FOR THE COMMUNITY
Creating capacity and bettering lives in our communities
509 employee leaders
Our employees applied their leadership abilities and professional skills to create capacity for local charities.
2,447 days volunteered
First West employees spent 18,349 hours helping those in need and building local communities. 9,106 hours were given during work hours, with another 9,332 hours given after work.
68 Automated External Defibrillators
In partnership with the Heart & Stroke Foundation, we reaffirmed our commitment to a healthier workplace by providing employees life-saving training on AEDs we’ve installed at every First West branch and regional office.
118 projects, 1,480 hours
Our Make a Difference Days encourages employees to volunteer in their communities with local non-profit agencies. Since 2007, our employees have proudly volunteered 12,416 hours with 715 projects for local non-profit agencies.
10,246,410 meals for those in need
Since inception, Feed The Valley and The Full Cupboard—our signature cause programs to raise food, funds and awareness for local food banks—has raised $3,415,470 and collected 193,193 pounds of food for local food banks. In 2019 alone, our divisional brands raised $546,846, equivalent to 1,640,538 meals, and 21,515 pounds of food.
$330,500 contributed to the non-profit sector because of volunteerism
We launched our award-winning Simple Generosity program in 2017 to celebrate community leadership. Through our volunteer awards and neighbourhood grants, we recognize local volunteers and support non-profit organizations and charities to build stronger and more connected communities.
First West Foundation
Our grant-making charity has been working to create resilient and resourceful communities since 1996
Support from the Foundation’s 15 endowments and charitable giving campaign contributed to building capacity in our communities in 2019.
In 2019, our employees supported Foundation endowments, local United Ways, our Feed the Valley and The Full Cupboard programs and key partner charities in our communities.
52 local charities
Support from the First West Foundation helped scores of local charities deliver programs and services to help build community resilience and resourcefulness in 2019.