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Gesa is committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve. We work closely with organizations that make a difference locally through arts, entertainment, education, and beautification projects. Giving back to our communities is just one way we follow the credit union motto of “people helping people.”
Here are some of the local organizations and events we are proud to support in 2013:
- Habitat for Humanity of Tri-Cities
- Tri-City Dust Devils
- Wenatchee AppleSox
- Junior Achievement of Tri-Cities and Walla Walla
- Gesa Carousel of Dreams
- Gesa Power House Theatre
- Walla Walla Balloon Stampede
- Habitat for Humanity of Wenatchee
- KNDU Family Food Drive/Second Harvest Tri-Cities
- Toys for Tots
- Gesa College Scholarships
- Thunder on the Island Summer Concert Series
- The Mid-Columbia Small Business Awards
- March of Dimes – Walk for Babies
- Red Cross Rouge Royale
- Tri-Cities’ Hispanic Chamber Shining Lights Gala
- Crime Stoppers’ Shred Fest
- Kennewick General Hospital Gala d’Vine
The Tri-Cities Carousel of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization engaged in restoring a 102 year old big-park carousel to its original condition for the public to enjoy at the Southridge Sports Complex in Kennewick, Washington.
The Gesa Carousel of Dreams will provide the area with a year-round venue for arts, entertainment, weddings and birthday parties for the surrounding region. Construction of the facility and installation of the vintage 1910 Charles Carmel Carousel will be funded in large part through Gesa’s $1 million commitment. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in November of 2012 and construction is expected to be completed by the summer of 2013. Carousel horses are currently on display at Gesa’s Headquarters. More information about the Carousel of Dreams Foundation can be found at carouselofdreams.net.
Gesa is a proud to partner with the Tri-City Dust Devils. The Dust Devils continue to be an integral part of the Tri-Cities community by bringing fun, affordable family entertainment to Gesa Stadium.
The Dust Devils ended the 2012 season with a record-breaking number of people that walked through the gates of Gesa Stadium! For the sixth straight year, the Dust Devils broke their single-season attendance record with a total of 86,095 fans, and 2012 was the eighth consecutive year of increased attendance for the Dust Devils. A single-game attendance record was set on July 3rd, 2012 with 3,826 fans, and was broken again on the season finale with 3,871 fans!
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty and homelessness. Habitat works in partnership with low-income working families, sponsors, and communities. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses with the help of recipient families. Habitat started in the Tri-Cities in 1994 and has built over 50 homes. Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to build 12 homes per year.
Habitat for Humanity is an important community partner for Gesa. Gesa hopes to raise awareness about Habitat for Humanity with staff and management taking active roles in volunteering and fundraising. We would like to invite our members to roll up their sleeves to “Walk Home” and build homes for deserving families in the Tri-Cities. Habitat designates one house built each year as the Women Build Project. The Women Build home is built by women from start to finish, but is also open to anyone who wants to pitch in.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing students to succeed in a global economy. Through dedicated volunteers, Junior Achievement provides students in-school and after-school programs, which focus on three key areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
In addition to bringing the free enterprise system to life in the classrooms, Junior Achievement programs also teach the importance of staying in school. Locally, they have reached more than 100,000 children since their inception in 1987, and JA programs are now offered in the Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Kiona-Benton City, Columbia Burbank, Finley, Prosser, North Franklin, College Place, Touchet and Walla Walla school districts.
Gesa is a proud supporter of Junior Achievement. Last fall, Gesa had 11 staff volunteers in classrooms at various schools teaching a variety of grades. Those volunteers include: Brandon Allison, Becca Anderson, Jenalee Crume, Katie DoValle, Marisol Gonzalez, Jessica Guillen, German Gutierrez, Melissa Kanabrocki, Bev Kippes, Marijana Lukie and Teresa Shively. Currently, 9 staff members are signed up to teach classes in the spring, and several others have expressed interest in teaching.
The historic Gesa Power House Theatre is a world-class, 368-seat performing arts theatre located in downtown Walla Walla, Washington. The 120 year-old building was once the Walla Walla Gas Plant, originally built to produce coal gas and pipe it underground to light the streets, businesses and homes of Walla Walla. The building was converted to generate electricity around the year 1905 by installing steam driven dynamos and transformers. In 2011, the interior of the building was transformed into a state-of-the-art performing arts theater.