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GE volunteers work to improve area schools and non-profit organizations for its 19th annual Community Service Day

August 21, 2013

It's the largest single-day GE volunteering event in the world and, in addition to improving schools this year, volunteers will also work to improve non-profit organizations.

Community Service Day is now in its 19th consecutive year and more than 2,500 current and retired employee volunteers will donate a their day on Wednesday, Aug. 21, to improving resources and environments in 15 Milwaukee Public Schools, three Waukesha Public Schools and two non-profit organizations --- La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha and Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. In addition to current GE employees, about 70 volunteers from outside the company will join in the event including GE retirees and members of the Milwaukee Bucks and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin staff. Volunteers will paint, clean, organize, and landscape buildings in order to enhance the facilities.

"Volunteerism is at the heart of GE's culture and this event is a proud tradition for our employees," said Tom Gentile, President and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems. "We are proud that our volunteers truly make a difference in our schools and non-profit organizations in our local community."

At 53rd Street Community School, volunteers are creating a duck conservatory for migrating ducks and also building a picnic table and benches. At Morse-Marshall School for the Gifted and Talented, GE's fitness center staff will work to reorganize weight rooms, lay new rubber flooring and move equipment. At Urban Ecology Center, volunteers will build planter boxes, benches, picnic tables, skirts for fish tanks, and also pull invasive cattails from a lagoon. At La Casa De Esperanza, volunteers will paint classrooms and murals throughout the building and build shelving units, benches and create to new entrance sign. Overall, volunteers are painting more than 200 classrooms and more than 50 murals covering all 20 locations. Volunteers will also work to organize, clean and set up more than 150 rooms and five teacher's lounges.

"We are very fortunate to have the support of such an impressively large group," said Anselmo Villarreal, President and CEO of La Casa de Esperanza, an organization dedicated to serving Waukesha's low-income and Latino population. "We are grateful for all of the volunteers who helped us accomplish our mission this year. I am most looking forward to seeing the looks on the faces of our children and families when they see all that is completed in just one day."

"Volunteers play a huge part in helping the Urban Ecology Center meet its mission," said Emily Michi, Volunteer Coordinator and Environmental Educator at Urban Ecology Center, an organization that works to bring nature to urban areas, through education for children and the community about what the outdoors has to offer. "It is exciting to think of all the work GE Healthcare volunteers are going to be doing to help us adapt this building to have a warmer, more welcoming environment."

Community Service Day is part of GE's broad collaboration with Milwaukee Public Schools,

In 2012, more than 4,000 of 6,500 local GE employees volunteered, for a total contribution of more than 36,000 volunteer hours. This year, Community Service Day received an award for

the uniqueness, scope of employee engagement and the measureable sustainable impact on the community. An internal GE award, it was one of only 13 given globally.

Wisconsin has been GE's home since 1947. For 65 years, we have been able to reach toward the future, find solutions to tough problems, create new jobs and programs that improve people's lives, and make a difference in our communities. That's why investing in the future of Wisconsin makes sense. . With an economic impact on Wisconsin of more than $3.8 billion annually, GE Healthcare alone generates more than $10.4 million in economic activity in Wisconsin, on average, every day, and helps support more than 21,000 jobs at both GE businesses and at 1,100 supplier sites across Wisconsin.

Organizations involved in this year's Community Service Day include:

Milwaukee Public Schools:

  • Hayes Bilingual School
  • Wedgewood Park International School
  • Anna A. Doerfler School
  • Franklin Piece Elementary School
  • Browning Elementary School
  • Albert E. Kagel Elementary School
  • Golda Meir Elementary School
  • 53rd Street Community School
  • Riverside University High School
  • La Escuela Fratney School
  • Milwaukee Sign Language School
  • Bay View High School
  • Morse-Marshall School for the Gifted & Talented
  • Cass Street School
  • Victory & Italian Immersion School

Waukesha Public Schools:

  • Hawthorne Elementary School
  • Central Middle School
  • Prairie Elementary School

Non-Profit Organizations

  • La Casa de Esperanza
  • Urban Ecology Center

About GE Corporate Citizenship

As a 130-year-old technology company, GE's commitment to citizenship is part of our culture and our strategy. You can see it in the products we make, how we make them, and in the

difference we make in communities around the world. We work on things that matter, are mindful of our limited natural resources and believe in a better way. We invest in people,

technology and communities to ensure a better future for generations to come. For more information, visit

Brittany Darga
GE Healthcare
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