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Community First Cares Foundation Partners With Jacksonville Public Library Foundation To Boost Literacy In Duval County

Donors Can Double Their Impact on Reading and Literacy by giving to the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation this fall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., September 1, 2022 - Those who value literacy—to help children develop their skills early so they succeed in school, and for adults who need to unlock their potential earning power and self-confidence—can double their impact through a new partnership with the Community First Cares Foundation and the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation (JPLF). Community First Cares Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the Jacksonville-based Community First Credit Union.

From September 1 to December 31, 2022, all new and increased gifts to Jacksonville Public Library through the JPL Foundation will be matched by Community First Cares for up to $10,000.

Jacksonville Public Library provides summer learning programs for youth, G.E.D. test prep, and English for speakers of other languages, programs for adults, workshops like Writer’s Lab for aspiring writers and so much more.

Donations to this new matching gift program mean even more people will have access to Library services, and programs will be even more fun and enriching for adults and children. Donors’ families, friends, and neighbors will have even more opportunities to grow and succeed.

“Community First Cares is proud to help the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation support our libraries and programs for all they serve,” said Missy Peters, director of community relations at Community First. “Literacy and life-long learning are critical to improving quality of life in North Florida.”

“Community First Credit Union and Community First Cares have a long history of supporting JPL F and our public library system through grants, donations, and sponsorships,” said Scott Evans, executive director of the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation. “We are delighted to be the recipients of their generosity and believe their example will inspire others and bolster the cause of literacy in our community.”

Don’t miss out! Make a new gift or increase your gift to the Library through the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation by visiting or contact the JPLF team at [email protected] or (904) 255-6192.

About Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.1 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 4.7 million times, and over 15,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about Jacksonville Public Library, call 255-BOOK (2665) or visit

About the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation is to strengthen the ability of Jacksonville Public Library to serve as an educational and cultural resource for our community, and promote the use of library resources, enthusiasm for reading, and increased literacy for all Jacksonville residents.

The Foundation—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—provides the residents, corporations, and other stakeholders with opportunities to invest in the success of the Library. With private financial support, the Foundation expects to support and enhance the Library’s current funding system, not to replace the tax base and public community dollars so essential to the core of the Library mission. Managed by the Board of Directors, the Foundation is wholly independent of the City of Jacksonville, the Library, and the Library Board of Trustees. To learn more call 904-255-6192 or visit

About the Community First Cares Foundation

The Community First Cares Foundation, founded by Community First Credit Union, is a non-profit charitable foundation that grants funds to improve the quality of life in North Florida. The foundation supports activities to improve financial literacy, enhance the quality of our educational system, upgrade the health and welfare of our community and help underserved citizens. The Community First Cares Foundation makes contributions to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities on the First Coast. For more information, visit or call 904-371-8090.

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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.