Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida recognizes volunteers during annual appreciation event
By: Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida
The annual appreciation event brought generous volunteers together for an evening of refreshments and networking to celebrate a record-breaking year of student impact. Throughout the 2018-19 school year, Junior Achievement partnered with more than 270 classroom business volunteers to deliver lessons on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to more than 12,498 students in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.
Junior Achievement also honored a number of individuals and businesses for their contributions during an awards ceremony held during the event.
In celebration of Junior Achievement USA's 100th anniversary, the JA Centennial Leadership Award was given to Jim Shields for work with Estero's "2,5,8, Graduate" program. Shields spearheaded the recruitment of more than 97 new volunteers to bring Junior Achievement programs to all Estero schools, impacting over 1,300 area students. In addition, Shields created the "Breaking Par at Grandezza" golf tournament, which in more than seven years has raised $382,000 for Junior Achievement.
Other recognitions included Volunteer of the Year-Lee County: Deborah Wingerson, who led seven different programs at seven schools in Lee and Charlotte counties, reaching more than 200 students; Volunteer of the Year-Collier County: Al Kozel, a volunteer of more than 10 years, served more than 80 hours this year, often volunteering three days a week at Vineyards Elementary School while also helping implement programs in Everglades City; JA Organization of the Year-Collier & Lee Counties: IBERIABANK, which in the 2018-19 school year helped serve over 475 students in Lee County and over 300 students in Collier County, and coordinated a Job Shadow program for the students of Immokalee High School; and JA Board of Directors, Chair Eagle Award: Curt Todd, who has served on the board of directors for more than 10 years, most recently as chair, in addition to volunteering in the classroom and assisting with volunteer recruitment.
Volunteer opportunities are described in detail at www.JASWFL.org, and those who are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer can call the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida office at 239-225-2590.