JANCO to receive Chamber Worthy Works award

JANCO to receive Chamber Worthy Works award

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The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Wayne County Community Foundation, announced Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio as the recipient of the 2022 Worthy Works award.

The Worthy Works award will be presented at the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Program on June 21.

First presented in 2008, the Worthy Works award recognizes the contributions not-for-profit members of the chamber make to their community. The award includes a $1,000 grant to the organization to pursue its mission.

“All of us at JA deeply appreciate this recognition,” said Tyler Adams, JANCO director of corporate partnerships. “We are committed to continue to build Orrville as one of Ohio’s most thriving communities.”

Since roughly the 1950s, JANCO has been preparing young people to succeed in the Orrville area. JANCO does this by collaborating with local schools to provide in-school and out-school k-12 programming focused on three pathways: financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness.

“Led by volunteers from the community, our programming brings real-world stories, motivation and perspective into our Orrville classrooms,” said Jan Maggard, program manager. “Whether a given lesson focuses on the importance of savings or how to creatively solve a problem, our volunteers ignite the imagination and drive of the young people in our community.”

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, JANCO established its career exploration fair, JA Virtual Inspire, which connects work-ready high school students to local employers, education institutions and career opportunities. Each participating student receives a curriculum that encourages them to think about their future desires and plan their next steps through the program.

The year 2021 also began JANCO’s workforce development journey in Orrville with businesses from the city participating in JA Virtual Inspire including MOOG, Ventrac, Bekaert and Smith Foods.

“The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce has provided great introductions to local businesses,” Adams said. “With the help of Lori Reinbolt, we are continually meeting organizations and learning about their workforce needs.”

Orrville and the surrounding area has JANCO’s attention. The designation of the Orrville City Schools as a priority district means a coordinated effort is underway to impact students at every grade level.

The Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Program will be held at the Gish Barn in Rittman. Tickets are available for purchase at www.orrvillechamber.com.