Under the new agreement, the Foundation will contribute $30,000 and employee volunteers from FAIRWINDS to support the CFUL’s Meet the Bankers program, an initiative designed to provide a detailed path to financial stability and home ownership through education.
Launched in 2016, the CFUL's Meet the Bankers program afforded unbanked, low-to-moderate income individuals the opportunity to consult one-on-one with a representative from a financial institution. Beyond empowering participants to establish and pursue their financial goals, the time spent with a banker also led to the establishment of, or reestablishment of, trust in employees of the financial sector, a critical metric for measuring the financial health of a community. In partnering with the CFUL team, FAIRWINDS Foundation will provide invaluable financial and educational support to the program as it continues to evolve.
“We are grateful for our public-private partnership with both the City of Orlando and FAIRWINDS Credit Union,” said Glenton Gilzean, President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “This multi-faceted investment by the FAIRWINDS Foundation to support the Central Florida Urban League and its work with the Blueprint 2.0 program will undoubtedly change lives by equipping people with the tools they need to become financially literate and competitive in today’s job market. Ultimately, through programs like Blueprint 2.0 and with our community partners, we will achieve our long term goal of eliminating generational poverty.”
As part of the agreement, FAIRWINDS Credit Union employees will be tapped to lead financial literacy workshops to teach program participants to develop efficient household budgets, create savings plans, manage debt, formulate strategic investment decisions for themselves and their families and avoid common pitfalls such as predatory loans.
“Thanks to the generosity of the FAIRWINDS Foundation, the Central Florida Urban League now has even more tools to improve lives through education,” said Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill. “Partnerships like this bring an even greater impact to Orlando’s new Blueprint 2.0 program that connects residents to job and training opportunities.”
“Due to its standing in the community, Central Florida Urban League is uniquely positioned to provide guidance on the critical issue of financial literacy,” said Elisha González, executive director of the FAIRWINDS Foundation. “As their work perfectly complements the mission and vision of the FAIRWINDS Foundation, this partnership represents a natural next step for our team as we work to promote responsibility, security and freedom in the communities we serve.”
To register for the Blueprint 2.0 program, please click here.
Join us on Friday, December 6 at the CFUL Office: 2804 Belco Drive for the 2020 Census Hiring event!
Join us on November 6 to learn about free vocational training opportunities in Central Florida!
The Honorable Ashley D. Bell, the White House Policy Advisor for Entrepreneurship & Innovation made a special trip to Orlando this week to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Florida Urban League, which calls for the CFUL to lead to efforts in the development of Orlando’s 12 Opportunity Zones.
The CFUL, alongside its local partners: the Small Business Administration, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and the Black Business Investment Fund of Florida, will be working alongside local businesses and investors to breathe new life into the city’s low-income communities.
“Opportunity Zones have the potential to be a game-changer for our community,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League. “This program mirrors our vision for Central Florida as our goals is to create new opportunities for our community. The public-private partnership brought forward through this program is critical if we are to truly empower those in need with the resources and tools to better themselves and those around them.”
In all, the State of Florida has 427 communities which have been designated as Opportunity Zone.
In April, the CFUL brought together community leaders for a Town Hall to discuss the persistent issue of racial and religious prejudice.
Following the event, the CFUL commissioned Nine Steps for Progress and a subsequent Action Plan that will help begin to address this monumental issue.
Please click here or follow this link to read the entire report.
Following the long-awaited pardons of the Groveland Four this January, the Central Florida Urban League will be bringing together community and cultural leaders on April 16 (6 pm) at St. Mark AME Church (1968 Bruton Blvd.) in Orlando for a public discussion set to tackle race and religious prejudice in society.