Developer and its Foundation jointly donate $162,500 as employees volunteer their time to help Broward school students learn personal finance
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – (April 23, 2018) – For the past five years, Minto Communities and its charitable arm, the Minto Foundation, have generously supported Junior Achievement of South Florida. Recently, a group of employees presented the organization with a symbolic check for $162,500 which represents the total amount of money given to date.
Minto has a storefront at Finance Park at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Foundation, located on the North campus of Broward College in Coconut Creek. Finance Park is a simulated city of storefronts representing various industries and businesses. This is where 8th grade school students apply the personal finance and career knowledge they gain in the classroom.
During the Finance Park simulation, students gain invaluable knowledge about renting, buying or leasing a home, and the process of applying for a mortgage. In addition to the $32,500 it gives to JA annually, Minto also encourages employees to visit Finance Park to work with the kids. On the day of the check presentation, about 20 employees volunteered their time to help out.
“I love watching the students as they start to understand the importance of how to manage their finances,” said Steve Svopa, Minto’s vice president of operations. “Teaching kids is incredibly rewarding and our team always has a great time. Minto has truly enjoyed the partnership with JA, working together to provide financial literacy education to young people.”
JA Finance Park is a center comprised of 16 local business storefronts. During their day, students engage in creating and maintaining a personal budget, while taking into considering such factors as health care, real estate, car payments, shopping, banking, utilities and more.
“We are so grateful to Minto for their continued support of our organization,” said Laurie Sallarulo, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of South Florida. “Without storefront sponsors like them, these programs would not be available to our students.”
Minto has been developing communities and building award-winning homes in South Florida for the past four decades. Its local office is located in Coconut Creek. For more information about Minto Communities, visit www.MintoUSA.com.
Photo Caption: The Minto Communities team recently volunteered their time in JA Finance Park and presented Junior Achievement of South Florida President/CEO, Laurie Sallarulo (far left) with a $162,500 symbolic check to commemorate their cumulative storefront sponsorship contributions.
About Minto Communities Florida:
Minto Communities, based in Florida since 1978, has represented integrity, financial strength and enduring value for 40 years. Minto builds exceptional new homes and communities to meet every lifestyle, with more than 25,000 new homes built in Florida in 46 communities throughout the state. Minto is dedicated to continuous improvement in design, quality and customer experience. Applauded and recognized as an expert in the home building industry, Minto was awarded “Best Floor Plans” from Ideal-Living magazine.
These are just some of the elements that set Minto apart as an exceptional home builder and community developer and have earned the company national recognition that includes consistently high rankings from Eliant Customer Service Surveys. Minto has earned multiple national awards for community and home design, including Best Mixed-Use Community and Best Clubhouse from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for The Isles of Collier Preserve community in Naples, Florida; and Best Clubhouse from NAHB for the Beach Club at Harbour Isle located in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida.
About Junior Achievement of South Florida:
Junior Achievement of South Florida (JA) inspires and prepares youth to succeed in a global economy. JA provides real-world training in financial literacy including budgeting, spending, investing and the use of credit; offers cutting-edge skill-building opportunities that enable young people to explore meaningful, productive careers; teaches students how to start businesses; and introduces entrepreneurial values that strengthen workplaces. Last year, with the help of over 5,800 trained corporate and community volunteers, JA delivered over 20 various programs to almost 50,000 students in classrooms throughout Broward and South Palm Beach Counties and at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Foundation, a first-class facility housing JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit www.jasouthflorida.org.