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Cheers: A Boost for Nonprofits Coming from Community First

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Community First Credit Union has always had a spirit of service due to its roots in serving educators. Now that spirit is being expanded with the Community First Cares Foundation.

This will allow Community First to extend its influence into nonprofits in the region, something beyond good events like Community First Saturdays.

With more than 100,000 members and 300 employees, Community First is large enough to have an impact on the quality of life in the seven counties it serves: Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau, Baker, Flagler and Putnam.

Community First will have the only nonprofit foundation administered by a credit union in the region, the credit union noted in a news release. The foundation initially will be led by a board of directors who are employees of the credit union.

It’s probable that it will be expanded in the future with people not employed by the credit union. It would make sense, for instance, to have representation from people active in the foundation’s focus areas, just as the Times-Union does with the citizens’ members of the editorial board.

Grant Recipient: Monique Burr Foundation

Monique Burr Foundation Teen Safety Matters Program

A new program, MBF Teen Safety Matters™, was recently launched by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children to prevent child abuse and bullying among teen-agers. 

Poverty is a silent epidemic in our schools, and many issues with attendance and academics are directly related to students not having clean clothes, shoes that fit, or the supplies they need to be successful in school. Students want to feel good about themselves when they come to school, and we want to help them have everything they need to learn. We could not have opened our first on-site classroom-sized Giving Closet without this funding and volunteer support.

Jennifer Smith, DCPS teacher and Founder of The Giving Closet Project.

Community First Cares

637 N Lee St. (P.O. Box 2600)
Jacksonville, FL 32232

Phone: (904) 371-8090

Email: [email protected]

Have a Special Project?

The Community First Cares Foundation supports projects that place a special emphasis on activities that improve financial literacy, enhance the quality of our educational system, upgrade the health and welfare of our community and help the underserved citizens improve their quality of life.  We offer funding to help our community partners implement these initiative right here on the First Coast.