The Broome County Council of Churches is receiving a $30,000 grant courtesy of the efforts of a group of mostly retired General Electric employees.

The local G-E Senior Elfun Society applied for and secured the funds from the G-E Foundation.

The Council plans to use the money to support CHOW, it’s Ramp It Up program that installs wheelchair ramps on the homes of seniors in our community, and its Faith In Action program.

Once 160 members strong, Elfun Team Leader Angie Smith says that even when General Electric sold off its aerospace division and left the area, many of its employees and the club remained.

“We tried our best to stay connected to the General Electric Company through the foundation. We informed them of the projects we did, the work we did, how many members we have. Basically, raising our hands and saying, ‘We’re here, we’re still working,'” said Smith.

Smith said this is the last time the club will be able to access foundation money.

He said the club now numbers about 80 members, many of whom worked in Westover at G-E successors Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin and BAE before retiring.

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