General Electric Company (GE)
General Electric Company (GE), a diversified technology and services company with a presence in more than 100 countries, invests in educational opportunities and strong community organizations in GE communities around the world. GE was nominated for this prestigious award by Northeast Parent and Child Society in Schenectady, New York, which has enjoyed a special partnership with GE for more than 115 years. Mark Little, Vice President of GE Energy Products, accepted the award at CWLA's 2004 National Conference in Washington, DC.
Northeast Parent and Child Society was founded the year after Thomas Edison brought Edison Works (now GE) to Schenectady. The corporation and the agency have enjoyed a mutually advantageous partnership for more than a century. During Northeast's 115-year history, GE corporate officers, staff, and retirees have donated millions of dollars to the agency, contributed thousands of hours of volunteer time to agencywide projects and events, and provided scores of members for Northeast's Board of Directors. Partnership projects have included painting Northeast's school and group homes, mentoring and tutoring children and families, and advocating for Northeast with legislators.
Beyond the partnership with Northeast, helping young people and families is a major focus of GE's philanthropic and volunteer initiatives. The Elfun Volunteers, a global organization of 50,000 employees and retirees, carries out more than 1,400 volunteer projects in 33 countries every year. The GE Foundation, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2003, is widely recognized for its work in communities around the world.
GE was named by the Financial Times as one of the world's Most Respected Companies. For more information, visit www.ge.com.
2/25/04: Child Welfare League Of America Honors General Electric as Corporate Friend of Children
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