In November, JP Morgan Chase & Co. volunteers spent the day at Mozart Elementary School and impacted 250 students in 10 classrooms. Melissa Bean, JA Area Board Member and Chairman of the Midwest for JP Morgan Chase & Co., reflects on her experience and the benefits of volunteering. JA extends a huge thank you to Melissa and her colleagues!
“Last Friday, I spent the day teaching about the value of saving money. I wasn’t training the bank’s newest group of recruits, but rather 3rd and 4th graders volunteering with Junior Achievement of Chicago at Mozart Elementary School in Chicago.
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 in 12 Illinois and Indiana counties. The programs provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students of kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. I am proud to have the privilege to serve on JA’s Board of Directors.
We know that the recipients of volunteer services benefit in numerous ways, but the employee volunteers benefit too. Volunteering in the community strengthens our ability to work as a team, and assists in developing and retaining employees. According to a 2013 study by UnitedHealth Group and the Optum Institute, volunteering improves employees’ overall mood, enriches their life with a sense of purpose, and lowers their stress level.
As if having healthier and happier employees isn’t enough, volunteering for JA is a lot of fun! When I volunteered, several students mentioned how they want to work at a bank too! Every year, I look forward to my time in the classroom and the opportunity to take my work to kids.”