This week, we honored six Chicago-based organizations with the 2016-2017 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for providing at least 5,000 volunteer hours to local Junior Achievement offices during the 2016-2017 school year. The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award was presented to 57 organizations at an evening awards ceremony during the JA Volunteer Summit, presented by American Express, on March 13, 2018 in New York, NY.
In 2003, President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. In 2006, Junior Achievement became an official certifying organization for this award, which recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.
The comanies honored in Chicago were: Allstate Insurance Company (pictured), Robert Morris University - Illinois, The Y, Accenture, Caterpillar Inc., and Grant Thornton.
"Junior Achievement volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life. JA volunteers share their experiences and skills with students while delivering our programs, teaching them how to manage their money, succeed in the workforce, or start a business that creates jobs and grows the economy. JA’s volunteers are critical to our organization’s success and are a vital part of our mission," said Sandy Daffé, President of Junior Achievement of Chicago.
Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through high school programs are delivered across the country by a network of more than 243,000 volunteers, including over 14,000 in the Chicago area. The complete list of recipients can be found here.