Community First Credit Union is “Investing in You” to Inspire Change on the First Coast

Community First Credit Union is “Investing in You” to Inspire Change on the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Almost everyone has at least one good idea to make the First Coast a better place, if only they had the funds to make it happen. Starting tomorrow, and for the next 90 days, anyone, anywhere on the First Coast — including civic groups— has the opportunity to earn $1,000 towards a new or existing initiative.

Now in its second year, Community First’s Investing In You contest will award $1,000 every two weeks for 90 days to fund innovative ideas for improving communities throughout the First Coast.  Idea entries can be submitted through the credit union’s Facebook site. Last year’s winners included a variety of projects ranging from educational technology for at-risk kids to swimming tubs for rescued tigers.

Largest Children's Consignment Sale in First Coast area starts Thursday!


The Finders Keepers Children's Consignment Sale returns for its Spring show March 29-31, 2012. The sale offers First Coast families and shoppers the opportunity to purchase new or excellent condition items for a fraction of the cost they would pay new.

Local Ashley Furniture Homestores Earn National 2011 Chairman's Award

Local Ashley Furniture Homestores Earn National 2011 Chairman's Award

Since opening the first location in 2005, Jacksonville Ashley Furniture HomeStores’ community support programs have  expanded, now working directly with Jacksonville-based organizations such as: A Hope to Dream, the Salvation Army (Northeast Florida Area Command), the Greater Jacksonville Area USO, and The Donna Foundation.

Continued community efforts through 2011 earned the First Coast area stores top honors as Jacksonville Ashley Furniture HomeStores Managing Member/CEO Howard Fineman accepted the 2011 Chairman's Award in Las Vegas.

"The Ashley Furniture HomeStore brand is based on four pillars: value, quality, style and selection," Fineman said in a news release. "But here in Jacksonville our team has a fifth pillar, which is giving back locally and that pillar defines who we are here in the marketplace."

Jacksonville Job Fair


National Career Fairs is holding a job fair in Jacksonville on Monday, February 13 at Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road.  The event will run from 11:00am to 2:00pm. 

Jacksonville's First Guaranty Bank Seized by Federal Regulators

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Federal regulators say First Guaranty Bank and Trust Company will reopen Monday under a new name.

The FDIC seized the Jacksonville bank Friday as a part of a national bank failure sweep. First Guaranty has eight branches in Jacksonville. CenterState Bank out of Winter Haven is assuming all assets and deposits.

The FDIC says that over the weekend, First Guaranty customers can access money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards.

Customers with questions should call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-508-8289. The phone number will be operational Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.; Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and thereafter from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

City Office and Facility Closures for 2011 Holiday Season


Most city government offices and facilities will be closed in observance of Christmas on Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26 and in observance of New Year’s Day on Monday, Jan. 2.