In 2002, the Eastern Cares program was established to exhibit a profound care for people with the ultimate goal of having a positive impact upon the lives of others not only within our company, but also in our communities, our country, and other cultures around the world. Eastern offers helping hands of service because of our concern and compassion for others in need. Using our gifts, talents, and abilities and giving from our resources, Eastern is committed to serving others.

Eastern Cares Blog

  • Eastern Volunteers at Special Olympics 2015

    Volunteering always brings a smile to my face. The smile gets bigger when I get to volunteer with 15 to 20 of my co-workers who are just as passionate about improving the lives of others as myself. The past few years, Eastern has been given the opportunity to be a part of the GE Volunteer group that goes to Furman University and help run a few game booths at the Special Olympics. 

    This was my second year attending and for the second time, I had a blast. We had people helping with 6 different booths, handing out prizes, running the games, and my personal favorite blowing up balloons to hand out. I have yet to figure out what it is about a balloon that brings such happiness to a person, but I've seen the proof of it many times. A little bit of helium and a bit of colored rubber are two ingredients for immense joy. 

    I can't tell you why my co-workers came out that day, whether they knew someone participating or just love a good cause. What I can say is, everyone there that day made a difference in someone's life. It always surprises me when we get together, the laughter and joy we each possess. We could be tying our 50th balloon for the day, having to slip around in the mud to retrieve a game piece, or reaching to the top of the tent for the specific balloon someone requested. My co-workers, my Eastern Family members, my friends. Them? They are always laughing and making the most of life. 

     
  • Cruizer Lewis tag-teaming for a worthy cause

    In December, one of Easterns own, DeWayne Pace of Spartanburg  a.k.a. Cruiser Lewis  took part in the National Championship Wrestling/Laurens County Sheriffs office 2013 Christmas for Kids Wrestling Show. The show is held each year to raise funds to purchase Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the county. The theme for this years event was a tribute to U.S. military troops. Including members from the local armory, the event pulled in a crowd of over 900 and $5,000 was raised. DeWayne expressed his deep thanks and appreciation for the Cares Fund donation in support of a worthy cause.

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  • Offering Helping Hands to Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta

    On a brisk fall morning in early November, Brad Durham and Randy Evert of the Atlanta Branch, in conjunction with Kauffman Tire, represented Eastern Cares at a Habitat home-build in downtown Atlanta. Brad's girlfriend, Melanie, an employee of Kauffman Tire, joined with approximately 30 other fellow employees from Kauffmans corporate office for a good old-fashioned home raising. Melanies sixteen year old daughter, Madison, also joined in.

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  • Jacksonville Associates Serve up Breakfast at the Sulzbacher Care Center

    Once a quarter, the Jacksonville Branch Team and their Cares Champion enjoy the privilege of serving at the Sulzbacher Care Center in northeast Jacksonville, a provider of comprehensive services for homeless men, women and children. On an average daily basis the center houses approximately 340 individuals, provides healthcare to some 200 patients, and feeds a multitude of individuals who might otherwise go hungry.

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  • Eastern's First Mission Team to Tanzania, January 2012

    Since the founding of the Daily Bread Life Children's Home in Iringa, Tanzania, in 2006, Eastern President/CEO, Kip Miller, longed for the time when a team of Eastern Associates would travel to Tanzania to serve the Directors, Staff and Children at the home. That dream became a reality when the first Eastern Mission Team visited Tanzania in January 2012. Highlights of that first team trip are excerpted from the company's Spring 2012 newsletter at the link below.

    See Spring 2012 newsletter.