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On March 5, Caterpillar was awarded a silver level President’s Volunteer Service Award for the 2012-2013 program year for providing more than 10,000 volunteer hours to Junior Achievement (JA) globally.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a U.S. presidential recognition program created by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals and organizations who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer service. Junior Achievement USA, as an official certifying organization for this award, has the privilege of bestowing this degree of honor to organizations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs around the world.
On April 15, Junior Achievement of Central Illinois President Mary Pille presented Ed Scott, Caterpillar Corporate Treasurer and members of the Caterpillar JA Corporate Council with the official award, signed by United States President Barack Obama. While the award was presented in Peoria, Illinois, Caterpillar employees from throughout the U.S. contribute valuable volunteer hours to JA every year.
Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA® wrote, “Junior Achievement truly appreciates your leadership and all the hours of dedicated work from Caterpillar’s associates. They have significantly impacted the future leaders of business and our communities. They should truly be proud of all that they have accomplished.”
Junior Achievement’s volunteer-delivered, kindergarten to 12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financially literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of more than 202,000 volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the global marketplace. JA impacted more than 4.4 million U.S. students in more than 190,000 classrooms during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Caterpillar improved from the bronze level award for 2011-2012 to the silver level for 2012-2013.
Caterpillar Junior Achievement Champion in Peoria, Ill., Ed Scott said, “Thank you to all of the Caterpillar employees worldwide who give of their time and talents to Junior Achievement. These employees are not only giving back to the communities in which they live and work, they are helping build the pipeline of future Caterpillar employees.”
Caterpillar is one of 39 JA corporate partners to be honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award this year. The entire list of recipients can be found here.
Junior Achievement is a grantee of the Caterpillar Foundation, supporting the education focus of the Foundation. Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $550 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit www.caterpillar.com/en/company/caterpillar-foundation.html.