs of spring across America include bicyclists rediscovering the roads for some healthy exercise. Some of those bikers, you might be surprised to learn, are riding to benefit the health of others as well as themselves. Dow has a long history with one such effort, allowing us to collaborate with our customers and suppliers within our supply chain to support wellness in our communities.
Each year, at locations around the country, hundreds of bikers support the Multiple Sclerosis Society by taking part in a Bike MS event, a two-day, recreational bike ride for which participants solicit donations. In the past 20 years, Dow-sponsored Bike MS teams have generated more than $5 million for the MS Society, helping make a real difference in the quality of life for people with the disease, as well as helping to fund research for a cure.
We’re proud of our success. But as is often the case, Dow does not ride alone – and our contributions are more than just financial. The Bike MS rides positively benefit Dow employees and our partners in the communities where the rides are held.
The scope of this success is only possible thanks to the participation of our business partners. About 60 percent of the riders on Dow-sponsored teams are Dow employees. But the remaining riders are colleagues from outside the company who are encouraged – and sometimes recruited – to join them. Employees from several Dow vendors, for instance, were part of the team that rode in Hammond, Louisiana, in October 2015 and raised about $50,000. Much of that money came from 21 corporate sponsors, many of whom Dow was also proud to call business partners. Plus, several businesses offered special benefits for riders. Delta Machine and Fabrication cooked jambalaya for the riders as they reached their destination. V I Communications Inc. even provided a massage therapist. Now that’s what we call hands-on participation and Louisiana hospitality!
Carbis Solutions is an example of a partner that joined the Bike MS effort across multiple sites. In 2015, Carbis provided support for teams in Michigan, Texas and Indiana, and sent volunteers to help at the first two locations.
Across our company and throughout our partnerships, we get that same sense of cooperation and collaboration from many of the organizations with which we do business. They are glad to help, and we are glad to partner for IMPACT. Together, we know that by working with our partners, we can do more to build strong, sustainable communities than any of us can do alone.