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GEE Thrivers Distribute Fruits and Vegetables for CityHarvest


On October 18th, the GEE Thrivers set out for another round of community service, this time with CityHarvest, where we were stationed at their Brooklyn Mobile Market bringing free, fresh fruits and vegetables to local residents. Thrivers distributed delicious potatoes, onions, squash, and apples!

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 GEE Thrivers Garden at Brooklyn Bridge Park


On Thursday, July 20th 2017–braving 95° heat, the GEE Thrivers set out for another round of community service, this time with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which is dedicated to the health and upkeep of Brooklyn Bridge Park through large-scale horticultural and maintenance projects. The GEE Thrivers had an amazing and rewarding day uprooting weeds throughout BBP’s Pier 3. 

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St. John’s Bread & Life

 GEE Thrivers Serve New Yorkers at St. John’s Bread & Life


On Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 a team of people from GEE went to St. John’s Bread & Life to assist with serving food to families in need in the Brooklyn area. Founded in 1982, Bread & Life works to alleviate hunger and poverty in Brooklyn and Queens. Every day, Bread & Life serves thousands of meals to hungry New Yorkers through their Lexington Avenue facility and unique Mobile Soup Kitchen. Thank you to all the GEE employees who helped support this great cause!

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Great Eastern Energy helps The National Wildlife Reservation cleanup after Hurricane Sandy

GEE Joins Forces with The National Wildlife Reservation

On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy crashed against the eastern shore and left behind a devastating trail of destruction – forever changing the landscape in which we live and work. The Gateway National Recreation area, only a few miles from GEE’s Brooklyn headquarters, was hit hard and miles of its beautiful barrier sand dunes were flattened in a matter of hours. In addition to providing critical habitat for local wildlife, sand dunes serve as ever important protective barriers against severe weather water surges.

With Ranger Rick by our side, in the spring of 2013, GEE joined forces with the NWF in a unique effort to restore the storm damaged coast at the Fort Tilden section of The Gateway National Recreation area in Queens, NY. With the Manhattan skyline in the background, GEE employees and their families spent the day at the beach planting over 1,800 American Beach Grass plugs. We carefully planted each grass plug by hand and then made sure to retrace our steps and generously water each plug site. The occurrence of native beach grass is a key ingredient to help rebuild the dunes and return the coastline to its pre-sandy existence.

We are proud to have partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to help restore our beloved NY coast.

Check out the NWF Blog Post about GEEs volunteer day

Learn more about Park Tilden

 
 
Great Eastern Energy participates in the Walk to defeat ALS

GEE Helps Sponsor “The Jo Momma Team” in The Battle to Defeat ALS.

The Jo Momma Team, established in honor of Joanne Doten, participated in The Walk to Defeat ALS in Worcester, MA in May of 2013. Joanne was diagnosed with ALS in August of 1998 and 2013 marks her 15th year of working towards beating it! The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. Joanne was lucky enough to be a part of a group who worked with doctors to use experimental medicines and practical techniques to lengthen her life. With those meds and sheer determination, she is still here today.

GEE was a major sponsor of “The Jo Momma Team” and helped the group reach, and ultimately beat, their Walk to Defeat ALS fundraising goal. On a clear, blue Saturday morning, the team, made up of adults and children, walked 2 miles together. They laughed, chatted and danced all around that oval track. They walked and talked because they could for those that can’t. GEE is committed to supporting people in our community with ALS and raising awareness of the urgency to find a cure.

 
 
Great Eastern Energy donates to YAI

GEE Lends Neighbor YAI a Helping Hand in Time of Need

YAI is an organization that creates hope and opportunity for people with developmental and learning disabilities of all ages and their families. The organization has more than 450 programs and helps over 20,000 people in need every day. In the fall of 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed two of the organizations key group homes for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. As a result, these residents were forced to relocate until rebuilding and restoration could take place; an expensive and timely project. YAI is a client of Great Eastern Energy and the two homes destroyed sit just a few blocks from GEE headquarters in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Feeling that something had to be done, both management and staff elected to make a substantial donation to YAI in lieu of sending out traditional holiday gifts. This donation helped ease and expedite the rebuilding process and the displaced residents were able to move back within a few months. One of these residents said it best, “Food can be replaced; clothing can be replaced; furniture can be replaced, but the human life cannot be replaced”. We couldn’t agree more.

We’re happy we were able to help our neighbor in a time of need but most importantly, we are relieved that both the YAI and GEE families made it safely through Superstorm Sandy and are back operating on all cylinders.

 
 
Great Eastern Energy make strides against breast cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

On a Sunday in October, Team GEE joined friends, family and canine companions for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Prospect Park. With 27,000 participants-strong, the walk was a great success! GEE was happy to help, matching all funds raised by GEE employees. Donations will help cancer patients and survivors here in Brooklyn.

To join the next Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in your neighborhood, please visit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

 
 
Great Eastern Energy works with the New York Organ Donor Network

The New York Organ Donor Network

GEE is proud to join the U.S Health and Human Services’ Workplace Partnershipfor Life (WPFL). WPFL is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the importance of organ, tissue, blood, and bone marrow donation. This initiative connects companies, associations and organizations to educate employees about the importance of donation.

Great Eastern Energy’s dedication to inspiring our staff on the issue of donation even spawned a special “Lunch and Learn” event with NYODN.

GEE employees were educated on different aspects of organ donation, and invited to a Q&A session with Karen Cummings, a Public and Professional Education Specialist from the NYODN. Guest speakers included organ recipients, chronicling their stories. Following the lunch and learn, GEE employees were given the opportunity to register themselves as organ donors so that once they pass, their organs can continue to sustain life for other people.

 
 
Great Eastern Energy participates in the Service Members Cup to support military families

GEE and The Service Members Cup

The Service Members Cup is a golf outing hosted by the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs (AFMWR) every Spring to raise money for their Picatinny Unit Fund.

This fund provides off-duty leisure activities for military families at Picatinny Arsenal, offering opportunities to enrich their lives culturally and creatively. This aids in relieving stress, building strength and resilience, and also helps families stay physically, mentally, and financially fit.

John Jernigan, Sr. Energy Advisor, of GEE was there to lend support to both the AFMWR and Picatinny Unit Fund. GEE is proud to have taken part in this event!

 
 
Great Eastern Energy partners with America SCORES

GEE Service Day: America SCORES

America SCORES has created a unique soccer, physical activity and health curriculum to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

GEE was proud to partner with America SCORES and local schools in Brooklyn to help celebrate students during our GEE Service Day.

We look forward to working together again in the future!

“Your team did a masterful job! I am so proud of our partnership with America SCORES.”
– Dimitres Pantelidis, Principal, PS 171 in Brooklyn

“We are so grateful to you and the volunteers for displaying our students’ work and photos depicting their joy in teamwork, soccer and poetry. Thank you for helping us celebrate our students’ triumphs. This board will be seen by all who visit our school, including our poets and players. Well Done!!! We look forward to our continued partnership.”
– Tina Hernandez, Assistant Principal, PS 171 in Brooklyn

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