Mission of the Foundation
To fund high impact projects that build healthy communities by improving our educational system, enhancing financial literacy and supporting programs that improve the quality of life on the First Coast.
Jacksonville Public Library Foundation
It is estimated that students can experience a two- to three-month loss of reading skills over the summer, and the Library’s Summer Learning program is essential to preventing what is known as the “summer-slide.” Each $5 gift covers the cost of one child’s participation in the Summer Learning program.
Your donation of just $5 a month will help children keep their education gains this summer and next. Last year, over 10,000 children participated in Summer Learning. This year's goals are even higher! Donations to the Summer Learning Program will be matched by the Community First Cares Foundation.
Jacksonville Public Education Fund
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the Community First Cares Foundation have launched a new and expanded classroom grant program to provide $50,000 in grants to support critical work for students during a challenging new school year. The partnership is the largest grant program of its kind for both organizations, who have worked together on several similar grant programs in the past few years.
Teachers who work in Title I traditional and charter public schools in Duval County are eligible to apply for funds to support creative problem-solving projects that will create a warm, loving environment for students and drive student achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include flexible seating options to help students social distance, purchasing individual supply caddies so that students don’t need to share materials and games and hands-on activities to make sure students have fun learning. JPEF has established a community review process that will carefully vet projects for need and impact. Each teacher can apply for up to $1,000.
St. Johns County Educational Foundation
In partnership with the Community First Cares Foundation, the Champions for Children program accepted applications for unique and original classroom projects. Selected projects were awarded $1,000 or more for teachers’ classrooms. In total, INK! has received $52,000 in grants for local teachers and students from partners Beaver Toyota St. Augustine and Community First Cares Foundation.
Educational items requested include supplies and tools in technology, computers, student materials, books, art and music, furniture, gardening, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), among others. These grants will enhance financial literacy and help build healthy communities by improving the educational system in our area.
The First Tee of North Florida
The First Tee of North Florida is launching a financial education program, in partnership with Community First Cares Foundation, to empower young people with the skills to make life-changing financial decisions.
Financial education is incorporated with golf and other life skills during in-school, after-school and on-course programming for more than 131,000 youth in The First Tee of North Florida’s seven-county service area.