Community Comes First with Our Community Outreach Programs
Discover a few of the opportunities Community First employees have in reaching out to our neighbors in Northeast Florida.
Community First Saturdays:
Community First Credit Union partnered with the Jax Chamber to put on Community First Saturdays, which features family-friendly activities while showcasing vibrant Downtown Jacksonville. Guests can enjoy the beautiful and accessible St. Johns River and participate in activities with an overall emphasis on health and wellness. The event takes place the first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October through June.
Community First Hale & Hearty 7K:
Community First is looking to build awareness as a leader in the financial services industry committed to improving not only the financial health of our community but the overall health of the Northeast Florida region. We believe the Community First Credit Union Hale & Hearty 7K is an ideal way to showcase our commitment to happy and healthy places in Northeast Florida while building awareness for our services. Our runs take place in Fernandina Beach and Riverside.
Community First Natural Life Music Festival:
The Community First Natural Life Music Festival event promotes health, wellness and community involvement, key values for Community First. What first started as a small neighborhood gathering has evolved into one of the region's best family music festivals. The event aims to raise funds for local charities benefiting children in need, such as Children's Home Society of Florida, Buckner Division.
Community First Seawalk Music Festival
Jax Beach Festivals and Community First Credit Union have partnered together to present the Community First Seawalk Music Festival. This new festival features "all things local", including local music, local food, local crew and volunteers, local vendors and much more. The festival's emphasis on all things local celebrates area talent and supports the local economy, while providing an affordable entertainment option for families to enjoy.
Community First Night Owl Cinema Series
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Community First have partnered together to provide family-free entertainment. The Community First Night Owl Cinema Series, a free summer movie series, features movies on Friday nights throughout the summer months at the Amphitheatre. This emphasis creates an impact and growth in the community, and presents a free entertainment alternative for families in and around St. Johns County.
Community First has entered into a sponsorship deal with the OneSpark festival, a five-day event open to all creators of Jacksonville. OneSpark is a nonprofit organization working to foster an environment of innovation. Its mission is to connect great ideas with the resources they need in order to get implemented, listen to and support the development of the innovative community and share success stories and lessons with communities that face similar challenges.The platforms set up during the OneSpark festival, where creators talk about their projects, is now known as Community First Pitch Decks. Community First will also sponsor additional OneSpark events during the next few years.
JAX2025 is a community-owned and driven initiative funded entirely by private donations. It is facilitated by JCCI – the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. and belongs to everyone in the city. Every resident will have an opportunity to contribute to making the JAX2025 vision a reality. JCCI, an organization with a 37-year history of validated research and consensus-building to create community change, will facilitate JAX2025 from visioning through execution.
Ray Vinson Scholarship: The Raymond A. Vinson Scholarship is awarded annually in honor of the founder of Community First Credit Union to students who excel scholastically and demonstrate financial need. Vinson founded the Jacksonville-based credit union in 1935 as the Duval County Teachers Credit Union, which originally had 50 members and $200 in assets. Today, the credit union serves more than 106,000 members, having over $1 billion in assets. To honor Vinson, Community First strives to continue his legacy of dedication, compassion and commitment to the credit union movement.