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Local non-profit organizations closely monitoring GE Appliance Division sale

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When a deal is finalized for the sale of GE's Appliance Division next year, local non-profits are hoping Electrolux will not only keep Appliance Park open, but also be as generous as GE has been to the local community.

GE's charitable giving and volunteer work have had a huge impact on local non-profit organizations both big and small. 

Appliance Park is a big donor to the annual United Way campaign. "GE employee giving and corporate giving combined last year was more than a million and a half dollars so you know that is very significant and very generous," United Way CEO Joe Tolan said.

GE is the third largest corporate giver to the United Way, only behind UPS and Humana.

In addition, according to information from GE, the Appliance Division contributes $500,000 yearly to educational organizations including the Jefferson County Public School System and Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana.

GE is one of the top companies locally in the number of volunteers at JA with 140 helping out.

"There is a culture at GE locally and they encourage volunteerism and they understand that employees can make a big difference in helping kids," says Debra Hoffer, the president of JA Kentuckiana.

Family Scholar House, which provides housing for single parents, is also a recipient of GE's generosity. The company provides more than just volunteers and financial contributions, CEO Cathe Dykstra says her organization gets free GE products.

"They have provided our families with 215 sets of washers and dryers," says Dykstra.

GE provided a statement to WDRB about its charitable giving.

'GE Appliances...will continue to support and function in the community as usual. When the sale to Electrolux is finalized, sometime in 2015 we anticipate continuing our long tradition of community support.'

Non-profit leaders are hoping that the new owner at Appliance Park will be just as generous as GE has been.

"I know Electrolux has a presence in other communities," says Tolan, "and I know that in every one of those communities they have had a very strong relationship with the United Way."

The non-profits will be watching closely to see what happens at Appliance Park.

"We've been spoiled here so I hope Electrolux takes note of that," says Dykstra.

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