For the fourth consecutive year, Deere & Company has been recognized with the bronze U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award by Junior Achievement USA. Employees of the 64 organizations receiving the award provided Junior Achievement with significant volunteer hours during the 2015-16 school year.
This year’s award recognizes Deere employees for volunteering more than 5,000 hours to their local Junior Achievement program last year. In addition, Larry Sidwell, senior vice president, Global Credit and Risk at John Deere Financial, is a member of Junior Achievement’s national board of directors.
“Volunteerism is a powerful way to give back to society, and John Deere’s Junior Achievement volunteers embrace the opportunity to enrich the quality of life in the communities where we live and work,” said Mara Sovey Downing, director, Global Brand Management and Corporate Citizenship. “Junior Achievement programs align with our focus on youth education by enhancing students’ skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship,” she added.
John Deere is a long-time supporter of Junior Achievement in unit communities in the U.S., Argentina, and Brazil. The John Deere Foundation will award over $400,000 in grants to the organization this year, impacting more than 35,000 students.
“We thank Deere & Company for the tremendous support provided to Junior Achievement. Volunteers are what make JA possible. They are leaders, role models, teachers, and mentors that bring the JA experience to schools and students across the country, and across the world. The volunteer time contributed by the Deere team ensures that young people are inspired to succeed in a global economy,” said Laura Goodman, Vice President, Volunteer Engagement for Junior Achievement USA.