In four of the past five years, machine shop and ANSI pump shop supervisor for PPG Industries Natrium, W.Va. facility, Mark Hayes, has traveled to Vietnam to assist nonprofit organization Free Wheelchair Mission provide wheelchairs to handicapped individuals.
According to a news release through a PPG Industries Foundation employee program called Grant Incentives for Volunteerism by PPG Employees and Retirees (GIVE), Hayes has earned $500 a year since 2010 in support of Free Wheelchair Mission. Each of his trips has been paid out of pocket.
Free Wheelchair Mission works to purchase parts and assembles wheelchairs, a cost of about $60 per chair, to be sent all over the world.
Jim Rock, plant manager for PPG Natrium, said Hayes is an exceptional person.
"PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where it operates," he said. "Mark Hayes is an exceptional person who has donated a tremendous amount of time and money to a very worthy cause."
Hayes and other PPG Natrium employees and retirees helped obtain $70,000 in grants last year and $29,000 in grants so far for 2012 through the GIVE program.