|By PR Newswire||
|August 12, 2014 11:04 AM EDT||
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ACE Cash Express stores in California donated $15,597 to Back on My Feet Greater Los Angeles, an organization that helps individuals experiencing homelessness obtain employment and self-sufficiency through a unique program that first engages them in running.
"Not only did our employees raise over $15,000 for Back on My Feet, but they also teach financial literacy classes to members of the program," said Alex Katz, Region Vice President of ACE. "It's a full-circle partnership that we are very proud of."
Back on My Feet uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves and build confidence to make changes in their lives. In addition to group runs, members of the program are offered courses about job readiness, interview skills and the ACE-created financial literacy curriculum.
"We're incredibly grateful for the support from corporate partners like ACE Cash Express," said Back on My Feet Greater Los Angeles Executive Director David Walker. "ACE's holistic approach to supporting our work – through monetary contributions, community engagement and the provision of financial literacy classes for Back on My Feet Members – is critical to carrying out our mission and positively impacting the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness in Greater Los Angeles."
During ACE's annual Give a Little Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser, employees in California picked Back on My Feet Greater Los Angeles to be the recipient of the money they raised. The fundraiser is providing more than $358,000 nationally to charities across the country and is a part of ACE's charitable-giving program, the ACE Community Fund. Since 2004, the ACE Community Fund has donated more than $8.5 million to impactful organizations that support children, provide education and promote financial literacy in the communities where ACE has stores.
About ACE Cash Express
ACE Cash Express, Inc. is a leading retailer of financial services, including payday loans, installment loans, title loans, check cashing, bill payment, wire transfer, money orders 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.
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About Back on My Feet
Back on My Feet (BoMF), launched in Philadelphia in 2007, is a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living. The organization creates a community built on the very profound and innate desire for all of us to feel recognized, appreciated and supported. Back on My Feet does not provide food nor shelter, but instead provides coaching, resources, financial aid, job training and access to employment opportunities. The organization has chapters in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, New York City, Austin and Greater Los Angeles. The organization has received media support including attention from NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, CNN and The Today Show for its ingenuity in tackling this difficult social issue. More information can be found at backonmyfeet.org.
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