Children First Receives $50,000 from Truist Foundation to Help Provide Access to Economic Mobility Resources

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Pictured: (L-R) Jessica Rogers, Mark Irwin, Keith Johnson, Philip Tavill and Fermin Miranda.

Children First has received a $50,000 grant from Truist Foundation that will help build pathways to economic mobility for Children First families by providing access to resources through the re-design of the agency’s website. This is the largest gift Children First has ever received from the foundation. As the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, Children First serves hundreds of children and their families living at or below the Federal Poverty Level ($23,030 for a family of three) across North Port, Sarasota and Venice each year. For the re-design, Children First is partnering with Captivation Agency, an award-winning creative storytelling collective based in Sarasota with more than 20 years of industry experience. The creation of the new organizational web property will be designed to maximize the opportunity for future growth and expansion. “As the children and families we serve across Sarasota County are seeking self-sufficiency, having access to the resources they need to thrive is critical to their overall well-being and success,” says CEO Philip Tavill. “We are deeply appreciative to Truist Foundation for their support as it will allow us to serve every single stakeholder within the Children First community.”

“At Truist, our purpose is to inspire and build better lives and communities, which drives us to create meaningful change for families in Sarasota,” says Keith Johnson, Truist Senior Vice President & Wealth Advisor and Children First Board Director. “We are proud of Truist Foundation’s longstanding partnership with Children First because of the shared vision both organizations have for building pathways to economic mobility by helping ensure opportunity for all within our community, leading to a better quality of life for everyone.”

Pictured: (L-R) Jessica Rogers, Mark Irwin, Keith Johnson, Philip Tavill and Fermin Miranda.

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