Boys Girls & Clubs Of Broward County Are Now Open On Saturday

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) is continuing to be a safe-haven for thousands of youth by opening its doors at all locations on Saturdays and providing a healthy snack and meal to Club members. The additional day is being funded through a $241,000 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation.

BGCBC has long desired to extend the hours of operation of the 11 Boys & Girls Clubs located throughout Broward County. "We knew that some of our members were left unsupervised on Saturdays due to their parents work schedules. In other instances, members may go without a meal because their family lacked the financial resources during these challenging times. BGCBC made it a priority to find a way to be able to serve our members on the weekend," said BGCBC CEO Brian Quail. "The Jim Moran Foundation has been a wonderful supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs. We went to them with a proposal to open the Clubs on Saturdays to provide members with academic programming as well as a nutritious snack and meal. We were ecstatic that The Foundation wished to support our Saturday initiative and help us to meet our members' needs."

The grant provides funding for staffing and other operational costs, enabling each Club to open from 11:00AM - 3:00PM every Saturday during the school year. Club members participate in computer classes and recreational activities, and they receive a healthy snack and hot meal. BGCBC also provides every member who attends the Club on a Saturday with a snack pack upon their departure that includes a box of cereal, granola bar, and a pasta or meat dish.

"It's been more than 15 years since my husband and I first supported the Boys & Girls Clubs' mission to help children reach their fullest potential," said Jan Moran, chairman and president, The Jim Moran Foundation. "As times have changed so have the Clubs. Today that means not only providing them with a safe place to learn and have fun but giving them hot meals and healthy snacks. Because the Clubs are responding to the critical needs of children and their families, I know Jim would be happy that his Foundation has helped open their doors on Saturdays."

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County strives to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The annual membership fee of just $15 allows the more than 12,000 youth that the Clubs serve each year to take part in programs and activities that build academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship.

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, 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. The Foundation has invested more than $35 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 -- with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. 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, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.