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Community First Cares Foundation Grants PowerUP Jax $25,000

October 24, 2013 4:37 pm EDT

The Community First Cares Foundation, operated by Community First Credit Union, has granted $25,000 to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s PowerUP Jax project.

PowerUP Jax is an online portal where community members can invest in innovative projects designed by teachers in Duval County. These are projects not normally funded through traditional budgeting or curriculums. The site allows teachers in every public school in the county to highlight their projects with a budget for supplies. Investors can search by school, subject or teacher name and donate an amount of their choice —from $5 to $500 — to fund the project. When all funds have been raised, the teacher can order the project supplies, conduct the project and communicate directly with donors to share the impact on students.

The project was launched Wednesday, October 23 at an event at Susie Tolbert Elementary School. Third grade teacher Susan Burns was the first recipient of a PowerUP grant for an in-class project that teaches healthy eating through gardening and appreciation of the origins of healthy foods. The project, called “Lights, Cameras, Vegetables!” was selected by PowerUP Jax as a model for creativity and innovation.

“The Community First Cares Foundation was founded earlier this year to support community projects just like PowerUP Jax,” said John Hirabayashi, president and CEO of Community First Credit Union. “We’re also proud that these funds will kick-start interest and additional funding for this important community project.”

The Community First Cares Foundation, operated by Community First Credit Union, is the lead sponsor for PowerUP Jax. The first $5,000 of the funding will match donations to the project dollar for dollar. In addition to supporting the site, the Community First Cares Foundation will sponsor a new Innovation in Education Award to be presented at the annual EDDY Awards.

The Community First Cares Foundation is the only non-profit foundation administered by a credit union in the region and one of only a few in Florida. Its mission is to help improve the quality of life in North Florida by supporting activities to improve financial literacy, quality of education, health and welfare and help the underserved.

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent nonprofit organization that works to inform and mobilize the community advocate for universally high-quality public schools for all children. For more information, visit www.jaxpef.org or call (904) 356-7757.

The Community First Cares Foundation, founded by Community First Credit Union, is a non-profit community 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 non-profit organizations that serve the communities on the First Coast. For more information, visit www.CommunityFirstCares.org or call 904. 371.8090. For more information about Community First Credit Union, visit www.CommunityFirstFl.org or call 904- 354-8537.