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At Community First, giving back to the community is a big part of who we are.

Through our partnerships and our Community First Cares Foundation, our mission is 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.

The Florida Theatre

From ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country and blues The Florida Theatre offers 200 cultural and entertainment events annually for every taste and age. More than just an entertainment center, The Florida Theatre is also home to graduations, awards ceremonies, lectures, business meetings and charity events that support the community’s schools, churches, hospitals and civic groups. The magnificently restored Florida Theatre is recognized as one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2020, Community First renewed its season sponsorship commitment for an additional five years. The renewed partnership will support the annual operations of the Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., the nonprofit corporation that has managed and programmed the historic Florida Theatre in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville since 1987.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving. With recent updates to Land of the Tiger and African Forest, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife, and the environment.

Community First has been a longtime partner of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Every holiday season, we support the annual ZOOLights event which lights up the 80-acre park with thousands of twinkling lights on trees, sculptures, and displays.

Jacksonville Mom

Passionate about parenting and the community, Jacksonville Mom strives to connect area moms to relevant resources, local businesses, can’t-miss happenings, and most of all — each other!

Founded in October 2012 by two local moms, Jacksonville Mom has quickly become the city’s largest parenting resource. Comprised of a diverse team of 30+ local moms and writers, they aim to share their own personal experiences, creative ideas, useful tips, local businesses and relevant products that may interest parents and kids alike.

While their community begins online, it doesn’t stop there! As a long-time partner with Jacksonville Mom, we are proud to support fun family gatherings, seasonal activities, and financial literacy initiatives.

Jacksonville Icemen Hockey

The Jacksonville Icemen is a minor league ice hockey team in the ECHL that began play in the 2017–18 season. In 2019, Community First renewed our commitment as the presenting season sponsor. This agreement extends until the 2024 hockey season. Florida Blue and Publix continued to join Community First as Blue Line partners. In addition to the team, we are proud to support The Icemen Foundation. Their mission is to invest resources and leadership for the enrichment of the Jacksonville area, focusing on meeting basic human needs and enhancing the lives of those in need. The Icemen Foundation is dedicated to giving back to the community that cheers on their team.

 

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, a Minor League Baseball team and the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins offer affordable family fun in downtown Jacksonville. In 2020, Community First formalized a multi-year partnership with the Jumbo Shrimp. As the season-long sponsor of Tuesday home games, credit union members can enjoy Two-For-Tuesdays: a 2-for-1 ticket offer at the box office for all members using their CFCU Visa or Debit card.

Clay County Fair

Today the Clay County Fair is accepted not only as one of the largest county fairs in America, but has the added honor of being considered as one of the most rural-oriented fairs still in operation. The enlargement of the agribusiness/farm machinery display area to thirty-five acres made it the largest such display of any fair in the United States or Canada.  Altogether, there are more 2500 fairs operating in the US and Canada, and the Clay County Fair ranks in the top 100 in attendance annually.

Community First offers ongoing support of this local treasure. In addition to financial support, Community First’s Clay County branches operate as ticket purchase sites, providing fairgoers ease and convenience of securing their advance tickets.

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida. The Cummer was established in 1958, when art collector, garden enthusiast, and civic leader Ninah Cummer bequeathed her art collection and riverfront home to create a museum. Today, the core collection of 60 pieces from Mrs. Cummer's estate has grown to include more than 5,000 works of art. The historic gardens, set against the backdrop of the St. Johns River, serve as a centerpiece of beauty for all to enjoy.

With our support, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has created variety of engaging tours available for schools, after school and community organizations during the school year.  Guided virtual tours allow students to make meaningful connections with works of art and foster intercultural understanding through close-looking activities, thought-provoking questions, and lively conversation.

Community First Seawalk Music Festival

The annual Community First Seawalk Music Fest celebrates Northeast Florida's rich and diverse local resources with all local artists, crafters, business, and food vendors. This free, two-day event is held at the iconic Seawalk Pavilion; located on First Street North, just behind Jacksonville Beach City Hall.