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Stairways receives donations from GE Employees Community Service Fund

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Presque Isle’s Rotary Pavilion provided a scenic backdrop for philanthropy and gratitude on June 10, as Stairways accepted a $5,000 donation from board members of the General Electric Employees' Community Service Fund.

The GE Employee’s Community Service Fund was formed to manage personal contributions made by employees through payroll withholdings and partial matching funds from GE. Through this Community Service Fund, GE employees in Erie accrued more than $800,000 last year to be applied toward charitable donations in the community.

Rob Celeski, chairman of the local fund’s board of directors, expressed pride in the generosity of Erie’s GE employees. “Often, what you hear about GE workers is about labor unions and contract negotiations, and an idea that we are always asking for more and interested in getting ourselves taken care of. The size of this fund, which represents personal contributions, shows instead that what we want is to do more and to take care of our community.”

The local GE workers identified Stairways for support, awarding a $5,000 gift to the Stairways’ Client Assistance Fund.

This client assistance fund is also primarily driven by Stairways employee payroll deductions, and provides direct aid to clients in need of financial help for basic needs not covered by other community assistance programs.

Stairways representatives attended the June 10 meeting of the local GE employee fund board of directors, to express thanks and present a selected piece of client artwork from Stairways’ own BLOOM Collaborative as a token of appreciation.

Executive director Valerie Vicari thanked the GE employee fund board members on behalf of Stairways.

“The generosity of community members like GE workers really keeps us going and able to provide more for our clients, things that really make a difference in their lives when they need it the most,” she said. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Pictured, L-R, Front: Valerie Vicari (SBH), Christine Mitchell, Mary Ellen Hermann, Chuck Easton, Juanita Gangemi (SBH); Middle: David Volk, Jennifer Smicker, Rob Celeski, Laurie Bizzarro (SBH); Back: John Duchnowski, Dave Smock, John McGuigan, Jason Madden


·         The German Cultural Society of Erie said “Danka Schoen” to BLOOM Collaborative when it held its June meeting at the holistic art and wellness center the evening of June 11.

Some 75 club members experienced BLOOM’s artistic zeitgeist by creating fused-glass dreamcatchers and touring its 4-acre campus. The club also presented BLOOM director Lee Steadman with a small token of their appreciation for playing host in the form of a donation.


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