PPG donates $5,000 to Action for Children, Woodward Family Resource Center

Funding supports workshop series for Hispanic population in Woodward community

Carl Johnson, PPG North America director of refinish manufacturing based at PPG Industries' automotive refinish paint manufacturing facility in Delaware, presents Michael Middendorf, senior manager of Action for Children, with a $5,000 check from the PPG Industries Foundation to help fund a new workshop series being offered in 2011 at the Woodward Family Resource Center.
DELAWARE, Ohio, Dec. 17, 2010 – The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $5,000 to Action for Children and the Woodward Family Resource Center to support the implementation of a six-session series of monthly workshops presented in Spanish to educate the local Hispanic population about aspects of U.S. society that may present cultural challenges or barriers to their self-sufficiency and success.

"We are grateful to PPG for its help with this effort," said Michael Middendorf, senior manager of Action for Children. "The largest concentration of Spanish-speaking individuals in Delaware City Schools is in the Woodward area, very near to PPG’s facility. Knowledge is the key to success, and we hope these classes will provide participants with information they need to increase their social skills, strengthen their financial and emotional resources, and understand how to navigate various systems in order to solve their own problems and achieve self-sufficiency."

The Woodward Family Resource Center is a program of Action for Children, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Columbus with a satellite office in Delaware. Workshop sessions will be offered at times that accommodate participants' schedules, and child care and transportation vouchers will be provided. Topics will include:

  • U.S. society's expectations of parents, especially in terms of discipline and school attendance;
  • The role of the Children’s Services agency;
  • U.S. educational system details regarding grade levels, performance evaluation, parent- teacher conferences, and the rights of parents within the school system;
  • Aspects of the U.S. health care system, such as how families secure health insurance, what they do when they don’t have it, and what the medical community expects of patients and families;
  • Financial literacy issues regarding banking systems, bank accounts, the U.S. tax system, and common financial scams to avoid; and
  • How the U.S. citizenship process works.

“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Carl Johnson, North America director of refinish manufacturing, based at PPG’s automotive refinish paint manufacturing facility in Delaware. “We are proud to support Action for Children and the Woodward Family Resource Center in their efforts to assist underserved local residents in taking action to improve their skills and expand their resources to help better their situations.”

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 Action for Children
Action for Children is a private, nonprofit organization that has been the source for child care and early learning information, education and resources in central Ohio since 1972. With headquarters in Columbus, Franklin County, it operates satellite offices in Delaware, Union and Madison counties and works with partners in Fairfield, Licking and Pickaway counties with programs aimed at endowing all children with quality child care and early learning experiences. Action for Children does not license, recommend, endorse, guarantee, or regulate any child care resource provided through its referral service.

About the Woodward Family Resource Center
Funded by the United Way of Delaware County, the Woodward Family Resource Center is in partnership with the Delaware City Schools. The center's main objective is to offer support systems so that children and families are stronger. It collaborates with other service providers to meet the basic needs of families in non-traditional ways, providing access to family support programs, services and activities for the Woodward area, and encouraging families to make connections and build relationships with the center and the community.

About PPG
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.

K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications