December 2, 2014

Freedom First Credit Union is proud to announce the award of $32,000 in annual community grant awards to support the economic, cultural, and inclusive goals of programs offered by eight local nonprofit agencies.

"In this slow-growing economy, nonprofit agencies continue to do more with less,” said Dave Prosser, Freedom First’s Senior Vice President of Community Development. “Freedom First remains committed to supporting the vital work these agencies do to improve and enrich the lives of those in our community.” 

2014 Freedom First Community Grant Recipients

Blue Ridge Literacy: $5,000 to fund ENFOLD (English for Families from Other Lands), a program for refugee and immigrant mothers that includes literacy as well as support in navigating the culture, schools, and financial and healthcare systems.

City of Salem Farmers’ Market: $5,000 in matching funds for EBT users, making locally grown, healthy produce and food items available to more families in need.

Happy Healthy Cooks: $5,000 to support the healthy foods initiative in five Roanoke elementary schools and five TAP Head Start classrooms.

The Jefferson Center Foundation: $5,000 to support its onsite and mobile Music Lab and its Presenting Arts and Education Initiative, which give middle school and high school students access to guided and self-directed musical expression and training.

LEAP for Local Food: $5,000 to support the launch of a mobile farmers’ market and increase awareness of benefits available to SNAP-EBT participants.

Radford Elf Shelf: $2,000 to provide low-income individuals and families with food vouchers and children’s gifts during the holiday season, thereby ensuring that they apply their limited resources to their regular financial obligations.

Roanoke Community Garden Association: $2,000 to support the establishment of a community garden in Roanoke’s Gainsboro neighborhood, currently a food desert.

STEP, Inc.: $3,000 to support the expansion of its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program to more eligible earners, including persons with disabilities, the elderly, and workers with limited English skills.