KPMG has received a U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award from Junior Achievement USA (JA), achieving a 'Gold Level' status for providing over 15,000 hours of volunteer service globally for the 2013-2014 year.
KPMG partners and professionals donated their time to support JA programs that provide hands-on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy education, with more than 50 Junior Achievement Board members nationwide.
"We are so honored to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award from Junior Achievement and this recognition exemplifies the selfless activities of our people who are devoted to serving youth in the communities in which we work and live," said Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, national managing partner of diversity and corporate responsibility at KPMG, in a statement. "Our relationship with JA continues to be an important part of KPMG's strategy to support education from early childhood through the post-graduate level in order to build the diverse talent pool needed for tomorrow's workforce."
KPMG and JA recently introduced a redeveloped digital curriculum and accompanying technology for the JA Finance Park program, focused on increasing the financial literacy of middle and high school students through a multi-year funding commitment from the KPMG Foundation.
"Junior Achievement volunteers help build communities by empowering the next generation's success; serving as mentors for young people and helping bring our programs to life," stated Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA. "JA's volunteers are critical to our organization's success and are a vital part of our mission. We are grateful for this opportunity to recognize their invaluable support."
President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) in 2003 in order to recognize the contributions volunteers make in communities and to encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program to thank and honor Americans who 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.
For more information on the Volunteer Service Award, head to its site here.