For the sixth consecutive year, INTREN, a utility specialty contractor, joined the Junior Achievement (JA) of Will County to teach a Bolingbrook elementary school for an entire day. Thirty company volunteers made time to bring financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills to 427 area children at John R. Tibbott Elementary School in Bolingbrook, Illinois as part of Junior Achievement of Will County’s ‘JA in a Day’ program.
INTREN’s Executive Vice President, Matthew Turk, became a board member of Junior Achievement of Will County in 2010, prompting the company’s avid support of the organization and the lasting benefits of its teaching programs. In 2010, the company became an official sponsor of John R. Tibbott Elementary School through the program. In 2015, Lloyd Gillespie, INTREN Business Development Manager, joined Turk as a board member of Junior Achievement of Will County. This year, in partnership with volunteers from BMO, INTREN helped provide Junior Achievement curriculum to the entire elementary school and taught the graduating fifth grade class – an accomplishment consistent with the company’s steadfast commitment to serve as stewards of the community.
“All of us at INTREN look forward to this day every year,” said Turk. “It is unbelievable to see how INTREN’s partnership with the Junior Achievement of Will County has helped shape the lives of so many children. We are extremely proud of the INTREN employees who dedicate their time to help make a positive impact on the lives of children in our communities.
With stewardship as one of the company’s core values, INTREN believes caring for the community is not just a way of doing business; it’s a way of life. In partnering with philanthropic organizations such as Junior Achievement of Will County, the company takes this belief seriously, recognizing the connection between strong communities and good business.
Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the economic success of young people through a variety of initiatives designed to develop the skills and inspire awareness of the realities and opportunities presented by today’s global marketplace. As one of these initiatives, JA in a Day allows community volunteers to teach the six Junior Achievement elementary school programs in an accelerated, one day effort. Each engages children in inspiring discussion about owning their economic success.