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Community First Company Newsletter
Volume 2 | Issue 2 | February 2019
Our Mission: Providing financial solutions for every stage of life.
State of the Credit Union
Happy February! It’s hard to believe that today marks the first day of February and that we already have one month of 2019 in the books! In my last letter, I encouraged you all to learn more about our core values and discussed how we intend to make Continuous Improvement an even more dominant part of our daily routines in 2019.

Our tagline is Love Where You Bank because we want you to have an amazing member experience when you bank with us. Similarly, we want our employees to Love Where They Work so we also practice our core value of Continuous Improvement when working to make their everyday experience as an employee the best it can be.

It is important to me that our members understand our company culture. This is truly a special place, and our employees really do love where they work. I hope you can see it on our faces, hear it in our voices, and feel it in the services we provide you. Whether it’s in the branch, over the phone, or at a community event, I want you to understand that with everything we do, we are communicating the core value of Continuous Improvement. We strive for excellence in everything we do -- always seeking to improve quality service. We are committed to creating the best solutions, individually and as an organization.

I'm excited to announce that we have a brand new video to share with you! This video embodies everything Community First represents, whether it’s an executive talking about our core values, our employees discussing professional growth, or our community partners and/or Foundation recipients reflecting on how we’ve supported our mutual missions for the community. We call it the Love Where You Work video. 

Personally, I feel a huge sense of pride when watching this video. I hope you all can see how this is just a snapshot of how we work hard every day to make everyone’s lives a little bit better. As our Chief Information Officer says in the video, “We are a company that tries to do good.” I hope you enjoy watching the video and that it gives you even more reasons to Love Where You Bank. 

Love Where You Work Video

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Community First Cares Foundation

 The Community First Cares Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to Monique Burr Foundation for Children

 Monique Burr News Release

The Community First Cares Foundation announces it has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF). The grant will fund the development and piloting of MBF’s latest prevention education program, MBF Teen Safety Matters®, which will provide the curriculum to high school students on the First Coast.

“The Community First Cares Foundation’s partnership has been vital in helping us develop and pilot MBF Teen Safety Matters®,” said Lynn Layton, President and CEO of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. “Because of Community First Cares Foundation’s generosity in the past, MBF was able to expand our programming for middle school students – and to date, have reached 74,000 middle school students in Northeast Florida. The current funds will allow us to continue that expansion into high schools, thus allowing us to reach even more students in all grades, K-12, with critical safety information.”

The mission of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children is to make a positive impact on the community as a whole, to create change in a family's life for the better, and to give hope in the life of a child by providing bullying and child abuse prevention safety education that is relevant to issues facing children today.

Read the full news release by clicking on the button below. 

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Community News
INK Champions for Children 
The Community First Cares Foundation Awards an Additional $2,500 to Hilary Fisler, Grand Prize Winner of the "Champions for Children" Classroom Innovation Grants

In our January 2019 edition of the Community First Insider, we told you about how the Community First Cares Foundation worked with Investing in Kids (INK!) to award ten $1,000 "Champions for Children" classroom grants to support teachers with innovative classroom projects. During the St. Johns County Teacher of the Year celebration in January, we awarded one of those grant recipients -- Hilary Fisler at R. J. Murray Middle School -- with an additional $2,500 grant for her innovative classroom project! Ms. Fisler will use these funds for her idea of “Breakout Boxes,” which are learning resources that challenge students to apply their classroom knowledge to escape room-type games. Congratulations, Ms. Fisler!

Pictured below, from left to right: Executive Director of INK!, Donna Lueders; Executive Director of the Community First Cares Foundation, Missy Peters; Grand Prize Champions for Children Grant Recipient, Hilary Fisler; INK! Board Member, Paul Ray; and INK! Director of Development, Davey Hartzel. Photograph courtesy of Leonard's Photography.  

Champions for Children Grand Prize Winner3 


Upcoming Events 

President's Day

Feb. 18 | President's Day

This is a friendly reminder that the credit union will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 in observance of President's Day. This includes our downtown headquarters and all of our branches. For your convenience, Online and Mobile Banking services are available 24/7! 


 Feb 21 Home Buying Event

Feb. 21 | Ask an Expert Homebuyer Event

Need answers on how to get into your next home? Now’s your chance! We invite you to join us for an exclusive evening where you will have an opportunity to gain insider tips from local home buying experts. Enjoy a free drink and appetizers while you meet with Community First Mortgage Champions, as well as a local realtor, title company, appraiser, inspector, and others. Also, meet Jacksonville Icemen’s mascot, Fang! Plus, we’re giving away Jacksonville Icemen tickets and Homebuyer Toolkits to all attendees.

When: Thursday, February 21 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mellow Mushroom | 3611 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Space is limited so don’t miss out on this special opportunity. RSVP today! We look forward to seeing you there. 



Jax Icemen 

 Feb. 23 | Teacher Appreciation Night with the Icemen

Join the Jacksonville Icemen for a fun night out during their second annual Teacher Appreciation Night! Both Community First Credit Union and the Jacksonville Icemen sincerely appreciate your daily contributions to bettering the lives of so many in our community. As a thank you, please utilize the exclusive link below to receive one complimentary ticket to the game with the purchase of at least one additional ticket.

Teacher Appreciation Night

Not a teacher but still want discounted tickets to the game? Community First Credit Union and the Jacksonville Icemen would like to invite all Community First members, employees, friends, and family to take advantage of a special discounted offer all season long! 

 Buy Tickets


 Seawalk Music Festival

Feb. 23-24 | Seawalk Music Festival

The 7th annual Community First Seawalk Music Festival returns on February 23rd and 24th! The festival celebrates our rich and diverse local resources, featuring local artists, crew, volunteers, and food vendors. This free, two-day event is held on the beach at the Seawalk Pavilion, located on Ocean Street, just behind Jacksonville Beach City Hall. Stop by the Community First tent for some fun games, giveaways, and other activities! Photograph courtesy of Surf Dog Photography. 

Seawalk Music Festival Giant Jenga

 This Year's Lineup


 moveUP Financial Wellness Series 

February moveUP Friday | February 15
Exclusive Low Auto Loan Rates

You’re invited to join us for a special edition of moveUP Friday! Take control of your finances, learn how we can help you improve your auto loan rate, and skip your car payments for 90 days! To celebrate the upcoming moveUP Friday event on February 15, we are offering special low rates during the week of February 11-16!

February moveUP Friday

Stop by any branch to complete a moveUP module, learn how to refinance your auto loan, and enjoy refreshments and special treats on us.

 Make an Appointment

or stop by any branch on February 15 to learn more.

Our staff has the tools and resources to help you get what you want from your finances so you can live a happier life! Contact us today if you'd like to set up an appointment to discuss your financial situation with a Community First representative. 

Services to Make Your Life Easier



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