PPG donates $15,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh
Funding helped to support facility expansion for nonprofit
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 17, 2010 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $15,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Pittsburgh in support of its “Healing More Hearts Expanding Our Home” program. The campaign was created to meet the growing demand for housing services for the families of children receiving life-saving treatments at Pittsburgh-based hospitals. The temporary-housing facility is connected to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and accommodates 60 families a night, each in a private suite.
“With the fast-growing number of families coming to Pittsburgh for their children to receive diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services at area hospitals, patients are constantly referred to RMHC for transitional and residential housing aid,” said Leslie Montgomery-Reidenbaugh, director of development, RMHC of Pittsburgh. “We truly appreciate what PPG has done to support our growth.”
The Ronald McDonald House organization was founded in 1974 in Philadelphia. Today, there are nearly 300 homes in the world. Montgomery-Reidenbaugh said many area physicians view RMHC of Pittsburgh as an extension of the quality of care they provide, and the location adjacent to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is the only Ronald McDonald House attached to a hospital. She added that co-locating with the state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC facility in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, which opened in May 2009, made sense because 95 percent of the families served by RMHC of Pittsburgh have children receiving treatment at that hospital.
“It is with great pleasure we support RMHC in its mission to serve the families of seriously ill children,” said Sue Sloan, executive director of the PPG Industries Foundation. “Knowing how the efforts of RMHC touch so many lives and provide comfort to families during tumultuous times of sickness and rehabilitation is tremendously rewarding.”
Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employee volunteerism and executives’ involvement with nonprofit organizations.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh
Guided by its core values of compassion and giving, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh offers services and programs that provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children receiving medical care at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and other area hospitals. By providing temporary housing and the necessities of home, RHMC enables families experiencing very difficult times to focus solely on the well-being of their sick children. For more information, visit www.rmhcpgh.org.
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.
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