On Monday, GE Capital employees in Norwalk participated in a canned food drive with a twist as part of a national GE Capital effort to aid local food banks and pantries at major sites across the United States. At each GE Capital location, teams of employees collected cans of food and built "sculptures" completely made out of the collected food items. The sculptures were then judged by representatives from the organizations receiving the canned food donations and GE Capital senior management.
In Norwalk, there was a tie for first place between a wagon filled with food and the Tin Man. Other sculptures included the GE logo and a smoothie. The sculptures were made out of more than 3,000 food items. Once judged, the sculptures were disassembled and donated to Norwalk's Christian Community Action (CCA) and Open Door Shelter.
"We really enjoy working with GE because once they commit to helping out they put all of their energy into the effort," said Christi Pope, executive director for the CCA. "Canned food donations like the one GE made help us to keep our shelves stocked and allow CCA to help Norwalk families in need of assistance."
"It's not surprising that we've seen demand for our services increase over the past year," said Bill Okwuosa, executive director of the Open Door Shelter. "We rely on the hard work and generosity of community organizations such as GE to help us to meet growing demand and keep local families fed and sheltered."
Assisting in the judging on March 28 were representatives from Christian Community Action and Open Door Shelter along with local GE executives. The winning team won a pizza lunch and business-wide recognition.
The mission of CCA Norwalk is to provide essential resources such as food and furniture to city residents who are living at or below the poverty line. In addition, CCA also seeks to assist families and individuals who are in need of emergency financial aide for items such as rent, security deposits or utilities expenses. In these ways, CCA seeks to reduce both hunger and homelessness in the city of Norwalk. For information, visit www.ccanorwalk.org.
The mission of the Open Door Shelter, formerly known as the Norwalk Emergency Shelter, is to provide safe, sanitary shelter care to homeless men, women and families; to assist shelter residents in searching for housing, jobs, counseling and treatment; and to foster residents' growth toward independence and responsibility. For information, visit www.norwalkemergencyshelter.org.