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updated: 8/21/2013 1:47 PM

GE's Outreach Program Benefits West Chicago Youth

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  • Deputy Chief Michael Uplegger of the West Chicago Police Department distributes backpacks to excited West Chicago school children.  The backpacks were donated as part of a community outreach program through GE's Hispanic Forum.

      Deputy Chief Michael Uplegger of the West Chicago Police Department distributes backpacks to excited West Chicago school children. The backpacks were donated as part of a community outreach program through GE's Hispanic Forum.
    Krista Coltrin

 
Krista Coltrin

A community outreach program that benefited the youth of the City of West Chicago generated lots of smiles and excitement for the start of the new school year.

The program sponsored by GE in Chicago provided 150 backpacks for distribution to children in need in West Chicago. According to Rosie Valencia, Social Worker for the West Chicago Police Department, GE's efforts were not just about providing fundamental educational tools for the school year, but were also part of its ongoing commitment to the local Hispanic community through outreach activities supporting local students and others in need in the community.

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"On behalf of the families we serve, I would like to thank GE for reaching out to our youth and providing them with this much needed resource," Valencia said.

The backpacks were prepared by GE employees at the company's annual Hispanic Forum National Summit held earlier this summer in Chicago. The GE Hispanic Forum was established in 1996 as an employee-based affinity group created to attract, retain and develop Hispanic talent within GE. GEHF currently has over 3,500 members in the U.S. and globally who work to engage and support Hispanic communities around the country.

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