The Jim Moran Foundation Awards $130,000 Grant To The Achievement Centers

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Check Presentation Photo: (L to R) Tuesday Bellamy, grade 5, Johnny Bennett, Beacon Center Director, Romello Tarver, grade 4, Nancy Hurd, CEO of the Achievement Centers, Melanie Burgess, Executive Director of The Jim Moran Foundation, and Josi Rosales, grade 3.

DELRAY BEACH, FL - The Jim Moran Foundation has awarded a two-year grant totaling $130,000 to the Achievement Centers for Children & Families for their Beacon Center. The grant will be used to support the Beacon Center's extended day program at Village Academy School, which serves over 300 low-income students in grades kindergarten through 11th. The mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community.

"My husband had a heart for children, and he believed every child deserved the opportunity to succeed. Through The Jim Moran Foundation's support of the Achievement Centers, we are helping prepare our next generation of leaders for brighter futures and continuing Jim's legacy of thoughtful, compassionate philanthropy," said Jan Moran, Chairman and President of The Jim Moran Foundation.

Student Photo:  Melanie Burgess, Executive Director of The Jim Moran Foundation, spends time with Britney Arne, grade 2 (right) at the Beacon Center.

"We are sincerely grateful to The Jim Moran Foundation for their generous support of our Beacon Center," comments Nancy Hurd, Chief Executive Officer of the Achievement Centers. "They have been wonderful supporters of our agency and our mission to help the low-income community."

"By supporting our program, The Jim Moran Foundation is making a difference in the lives of those who need it most," adds Hurd. "Their partnership allows us to remain steadfast in our mission of providing affordable, quality care that encourages and supports academic success while supporting entire families."

The Achievement Centers comprehensive programs fulfill an important need for low-income families with top-rated programs that address multiple needs. The agency promotes economic self-sufficiency by making it possible for parents and primary caregivers to work, complete schooling, or obtain job training leading to full time employment while their children participate in their programs. The availability and affordability of the extended day program for students is one of the most important benefits provided through the programs.

The extended day program serves over 300 Village Academy students throughout the school year. The program supports students academically and provides a meaningful use of free time after school. In a safe, nurturing environment, students have the opportunity to fulfill their academic potential while building confidence, developing healthier lifestyles and experiencing empowerment. The program encompasses homework assistance, tutoring, extracurricular activities, and access to a computer lab and library.


About The Jim Moran Foundation

Founded by Jim Moran in 2000, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Boulevard, Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. To learn more about The Foundation visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.

About The Achievement Centers For Children And Families

The Achievement Centers for Children & Families is a non-profit social services agency that provides comprehensive services to educate, train, and support at-risk children, youth and families ensuring school readiness, skill and capacity building opportunities, higher academic performance, increased economic self-sufficiency and improved quality of family function with healthier lifestyles. Their award-winning services and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited programs serve children, age 12 months to 18 years, and adults on two campuses. Programs include quality, affordable childcare, after school and extended day programs, teen programs, adult education and community outreach services. The Centers' main campus is located at 555 NW 4th Street in Delray Beach and the Beacon Center at Village Academy campus is located at 400 SW 12th Avenue. For more information about the Achievement Centers, call (561) 276-0520 or visit https://vac.palmbeachschools.org/