Fairview Heights, Ill. – April 10, 2015 – Associated Bank employees in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota volunteered more than 53,000 hours in 2014, and contributing to that total was Jaycee Greene who volunteered with Junior Achievement through the “JA-in-a-Day” program at Miles Davis Kindergarten Center and James Avant Elementary School.


Greene, a commercial banking team leader at Associated, has been volunteering with Junior Achievement of Southwestern Illinois for two years and is currently a member of the Advisory Board.


“I truly believe in the mission of Junior Achievement and hope that my participation in the program can make an impact in the lives of the children I meet,” said Greene.


Associated encourages and supports colleague volunteerism efforts by providing the internal resources that help connect colleagues with the nonprofit organizations that meet their personal passion for community involvement, especially with those organizations that align with the company’s desire to help individuals, families and communities achieve financial sustainability.


“It’s our goal to further encourage Associated colleagues to participate in a shared experience of community service, providing diverse financial education volunteer activities in focused partnership with Junior Achievement and other select nonprofit organizations,” said Mary Wilkosz, corporate social responsibility manager, Associated Bank.


More than 1,600 employees contributed to the 53,000 volunteer hours in 2014, including board service to 574 nonprofit organizations throughout Associated’s footprint.

“Junior Achievement has enjoyed a partnership with Associated Bank in supporting youth financial education in a host of metropolitan areas and smaller communities throughout their three-state consumer footprint,” said Carol Bouché, district manager, Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis. "Support from businesses, like Associated Bank, is an essential component of our mission, which is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. With help from our partners, we expect to reach 19,500 students in southwestern Illinois during the 2014-15 school year.”


Photo caption: Sally Kendall, branch manager – Columbia; Jaycee Greene, commercial banking – East St. Louis; Tracy Session, market manager – Fairview Heights; Loretta Holmes, branch manager – East St. Louis; John Vitale, branch manager – Fairview Heights; and Jeff Haare, branch manager – Millstadt.