Freedom First Awards $35,000 in Grants to Nine Local Nonprofits

December 6, 2016

Freedom First Credit Union is proud to announce the award of $35,000 in community grants to nine local nonprofits in the Roanoke and New River valleys, and Botetourt, Franklin, and Craig Counties.

“We are pleased to continue our support of innovative and valuable programs carried out by our community nonprofits,” said Dave Prosser, senior vice president of community development with Freedom First Credit Union. “This year we received over 30 grant proposals and were able to award worthy programs throughout our entire service area.”

The following are the 2016 grant recipients:

  • ARCH - $3,500: Build out of classroom suited for facilitating life skills training for their clients experiencing homelessness, including classroom equipment and a life skills library.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - $2,500: Expand the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program in order to serve 40 children from Roanoke City with mentoring relationships.
  • Bradley Free Clinic - $5,000: Expand access to a specialty Women’s Health Program, including new program branding and printing of educational and public awareness materials.
  • Franklin County Public Schools Education Foundation, Inc. - $3,000: Expand the Organ Wise Program to include an Emotions component to help K-2 students learn coping strategies, empathy, and general emotional intelligence to deal with life events.
  • Hope Tree Family Services - $5,000: Develop a meditate garden and care farm to serve as a positive alternative to some disciplinary measures, as well as instill personal responsibility and pride-in-work for students as they maintain the garden and farm.
  • New Freedom Farm, Inc. - $5,000: Construct a pavilion that will serve as a focal point to help support their programs which provide a safe place for Veterans suffering from issues such as PTSD and depression.
  • New River Valley Home: NRV TimeBank Program - $5,000: Facilitate skill-sharing, service-enhancing, and community-building through a Time Credit exchange among members of the community whom may earn credits for talents and services such as gardening, tutoring, home repair, etc. that can be traded in exchange for other services.
  • Warm Hearth Village - $5,000: Produce an interactive musical, with senior citizens as the actors, to educate elementary school children on the basics of financial literacy.
  • West End Center - $1,000: Expand a STEM awareness and interest program.

For more information about Freedom First Credit Union’s annual grants program and other community development initiatives, visit