425 GE Volunteers Renovate Fairhill Partners Campus During 15th Annual GE Lighting Global Community Day

CLEVELAND, Ohio — August 20, 2013 — (NYSE:GE) — Today, more than 425 GE Lighting volunteers gave Fairhill Partners a facelift. GE Lighting and GE Healthcare employees completed more than 40 architectural and landscaping projects at Fairhill Partners, a local nonprofit housing 25 organizations focused on successful aging and lifelong learning in the Greater Cleveland area.

“We are thrilled to be chosen for GE’s Cleveland Global Community Service Day, and the projects the volunteers completed will advance our mission significantly,” said Stephanie FallCreek, Fairhill Partners president and CEO. “From a major playground upgrade to renovating two classrooms and improving the Senior Guest House for temporarily homeless seniors, every project helps strengthen our community through lifelong learning, intergenerational relationships and successful aging opportunities.”

The 15th annual GE Lighting Global Community Day event is celebrated with United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Days of Caring – a program for volunteers to offer their time and talent to benefit a United Way partner or funded agency. The project brought more than $240,000 in improvements to the camp in donation of volunteer time and supplies.

“United Way of Greater Cleveland recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done in our community,” said Bill Kitson, United Way president & CEO. “We are grateful to GE for helping to advance education, income and health in Greater Cleveland through volunteerism.”

Among the more than 40 projects completed by GE Lighting volunteers:

  • Building a new playground for the elementary children
  • Re-flooring the second level of Carriage Barn at an on-site summer camp for children to attend classes
  • Re-flooring the amphitheater deck to allow outdoor classes
  • Addition of connecting path from sidewalk to amphitheater for easier access in harsh weather conditions
  • Flooring installation of two fitness classrooms to host senior exercise programs
  • Installation of new Active Play playground and multi-station fitness course for use by the on-site schools, camps and children participating in Fairhill’s kinship programs
  • Planting trees and shrubs to help beautify the Fairhill campus and assist in LEED certification
  • Painting a short-term stay shelter, kitchens, computer room, main lobby/hallway and other facilities

“GE Lighting employees are passionate about making a difference in our community,” said Maryrose Sylvester, GE Lighting president and CEO. “We know the completion of these projects can help Fairhill Partners serve more members of the community, and that’s what Global Community Day is all about.”  

Special thanks to all donors and partners in the 2013 Global Community Day Project at Fairhill Partners: Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Cleveland; Pranzo Forno Catering, Willoughby; Lowe’s, Bedford; Sherwin-Williams, Shaker Heights; Bluestone Perennials, Madison; Wayside Lawn Structures, Columbus; and Grace Brothers Nursery, North Royalton.

GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs about 14,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Evolve ™, GTxTM, Immersion™, Infusion™, Lumination™ and Tetra® commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit www.gelighting.com.

Fairhill Partners is a nonprofit organization striving to provide services to kinship care families, including grandparents and their grandchildren, through housing programs, primary health care, employment assistance and educational opportunities in the Greater Cleveland area. Every year, more than 23,000 Clevelanders turn to Fairhill Partners and become a part of the campus’ lifelong learning and services. To learn more about Fairhill Partners, visit www.fairhillpartners.org.

United Way of Greater Cleveland is a leader in mobilizing people to give, advocate and volunteer to advance education, income and health in our community. Join us and LIVE UNITED. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayCleveland.org.