Community
Published: November 21, 2019
Community
Published: November 21, 2019

Nicole Paints Positivity Wherever She Goes

Nicole Sartorius, PPG customer service specialist and communication manager for Germany and Austria, values personal interaction. She is #PPGProud of our sense of corporate social responsibility and focus on sustainability.

While she spends her spare time with her family, either out on adventures or cozied up at home, at work, she is a creative innovator in the field of internal communications and community engagement projects. This gives her the opportunity to be at the helm of our community outreach initiatives, a place she loves to be.

Helping Others Is Natural

Nicole feels the initiatives at PPG give each of us the opportunity to help in different ways, to connect with the people around us as well as with one another, and to become one team.

I am convinced that social commitment is becoming more and more important and I find it natural to help people who are not as well off as we are.

She brings this same social commitment into the school life of her children, through many years volunteering on school committees. For her, it is important to do something for the school community and the pupils while promoting the area of education.

It’s About Communication and Working Together

Nicole has led three COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® projects in the last two years and has established important contacts within the PPG neighborhood in doing so. She feels the initiative helps promote openness and a willingness to come together to make a difference for others.

I learned that the most important things are communication and working together, using all those important competences and talents.

Her most recent, Colorful Communities project, Elbkinder Kita Jeverlander Weg Kindergarten in Hamburg, Germany, was important to her.

Kindergarten is very important because it teaches children a rich, meaningful, and balanced curriculum of skills through age-appropriate activities that encourage them to want to learn more. It is the basis of life.

Creating a Positive Atmosphere for Kids

The kindergarten really needed some renovation. The building looked run-down. The old paint on the walls created a dark atmosphere and there were stains on the doors.

We wanted to bring new life into the kindergarten and to create an atmosphere for the children in which learning, playing, and relaxation were possible.

Therefore, 40 volunteers and employees showed up to paint the walls, decorate the rooms, and paint flowers on the windows with window colors.

We also played with the kids and assembled flowerbeds with them.

The team used 300 liters of SIGMA COATINGS™ paint in bright and warm colors for the walls. And the garden table received a few coats of BONDEX®. As Nicole explains, “It is very important to have a variety of rich colors in a kindergarten, because colors affect the emotions.”

In the end, the kindergarten looked amazing, oozing a positive atmosphere for children and teachers alike. The staff and parents were so grateful for all the work and support of PPG, and the kids showed their gratitude in a lovely “Thank you!” picture.

Together as a PPG team, we can do everything. All participants can be very proud to have been part of the projects. A big ‘thank you’ to all of them! In the end we are One PPG.
Learn more about Colorful Communities initiative here.