Community Outreach

Our community partnerships make Northeast Florida a place we’re all proud to call home. Want to see everything that’s coming up? Check our events calendar.
At Community First, giving back to the community is a big part of who we are.

We are excited that together with Blue Zones Project, we will create a new, first of its kind, financial well-being program to be utilized as a key component of improving community well-being.

This will integrate with their original program to help people live longer and better through community transformation programs that lower healthcare costs, improve productivity, and boost national recognition as great places to live, work, and play.

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.

We are also 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.

In 2021, Community First proudly announced our partnership with the Community First Igloo, an exciting endeavor that has transformed the Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex. This renovated facility now boasts two state-of-the-art ice sheets, a captivating sports-themed restaurant and bar, a convenient pro shop, and even an innovative e-Sports center, among other remarkable features.

Building upon our commitment to youth development, we are thrilled to have launched the Community First Jr. Icemen youth hockey programs in 2022, with Community First serving as the proud presenting sponsor.
The Florida Theatre offers over 200 cultural and entertainment events annually, catering to all tastes and ages. As one of the Southeast's finest concert venues, this magnificently restored historic landmark holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2020, Community First renewed its season sponsorship commitment for five more years, supporting the nonprofit corporation responsible for managing and programming the Florida Theatre since 1987. This public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville ensures the continued operations of this iconic institution.
Embark on a captivating adventure at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, where you can immerse yourself in the unique experience of the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Explore the rich diversity of the Earth's wildlife through engaging and educational encounters.

Community First is proud to have established a longstanding partnership with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Each holiday season, we eagerly support the enchanting ZOOLights event, transforming the 80-acre park into a mesmerizing wonderland adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, stunning sculptures, and captivating displays. In addition to this magical event, the Zoo also hosts IllumiZoo and Art in the Garden, ensuring that there is always an extra touch of enchantment waiting to be discovered.

Together, we aim to create unforgettable moments and foster a deep appreciation for nature's wonders. Join us at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, where magic and exploration await at every turn.
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this annual half marathon and 5k on Thanksgiving morning is a great way to kickstart your Thanksgiving Day. Join us by running through the scenic streets of Mandarin in this exhilarating race.

By participating in this event, not only will you experience a thrilling run, but you'll also contribute to a noble cause. We are proud to support the Mandarin Food Bank, with one dollar from every entry fee going directly towards this charitable organization. Additionally, you can make a difference by bringing a canned good or non-perishable item when you collect your race packet or on race day.

Let's unite as a community, promote fitness, and show our generosity this Thanksgiving. Lace up your running shoes and be a part of this memorable race that combines passion, scenic beauty, and philanthropy!

At Community First, our goal is to make the UNF experience the best not only for students, but for parents too.

With access to a full-service branch conveniently located on the UNF campus, online banking, over 300,000 fee-free ATMs, and much more; Community First gives you the true VIP experience we know you need and deserve as a busy college student.
We understand that college is hard, whether you’re a student or parent– which is why we’re here every step of the way. So, Swoop on in and get started with your very own Osprey account.

Before his death in 1992, Raymond A. Vinson was a nationally recognized credit union pioneer. He helped form more than 40 Florida credit unions (including the Duval County Teachers Credit Union, founded in 1935, now Community First Credit Union of Florida). Vinson's legacy of dedication, compassion and commitment to the credit union movement will forever touch lives.

To honor Raymond A. Vinson, Community First annually awards scholarships annually to five college freshmen up to $8,000 ($2,000 annually per student, renewable for four years).

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.

Celebrate the vibrant spirit of our community at the Community First Seawalk Music Festival, where we showcase the abundance of local talent, artists, crew, volunteers, and food vendors.

Immerse yourself in this fantastic, two-day event held on the beach at the Seawalk Pavilion, conveniently situated on Ocean Street, just behind Jacksonville Beach City Hall.

Don't miss out on the excitement at the Community First tent, where we guarantee a delightful experience filled with engaging games, exciting giveaways, and a variety of other activities!