2018 Partner of the Year Awards Luncheon

The event took place on July 12, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Gainesville. This would not have been possible without our sponsors and community partners who help make our communities in Alachua, Levy, and Marion Counties better places to live.

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Award Recipients

Alachua County: Wells Fargo

For over 10 years, Wells Fargo has worked with CFCAA, providing much needed financial support that allow us to reallocate funds to areas of need and expand our delivery of services. The partnership has continued to grow over the years. Early 2018, CFCAA and Wells Fargo moved into a strategic partnership by working together to provide low-income residents the tools and resources for financial empowerment. Breaking the Curse: An Economic Empowerment Seminar was a jointly sponsored seminar that included presentations about Banking Basics 101, Credit repair, information for first time home buyers about down payment assistance and the importance of wills.
The strategic partnership has also included generous funding from Wells Fargo to support CFCAA's youth empowerment program which provides scholarships for low-income youth to attend summer camps that includes camps that focus on health, nutrition, music and STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. With the support of Wells Fargo, CFCAA has strengthened its efforts to break generational poverty by exposing kids to brighter futures.
Wells Fargo has been proactive in reaching out to CFCAA in working with low-income families.

Levy County: Chiefland Police Department

Each year, the Chiefland Police Department sponsor a Chiefland Community Christmas, whereby 10 low-income families are selected to receive a $200 shopping trip to the local Wal-Mart for Christmas. in 2017, the Chiefland Police department reached out to the CFCAA Levy county office for assistance in identifying 10 low-income families.
In their nomination letter, our Levy County staff made special note of a situation where a single disabled mother needed a car battery and had no money to pay for minutes for her cell phone. Chief Anderson and Lieutenant Tremblay personally took the mother to purchase a battery and installed it in her car, loaded minutes on her phone and provided her funds to make it to payday.
We often hear a mixed bag of news about police these days so it is refreshing and inspiring to hear how the Chiefland Police Department, is making a difference by caring about their community and by helping these families. 

Marion County: CareerSource Citrus|Levy|Marion (CLM)

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is a proud partner of the American Job Center network and member of  CareerSource Florida’s system of 24 workforce development areas. Established in 1996, the business-led not-for-profit leverages community partnerships to provide fee-free services connecting businesses with qualified, skilled job candidates and candidates with employment and career development opportunities. Last year, CareerSource CLM and its affiliate Talent Center at the College of Central Florida provided services to 20,064 unemployed and underemployed residents, including US veterans and disabled individuals, and to 1,345 businesses. Services such as career counseling, employability workshops and job placement are available at career centers – often referred to as “one-stops” – in Ocala, Chiefland and Inverness. Two mobile resource units also provide services in Levy and Marion counties. Business services include candidate assessments, recruitment and hiring assistance; On-the-Job Training and Custom Business Training grants and other incentives; and job fairs and hiring events tailored to meet the unique needs of individual businesses.

At CFCAA, we emphasize the importance of educational pursuits and job training as the best way out of poverty so along with Career Source CLM, we were very happy to forge a strong partnership that benefits our clients. Also worth mentioning that Career Source reached out to us to offer an opportunity to move our Ocala Office into their Ocala Career Center, resulting in substantial financial savings to the agency and more importantly, providing convenience for our shared clients and helped both organizations with providing one stop services.