A decade of outreach

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 09:37 AM.

Not only do they boost the community spiritually, physically, emotionally, they do so economically.

Two years ago, during the four days in March the students were here, they spent, conservatively said Diana Sealey Burkett, executive director of the CCDF, whose staff must track such items, $32,000 in the community on rent, food, gas and other living expenses.

And the student count has grown since that March.

The CCDF has accomplished all that on a shoestring.

With a staff of four, the non-profit has relied almost exclusively on grants, the largest from the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation.

There are also dollars from the Tapper Foundation, Alfred I. DuPont Foundation and donations from the Lions Club, Centennial Bank, First Baptist Church, Oak Grove Church and others.

“Centennial Bank is committed to the local community and we pride ourselves on building strong community relationships,” said Port St. Joe Centennial Bank manager Hiram Nix. “We are honored and proud to support the Christian Community Development Fund and the work they do in our local community.”

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