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JM Family Enterprises Highlights Community Partnerships in Honor of International Day of Charity

Associates throughout the country support local organizations during pandemic crisis

At JM Family Enterprises, being a good corporate citizen is an ingrained part of the company’s culture. As such, the South Florida-based company has committed more than $2.7M with associates volunteering in new and unique way since the start of the pandemic.

“Our founder Jim Moran instilled in the company the spirit of giving back as an integral part of who we are,” said Lisa Davis, manager of Corporate Community Impact. “Our goal has always been to strengthen the communities where  our associates live and work, and we do that by contributing not just financially, but also our time and talent, to various local organizations. While our contributions may have looked a little different for the last few months, our commitment to supporting those in need has never diminished.”

In honor of International Day of Charity, celebrated on September 5, JM Family highlights some of its noteworthy partnerships and recent associate efforts:

Food Bank Donations
To help address the increased demand on local food banks by COVID-19, the company made a $150,000 donation during March to support organizations across each of its business locations. The contribution was divided across seven food bank partners: Feeding South Florida, North Fulton Community Charities, Feeding Northeast Florida, Banks-Jackson County Food Bank, Feeding the Gulf Coast, St. Louis Area Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. 

The company again banded together during April when Ed Sheehy, president of JM Family’s subsidiary Southeast Toyota Distributors, engaged his fellow associates, dealer partners and the community in a “Hair Color Challenge.” By making a contribution to Feeding America, donors could place their vote to dye his hair a wild new shade. In just one week, the company generated more than $229,000 to help provide food to struggling families.

Hands for Hospitality
JM Family donated $5,000 to Hands for Hospitality, which raised money for hourly employees in South Florida’s hospitality industry who were impacted by furloughs and restaurant closures due to the pandemic.

Habitat for Humanity
In addition to partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Broward on the recent build of four homes in Pompano Beach, JM Family and its subsidiary Home Franchise Concepts provided window coverings through its brand Budget Blinds. In early May, the team from Budget Blinds of East Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach donated, measured and installed custom wood blinds from Budget Blinds’ exclusive Signature Series® collection. These blinds will increase energy efficiency as well as provide complete light and privacy control throughout the entire home.

Back to School
In preparation for the start of the new school year, the company made significant financial contributions to area charities preparing and distributing backpacks filled with supplies to children in need.

BINGO with Brent 
Realizing that parents and children alike have been feeling the strain of limited access to essential services provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs, such as nutritious meals and summer camp programming, JM Family hosted a company-wide game of BINGO to raise much-needed funds for Clubs in each of its business locations. During the multi-week BINGO with Brent campaign, associates contributed an amazing $89,065 in support of these organizations.

Expedited Payments
In an effort to support organizations that most needed immediate assistance, JM Family expedited $600,000 of payments to more than 20 organizations whose payments were not scheduled until later this year.

Virtual Volunteerism
With in-person volunteer events canceled or postponed as the world transitioned to a more socially distant environment, the company offered ways for associates to make a positive virtual impact.

 - Since March, associates have sewn and donated in excess of 650 masks to area nonprofits and healthcare facilities.
 - Various departments supported the company's new Impact U series, acting as subject matter experts, training area nonprofits and providing additional insight and guidance in the areas of marketing, public relations and event planning.
 - Storytime has continued virtually as several associates have recorded a library of children’s books. These short videos help to promote literacy for kids served by United Way of Broward County and Innovations for Learning.
 - Instead of making dinner onsite, associates partnered with Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities to deliver well-balanced meals to the families of sick and injured children who have been hospitalized.
 - Associates from the company’s vehicle processing facility in Jacksonville donated $10 to participate in the first annual afterhours "Speed" Fishing Tournament, which raised money for United Way of Northeast Florida's Stuff the Bus campaign.
 - JM Family launched a monthly series of “Impact Interviews,” where members of the Community Impact team chat with representatives from partner organizations about various topics, including overcoming COVID-19 obstacles, ways they’re going above and beyond for the community and heartwarming stories of which they are particularly proud. These videos, along with a regular cadence of organization spotlights on social media, help to keep associates engaged in the nonprofits’ missions, at a time when they can't support them in person.
 - The company migrated its existing school-to-work mentorship program with Big Brother Big Sisters of Broward County to a virtual format. Previously, associates met on campus with Deerfield Beach Middle School mentees.
 - Associates donated their old iPads to be refurbished and given to local hospitals for patients to communicate with loved ones while under quarantine. 
About JM Family Corporate Community Impact

Founded in 1968 by automotive legend Jim Moran, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. is committed to continuing his guiding philosophy of giving back to the communities where our associates live and work. By sharing time, talents and resources, we keep his spirit alive and cultivate something significant and lasting – stronger families and stronger communities. JM Family's corporate philanthropy is focused on four areas of giving – empowering families and nurturing children, providing for essential needs, promoting education and preserving our environment. Our philanthropic mission is to be a leader in corporate citizenship, and through strategic utilization of our resources, improve the quality of life in the communities in which we live and work.