PPG Pittsburgh, PA and Huron, Ohio were onsite with employee volunteers from it’s plant in Huron, OH and paint contractors from Textbook Painting in Avon Lake, OH to revitalize and restore parts of the museum through completion of painting projects and landscaping as part of PPG COLORFUL COMMUNITIES program on Mon, Sept 12, 2016. 15 third-grade students from Edison Elementary in Milan were also on-site to participate in Carnegie Science Center’s “Great Color Caper”, a program that teaches the science of light and color.
PPG also presented a grant donation of $20,000 on behalf of its architectural coatings business to the Museum to support ongoing STEM educational programming for students. Mayor Steve Rockwell made a proclamation and museum Trustee President Robert KL Wheeler, great great grand-nephew of Thomas Edison also spoke for the museum. PPG’s COLORFUL COMMUNITIES program provides employee volunteers, donated products and financial contributions to bring color and vitality to communities where the company operates around the world.
The program increases PPG’s commitment to invest in communities by adding $10 million to support efforts made during a 10-yr period, starting in 2015. The museum is very honored to be a recipient of such generosity. PaintSquare quoted in an article, “The [project has] given new life to our museum and will preserve these historic buildings for years to come,” said Lois J. Wolf, director, Edison Birthplace Museum. “And the grant will enable us to inspire thousands of children and adults with the spirit of Edison’s determination.”
The Colorful Communities program is PPG’s signature initiative for community engagement efforts, with the aim to protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world.