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Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, is a premier provider of banking, borrowing, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses throughout Van...
322 employees on Do Some Good
We're committed to giving back to the community!
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499 Canada Ave
Duncan, British Columbia
V9L 1T7
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Arts & Culture

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Financial Literacy

Top employee causes

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Animal Welfare

  • Health & Well-being

  • Environment

  • Youth Development

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Animal Welfare

  • Health & Well-being

  • Environment

  • Youth Development

Organizations our employees volunteer with
Our average annual contributions

$866K

Dollars Donated

2K

Hours Logged by Employees

$42K

Monetary Equivalent of Hours

Social Mission
Island Savings' Full Cupboard program raises food, funds & awareness for local food banks across the region. We're proud that in 2019, together with our employees and community partners, we raised $77,550. That's the equivalent of 232,650 meals for children and families in our communities.
Some of the organizations we support
Vancouver Island University
Chemainus Theatre Festival Society
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley
Food Banks BC
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island
The Full Cupboard
What people are saying about us
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It is great to see a Good Company, such as Island Savings, giving back to their local community. Local acts of kindness, volunteerism and donations help to make our country the amazing place that it is today. A big thanks to Island Savings for their contributions to building a stronger and more connected community.

Stories of our community involvement
Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union just made a $30,000 donation to the Women’s Enterprise Centre, but how does $30,000 help them be #GoodForBusiness?

The Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization that supports women entrepreneurs as they start, lead, and grow their business. They offer financing, mentorship and advisory services using a holistic approach and has been doing so in our community for 26 years! Their aim is to help local businesses and the women behind them thrive.

They told us that, for small businesses and the women behind them to thrive, they shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help when they need it. In an ever-changing world and business environment know that you are not alone and to reach out to the Women’s Enterprise Centre for help from their mentors, champions and entrepreneurial support organizations!

That’s why we decided to show the Women’s Enterprise Centre our Simple Generosity with a $30,000 donation! At Island Savings we’re passionate about keeping a good thing growing. This donation will help them connect with more women, offer them financing and help them grow their small businesses.
Do Some Good is excited to celebrate International Credit Union Day 2021 alongside the amazing Credit Unions we work with!

We know that putting people first and supporting the community is in the DNA of all Credit Unions, and we are SO proud and honoured to help Credit Unions capture and share the good they do.

Thank you for making the world a better place!

Prospera Credit Union , Interior Savings , Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union , Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU , Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union , Pathwise Credit Union , Northern Birch Credit Union , Integris Credit Union , G&F Financial Group , Fusion Credit Union , Sunrise Credit Union , FirstOntario Credit Union , Northern Credit Union , SASCU , Aldergrove Credit Union , Coastal Community Credit Union, Tandia
Had a great time harvesting grapes at the Mildenstein Vineyards in Glenora on Friday as part of our Annual Make a Difference Days. A big shout out to our hosts Carsten Mildenstein C and his wife Kim who organized the opportunity and will provide a donation for our labour to island food banks through our signature cause The Full Cupboard. It was a beautiful sunny day and was great to reconnect with so many staff members who I haven’t seen in quite a while due to the pandemic. (The last time I actually saw most of these people was at the 2020 grape pick!) We had a lot of fun working as a team, enjoying the beautiful outdoors and fresh air as we clipped grapes and put them into buckets, and then dumped them into a huge container which will be sent to local wine producers. So proud to work for Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union which provides us as staff members the opportunity to give back and make a difference in our communities through paid work time for non-profit organizations and initiatives that help support charitable causes. Special thanks to our hard working team which included Jodi Keller , Audra Leslie , Cindy Manhas , Heather Olson , Rina Lawson and Nichole Murray ! We left a whole lot dirtier than when we arrived, but we left with a sense of accomplishment and pride in a job well done!
As part of First West’s Lead Well program, Kimberley Cheng - an employee at Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union - was selected for a charitable donation award and made a $500 donation to the Amber Academy Youth Fine Arts Society, courtesy of First West.
“Amber Academy encompasses all aspects of the arts which makes it so inclusive. There is a role for every child from acting, audio/visual, costume design & creation, stagehands and set design,” said Kimberley. “I have volunteered with this organization many times and value the work they do in my community to empower youth.”
In May, Kimberley helped with the Academy's stage production of Beauty and the Beast doing stage makeup and hair for cast members as well as stagehand duties during filming. She also did the makeup for the performance piece I Never Saw Another Butterfly.
Upon receiving the donation, Keli Dunn, Executive Director at Amber Academy, shared: “The funds will be used for materials and supplies for our program and our Spring 2022 musical theatre production, The Wizard of Oz. With more than 80 children already participating in this year’s program, the show is expected to be nothing less than spectacular!”
Thank you, Kimberley and Amber Academy for leading well and inspiring young people to become more creative, productive and confident members of our community.
Our friends at Edward Milne Community School have been working hard in the garden this summer and Island Savings was proud to lend a hand to help their garden grow.

