Volunteers painted sites in August, among 30 projects globally in
second year of initiative
PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$PPG #CSR–PPG (NYSE: PPG) today announced the completion of four COLORFUL
COMMUNITIES™ projects at sites in Pittsburgh, in partnership with United
Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Colorful Communities
initiative provides PPG volunteers and products along with financial
contributions to bring color and vitality to communities where the
company operates around the world, and these projects brightened spaces
used by more than 1,000 children combined annually.
About 60 Pittsburgh-area PPG employees and additional volunteers applied
100 gallons of PPG PAINTS™ products to coat more than 20,000 square feet
of hallways and learning space at four sites served by United Way of
Homewood-Brushton Child Development and Education Center,
Pitcairn charter school,
X. Grayson Community Center of the Center that CARES in the Hill
& Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.
In addition to providing renovation assistance, PPG offered program
grants of $10,000 to help each Pittsburgh organization enrich
programming related to science, math and technology learning.
According to Sue Sloan, PPG executive director of corporate global
social responsibility, “Each of these places is essential to young
people, providing a setting where they can develop creativity, build
self-esteem and learn responsibility.”
The Pittsburgh projects are among 30 or more that PPG plans to complete
around the world in 2016 as part of its commitment to give back to
communities where its employees live and work. Approximately $750,000
was budgeted for Colorful Communities projects this year,
including $50,000 to refurbish and support the four Pittsburgh sites.
“We are excited to continue expanding this initiative, which brings
smiles to our employees and our neighbors. The main goal is to beautify
the neighborhoods we call ‘home’ by investing in them, especially where
the need is great,” Sloan said. “Additionally, the projects encourage
volunteerism by our employees, which builds morale and empowers them to
create positive change in their communities. And because these
Pittsburgh-area sites all offer after-school programs, we were able to
act on our priority of supporting educational efforts by giving young
people brighter, more engaging learning environments.”
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania teamed with PPG on the
Pittsburgh-area projects based on their long-standing relationship and
because the Colorful Communities program fits the nonprofit
organization’s goals of making communities better for everyone and
addressing issues for people in need. The United Way funds programs at
each of the four sites.
“Offering support to families and young people is a large part of what
we do,” said United Way Chief Volunteer Engagement Officer Lois Mufuka
Martin. “We know how volunteering benefits the people involved and their
communities. For example, United Way’s Next Generation drive encourages
millennials who want to make an impact by helping their neighbors. They
know that community involvement leads to more fulfilling careers.”
Several Pittsburgh muralists worked with the nonprofit organizations to
create unique murals using brightly colored PPG Paints products.
“We worked with recipient organizations to determine the best colors for
their sites – we even offered PPG design experts’ services for color
consultations,” Sloan said. “It’s a lot of fun for everyone involved.”
Sloan said PPG plans to invest between $50,000 and $100,000 for Colorful
Communities efforts in its Pittsburgh headquarters community
annually, complementing grants made through the PPG Foundation and PPG
corporate support for many Pittsburgh cultural and sports organizations.
Other areas benefiting from the Colorful Communities program in
2016 are Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and Cleveland in the U.S., as well as
communities in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, China, New Zealand, the
United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary and Denmark.
The Colorful Communities program is PPG’s signature initiative
for community engagement efforts, with the aim to protect and beautify
the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. Together with
community partners and PPG employees who volunteer, the program supports
projects that transform community assets using donated PPG products. The
program increases PPG’s commitment to invest in communities by adding
$10 million to support efforts made during a 10-year period. In 2015,
PPG completed 11 Colorful Communities projects, and it expects to
complete about 30 more this year.
PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG
communities around the world. We donated more than $7.8 million in 2015
to hundreds of community organizations across 20 countries. By investing
in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and
develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries related to coatings and
specialty materials. Plus, we empower PPG employees to make an impact
for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer
efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com
and follow @PPG_Communities
About United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, serving Allegheny,
Westmoreland, Fayette and Southern Armstrong counties, leads and
mobilizes the caring power of individuals, the business community and
organizations to help local people in need measurably improve their
lives. United Way creates long-lasting change for the betterment of our
community. For more information, visit uwswpa.org.
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