Message from Jan Moran Chairman and President
My husband, Jim, was kind and considerate -- and always believed in caring for one another with a giving heart. In honor of what would have been his 98th birthday, The Jim Moran Foundation has awarded five very special grants totaling more than $2 million. Through nonprofits in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties, we will provide opportunities for children and youth and help sustain families during times of crisis. I hope you will take a few moments to read through our newsletter and be encouraged to explore how you might want to get involved.
Jim often said, "...the biggest pleasure I get is to be able to do something for somebody else. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart." He would be so happy to see how much "good" we are creating together as a community.
My best to you and your families,
Honoring Jim Morans birthday
Florida Youth Orchestra
To celebrate our founder's lifetime of compassion and generosity, The Jim Moran Foundation announces the following grants:
AMIkids Greater Fort Lauderdale ($250,000 over two years) helps at-risk youth and juvenile offenders discover their potential and transform their lives. Funding from The Foundation will renovate the school and enhance the surrounding property, as well as support a key component to the program's success -- SCUBA lessons as both an incentive and avenue to practice math and science -- by hiring a certified trainer who also happens to be an AMIkids alumnus.
Florida Youth Orchestra ($235,000 over two years) will expand access to quality music instruction by offering free after-school group music lessons and enrichment through its STEPS (Students Transformed through Education and Performance Skills) program in five north Broward County elementary schools.
American Cancer Society ($400,000 for one year) will soon begin construction on its Hope Lodge in Jacksonville to provide a supportive place to stay for cancer patients and their caregivers that will improve access to care and lessen financial burdens. This grant will fund staff positions as well as emergency financial assistance and transportation so the focus can be on healing and the well-being of families.
United Way of Palm Beach County
Sulzbacher Center ($560,000 for one year) in Duval County will break ground on the Sulzbacher Village to offer a community-based campus with short-term and permanent housing, a pediatric health center, life skills classes, green space and support services for approximately 350 single women, female veterans and families with children. Through the Village, residents will find hope and empowerment on their path to self-sufficiency.
United Way of Palm Beach County ($556,690 over three years) in partnership with Pan-Florida Challenge (PFC) will provide nutritious "PFC Super-Power Packs" to more than 760 children through its No Local Kids Hungry Weekend Feeding Program. Kid-friendly food items are delivered to children every Friday afternoon, which includes a six-serving meal donated by Meals of Hope so that the entire family eats healthy. Through a collaboration with the Boys Girls Clubs in four Belle Glade elementary schools and one stand-alone Club in Palm Beach County, children and families receive food throughout the school year, including holiday breaks.