By Raj Uttamchandani, vice president of business relationship management and client relations at ADP
As a Junior Achievement (JA) of New Jersey board member for the past four years, I’m proud to announce that ADP has received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for a second straight year. This award recognizes that ADP provided at least 5,000 volunteer hours to local Junior Achievement area offices during the 2016-2017 school year.
In 2003, President George W. Bush established the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation which created this award program as a way to thank and honor individuals 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.
How exactly has ADP been working with JA? Several times a year, our associates nationwide volunteer at their local Junior Achievement chapters taking part in programs like JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park®.These programs teach students invaluable lessons in entrepreneurship, personal finance and career exploration.
JA Finance Park event at Junior Achievement of Southern California in Los Angeles.
JA BizTown helps elementary school students see what it’s like to work in the real world by letting them run a mini town where they operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and vote for the mayor. JA Finance Park helps middle and high school students learn how to make smart financial decisions related to income, expenses, savings and credit. It’s all about helping foster work-readiness and empowering the next generation’s success.
ADP’s John Luehs volunteering at JA BizTown in New Jersey
At ADP, volunteerism is part of our culture. We encourage associates to give back and give them time off to do so. As a result, our global associates are involved in more than 1,500 corporate social responsibility initiatives around the world, contributing tens of thousands of hours of their time each year to local charitable organizations, educational programs, community relief initiatives and many other efforts to generate a lasting, positive impact on the communities where we work and live.