Although Patrick Thornton and Wenhau Zhou’s work-day tasks differ significantly, the Texas flight data engineer and Suzhou site sourcing manager share a commitment demonstrated by thousands of other GE Aviation employees -– dedicating on-the-job hours to improve communities.
Last year, GE Volunteers in the Aviation business donated more than 155,000 hours — working in schools, community and non-profit organizations, and civic spaces. Their impact directly benefits public school students, veterans and active duty service personnel, children in low-income homes, aging residents, and thousands of others in communities across the globe.
In Suzhou, Wenhau and 40 co-workers brighten the days of elderly residents with visits to a local nursing home. GE Volunteers there prepare flower arrangements and enjoy holidays together with residents. Austin, Texas volunteers have dedicated hours to Bookspring, an area non-profit, by assisting with book giveaways, reading aloud in classrooms, taking inventory and shelving books.
“GE Volunteers highlight our intent to involve our community as we provide quality reading experiences for children,” said Amanda Shaver, Bookspring Community Partner Manager. “The volunteers ensure young people have positive community role models.”
For Patrick, the opportunity to renovate library space, then integrate Spanish-language materials among the shelves has led to service on the Austin team’s committee that identifies future volunteer projects.
“I thought it sounded like a great opportunity” he said. “I’d like to consider a volunteering event at least once a quarter.”