Area foundations support Junior Achievement programs in Chautauqua County

Delivery of Junior Achievement’s (JA) Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Career and Work Readiness programs is projected to reach over 1,800 Chautauqua County K-12th grade students this school year. Generous support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Holmberg Foundation, Lenna Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation and the United Way of Southern Chautauqua; as well as Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant will provide the cornerstone funding for Chautauqua programs.

The local community will provide the volunteers necessary to support JA’s unique delivery model. Cathy Moots, District Manager for JA in Chautauqua County, will recruit and train volunteers to enter local classrooms to deliver JA’s economic education and workforce preparation programs.

Junior Achievement volunteers come from all walks of life; many are employees of local area businesses and organizations, as well as community members and college students. Following is a listing of volunteer sources: Alstar EMS, Artone LLC, Chautauqua County Education Coalition, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Cool Systems, Courier Capital, Cummins Inc.-Jamestown Engine Plant, Dream It Do It, Entegra Procurement Services, Falconer Printing & Design, Fenton History Center, Flatback Technologies, Inc., Gaylene’s, Hopes Windows, Jamestown Area FCU, Jamestown Business College, Jamestown City School District, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Fire Department, Junior Achievement of WNY, Lawley, M&T Bank, Merit Industries, Merrill Lynch, Monofrax, Moon Brook Country Club, Northwest Savings Bank, Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Co., The Rotary Club of Jamestown; Southern Chautauqua FCU, The Legend Group, The Resource Center, Tim Hortons, United Way of Southern Chautauqua, Weber Knapp and Weinberg Financial Group.

Laurie Mahoney, President of JA of WNY says, “the mentoring support provided by volunteers is critical to helping students make the connection between what they are learning in school and how it translates into the “real” world of work”.

To join the ranks of Chautauqua County volunteers who are sharing their time and talent to inspire and prepare the next generation, contact Cathy Moots at For more information about Junior Achievement, visit us at JA provides the materials and training. You provide the time. It’s easy for you, life-changing for them.