Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Propel Hazelwood
|As our inaugural Colorful Communities project, PPG is transforming the Propel School in the neighborhood of Hazelwood. With the help of over 75 PPG employee volunteers, cheerful colors will cover corridors and classrooms, creating a brighter environment for students to learn and grow. PPG paint experts worked closely with leadership at Propel Schools to make product recommendations and provide color advice that would create the most engaging atmosphere for the students. From Rainbow Bright, to Forsythia Blossom to Red Gumball, PPG color choices are sure to make students smile.
PPG also is providing support for Propel Schools’ Engineering is Elementary program, an engaging curriculum that provides students with hands-on projects to inspire a love – and knowledge – for science. We want our future leaders to not only feel positive and inspired by their surroundings, but also about their possibilities for the future.
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
On Saturday, February 13, 2016, PPG completed a Colorful Communities project in Milwaukee that helped to revitalize the Reiman Aquarium at Discovery World. The project brought together more than 20 PPG volunteers from the nearby Oak Creek, Wisconsin, coatings plant, who spent more than 150 service hours revitalizing the aquarium. PPG provided more than $63,000 to assist with the renovation project, including more than 100 gallons of PPG’s SUPER TECH®, SPEEDHIDE® and VIBRANCE COLLECTION® paint products. PPG is the sole sponsor for the Reiman Aquarium’s new “Weird & Wild: Colorful Freshwater Species from Around the World” exhibit.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - YWCA Homewood-Brushton Child Development Center
The YWCA Homewood-Brushton Child Development & Education Center was the first of four Pittsburgh-area sites in a series of Colorful Communities projects PPG completed in partnership with the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Eight PPG volunteers and family members, along with eight volunteers from the United Way and the YWCA, dedicated their day to painting two childcare classrooms and two corridors. The YWCA also received a special mural to revitalize a heavily used area in the facility, but also inspire a love of reading among the young children who attend the center. The mural was drawn by local Pittsburgh artist Lynne Mack and was painted by the volunteers.
To complete the project, 12 gallons of PPG PAINTS™ products were used on the classroom and corridors and 24 quarts of MANOR HALL® paint were used in the mural. PPG also provided a $10,000 grant to support YWCA programs pertaining to science, math and technology.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Propel Pitcairn
For the second Colorful Communities project PPG and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania partnered to complete, the organizations visited the Propel Charter School in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Twelve volunteers painted two classrooms and several hallways with PPG PAINTS™ products. One of the classrooms was transformed into a learning lab with a focus on reading as a lifetime skill, complete with an inspiring mural created by Pittsburgh-area artist Lynne Mack and then painted by volunteers with a paint-by-numbers approach.
Volunteers also improved the school’s outdoor play areas, which included adding hop scotch and kickball drawings next to the playground, as well as spray painting the playground equipment and two metal benches.
In addition to the beautification work, PPG also offered a $10,000 program grant to Propel Pitcairn to support science, math and technology learning.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Center That CARES, Jeron X. Grayson Community Center
The Jeron X. Grayson Community Center(JXGCC) of the Center That CARES, located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, was the third site that benefited from PPG and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s partnership on four Colorful Communities projects.Twenty one members of PPG’s Young Professional Organization painted and decorated the library in a coffeehouse theme and the lounge area with a mural designed by Boom Concepts to create an inspiring environment for 6th through 12th grade students through reading, excellence and the power of knowledge. Volunteers also planted flowers and performed a general clean-up outside the center.
The Center that CARES received a $10,000 grant from PPG to help further its science, math and technology programming.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Shadyside Boys & Girls Club
As PPG’s final Colorful Communities project with the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 12 volunteers dedicated two days to completely making over a drab classroom at the Boys & Girls Club of Shadyside into a lively space perfect for mentoring, classroom experiences and reading. Other updates included new blinds, shelving, tables, chairs, a couch, carpet and, of course, books.
The facility also received a $10,000 grant from PPG to support programming related to math, science and technology.
Milan, Ohio - Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum
PPG’s architectural coatings business sponsored a Colorful Communities
project at the Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum
in Milan, Ohio. Approximately 30 PPG employee volunteers and contractors from Textbook Painting of Lakewood, Ohio, used 50 gallons of PPG PAINTS™ products to protect and beautify the National Historic Landmark site, which dates back to the early 1840s, and the museum’s welcome center. Specific products used included MANOR HALL® paint, TIMELESS® paint and PPG TOP GUN® sealant.
The PPG Foundation also donated $20,000 on behalf of architectural coatings to support the museum’s science, technology, engineering and math education programs. This grant will help the museum to extend its educational activities based on Edison’s experiments and inventions to reach approximately 16,000 students.
Ponce, Puerto Rico - Parque de Bombas
For the first Colorful Communities
project in Puerto Rico, 24 employee volunteers dedicated a week to restoring the iconic Parque de Bombas museum in Ponce. More than 200 gallons of high-performance GLIDDEN® and PPG PAINTS™ products with excellent adhesion, fast dry time and weather resistant properties were used to complete the project and will protect the iconic landmark from Puerto Rico’s harsh weather patterns for years to come.