Junior Achievement USA® (JA) has honored Caterpillar Inc. with a bronze level 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. Caterpillar was one of 57 organizations presented with the U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award during the JA Volunteer Summit, presented by American Express Foundation, in New York, NY.
"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 Mary Pille, President at Junior Achievement of Central Illinois.
“Volunteerism has always been important to Caterpillar, and our employees are some of the most giving people – they’re helping to build a better world. They continuously demonstrate their commitment to the communities in which we live and work by generously sharing their time and resources with nonprofits and other organizations,” said Michele Sullivan, Caterpillar’s director of Corporate Social Innovation.
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.