PPG Foundation Invests $428,000 in 20 Pittsburgh-Area Programs

PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that the PPG Foundation recently invested $428,000 in 20 organizations to support educational and community sustainability programs in the Greater Pittsburgh area, where PPG maintains its global headquarters and several facilities. The grants were made in the second half of 2018.

The grant recipients and funding purposes were:

  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development: $150,000 for activities to improve the area’s economic future, development and quality of life.
  • Allegheny Land Trust: $10,000 to support the Barking Slopes Transformation Initiative, which aims to revitalize a 151-acre Allegheny Land Trust conservation area located directly across from PPG’s Springdale facility.
  • American Chemical Society: $1,500 to support the Pittsburgh section’s National Chemistry Week, which provides students with hands-on experiments, activities and demonstrations focused on chemistry.
  • American Heart Association: $15,000 for the Go Red Goes STEM program, which is a year-long mentorship program for local girls in middle school who are interested in a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
  • ASSET Inc.: $13,500 to underwrite the costs of professional development programs and courses for under-resourced educators, as well as hands-on learning materials to teach inquiry-centered STEM subjects.
  • Carnegie Mellon University: $23,000 for sponsorship of an educational session at the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association Symposium; and the Girls of Steel Robotics program, which provides high school girls from under-represented communities with robotics and STEM curriculum.
  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: $40,000 for sponsorship of the RUBE GOLDBERG™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit.
  • Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County: $10,000 to help underwrite the costs associated with a Summer Career Exploration Experience for 200 students from three school districts.
  • Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, Inc.: $10,000 for after-school programming to provide local girls with the opportunity to participate in a yearlong, holistic, curriculum-based leadership experience that focuses on leadership development skills and STEM concepts.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: $30,000 for general support to feed people in need and mobilize the community to eliminate hunger.
  • Higher Achievement Program Inc.: $15,000 to support the Afterschool Academy at three Higher Achievement Centers in low-income neighborhoods. The academy provides approximately 160 middle school students with critical academic support, one-on-one mentoring, high school preparation support and a variety of STEM enrichment services.
  • Pirates Charities: $5,000 for educational materials for the Pirates Education Days program, which provides schoolchildren with the opportunity to attend a baseball game with an academic focus.
  • Pittsburgh Trust for Cultural Resources: $36,000 for arts education programming and curriculum refinement for the Makers Space Program and $7,500 to support arts education programming in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and surrounding communities.
  • Propel Schools: $7,500 for educational materials and technology to diversify students’ STEM experiences.
  • Reading Is Fundamental Pittsburgh: $15,000 for the Books for Keeps program, which targets literacy and achievement gaps in children from low-income neighborhoods.
  • Rosedale Technical College: $5,000 to support the purchase of an inverter spot welding system for the school’s new collision repair program.
  • Springdale Free Public Library, Inc.: $1,000 for ongoing programming and materials.
  • The Extra Mile Education Foundation: $8,000 in financial support for urban children and their families seeking a values-based pre-kindergarten through eighth grade education in select parochial schools.
  • The Neighborhood Academy: $5,000 to support the development of an integrated STEM curriculum and hands-on learning materials for the students.
  • WQED Multimedia: $20,000 to support Design Lives Here, a STEM-based supplemental educational program for students in fifth through eighth grades.

“PPG is proud to support these educational and community sustainability programs that are geared toward the individuals who live and work in PPG’s global headquarters city,” said Malesia Dunn, executive director, PPG Foundation. “Developing the workforce of the future is important to us at PPG, and that is why we continue to invest in these vital initiatives and programs in our region.”

PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested more than $9 million in 2018, supporting hundreds of community organizations across 28 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.


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