Community Spirit

Clay County's free wedding filled with love

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The cold weather on Valentine's Day didn't cause any cold feet in Green Cove Springs. Ten brides walked step-in-step with the 10 grooms, all ready to take the next step in life.

Local Conference Seeks to Nurture Blooming Community Gardens Trend on the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Today’s tough economy, combined with an increasing focus on eating healthy and organic foods, have made community gardening one of the hottest trends in urban areas across the country.

Second Harvest North Florida and Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens are working together to nurture that trend in Jacksonville. They are collectively sponsoring the inaugural Northeast Florida Community Gardens Conference on Nov. 3.

Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group Receives Final Investing In You Grant

Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group Receives Final Investing In You Grant

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – The Young Survivors Group at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville will be able to continue to help young breast cancer survivors thanks to a recent $1,000 grant won through Community First Credit Union’s Investing in You contest. The grant will help secure a location for monthly meetings, provide educational materials and fund outreach efforts for the Young Survivors Group.

New Autism Support Group to Launch through Grant from Community First Credit Union

New Autism Support Group to Launch through Grant from Community First Credit Union

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Parents of autistic children will soon have a supportive environment in which to share their feelings, ideas and treatment options, thanks to a $1000 Investing In You grant from Community First Credit Union. The grant will help launch The S.T.A.R. group, named for the benefits the group will bring its members: support, teaching, advocacy and respect.

Camp for Children Coping with Homicide Receives Support from Community First Credit Union

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Community First Credit Union awarded a $1,000 Investing in You grant to Compassionate Families, Inc., to benefit Camp Maddie, its therapeutic camp that provides grief recovery and support services to children affected by homicide. Camp Maddie serves as a living memorial to Maddie Clifton, an eight-year-old Jacksonville girl who was brutally murdered by her young neighbor in 1998.

Community First Credit Union Gives Human Trafficking Victims Support to Start Over

Community First Credit Union Gives Human Trafficking Victims Support to Start Over

 

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Community First Credit Union awarded a $1,000 Investing in You grant to Rethreaded, a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping women victims of the sex trade industry restart their lives economically and emotionally. The grant will be used to support the agency’s T-shirt recycling business, which employs women who are emerging from lives of addiction, violence, human trafficking and prostitution.

Rethreaded collects donated T-shirts and teaches women to recycle them into new products, including handbags, scarves, and rugs. The agency sells these items, along with other products made by women all over the world, through home parties that not only raise money to reinvest in the project, but also help educate others on the horrors of human trafficking. The $1,000 grant will help the organization purchase a new sewing machine and sewing supplies.

Community First Credit Union Funds Improvements at Catty Shack Sanctuary

Community First Credit Union Funds Improvements at Catty Shack Sanctuary

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Tiger cubs and local children will reap the benefits of a new grant awarded as part of Community First Credit Union’s Investing In You contest.

The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, a nonprofit agency dedicated to big cat rescue, won a $1,000 grant from Community First Credit Union to fund a new cabin and platforms for its five tiger cubs. Catty Shack Ranch is the second of this year’s six Investing In You winners to receive $1,000 through this summer’s community improvement contest.