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PPG completes COLORFUL COMMUNITIES project at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center

PPG Foundation donates $10,000 to support educational programs

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19, 2017 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ project that helped revitalize CHILD’S WAY®, a Pediatric Extended Care Center (PECC) at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center. The Colorful Communities program provides PPG volunteers and paint products along with financial contributions to bring color and vitality to communities where the company operates around the world, such as in Pittsburgh, PPG’s global headquarters city.
The project brought together more than 60 volunteers, who spent approximately 240 hours painting hallways and classrooms, as well as adding two colorful murals. PPG provided $41,900 to assist with the project, including $10,000 from the PPG Foundation to support science, technology, engineering and math programs.
Volunteers painted the facility using 27 gallons of PPG PAINTS™ PURE PERFORMANCE® product in a muted color palette conducive to learning and healing, including PPG Paints River Rock and Lilac Sachet. These colors will enhance the lives of children in Child’s Way who have been diagnosed with visual impairments such as cortical visual impairment (CVI), the most common form of childhood blindness. Exposure to the subdued colors are important for children with CVI because it creates a comfortable atmosphere for learning.
“It’s incredible how color can have a positive impact on a space and a child’s experience within that space,” said Sue Sloan, PPG executive director, corporate global social responsibility. “In addition to the PPG Paints colors creating a beautiful atmosphere, it’s also bringing comfort and a positive learning environment to medically fragile children who are diagnosed with visual impairments.”
“Thanks to PPG, the Child’s Way facility is a comfortable and cheerful place for our children to learn, play and grow,” said Pam Schanwald, chief executive officer, The Children’s Home. “We’re grateful to have community partners that allow us to continue our mission of promoting the health and well-being of infants and children through services that establish and strengthen families.”
Child’s Way, the first PECC in Pennsylvania, offers an alternative or supplement to in-home nursing and therapy care for medically fragile children ages birth to 21. Similar to a typical day care center, Child’s Way is divided into five classrooms: infant, younger toddler, older toddler, preschool and school-age. Each classroom is led by a team of experienced pediatric registered nurses and teachers who work together to provide children with necessary medical care simultaneous to educational, developmental and social activities. Child’s Way PECC has served over 400 children since its founding in 1998.
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. The program increases PPG’s commitment to invest in communities and supports projects that transform community assets, 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.
About The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center
The Children's Home of Pittsburgh, established in 1893, is an independent, non-profit licensed organization that promotes the health and well-being of infants and children through services which establish and strengthen the family. These programs include: Adoption – providing domestic infant adoption, SWAN permanency services, and a range of support services, CHILD’S WAY® -- a pediatric extended care center serving medically fragile infants and children from birth to age 21, and a 30-bed Pediatric Specialty Hospital --  offering a transitional setting between hospital and home for infants, children, and their families. For more information, please call 412-441-4884 or visit www.childrenshomepgh.org.
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.
At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.3 billion in 2016. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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Media Contacts:
Mark Silvey
Corporate Communications
Greta Edgar
Corporate Communications
Abby Kirstein
Marketing and Outreach Manager
Children’s Home of Pittsburgh
412-441-4884 x 2065