BAYAMON, Puerto Rico--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its global community engagement efforts, PPG (NYSE: PPG) has announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ project at the Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico (Food Bank of Puerto Rico). The project involved more than 190 gallons of GLIDDEN® and PPG PAINTS™ products as well as approximately 35 PPG employees who volunteered to help restore and beautify the nonprofit organization’s facility.
The Food Bank of Puerto Rico obtains and distributes more than 4 million pounds of food and food products per year, along with personal care and cleaning products, serving more than 123,000 individuals annually through more than 500 agencies across the island. It also provides food security to more than 300 children through the Programa de La Mochila Alegre (Children's Backpack Program).
In addition to PPG’s revitalization project to protect and enhance the Food Bank building, the PPG Foundation donated $10,000 to support the organization’s programs that provide food to local students and families in need.
“We are very excited about PPG's support through its Colorful Communities initiative. We are going to be able to welcome our affiliated organizations, donors and volunteers with more strength and in a colorful and energetic environment,” said Ivonne M. Bernard Rivera, executive director of the Food Bank of Puerto Rico. “We appreciate the donation made by the PPG Foundation which will help us continue developing and strengthening our organization’s mission so that no one is left without food.”
“It is a pleasure and an honor for PPG to be able to give back to our community and create a positive impact with organizations that work to make the island a better place,” said Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, PPG director of architectural coatings, Caribbean. “Supporting organizations like Banco de Alimentos is important to PPG, especially in trying economic times. We’re grateful to collaborate with this organization and help support thousands of families in need.”
The Colorful Communities project involved high-performing PPG products such as PPG Paints SPEEDHIDE® paint, Glidden SPRED COMPLETE® paint and Glidden RUSTMASTER® enamel. Formulated with anti-corrosion properties, the Rustmaster product is a high gloss enamel that prevents rust on metal. Additionally, the Spred Complete product protects against ultra-violet (UV) rays, color fading and extreme weather conditions, a necessity for the harsh weather patterns of Puerto Rico.
In honor of the day of service, a representative with the mayor of Bayamón officially proclaimed June 8, 2017, as “PPG Colorful Communities Day.”
PPG has had a presence on the island for more than 50 years. Today, the company employs approximately 200 people in Puerto Rico, and it operates more than 40 Glidden and PPG Paints stores across the island. For more information on the PPG Paints or Glidden brands, visit www.ppgpaints.com or www.gliddenpr.com.
The Colorful Communities program is PPG’s signature initiative for community engagement efforts, with the aim to protect and enhance neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. The program increases PPG’s commitment to invest in communities and supports projects that transform community spaces, providing PPG volunteers and donated PPG products. In 2015 and 2016 combined, PPG completed nearly 60 Colorful Communities projects, and it expects to complete about 75 more this year.
PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We donated nearly $10 million in 2016, supporting hundreds of community organizations across 25 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their 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 on Twitter.
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