Atlanta's Rony Delgarde, the founder of Global Paint for Charity, was recently named a 2013 Allstate Champion for Good as a part of the Give It Up For Good campaign.
"The environment is not something we inherit from our parents, it's something we borrow from our children." This quote has been repeated hundreds of times by people who want to emphasize the urgency of saving our planet. Global Paint for Charity, Inc., (GPC) is one of the organizations focused on the future of our children and their environments. Global Paint for Charity was founded by Rony Delgarde, who grew up in Haiti and knows what life can be like without color all around. Mr. Delgarde now collects unused paint from residences and businesses, consolidates it and provides it
to schools, hospitals, orphanages, churches, and family homes in developing countries where paint is difficult to come by. This process of recycling unused paint is taking harmful waste and using it as a resource. It sounds so simple but the benefits are so amazing.
For the world's poor, home isn't just where the heart is. It's also an incubator for bacteria, diseases, bad germs, mold, severe dirt walls and poor sanitation. The United Nations Human Settlements Program estimates that more than 1.6 billion rural residents live in overcrowded housing with dirt walls and poor sanitation. Every year, we lose 2.8 million children globally due to bacteria and bad germs found on dirt walls of their family homes and local schools.
Chances are you are like most homeowners in the U.S. who have 3 to 5 gallons of leftover paint stored in your basement and garage. Sadly, every year more than 30 million gallons of commercial and residential paint wind up in landfills, increasing the chance that the toxins from the paint can pollute our water supply.
Global Paint for Charity, Inc., remains a one-of-a-kind group adding color and encouragement to people's lives worldwide. It is noteworthy that GPC knows that paint takes a huge toll on our environment and has created a movement to protect and improve the living conditions of our poor. Focusing on preserving our environment by keeping paint out of landfills and water sources has distinguished GPC as a deserving non-profit to support.
Please help us change more lives and protect the environment.
Help us beautify communities in developing countries and create a better future around the world.
See how your company can join the fight to keep leftover paint out of landfills.
Get family, friends, church members, and colleagues involved in supporting the cause.
"Who knew one gallon of paint could do this much good? Join Global Paint for Charity to help paint the world, change lives and protect the environment one gallon of paint at a time. Encourage Home Depot, Lowe's, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams and ACE Hardware stores you visit to become a partner, or volunteer to host a paint donation drive in your community. The Global Paint's story is fascinating."-- Kristine Johnson
We have received several hundreds of thousands of gallons of paint from businesses and residences. We need your help because we don't have an affordable warehouse space to stage the paint. Even with affordable space, mixing and processing the paint is a huge hurdle. Right now, it's often done by handful volunteers. Three great institutions, including students from Georgia Tech, have offered to help design a machine to process the paint. However, the costs vary depending upon our desired methods and technology. Our goal is to raise significant funding to build a plant where we will be able to process 3,000 to 5,000 gallons of recycled paint a week, creating jobs not just in paint recycling and processing, but in education, management, transportation and logistics, as well.
As you can see, we need help. So if you would be so kind as to acquaint yourself with our website and refer us to any groups or individuals looking for a great cause to support, it would be most appreciated.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us today at (855)853-7772.
World Affairs Council of Atlanta featured Rony Delgarde's Global Paint for Charity Founder Spotlight.
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