ING U.S. Recognized With U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award
Junior Achievement’s corporate volunteers provide positive role models for local students and encourage community service.
At its quarterly Board of Directors meeting held earlier today, Junior Achievement USA® (JA) presented ING U.S. with a 2011-2012 Bronze U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for providing the organization with significant volunteer resources during the year. ING U.S. provided Junior Achievement with more than 5,000 volunteer hours.
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.
“ING U.S. is pleased to receive this recognition from Junior Achievement USA. It is a tribute to the hard work of dozens of our employees throughout the U.S.” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and senior vice president of the Office of Corporate Responsibility at ING U.S. “ING and Junior Achievement have a common interest in teaching financial skills to young people. Working with Junior Achievement, our employees share their knowledge and real-world experience of the financial world with local youth.”
ING U.S. is one of only 33 JA corporate partners to be honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award this year. View the entire list of recipients (PDF).
“Junior Achievement volunteers play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement to life. By sharing their personal and professional experiences and skills with students in their communities, volunteers help young people to make a connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life. In so doing, they support students, their local communities and America's economic competitiveness,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award is an outstanding way to acknowledge ING U.S. and its employee-volunteers, who demonstrate a commitment to their communities and encourage others to make volunteering a priority.”
Larry A. Leva, global vice chairman of Quality and Risk Management for KPMG International and chairman of Junior Achievement USA, added, “By recognizing and honoring volunteers, we shine a spotlight on everyday heroes who are working to address pressing social challenges. We are also setting a standard for service and fostering civic participation.”
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 4.2 million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.
About ING U.S.
ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance businesses of Netherlands-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING). Through the ING U.S. family of companies, we serve the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers with a comprehensive array of products and services, including retirement plans, IRA rollovers and transfers, stable value, institutional investment management, mutual funds, alternative investments, life insurance, employee benefits, fixed and indexed annuities and financial planning. Our dedicated workforce of more than 7,000 employees is focused on ING U.S.’s mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family and one institution at a time. For more information, visit http://ing.us.
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