We hope that you see the value in the work that Communities First, Inc. is doing! We invite you to go from being an interested observer to an active participant as we endeavor to improve the quality of life for residents of distressed communities. Here are some ways that you can help:

Make a Donation

Donors are the heart and soul of every nonprofit, including Communities First, Inc. If you do not believe in what we do, we will cease to exist. CFI is changing distressed communities one project at a time. Our work is focused on creating equity and improving the quality of life for residents.

We offer you the opportunity to partner in this work. Your financial contribution will allow us to develop more affordable housing, create additional employment opportunities, introduce people to arts and culture and educating residents about the environment.

Communities First, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent of the law and will be used to further the mission of Communities First, Inc.

Our Wish List

In addition to a financial gift, we also have opportunities for you to donate an item from our Wish List to Communities First, Inc.

General Need Items
  • Energy Star color copy machine
  • copy paper
  • gift cards, gas cards
  • two locking file cabinets
  • property and/buildings for redevelopment opportunities
Oak Street Senior Apartments
  • board games, puzzles, movies
  • van to transport residents to events and activities
  • toiletry and hygiene items
  • nonperishable food items
  • green cleaning supplies and laundry soap
  • pots, pans and silverware
  • tool shed and garden tools
  • raised flower beds that are wheelchair accessible

Corporate and Event Sponsorships

If you would like to become an event sponsor, please let us know! This opportunity is available to companies and individuals and you will be recognized at the event and on social media for your contribution.

Amazon Smile

Looking for an easy way to support Communities First, Inc.? Donate while you shop! Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Click on this link for more information


For every Internet search that you perform using GoodSearch, CFI will earn one cent! This may not sound like a lot, but if we have all of our supporters participate this will add up to a substantial donation to Communities First, Inc. GoodSearch is powered by Yahoo! and produces excellent search results. To sign up, click here and select Communities First Inc as your charity.

A Gift of Your Time

Volunteers are an integral part of the work that Communities First, Inc. does. If you have an interest, skills and time we always have opportunities to engage our volunteers. CFI volunteers are called team members, because we see them as part of our organization. Typical team member duties might include:

  • Greeting and registering guests at events
  • Distributing promotional materials throughout the community
  • Setting up or cleaning up at events
  • Serving on a committee or advisory group
  • Conducting activities for residents

Interested in becoming a team member or seeing what opportunities exist? Click here to see our volunteer opportunities

We love to share with others about the great work that Communities First, Inc. is doing. If you have a group that you would like us to present to, please let us know! Send us an email at to schedule a presentation.


Communities First, Inc. is grateful to all organizations, municipalities, agencies and individuals who make it possible for us to do great work in the communities we serve.
We appreciate the generosity and financial support of the following entities:

Ruth Mott Foundation
Michigan LISC
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Hagerman Foundation
A.G Bishop Charitable Trust
Nartel Family Foundation
City of Flint
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Community Foundation of Greater Flint
The BEST Project
Genesee County Land Bank Authority
Michigan State Housing Development Authority
U.S. Department of HUD
Chemical Bank
PNC Bank
Chase Bank
Huntington Bank
Michigan Community Resources

We also appreciate the generosity and dedication of the many individuals who have provided technical assistance, encouragement and donations to further the mission of Communities First, Inc.