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Foundation Honored with President’s Volunteer Service Award on Behalf of America’s CUs
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:55 AM

CUs Awarded for Support of Junior Achievement USA

On behalf of America’s credit unions, the National Credit Union Foundation was honored with the U.S. Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award for the 2016-2017 school year. This award was presented by Junior Achievement (JA) USA, an official certifying organization for this award, at JA’s 2018 Volunteer Summit on March 13 for the more than 15,000 volunteer hours dedicated to Junior Achievement programs by America’s credit unions.  

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 Foundation is deeply honored to again accept this prestigious award on behalf of the nation’s credit unions and the incredible work they do to advance youth financial capability,” said Gigi Hyland, executive director at the Foundation. “Credit unions should celebrate this accomplishment, and know that their work is making a lasting impact on the financial futures of students across the country.”

Junior Achievement is a volunteer-delivered, Kinder–12th grade program that fosters work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills and uses experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Credit unions across the country support their local JA program to work collaboratively towards impacting the future leaders of business and their communities.

About the National Credit Union Foundation (

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through grants and programs, the Foundation is strengthening financial well-being, igniting passion and instilling knowledge about the credit union difference, and uniting resources to help credit union people during disaster. Donations to the Foundation ultimately enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.