Creating capacity and bettering lives in our communities

First West believes in supporting local non-profit and charitable organizations that serve the most vulnerable in our communities. We create capacity in the social sector by leveraging our financial strength and our social vision, Lead Well. Through Lead Well, employees volunteer their knowledge and skills to help our communities flourish.

4,314 hours of community leadership

Our employees applied leadership and professional skills to create capacity for more than 115 B.C.-based charitable organizations. Recognizing these efforts, our Lead Well Employee Recognition program funded 80 $500 grants to support non-profits selected by employees.

$10,500 donated through #FWWednesday

Themed Wednesdays throughout the year encouraged employees to share photos and positive messages on First West’s internal social networking platform, with a goal of raising funds for local charities and our signature cause.

18 hand-crafted blankets

Employees rallied to support the YMCA of Okanagan Young Parents Program, contributing over 250 hours of volunteer time to make blankets which were donated to infants and toddlers.

150 volunteer activities

As part of our annual Make a Difference Days, employees volunteered 203 hours of their time, virtually and physically where approved COVID-19 safety precautious were in place, with charities in our communities.

I’m thrilled that I’m able to use my financial expertise, leadership skills and network to make a difference for kids in need.
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Kevin Lehman, Regional Manager, Business Banking at Envision Financial, and Board Secretary at Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society

$32.7 million for community causes

Giving back to our communities isn’t just a part of what we do—it’s who we are. Since coming together as First West in 2010, our credit union has invested more than $32.7 million into supporting local non-profit and charitable organizations.

1,409,808 meals for those in-need

Our Signature Cause programs, supporting 35% of registered food banks across B.C., were bolstered in 2020 through continued employee-led fundraising and community partnerships, raising $469,936. Since 2010, First West has raised nearly $4.0 million and collected 194,498 pounds of food for local food banks.

Learn more about our signature cause programs at Envision Financial, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial, and Island Savings.

First West Foundation has been working to create resilient and resourceful communities since 1996

By working in partnership with local organizations, our grant-making charity seeks to actively contribute to meaningful projects that make a positive and lasting impact upon community life. It enriches communities through effective grant-making, encourages philanthropy and reinforces First West’s commitment to its communities.

$1.2 million

Unrestricted funding was granted through the Community Response Fund and First West Foundation’s regular granting programs to support those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

$109,856 donated

Our employees generously donated to Foundation endowment funds which disperse money to causes in the community, Feed the Valley and The Full Cupboard programs and to key community partners.

136 local charities

Support from the First West Foundation helped scores of local charities deliver programs and services that help build community resilience and resourcefulness.

YWCA Metro Vancouver is so grateful for First West Foundation’s generous support of our Single Mothers’ Support Groups. In these weekly group meetings, women are able talk about the challenges they face in a safe and supportive space, build meaningful connections with other single mothers, learn skills and gain valuable tools to pursue their goals and build better futures for their families.
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Janice Lee, Manager of YWCA Metro Vancouver Single Mothers' Services