But GE in Salem extends far beyond the jobs it provides; the company also has an outstanding reputation in the region for the work it does with community organizations.
For 53 years, GE’s Salem employees have run a Christmas basket program, providing food to community members in need. Last year, employees and local retirees, along with their families and friends, packed more than 30,000 pounds of food into 760 boxes and delivered them to 380 households. In addition, GE supports the United Way of Roanoke Valley and in its most recent campaign raised $80,000 to improve health and human services in the community.
Another example of GE’s dedication to the Salem community took place at the 60th anniversary celebration. Representatives from the Salvation Army received a $4,000 donation from GE to the organization’s Roanoke Valley-based Turning Point program — the area’s largest secure shelter designed to provide domestic violence victims and their children with the safety, support and resources they need to rebuild their lives. The donation will help Turning Point significantly improve the living quarters for their residents. GE’s funds will enable the shelter to purchase lamps, new bedding and linens, wall-mounted TVs for the bedrooms and other room enhancements. Additionally, funds will be used to offset the cost of food for the roughly 3,600 meals served monthly to the women and children at the shelter.
“Without the generosity of corporate supporters such as GE, it would be impossible to maintain the level of care, compassion and safety we provide to victims of sexual and domestic violence across the Roanoke Valley,” said Jamie Starkey, Turning Point shelter director. “We are beyond grateful for this financial blessing!”
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