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ACE Cash Express, a leading retailer of financial services, announced today a donation of $18,000 to Back on My Feet, a nonprofit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of those experiencing homelessness by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. The donation will benefit the organization’s annual Birthday Bash.
ACE Cash Express has worked closely with Back on My Feet participants, teaching financial literacy basics. ACE developed a specialized curriculum—ACE Financial Fitness—and through the dedication of employee volunteers has taught key money management principles since February 2011.
“ACE Cash Express is proud to support Back on My Feet’s Birthday Bash,” said ACE President and CEO Jay Shipowitz. “The results of the Back on My Feet Program this year validate our investment in the ACE Financial Fitness Program.”
The generous donation was made possible through the ACE Community Fund, ACE’s corporate giving program that focuses on children, education and financial literacy and will be used to support the Back on My Feet program. The Back on My Feet program teaches critical life skills-including discipline, financial management and goal setting-to individuals experiencing homelessness.
“We are thrilled to see the changes in our Members’ lives after they participate in the financial literacy courses provided and designed by ACE Cash Express,” said Anne Mahlum, Back on My Feet Founder and CEO. “More than 58 individuals experiencing homelessness in Dallas have attended the class and have benefited from a curriculum that is tailored to their needs.”
The Birthday Bash will take place on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. in the Marriott City Center, 650 North Pearl Street, Dallas. To learn more about the Birthday Bash and Back on My Feet Dallas-Fort Worth, please visit www.backonmyfeet.org.
About ACE Cash Express
ACE Cash Express, Inc. is a leading retailer of financial services, including short-term consumer loans, check cashing, bill payment and prepaid debit card services. ACE is the largest owner and operator of check cashing stores in the United States and the second largest owner and operator of short-term consumer loan stores in the United States. ACE focuses on serving consumers, many of whom seek alternatives to traditional banking relationships in order to gain convenient and immediate access to financial services. For additional information about ACE Cash Express, visit www.acecashexpress.com.
About The ACE Community Fund
Established in 2004, the ACE Cash Express Community Fund is the corporate giving program supporting organizations that help children, support education and promote financial literacy, and is focused on giving back to communities where ACE has stores. Donations through the ACE Community Fund are made possible by the generous support of ACE associates and customers. In addition, ACE sets aside one percent of the previous year’s net profit to support these worthwhile causes. Since inception, the ACE Community Fund has donated more than $6 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation.
About Back on My Feet
Back on My Feet, which launched in Philadelphia in 2007, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of the homeless population by engaging them in running to build strength, confidence and self-esteem. Members run Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and must maintain a 90 percent attendance rating in order to move forward in the program and gain access to job training, employment and housing opportunities. The organization has chapters in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Atlanta and New York City. For more information, please visit www.backonmyfeet.org.