- Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner joins volunteer and industry leaders in preparing for United Way campaign
- Annual campaign chaired by leaders from GE Healthcare, GE's Waukesha Gas Engines, and GE Healthcare Financial Services
Waukesha, WI -- May 30, 2013 -- GE Healthcare hosted local executives and US Representative Jim Sensenbrenner during a leadership forum and reception yesterday to discuss the state of charitable giving in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The reception brought members of the local community together in preparation for the United Way's Annual Campaign, which this year will be chaired locally by three GE leaders: Jim Ambrose of GE Healthcare Financial Services, Bob Hutchinson of GE's Waukesha Gas Engines, and Rob Reilly of GE Healthcare. All three GE businesses have a large presence in Waukesha County.
United Way in Waukesha County mobilizes the financial and human resources of local businesses to provide support for individuals and families in the areas of health and human services. This year United Way is in the middle of its three year Strive for 5 campaign which aims to raise $5 million by 2014, while this year's goal is $4.75 million. The campaign is also seeking to recruit 500 reader, tutor, and mentor volunteers by the end of 2014. As of May 28, 2013, 160 volunteers have made the pledge to become readers, tutors, or mentors.
"Charitable giving is engrained in America's moral fiber." said US Representative Jim Sensenbrenner. "There are over 35,000 non-profits in Wisconsin and these philanthropic organizations rely heavily on private donations to provide a safety net for many programs and services Americans rely on. Thankfully, proposals to place a cap on charitable deductions have been met with broad bipartisan opposition. I introduced H.R. 1479 to prevent our tax code from dissuading contributions and affirm our nation's commitment to protecting charitable giving. I thank GE and the United Way for their support in this effort. Their relationship is a powerful testament to the value of collaboration between philanthropy and industry to improve quality of life in Wisconsin."
Michelle DuBord, Director of Investor Relations at United Way in Waukesha County commented on the campaign, "GE's willingness to understand the community and lead the effort to mobilize resources is critical for bringing our United Way campaign to a whole new level."
United Way's efforts align with GE's long history of employee volunteerism and local engagement. GE is the largest corporate supporter of United Way in Waukesha County.
"Our work with United Way provides unique opportunities to make a lasting impact in the communities we call home," said Rob Reilly, Chief Marketing Officer for GE Healthcare, US and Canada. "With three GE leaders chairing this year's campaign, we look forward to an exciting campaign strengthening our partnership with this great organization and our commitment to Waukesha County and Wisconsin at large."
About United Way in Waukesha County:
United Way in Waukesha County is a community-based nonprofit that identifies and addresses local health and human service issues by raising resources necessary to positively impact lives and conditions with a focus on the areas of financial stability and helping kids succeed. United Way in Waukesha County is currently on track to reach the goal of their Strive for 5 campaign. Strive for 5 is a three year goal to raise 5 million dollars and recruit 500 volunteers by the end of 2014. The $4,503,708 million dollars raised in the 2012 campaign places United Way in a great position to invest in issues that are important to the community and really make a difference. The goal to recruit 500 new volunteers for reader, tutor, and mentoring programs is also on track with 160 new volunteers to date. The annual United Way campaign will run from September through December. For more information, contact the United Way in Waukesha County office at (262) 547-8459 or visit www.UnitedWayWaukesha.org.
About GE Healthcare in WI:
GE Healthcare's partnership with the United Way highlights its continuing commitment to and impact on Wisconsin. With 6,500 employees across the Badger State, and an economic impact on Wisconsin of more than $3.8 billion annually according to a recent third party analysis, GE Healthcare alone generates more than $10.4 million in economic activity in-state, on average, every day, and helps support more than 21,000 jobs at both GE businesses and at 1,100 supplier sites across Wisconsin.
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.
About GE Power & Water:
GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar; biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world's most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Numerous products are qualified under ecomagination, GE's commitment to providing innovative solutions that maximize resources, drive efficiencies and help make the world work better. Power & Water's seven business units include Aeroderivative Gas Turbines; Gas Engines; Nuclear Energy; Power Generation Services; Renewable Energy; Thermal Products and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE's largest industrial business.