The Colorful Communities program is PPG Industries' signature effort in community engagement — striving to enhance, protect and beautify neighborhoods in which the company operates. Bringing employees on board in a volunteer capacity and utilizing PPG products and teams enliven neighborhoods with painting projects, planting, clean-up and local educational endeavors.
“We are very excited about the early success of our global Colorful Communities initiative and eager to offer PPG employees around the world many more opportunities to volunteer their time and talent for community-brightening projects,” Sue Sloan, PPG’s executive director for corporate global social responsibility, said. “Backed by our capable employees and high-quality products, we look forward to continuing to bring vitality to organizations through the global Colorful Communities program in the coming year.”
Pittsburgh’s Propel Hazelwood School was among the many beneficiaries of PPG’s largesse, joining facilities from Italy, Poland, Netherlands, Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, China and South Korea. Future projects are planned for Wisconsin, Nova Scotia, France and Brazil.
So far, over 2,500 gallons of PPG paint and over $209,000 in funding have enhanced schools, childcare centers, residential facilities and hospitals in Pennsylvania and throughout the world. In 2014, the company and its affiliate, PPG Industries Foundation, contributed over $5.7 million to hundreds of organizations in two dozen nations. The donations assist youth with vital study and career skills, preparing many for anticipated staffing needs in manufacturing, science and technology.
Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world.