Q.What is happening this week at the Swift Ponds?
A.Today GE’s Control Solutions business will assist the Colorado Youth Outdoors (http://www.coloradoyo.org) repairing and painting picnic tables and identifying harmful weeds at the Swift Ponds Outdoor Center. Over 70 employees will spend the day helping to restore the site.
Q.What are they doing?
A.We will be working as a local GE team in restoring the Swift Ponds Outdoor site for the Colorado Youth Outdoors non-profit organization. We will be repairing old and damaged picnic tables by replacing boards and painting the tables. We will also be identifying the location and type of noxious weeds for future removal.
Q.Why Swift Ponds?
A.We looked for a project where we could make a big impact utilizing a number of volunteers during an entire day. Swift Ponds is a recently purchased outdoor site that will be converted by Colorado Youth Outdoors to an area for use by non-profits organizations. We wanted to do an event that would bring interest from the employees and give a lot back to the community.
Q.Who is Colorado Youth Outdoors?
A.Colorado Youth Outdoors (CYO) builds healthy relationships between youth and their parents through traditional outdoor curriculum. CYO was developed by high school educators with the program being taught in the participating high school classroom. Parental participation is required with a standardized curriculum that includes fishing skills, shooting skills, archery, map and compass reading, survival and wildlife education. Some goals of the organization are to develop facilities to augment the curriculum with program growth throughout state and increase public knowledge about Colorado's Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreations.
Q.Who are these GE volunteers?
A.They are GE employees who are committed to making improvements in the communities where they work and live. They participate in service projects that cover a variety of local issues – education, human services and the environment.
Q.Where are these volunteers from?
A. GE Energy’s Control Solutions business is headquartered in Loveland.
Q.What else have they done?
A. In 2006, GE employees from Colorado contributed more than 3600 hours of service and more than $35,000 to their communities in Colorado.
Thank you GE!! We are so encouraged and THANKFUL for your generosity and superb service to Swift Ponds. The 12+ picnic tables are beautiful and ready to handle years of more service to our many groups. We also now have a much better understanding of the noxious weed problems and will now have way to chart our progress of their control in the future. Chase Swift & Bob Hewson