The Jim Moran Foundation Awards $92,000 to Communities In Schools of Jacksonville

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Founder's Day" Grant Recognizes Jim Moran's 92nd Birthday

Lucia Lopez (center), board of director of The Jim Moran Foundation, presents a $92,000 grant check in recognition of what would have been Jim Moran's 92nd birthday to Communities In Schools of Jacksonville: (left to right) Bill Hodges, director, Student Enrichment Program; Leon Baxton, chief operating officer; Jon Heymann, chief executive officer; and Mike Lisle, chief financial officer.

Jacksonville, Fla. - In honor of what would have been automotive pioneer and philanthropist Jim Moran's 92nd birthday, The Jim Moran Foundation recently awarded a special "Founder's Day" grant for $92,000 to Communities In Schools of Jacksonville (CIS).

CIS provides comprehensive, community based, in-school safety net services. With this grant, the organization will expand its Student Enrichment Program (SEP) to offer social and academic assistance to 200 additional at-risk students at three area schools: Long Branch Elementary, Pickett Elementary and Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology.

"We are extremely grateful for the generous support of The Jim Moran Foundation. This grant will allow Communities In Schools to significantly expand our services at both the elementary and high school level," said Jon Heymann, CEO, Communities In Schools. "It is a great honor to receive this award in recognition of Jim Moran, who was an outstanding business leader, visionary and philanthropist. I think Mr. Moran would have been particularly proud that one of the schools represented, Frank H. Peterson, has an automotive training program. The Jim Moran Foundation, through the 'Founder's Day' grant and many other initiatives, has truly made this a better community in which to live."

The SEP program operates on the principal of relationship building to help children and teens succeed in school. The keys to its success are full-time student advocates, embedded within the schools, who work directly with students, their families and school officials. In addition to being supportive, caring adults for the students, SEP advocates develop plans and monitor their progress; hold individual and group discussion sessions on topics such as anger management, study skills and conflict resolution; take note of physical, psychological or educational needs and manage referrals to other nonprofit resources; maintain regular contact with parents or guardians; and coordinate volunteers for tutoring and mentoring.

"My husband, Jim, believed in giving children the support, guidance and encouragement they needed to be successful - and he established his Foundation so that his care and compassion would continue for generations to come," said Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation. "By awarding this grant to Communities in Schools, we are carrying on his life's work and providing these children with an opportunity to reach their fullest potential."

Since founding diversified automotive company JM Family Enterprises more than 40 years ago and The Foundation ten years ago, Jim Moran instilled in his associates the philosophy of giving back to the community. The Foundation annually awards special grants during JM Family's "Founders Day" celebration to two nonprofits, one in South Florida and one in North Florida, where the company has major business operations.

About Communities In Schools of Jacksonville

Communities In Schools partners with Duval County Schools to identify the needs of at risk students and is the citys largest provider of in-school drop out prevention services. The organization provides after-school, mentoring & scholarship, case management and literacy programs to nearly 7,000 students annually. Communities In Schools mission is to champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life. For more information, visit www.cisjax.org.

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 Foundations 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.

Media contacts:

Bill Hodges, Communities In Schools

bhodges@cisjax.org or 904-354-5918

Ilisa Finkelman, The Jim Moran Foundation

ilisa.finkelman@jimmoranfoundation.org or 954-363-5550