VTO takes Anthony Rutledge back in time
For one associate, UMB’s volunteer time off (VTO) program* recently reconnected him to his past.
Twenty years ago, UMB associate Anthony Rutledge was a third grade student at Meadow Lane Elementary School. His class participated in the School of Economics‡, which provides students with a hands-on experience focused on implementing real economic principles. Students create their own business—from determining operating expenses to selling goods and managing money.
As a student, Anthony spent weeks preparing for School of Economics and when the big day came, he worked as an accountant. Through helping “business owners” track money, pay off loan debt and pay rent, Anthony was hooked.
Fast forward to the present, and Anthony, a customer relationship manager for UMB, found himself back at School of Economics—this time, as a volunteer.
“I wanted to give back to something that I enjoyed as a student. Most kids do not understand why they have to do something, and showing how what they’ve learned translates into how I, and the other UMB volunteers, make our living is very rewarding,” Anthony explains.
The VTO program empowers many to give back to organizations that have helped shape them. According to Anthony, “most of us would not have the opportunities we’ve had, or be where we are today, if someone hadn’t volunteered to help us in one way or another.”
*All full-time UMB associates (and part-time associates who work at least 20-hours per week) receive two paid days each year to volunteer at qualifying organizations of his or her choice. Learn more about our community involvement and associate benefits.
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Jen Houston joined UMB in 2015 as community relations manager. In her role, she works to create volunteer opportunities and to be a resource for associates looking to get involved in their communities. Jen holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in leading and managing people, from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, in addition to completing the Multimedia Studies Certificate Program at the Kansas City Art Institute.