Most friends send you a card for your birthday or invite you over for a barbecue. But when your friend is GE Capital, the expressions of support seem endless.
As just one of six non-profit organizations from across the country chosen to participate in GE Capital’s “In the Community, for the Community” program, Four Oaks has learned first-hand that a friendship with this international company can build lasting relationships and affect hundreds of children.
The program has three components: volunteerism, financial support and skill-building.
For volunteering, more than 145 local GE Capital employees were joined by corporate executives from across the country. Together, the group painted rooms at one of the Four Oaks’ affiliates, Jane Boyd Community House. Working with designer Lori Wyles (the designer who also donated her services for the therapy remodeling project at the Smith Center), the colors were chosen to elicit favorable behavior and reactions from children.
For skill-building, GE Capital executives conducted a workshop on project management for Four Oaks managers. Although most managers have done projects throughout the years, they appreciated seeing how GE Capital works through projects and gets measureable results.
The financial support that GE has provided has exceeded all expectations. In addition to providing the paint and supplies for the Jane Boyd painting project, GE Capital presented a check for $30,000 for curriculum programs. GE Capital executives gave the check to CEO Jim Ernst on the second work day at Jane Boyd. With nearly 50 GE Capital employees on hand, it provided Four Oaks with the opportunity to express our appreciation to the company and its people.
It would be difficult to measure the total impact that GE Capital has had on Four Oaks. In addition to the “In the Community, for the Community” program, GE Capital has constructed baseball dugouts, created a disc golf course, and provided financial support to a wide variety of specific programs for kids.
Four Oaks salutes our friends at GE Capital for making a difference in the lives of kids, families, and the entire Four Oaks organization.