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 program as a way to thank and honor Americans 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 also recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.
Caterpillar Champion for JA of Central Illinois 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. Additional JA of Central Illinois partners among these honorees include Accenture and PwC at 15,000 volunteer hours or more and State Farm at 5,000 volunteer hours or more.
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