2012 Pillar Award Finalist: Kathy Stanton, site leader, GE Capital Retail Bank

Kathy Stanton, Site Leader, GE Capital Retail Bank

GE Capital Retail Bank in Canton makes giving back to the community a priority — and so does its employees. In addition to nearly $94,000 in corporate financial contributions to various community organizations and nonprofits, GE employees raised and donated more than $79,000 themselves to the Annual United Way campaign drive and Junior Achievement of Northeast Ohio’s Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser.

Employees also put in more than 2,600 volunteer hours with various organizations including the Akron/Canton Food Bank, the CANAPI Center in Akron, March of Dimes and the Canton/Summit Neighborhood Greenhouse, among others.

The bank, led by site leader Kathy Stanton, makes a particular effort with Junior Achievement. GE Capital strongly supported JA’s Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser, with more than 100 employees putting in 125 hours to raise money to teach JA classes — which give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices.

Between volunteerism donations and corporate financial matching donations, GE Capital Retail Bank contributed more than $12,300 to JA’s cause.

GE further supported the organization by participating in a cooperative effort with JA, Walsh University and Alliance/Massillon/GlenOak High Schools to provide Personal Finance Education Day in October. More than 100 GE employees taught five core financial education classes, a career fair and an interview readiness class to more than 1,000 area high school students, resulting in more than 1,000 GE volunteer hours spent on the project. GE corporate financial donations — totaling $21,000 — played a major role in making the program possible.


How to reach: GE Capital Retail Bank, (330) 433-5819 or www.gogecapital.com