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COLORFUL COMMUNITIES®

Beautifying and revitalizing communities around the world

COLORFUL COMMUNITIES®

A COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Color holds possibilities — and purpose. In every community, color has the ability to transform the way people think and feel about their surroundings and experiences. A drab classroom becomes a canvas for students’ learning. A cold, institutional hospital ward becomes a source of warmth and comfort for its patients. A dreary, bleak orphanage becomes a safe, cheerful home.

In the hands of committed volunteers, PPG paint can make life-changing differences. That’s why thousands of PPG volunteers are protecting and beautifying special places in their lives through our global Colorful Communities program.

Thanks to the energy and passion of PPG's 47,000 global employees, we have positively impacted more than 6.5 million people and completed more than 300 projects in over 40 countries since the program launched in 2015. And, we are well on our way to investing $10 million over 10 years to support this important initiative.

PROGRAM UPDATE: In early 2020, our Colorful Communities projects were paused until it was safe to come together as a community to hold these vibrant events. While our projects remain on hiatus in many parts of the world, some Colorful Communities projects are now being scheduled. Guided by safety measures, PPG continues to monitor each project location with public health and safety as our top priority. We remain committed to supporting communities around the world, with an understanding that all community projects must adhere to strict safety precautions such as social distancing, mask use and hand washing.

Five years of color

Five years of color

Back in May 2015, we set out to beautify and revitalize our global neighborhoods through the Colorful Communities program. Five years in, we’re delighted to recognize the bright and meaningful impacts created in lives and communities all around the world.

While so much has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, color can still unite us and remind us that there is beauty within each day. As we reflected on this milestone, we gathered photos of handmade, colorful pictures symbolizing moments of joy and hope to create a virtual, communal mural. See the beautiful design and more on our five-year milestone.

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Expanding our reach

Expanding our reach

When we started our Colorful Communities program in 2015, our colleagues around the world jumped into action and held 11 projects in Mexico, Colombia, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Turkey, South Korea, China, Australia and the U.S. We've built on that initial excitement over the past 5 years and have expanded into new communities, engaged more employees, and have continued to spread the Colorful Communities joy. With more than 300 projects completed to date, we are excited to keep growing and brightening our world in new and meaningful ways. 

Color and Coatings Expertise

Color and Coatings Expertise

PPG knows paint. As a leading color authority and a company that specializes in coatings, we understand and are inspired by the positive influence of color. 

We are purposeful in how we approach each Colorful Communities project, mobilizing our product and color experts to select just the right hues and apply them in the safest way. We put our talents to work to create the best possible colorful outcomes for people in our neighborhoods. After all, it’s not just about the paint we apply — it’s about the lives we touch.

Color Creates Comfort

PPG and community volunteers picked up their paint brushes to create a cheerful, welcoming home for the 40 children facing personal or social risk and living at the Casa de Nazaré children’s shelter in Brazil. See how the project spread happiness in the children’s world.

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Bringing Children Hope

With the right dedication, colors and products, PPG employees in Cairo, Egypt completely transformed a center for vulnerable children and infused joy and cheer in their lives. 

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Global commitment, local connections

Through our Colorful Communities program, we partner with multiple charities around the world. Across a range of geographies and cultures, what connects these organizations is that each one of them represents an important community resource or provides a vital social service and has demonstrated a need for a beautifying and brightening refresh. We pair our ability to make an impact with the recommendations from our local employees and the needs of each community to form meaningful local connections.

Are you a potential community partner or PPG employee volunteer? Reach out to share a Colorful Communities project idea.

Andy Bales

CEO, Union Rescue Mission

Andy Bales

Sylmar, California


Not only did the PPG volunteers provide a cosmetic transformation to the facility, they also brought a transformation of attitude through the kindness and compassion they demonstrated to our families and staff. The efforts of PPG truly made for an overwhelming day for all who were involved. 


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