Last week, Junior Achievement® honored two of its dedicated partners, Capital One and Bank of America, with a 2014-2015 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award. Capital One and Bank of America were two of just 60 organizations nationwide that were chosen for this award. The organizations receiving the awards provided JA® with significant volunteer resources during the 2014-15 school year. The awards were presented at a gala dinner on March 8 in New York City in conjunction with JA®’s quarterly national board of directors meeting.
President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. The PVSA is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. 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.
Both Capital One and Bank of America are receiving the 2014-2015 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award at the Gold level, for each providing at least 15,000 volunteer hours to local JA® offices during the year. The complete list of recipients is located here.
Ed Grenier, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington attended the ceremony and was able to present the representatives from each organization with their awards on behalf of JA® USA. Patty Brooks-Nobles, Senior Vice President and Regional Executive of Bank of America and Chair of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington’s Board of Directors was on site to accept the award on behalf of Bank of America, while Richard Woods, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Capital One and Board Member for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington was on site to accept the award on behalf of Capital One.
"Junior Achievement® volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life. They 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 Grenier.
JA®’s kindergarten through high school programs are delivered across the country by a network of more than 218,000 volunteers, including more than 4,000 in the Greater Washington area. JA programs provide innovative, hands-on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education to more than 55,000 students in the Greater Washington community each year.