“The Summer Agroecology Work Experience Program was a great success! We hosted 6 students in the school gardens this summer,” shared Ashley Green, EMCS Society Community School Coordinator. “With the generous support of Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union the program was able to purchase equipment to process food, build a farm stand to sell the organic produce to the community, and attend a composting workshop.”

Beyond providing local, fresh, and healthy foods to the schools and community, the gardens help students learn about marketing, selling food, teamwork and connecting with the larger community.

Did you know, Simple Generosity Neighbourhood Grants support a wide range of community programs and projects that create connection and belonging for local communities all across Vancouver Island. To learn more, visit https://www.islandsavings.ca/community-leadersh...
Wow. Shucks. And…thank you! Recently, we asked you to share #CommentsOfKindness for local organizations that do good things in our communities – and you came through! One organization was eligible to receive a $25,000 donation and we’re proud to award that grant to the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society!
"This support from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union will do so much to help Cowichan Valley communities continue to thrive; we're incredibly grateful" says Jan Bate, Executive Director with Cowichan Women Against Violence. “This gift will help to reduce the waitlist for our children’s counselling program so children will get the help they need when they need it. A huge and heartfelt thanks!”
Across BC, we received over 10,800 comments exclaiming your gratitude. For every eligible comment, the First West Foundation donated $25 to the organization mentioned. That means you’ve helped us give $319,675 to 624 CRA registered non-profits!
To learn more about the Island Savings Community Endowment with First West Foundation visit us at firstwestfoundation.ca
Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union and its Simple Generosity program just added another boost of #LearningPotential to our community!

We just donated $3,500 of #LearningPotential to Literacy Now Cowichan Society! Their digital literacy work reaches across our community – from helping seniors feel less isolated (an especially important program during the pandemic) to helping people upgrade their literacy education for employment or newcomers to Canada that area seeking ESL tutoring, Literacy Now is here to help – and we’re thrilled to provide financial support.

“It’s hard to put into words the impact of this donation.” Says Jessica Lewinski, Executive Director of Literacy Now Cowichan. “Through the generosity of donations like this, we are able to keep our programs 100% free and accessible to all. Our deepest and heartfelt gratitude to Island Savings, we are grateful beyond words.”

Island Savings also wants to help further your own #LearningPotential, so visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and these learning potential posts to see how!
Meet Blue Moon! She’s a puppy in training with BC & Alberta Guide Dogs. Jasmin Alexander, an employee at Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union, and her husband currently sponsor Blue Moon so she can go on to become a Guide Dog, Autism or PTSD Service Dog.
As part of First West’s Lead Well program, Jasmin Alexander was selected for a charitable donation award for her volunteerism and made a $500 donation to BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, courtesy of First West Credit Union, in support of other puppies on their journey to changing someone’s life.
“My husband and I chose BC & Alberta Guide Dogs as one of the charities we support, as we believe in their important work,” says Jasmin. “The previous dog we sponsored, Teagan, graduated in May as an Operational Stress Injury/PTSD Service Dog on Vancouver Island.”
Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union and its Simple Generosity program just donated $3,000 of #LearningPotential to the Vancouver Island Regional Library in South Cowichan! Many members of our community will thrive from these funds that are being used to help VIRL install a seasonal affective disorder lamp, purchase studier bags for their home delivery customers and hand out books to trick-or-treaters on Halloween! We're proud to help the Library continue to be a hub of discovery and programming that reaches so many in our community.

Island Savings also want to help further your own #LearningPotential, so visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and these learning potential posts to see how!
Thank you Woodgrove for your community spirit and strong support of our valued food bank partner, Nanaimo Loaves & Fishes!
On September 5, Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union participated in the Woodgrove Block Party – a free family event held at Woodgrove Centre. The team was onsite collecting food and cash donations for the Full Cupboard in support of the Loaves & Fishes Food Bank. In total, 195 kg of food was collected and $5,000 was donated to the Full Cupboard by Island Savings in addition to the other cash donations received that day!
It was the ultimate block party with rides, live music, food, giveaways and fundraising for a good cause.
Donations can still be made online at https://www.foodbanksbc.com/the-full-cupoboard-...
We're committed to giving back to the community!
View the Pledge
499 Canada Ave
Duncan, British Columbia
V9L 1T7
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Arts & Culture

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Financial Literacy

Top employee causes

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Animal Welfare

  • Health & Well-being

  • Environment

  • Youth Development

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Animal Welfare

  • Health & Well-being

  • Environment

  • Youth Development

Organizations our employees volunteer with
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