General Electric is a giving company. It strives to socially responsive to a number of philanthropic entities. One of their greatly supported causes is the Special Olympics, of which nearly 800 local employees volunteered their time on Friday, May 9 for the 12th Annual GE Community Day at the kickoff of the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics Chicago Spring Games.
Not only did the GE employees offer their time at five site locations across Chicagoland but they also gave a check for $60,000 to Special Olympics Illinois. GE Transportation CEO, Russell Stokes spoke and presented this donation on behalf of GE.
Local GE employees volunteered throughout the day while supporting the thousands of athletes who participated in the Games. The Special Olympics are a favorite of GE, where they have supported this organization for the past five years with many employees having a personal connection to the cause, including GE employee, Suzy Thomas.
She commented, “I’ve been personally involved with the Special Olympics for years, and it’s a cause that is close to my heart. I am so proud to be part of a company that’s passionate about community service and committed to supporting the Special Olympics here in Chicago.”
The GE employees also cleaned up the litter and helped with vegetation management at Carl Hanson Woods in the Cook Country Forest Preserves. They also painted/planted and completed outdoor improvements at Family Focus and painted and fixed Aunt Martha’s Youth Service and HealthCenter.
Chicago is the home to the headquarters of four GE businesses and over the past three years has grown its employee base in Chicago by nearly 40 percent.
The participation of corporations like GE is essential to help with programs for the disabled. Without their contribution, much of the progress could not be sustained. It is the partnering of companies with programs that aide the special needs community that translates to a better and more fulfilled life for the special needs population.