Community First Fund Hosts Community Leaders to Discuss Importance of CDFIs
Community First Fund President and CEO, Daniel Betancourt, and Senior Vice President for Development and Impact, Lydia Walker, with fellow PA CDFI Network member organization, Assets, and its CEO, Jamie Arroyo, hosted community leaders and members from the PA CDFI network for a walking tour of Lancaster city. Community members included: Senator Ryan Aument and his staff, representatives from Representative Mike Sturla’s office, and representatives from Senator Scott Martin’s office.
While touring, the group discussed the importance of CDFIs and our transformational capital to create vibrancy in our downtowns. The tour stopped at several clients including both Assets and Community First Fund clients. Attendees could see firsthand the importance of access to capital for entrepreneurs to start and grow small businesses.
Additionally, the group spoke on the impact of the state’s COVID relief efforts and how it supported businesses throughout the pandemic. CDFIs like Community First Fund were at the forefront of advocating for and distributing funding to keep small businesses in operation. In the aftermath of the pandemic, CDFIs are still fighting for small business support.
Community First Fund is grateful for the opportunity to work with public figures to continue to find ways to make a difference in our communities.