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Deere & Company Honored by JA with a U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award

Posted on May 23, 2017

Volunteers provided students with critical mentoring and positive role models

Moline, IL – For the fourth consecutive year, Deere & Company has been recognized with the bronze U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award by Junior Achievement USA. Deere & Company was one of 64 organizations to receive the award in recognition of significant volunteer hours provided to Junior Achievement during the 2015-16 school year.

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.

The complete list of recipients can be found here.

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.

Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through high school programs are delivered across the country by a network of more than 237,000 volunteers.  Locally, more than 2,900 volunteers teach JA’s work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs to more than 56,000 students throughout JA of the Heartland’s 24-county area.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide.

Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves 24 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and Grant County in Wisconsin. More than 56,000 kindergarten through high school students benefit from JA programs each year. Visit for more information.