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Community Relations

Community Initiatives

As a global digital industrial leader with employees worldwide, GE Transportation supports the local communities in which we live and work.

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GE Foundation

The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, has a rich history of building a world that works better. The Foundation empowers people by helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in a global economy, equips communities with the technology and capacity to improve access to better health and education, and elevates ideas that are tackling the world’s toughest challenges to advance economic development and improve lives. The GE Foundation is powered by the generosity and talent of GE employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities.

Discover the efforts of the GE Foundation.

GE Volunteers

alt GE Volunteers is a global network that includes employees, retirees, Affinity Groups, friends and family—“good people doing great things”—all supported by GE businesses and corporate resources. The global mission of GE Volunteers is to facilitate and support volunteering activities that improve life in the communities where GE people live and work. These are carried out through a wide range of projects in the areas of community-building, education, the environment and health.

See how GE gives back to the community through GE Sustainability.

 

GE Transportation Community Service Day 2015

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Combined, John and Patty have worked for GE in Erie, PA for 48 years!  Read about Alan and Anne and their family history here at GE. 

The Global Performance Optimization Center (GPOC), in Erie monitors messages from over 17,000 locomotives for 53 customers in 23 countries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and is dedicated to improving our customers’ operations, every moment of every day!  Opened in Erie, PA in 1997, the center monitors messages from over 17,000 locomotives for 53 customers in 23 countries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Alan Hamilton and Anne Eisert are third and fourth generation GE employees in Erie, PA.  Read about Alan and Anne and their family history here at GE. 

While at the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, GE Transportation CEO Jamie Miller, talks about leaning into change. In her most recent blog, she talks about the need to embrace flux, have discussions with diverse voices and bring in people outside of your organization to understand the environment in which your products and solutions will be working.

Strategic Focus

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GE Transportation sets potential in motion by giving back to our community throughout the year to make a difference through STEM

education, economic development, the environment, and health and human services.

STEM Education

The jobs of the future require significant skills, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Through skills-based volunteerism, our employees engage K-12 students in interactive, team-based engineering projects to foster an interest in STEM careers. These initiatives give students powerful tools that enable them to fulfill their potential.

GE Girls at Penn State

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GE Girls is a week-long summer program for middle school girls focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The exclusive curriculum designed in partnership between GE Transportation and Penn State Behrend includes activities focusing on design, electronics, chemistry, structures, and energy. The program offers girls the opportunity to simulate the experience of driving a GE locomotive, create their own wind turbine, and learn about injection mold design in the largest plastics training lab in the country.

GE Transportation’s program is one of the nine GE Girls programs that work in partnership with universities in cities across the United States. Since its inception in 2011, GE Girls has reached 450 girls who will continue to engage with the program throughout their high school years.

Summer Engineering Experience for Kids’ program (SEEK)

The SEEK program is the National Society of Black Engineers’ (NSBE) premiere solution to the underrepresentation of African American students in STEM fields. Supported by GE Volunteers and members of GE’s African American Forum, the free three week program is designed to expose African American children in 3rd to 12th grades to STEM fields through interactive, team-based engineering projects.

Health & Human Services

Access to quality healthcare for all people is a challenge that spans the globe. At GE Transportation, we seek to make a positive contribution to the healthcare landscape through support of projects focused on health-related issues, organizations that provide health education, and by sharing knowledge and expertise with nonprofit organizations.

American Red Cross Telethon

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need and prevent and relieving suffering through initiatives such as disaster relief programs and blood drives. Each year, GE Volunteers support the American Red Cross by working phones at the annual telethon. In 2015 and 2016, GE Transportation provided a matching donation of $10,000 during the telethon.

Children's Hunger Project

Each Friday, the Children's Hunger Project fills backpacks with food for elementary school children to carry home to ensure no child goes hungry over the weekend. GE Volunteers support the program by collecting and sorting donated food items as well as supporting Friday afternoon distribution of meals.

Environment

GE Volunteers help address environmental issues with creativity and resolve.  Beyond creating awareness, their projects help establish relationships between GE and local communities, and instill personal ownership of environmental issues.  Projects include public space clean-up, heritage conservation, environmental stewardship and Ecomagination efforts.

Asbury Woods Nature Center

Asbury Woods Nature Center provides members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship. GE Volunteers have a long history of supporting Asbury Woods. GE Volunteers have built several bridges along the 4.5 mile hiking trail ensuring safe passage for all visitors.

Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is a non-profit organization with a vision for a litter free and sustainable Australia. GE Volunteers support the organization’s mission through cleaning days held at Bibra Lake in Perth, WA, Australia.

Community Building

GE Transportation supports many programs through which our employees can make a fundamental difference in addressing basic societal needs. Projects range from food bank drives and shelter renovations to beautifications and rebuilds to aid in disaster relief – all providing services that are part of building strong and vital communities.

Erie City Mission

The Erie City Mission is a Christian social outreach program that provides a wide range of services to their patrons. On average, the Mission serves an average of 200 meals a day to anyone in need of a free and nutritious meal. GE Volunteers have a long history of supporting the preparation and serving of meals. In 2015, GE Transportation announced their commitment to providing GE Volunteers to support the Mission’s new Serenity Garden.

North Texas Food Bank

Each day, the North Texas Food Bank provides access to 170,000 meals for hungry children, seniors and families. GE Volunteers support the food bank by sorting food items and assembling food packages helping the NTFB meet their 10-year vision to eliminate the hunger gap in its 13-county service area.

GE Transportation’s Impact

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GE Transportation’s community relations initiatives and impact span the globe. We aim to inspire, engage and empower employees to embody purpose outside of GE Transportation by getting involved and giving back to causes they care about.

The GE Foundation Matching Gifts program matches dollar for dollar all eligible employee contributions of $25 or more. This is not the only way GE Transportation employees give of themselves to the local area. Employees also volunteer their time to local organizations and programs. Many of these volunteer programs run during hours when GE Transportation grants the employees ability to take time away from their normal daily work schedule to give back to their local communities.

Chicago, Illinois

Recent efforts focus on STEM and health & human services advancement, as well as community volunteerism:

  • 800 GE Volunteers for Community Day in 2014
  • $1M+ committed to Chicago STEM initiatives in 2014
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel and GE Transportation announced the expansion of the Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment programs for Chicago Public School students through City Colleges of Chicago in 2015. Learn more about the program.

Erie, Pennsylvania

Recent efforts focused on GE Volunteers and STEM advancement:

  • Local GE employees volunteered more than 15,000 hours in the community in 2015
  • In 2015, GE Transportation put more than $5,250,000 back into the Erie community through campaigns like Erie Gives, Bids for Kids, March of Dimes and United Way
  • Employees participated in the 10th annual Engineering Day presenting workshops for young women, who came from 23 different high schools in Pennsylvania and New York
  • GE Transportation offered leadership matching with local charities
  • GE sponsored and mentored four local FIRST Robotics teams (Millcreek, Fairview, Erie and Harborcreek), committing $46,000 and close to 3,000 volunteer hours mentoring, fundraising and teaching

See how else GE invested in the Erie community in 2015 on the GE Transportation blog.

Fort Worth, Texas

Recent efforts focused on local education and health & human services advancement:

  • 2,735 volunteer hours in 2015
  • 14 major initiatives supported in 2015
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