Jax Federal Credit Union announces $100,000 sponsorship of Brooklyn’s Unity Plaza

By Colleen Michele Jones Reporter - Jacksonville Business Journal

By Colleen Michele Jones
Reporter – Jacksonville Business Journal

Jax Federal Credit Union has been a part of the Brooklyn neighborhood for more than 25 years. Now, with a large sponsorship of the community center at Unity Plaza, the Park Street-based institution is hoping to enhance the community’s future.

Jax Federal Credit Union announced today it is pledging a 10-year, $100,000 sponsorship of the UP commUNITY Center located at the new urban park and amphitheater. This rentable community education room is operated by the nonprofit and venue known as Unity Plaza and located inside the adjacent newly constructed 220 Riverside Avenue location, in the recently revitalized historic Brooklyn neighborhood of the city.

By James Crichlow for the JBJ - Unity Plaza Director Jen Jones addresses assembled guests at the center's groundbreaking ceremonies.

By James Crichlow for the JBJ – Unity Plaza Director Jen Jones addresses assembled guests at the center’s groundbreaking ceremonies.

Jax Federal Credit Union will also lead free financial management classes monthly in the community center, a mission that dovetails with the center’s larger mission, according to Kristi Lee Schatz, director of wellness for Unity Plaza.

“What makes this partnership so great is they’re offering the financial literacy piece of what is our holistic approach to all kinds of wellness,” Schatz told the Business Journal.

Beginning April 1, the UP commUNITY Center will offer free daily, weekly, monthly and annual activities within the themes of arts and culture, mind and body wellness and community history and education.

“This [project] has taken a while to come to fruition, so we’re just so excited to help it move forward,” said Angie Coleman-Rao, a spokesperson for Jax Federal Credit Union. “It’s just a great fit for us.”

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 5.18.29 PMThe 80-year-old Jax Federal Credit Union serves about 32,000 members and is a full-service credit union for residents of Duval, Clay, Baker, Nassau and St. Johns counties.

Unity Plaza continues to look for more corporate sponsorship opportunities and Coleman-Rao said another large donor would likely be announced shortly.

 

Coverage from today’s Financial News & Daily Record as well:

http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=544907

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