“I didn’t ask him to do that,” says Kelly Skindzelewski, GE’s Community Relations Leader. Very soon after Kelly took the job, she learned that she didn’t need to convince or even generate ideas to help GE’s employees get out into the community. They were already out there.
In its 22nd year GE Community Service Day last August brought 2,500 GE employees into schools in Milwaukee and Waukesha, tackling all sorts of projects to ready schools inside and out for the upcoming school year. As a result more than 13,000 students started the year in a welcoming environment. GE employees sponsor FIRST Robotics teams at 19 different local high schools. They sponsored a Career Day at Washington High School where young IT employees at GE talk students through a path from “backpack to briefcase” in the STEM career path.
You can find GE volunteers at BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drives, reading with elementary students, at Girl Scouts camps, sorting stock boxes at the Hunger Task Force, and beautifying the Minooka Park walking trail. These are only a handful of the many ways GE serves the greater Milwaukee community. GE Healthcare is the winner of the Inspire by Example Business Award given by the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee.
“Service is part of our corporate culture,” explains Kelly. Kelly spends her time helping GE employees find the tools and materials they need to do the community service they do, but the inspiration and commitment to service come from the employees themselves. The company with 20 facilities supports its 6,000 employees as they use their skills and energy for the greater good.
When Kelly realized how much GE employees were doing, she turned her focus to sharing the story of their awesome work. “Every day I am impressed by their energy and commitment. It’s genuine. It’s self-motivated,” she says.
Join us in honoring all of the Inspire By Example award recipients at the 34th Annual Volunteer Celebration April 7, 2016, 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM CT at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street. Milwaukee, WI 53202. Click here to register online.