Local Honors: Gary Nichols Receives Junior Achievement's Elite Volunteer Award

Junior Achievement (JA) of Tuscaloosa County announced that Gary Nichols of McAbee Construction has been selected from more than 248,000 U.S. volunteers to earn the organization’s premier award for volunteerism, the Bronze Leadership Award.

“Gary Nichols has been instrumental in leading the JA movement that has resulted in tremendous program growth and impact in Tuscaloosa County. While it takes many volunteers to accomplish the great work being done, Gary has played a key role in building a culture of success,” said JA of Alabama President Chip Reed. “The JA USA Bronze Leadership Award is a national level of recognition for Gary’s efforts. We feel great pride in and appreciation for all that Gary has done.”

The purpose of the Bronze Leadership Award is to recognize JA volunteers who have performed outstanding service to Junior Achievement. JA volunteers play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement’s entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work-readiness programs to life. By sharing their personal and professional experiences and skills with students, volunteers provide positive role models and help students make the connections between what they learn in school and life after graduation.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled that Junior Achievement would nationally recognize my service in Tuscaloosa County. It has been a privilege to serve JA and to help equip our children to be financially literate and to be better prepared to enter the workforce. The energy behind the volunteers and the power behind JA programs are what makes a difference, and I’m proud to be an advocate for such a worthy cause,” said Nichols.

Junior Achievement’s Bronze Leadership award honors volunteer excellence. The award is presented in recognition of participation and leadership in supporting and expanding JA’s student impact, increasing resources and/or operational excellence and sustainability. According to a recent survey conducted by Junior Achievement USA, 98 percent of JA volunteers are satisfied with their volunteer experience at JA.  JA volunteers gain valuable professional development from their experience, such as enhancing presentation skills.

For information on how you can get involved and become a JA volunteer, please contact Carla Harris at 205.391.0335.

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