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Goodfellows and friends work to help others all year long

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published July 13, 2011

 Sue Adamski of Warren thanked Wes Ganeko of Lake Orion and the rest of the IBM team who assisted with projects at her home and others in Warren last week. Ganeko said the company, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, encouraged employees to perform acts of servicein the community.

Sue Adamski of Warren thanked Wes Ganeko of Lake Orion and the rest of the IBM team who assisted with projects at her home and others in Warren last week. Ganeko said the company, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, encouraged employees to perform acts of servicein the community.

Photo by Brian C. Louwers

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WARREN — Rich Hastings normally spends his days selling data storage systems through IBM’s office in Southfield.

He’d normally work more closely with one of the company’s water-cooled mainframes, but he spent a few minutes last week wrenching on the kitchen sink at Sue Adamski’s home in Warren.

Hastings, of Rochester, was part of a group of volunteers from IBM who partnered with the Warren-Sterling Heights Goodfellows to lend a hand to those in need on July 6.

“It’s IBM’s centennial anniversary. We’re 100 years old,” said Wes Ganeko, of Lake Orion, an IBM sales executive who worked on the team. “We’re going out and giving back to the community.”

The partnership with the Goodfellows flowed from Ganeko’s longtime friendship with the group’s treasurer, Darrell Nieporte. Ganeko said the company encouraged its employees to perform acts of service in the community in celebration of the milestone anniversary, and he approached Nieporte about ways they could help with the Goodfellows’ mission in Warren.

Nieporte said he put together a list of residents in need of assistance this summer with odd jobs ranging from gutter repair and brush removal to garage painting and plumbing.

“He set it all up. We had 10-12 families that needed help,” Ganeko said.

Adamski said she and her husband, Dick, spent 10 years volunteering with the Goodfellows. They worked in the group’s warehouse on Arden near the Warren Community Center, sorting food and other donated items for families in need during the holiday season.

She said the support offered by the Goodfellows goes beyond its seasonable charity work at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the group stepped in to help her with projects after Dick passed away a year and a half ago.

“I can see what they’re doing. I know I wouldn’t be able to do that,” Adamski said, as the IBM volunteers finished work on a faucet in her kitchen. “They (the Goodfellows) got the word out, seeking workers that can volunteer their time, and they’re here helping us.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer to assist the Goodfellows, or anyone in need of support, can contact the group by calling (586) 979-4313.
 

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