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JA Champion Highlight: NIPSCO

JA's Northwest Indiana Division's annual fundraiser is just around the corner and we're highlighting some of the regions JA Champions that will honored at the event. 

Our first Champion highlight is the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). NIPSCO has been in the region for 107 years and has had a strong partnership with JA for more than 25 years! Rick Calinski and Marcia Hardison of NIPSCO Public Affairs & Communications coordinate the company's work with JA and shared a bit about their paritipcaiton with our organization:

Why does NIPSCO support Junior Achievement?

As part of NIPSCO’s corporate citizenship, education and helping to prepare the next generation with the tools they need to succeed, including partnerships with local schools, is one giving area our employees are passionate about getting involved with. Working with JA to help students gain the basic skills to become contributing members of our communities is key to helping those students and communities continue their successes.

How did NIPSCO get involved with JA?

Rick: When I started with NIPSCO we were looking for ways to touch the youth in our community. We thought about putting together a program on energy but after discussing some options with JA, NIPSCO felt their program was ideal for company volunteerism. We have never looked back and have many of the same volunteers year after year.

Marcia: I was involved in JA programs throughout junior high and high school. When I heard that NIPSCO partnered with JA in area schools by getting our employees in front of students, it was a natural fit!

How has your JA experience have changed or influenced employees and yourself?

Employees gain a sense of satisfaction that they’ve helped to make a difference in the lives of the students they touch when participating in JA programs. Teaching these children basic skills so they can succeed is a no-brainer and one that our employees are passionate about. The phrase, “It takes a village.” couldn’t be more accurate.

What has the company gained by your involvement in JA?

To be seen as a good corporate citizen within our communities and help the future – our children! – be able to succeed in as many ways as possible.

The gratitude shared by the students after our time with them is over is heartfelt and heartwarming. Knowing we made a difference in the small amount of time we were able to interact with the classroom is a great feeling – one that helps motivate our employees to continue to support this wonderful organization!

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