When a huge tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, two GE wind turbine technicians trained in personnel rescue and resuscitation raced north to help. “We were trained to help,” they say. The two kept searching through the rubble until the next afternoon, when they collapsed in the command post for a few hours of sleep. In the evening on May 21 they returned to their team and continued clearing the neighborhood for another day. They left Moore when the Oklahoma National Guard took over.
More than 100 volunteers from GE Capital Real Estate built 85 raised garden beds in a plot the size of a football field. It was dedicated to longtime Norwalk resident Ina Clark, an avid gardener, who died in 2010. In a June 7 groundbreaking ceremony, held as rain from Tropical Storm Andrea fell steadily, the GE volunteers were thanked by nearby residents and Mayor Richard Moccia, South Norwalk Councilman Carvin Hilliard, and David Shockley, Norwalk Neighborhood Improvement Coordinator, City of Norwalk Redevelopment Agency.
The president of the Jones County economic development authority recounts the collaboration behind establishing a technology park that brought jobs and innovation to the community: ““Build it and they will come” was the mantra when Jones County, Mississippi purchased just over 500 acres of land in Ellisville, MS on which was constructed Howard Technology Park, that eventually led to a momentous July 2011 announcement by GE Aviation CEO David Joyce.”
Underlining its commitment to the community, 60 employees of GE teamed up with volunteers from averda, the largest environmental solutions providers in the Middle East and North Africa region and Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd (GASCO) to clean up a section of desert farmland in the United Arab Emirates.
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, is awarding a total of $750,000 in grants to two organizations to support initiatives in education and character development in New Orleans. Funding will go toward the museum’s exhibits and interactive experiences, as well as to bring the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s national Character Development Curriculum to Louisiana educators and students. The Character Development Curriculum uses the stories of living Medal of Honor recipients to inspire students and teach critical skills. Medal of Honor recipient Major General James Everett Livingston, right, shared his story with students and active military in attendance Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the World War II Museum Freedom Pavilion.
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