PPG Natrium employee helps Free Wheelchair Mission with service, donations
Local employees support organizations with $70,000 in 2011, $29,000 to date in 2012
NATRIUM, W.Va., Aug. 9, 2012 –
Mark Hayes (center, wearing glasses and striped blue shirt), machine shop and ANSI pump shop maintenance technician at PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) chemicals manufacturing facility in Natrium, W.Va., has visited Vietnam four times as a volunteer with Free Wheelchair Mission to deliver free wheelchairs to handicapped people, as shown in this photograph. Hayes is just one of many PPG Natrium employees and retirees who helped obtain $70,000 in grants last year and $29,000 in grants so far in 2012 for organizations they actively serve through a PPG Industries Foundation employee program called Grant Incentives for Volunteerism by PPG Employees and Retirees (GIVE).
In four of the past five years, Mark Hayes, machine shop and ANSI pump shop maintenance supervisor at PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) chemicals manufacturing facility in Natrium, W.Va., traveled to Vietnam to help nonprofit organization Free Wheelchair Mission provide wheelchairs – and much-needed mobility – to handicapped people there.
Through a PPG Industries Foundation employee program called Grant Incentives for Volunteerism by PPG Employees and Retirees (GIVE), Hayes has garnered $500 a year since 2010 to support Free Wheelchair Mission, which collects funds, purchases parts and assembles wheelchairs at a cost of about $60 per chair, and then delivers them all over the world. These grants recognize Hayes’s service as a Free Wheelchair Mission volunteer; he funded his Vietnam trips himself.
Through the PPG Industries Foundation’s GIVE program, Hayes and many other PPG Natrium employees and retirees helped obtain $70,000 in grants last year and $29,000 in grants so far in 2012 for local organizations they actively serve. The program recognizes employee and retiree volunteer efforts with annual grants of $500 for an ongoing volunteer relationship or $1,000 for serving on an organization's board of directors.
PPG Natrium employees obtained 114 grants in 2011 and 43 grants so far this year to support eligible local organizations with which they work, such as Free Wheelchair Mission, schools and school groups, community athletics groups, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops, volunteer fire departments and firefighters' organizations, and groups such as:
- Marshall County Fair
- Monroe County 4-H Program
- Monroe County Humane Society
- Riverfront Library Association
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where it operates,” said Jim Rock, plant manager for PPG Natrium. “Mark Hayes is an exceptional person who has donated a tremendous amount of time and money to a very worthy cause. We are proud of him and all the PPG employees and retirees who actively assist nonprofit organizations and participate in the GIVE program to provide financial support where they have an interest. It’s a great opportunity for us to give back to the community in ways that are personally significant to our people.”
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 employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.
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