PPG Completes French Colorful Communities Project
At the beginning of the week, global coatings company PPG announced the completion of another Colorful Communities project, this time at the Maison de l’Enfance et de la Famille du Valenciennois in Artes, France.
The Colorful Communities program provides PPG volunteers and products, along with financial contributions, to bring color and vitality to communities where the company operates around the world, such as in Artes, where PPG has a production facility and global coatings innovation center.
For the MEF project in particular, roughly 50 PPG volunteers spent 200 hours beautifying the public shelter, which cares for children ages 8 to 13 placed by the child welfare system. The shelter is managed by Etablissement Public Départemental pour Soutenir, Accompagner et Eduquer.
“We are proud to contribute to the fantastic work done at MEF,” said Karine Tomala, PPG Operational Manager, Marly. “These initiatives demonstrate the commitment of our company and employees to provide help and support to the communities that need it most, aligning with our goal of protecting and beautifying the world.”
To support the project, PPG contributed $60,000 (51,000 euros), including 66 gallons (250 liters) of Peintures Gauthier paint by PPG. The company further reported that Bleu Oman, a bright blue hue, was used in the bedrooms to promote sweet dreams, while Jaune Klee, a vibrant yellow, was applied to the building’s hallways.
Since last eyar, the PPG Charity Partner program has organized dozens of fundraising activities to support MEF, including selling raffle tickets and honey from beehives installed at their sites. Employees have also collected material donations, such as toys, puzzles, books and clothing for children. In addition, PPG provided direct funding for 16 computers as well as printers and webcams for MEF units in Artres and Condé-sur-l'Escaut as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.
“I want to thank PPG and the employees who have helped support MEF,” said Claire Cherquefosse, Director, MEF du Valenciennois. “It’s wonderful to see the facility revitalized with such beautiful color choices. The children are thrilled and very grateful. We are also very happy to have the computers, which are so important for the children’s education.”
Since 2015, PPG has completed more than 330 Colorful Communities projects, impacting more than 6.7 million people in 42 countries.