PPG donates $5,000 combined to Junior Achievement, local United Way in 2010
Funding on behalf of local PPG facility supports operating costs for both organizations
BURLINGTON, Iowa, March 8, 2011 – The PPG Industries Foundation donated a combined $5,000 to Junior Achievement of the Heartland and the Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way in 2010 on behalf of the PPG Industries glass tempering facility in Burlington.
During one of his weekly visits to teach the six-week JA America Works™ unit, PPG Burlington employee and JA of the Heartland volunteer Tracy Elliott (far left, rear, wearing glasses) joins eighth-grade teacher Ben Gauger (far right) and students at Burlington Notre Dame Middle School.
Junior Achievement (JA) of the Heartland, recognized as one of the Top 20 JA chapters in the United States, received a $1,000 grant from the PPG foundation in 2010. PPG Burlington employees Tracy Elliott, technical coordinator, and Forrest Maisells, plant superintendent, both volunteer their time teaching classes for JA of the Heartland, Elliott at Burlington Notre Dame Schools and Burlington High School and Maisells at Burlington Notre Dame Schools. Both also participated with three other PPG associates in the Trinity JA Bowl-a-Thon at King Pins at Fun City in Burlington on Feb. 12, through which they contributed an additional $600.
Maisells also serves as a board member for the Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way, to which the PPG Industries Foundation donated $4,000 in 2010. The local United Way helps to fund 18 agencies that provide human service and health care programs to area residents, increasing the community’s ability to change lives in positive ways. Through its annual fund-raising campaign for the local United Way in November 2010, PPG Burlington contributed an additional $2,315 and grew annual employee participation by 10 percent to 79 percent.
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” Maisells said. “We recognize the important work of JA and the United Way, and we are proud to help both organizations make a positive impact in the Burlington/West Burlington community.”
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 JA Worldwide (Junior Achievement)
JA Worldwide is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA Worldwide provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12. JA Worldwide offers educational programs that focus on three key content areas: entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy. Today, 126 individual area operations reach approximately four million students in the United States, with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 122 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.ja.org. Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves more than 56,000 K-12 students throughout its 24-county area in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and southwestern Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.jaheartland.org.
About Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way
The mission of the Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way is to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. The 18 agencies it helps to fund include local affiliates or chapters of the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Community Y, Salvation Army and the Visiting Nurses Association, as well as other local service agencies. More than 50,000 people in the Burlington and West Burlington 40-mile radius service area benefited from a program or service provided by a United Way-funded agency in 2010.
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 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.
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