GE Volunteers in the Middle East
An initiative that has been active in the company since 1928, GE Volunteers has been in the region for several years. Ever since, it has been active in conjunction with various charities in Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and the UAE. From running marathons for charity, to helping refurbishing schools for special needs children, to planning activities for orphans, GE has played a part in a variety of projects cross sector.
“GE has been an active partner in the socio-economic growth of nations across the world by driving diverse projects in overall infrastructure development and healthcare. Our public and private partnerships have enabled us to bring about significant improvements to the lives of millions of people,” said Nabil Habayeb, President & CEO of GE in Middle East and Africa.
GE employees volunteer more than 1 million hours of community service every year. The volunteer work can be found on our website or could even be a personal project to aid a local community in a certain neighbourhood. GE also has volunteer initiatives that address urgent projects around the world.
“We have found that every act of kindness; no matter how small, can make the difference when it comes to helping those in need find stability in their lives,” wrote Shane Fitzsimons, President of the Board of our GE Volunteers Foundation, a sentiment as true as it is motivating.
The year 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV), certainly something to celebrate and plan some personal goals for. Helping out is easier than you realise and sometimes requires only a nudge of inspiration. Today there are more than 140 GE Volunteer councils in more than 42 countries that are responsible for mobilising volunteers. Do check out our website to see how GE employees around the world are making a difference.