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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...
306 employees on Do Some Good
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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

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Environment

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Animal Welfare

  • Health & Well-being

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Environment

Organizations our employees volunteer with
Our average annual contributions

$665K

Dollars Donated

5K

Hours Logged by Employees

$119K

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
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley
Port Theatre Society
Cowichan Success by 6
Vancouver Island University
HeadWay Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre
Cowichan Capitals
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
Today is World Kindness Day!

First West Foundation and all regions across First West Credit Union, Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union , Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union , Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union will be sporting their Choose Kindness tees. The purchase of these tees benefits the Langley School District Foundation and its Food for Thought program. Beginning this past June, the LSDF has been providing 650 Langley families with a $50 gift card each week to increase their food security. Help our community by purchasing your t-shirt today https://www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com...

Today and every day, let's choose kindness--wave to your neighbour, send someone you love a card, call a friend. Gestures, big or small, can make a meaningful impact on you and those around you!
Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union was happy to relocate a couple of our printers to their new homes, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley and Literacy Now Cowichan. Big Shout out to our facilities & IT team who organized the move and ensured the printers were ready for our partner non-profit organizations!
Had a wonderful time supporting the great grape pick out in Glenora recently as part of our Annual Make a Difference Days at Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union. Each year we are provided with paid time to give back in our communities and support non-profit initiatives. This year due to COVID our volunteer opportunities were somewhat reduced, so it was great to have an option where we could be outside and socially distancing while still giving back. Vineyard owner Carsten Mildenstein and his family graciously hosted a large crew of us, providing us with a wonderful lunch and donating our wages to benefit The Full Cupboard in support of our island food banks. Our team picked over 9,500 pounds of grapes and our wages of $900 will help to generate more than 2,700 meals for those in need through the buying power of our local food banks. Sure was an awesome day, connecting with nature and more importantly with each other! It was quite emotional for many of us to see our colleagues - many who have been working remotely and we haven't seen in many months. We had perfect weather, and was nice to catch up and talk with everyone, keeping our social distance between the rows of beautiful Bachus and Marechal Foch grapes.
Do Some Good is so proud to celebrate International Credit Union Week 2020 alongside the amazing Credit Unions we work with!

We're inspired by how deeply rooted community giving is in Credit Union DNA. To celebrate this week and International Credit Union Day, we're excited to welcome SASCU to the Do Some Good family!

“[Credit Union Day] is a day where we recognize the impact Credit Unions have in our community," said Barry Delaney, CEO, SASCU Financial Group. "This year, we are joining Do Some Good to highlight our role as a credit union in strengthening our communities. Our participation in Do Some Good also allows non-profits in our area to join the platform for free!”

If you're a Credit Union, learn how Do Some Good can help you! https://lnkd.in/gzCEf5W.

Thank you to our Credit Union Community Partners!
Prospera Credit Union, Interior Savings, First West Foundation, 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

And more Credit Unions we're proud to support!
SASCU, Fusion Credit Union, FirstOntario Credit Union, Aldergrove Credit Union, Sunrise Credit Union, Tandia Financial Credit Union, Coastal Community Credit Union, G&F Financial Group, Central 1

#CUDifference #ICUDay #creditunion #community
Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union is pleased to be sending a $500 SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grant to our friends Cowichan Seniors COmmunity Foundation. Thanks to volunteers like Bob, the Foundation has delivered over 3650 meals to seniors in Duncan.

Have an idea for a community initiative, program or event? Apply on Do Some Good today for a grant of up to $500
Knitting needles were clacking in the early days of #COVID19 as teams across the region and with our partners, Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union and Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union came together to support young parents at @ymcaokanagan. 18 littles received a handmade blanket. Read more about how we make meaningful impact in our community! https://bit.ly/3jnv9uj
Congratulations Amy Ayer! Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union is proud to present you with a $1,000 SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award for your outstanding contributions to CISV Victoria over the past ten years. Amy has been a strong and vital part of CISV over the years; she has grown with the organization and has helped the group grow too.

CISV Victoria wouldn’t be where it is today without Amy’s passion and commitment. She has shown time and time again that there is no excuse not to help! There are many events that could not have taken place without her support, whether it was her cooking for everyone (for free!), supporting with the planning and executing of international camps, training and teaching young leaders in new roles, fundraising for local events and inviting other groups to join us. Amy is a treasure.

Thank you Amy for leading in our community!
Our third wave of Community Response Funds is hitting British Columbia mailboxes with another $121,120 going out to 15 charitable organizations. Since the First West Foundation launched the Response Fund in May, $476,820 has been granted to organizations focused on basic needs and food security in Envision Financial, 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 and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union regions. Combined with annual granting, a total of $1,164,440 has been infused into communities across BC so far this year.

Growing support for our community


A $500 donation from the Community Help Fund of Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union and First West Foundation is on its way to Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. Learn more about how you can help our community gardens thrive.


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We envision our community abundant in food, and our culture and economy respectful of our dependence on the earth’s resources for survival. In this time of Covid, it is of even greater importance that our society is able to provide educational programming to help our community provide for itself. Having a healthy local food system and robust urban agriculture can help mitigate the effect of increasing food costs and decreasing availability or selection. Individuals, families and organizations can benefit from all the work that our volunteers do at our 2 community garden sites which are venues for field trips, tours and group participation. Workshops, hands-on volunteer activities and plant sales benefit our community and provide increased capacity in our residents for growing their own food and providing for their friends and families.

We value:

- broad community access to locally-grown, nutritious foods
- community food self-reliance and the preservation of biodiversity in our food plants
- growing, celebrating and sharing food together
- the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources which help people develop food self-sufficiency
- creating inclusive gardens that provide opportunities for maintaining health and healing
- the preservation of agricultural lands and the livelihoods of all people involved in getting food from seeds to our plates
- the conservation of land, water, air, soils, and ecosystems

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Congratulations to #SimpleGenerosity volunteer recipient from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union, Angela Walmsley. Angela has awarded a $1,000 SimpleGenerosity donation to Nanaimo Community Hospice Society!

Angela, with her dog Hudson, began volunteering with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Unit three years ago and since May 2019, she has volunteered as a Unit Facilitator for the Nanaimo Therapy Dog Program (TDP), facilitating recruitment, evaluation, scheduling, and training for new therapy dog teams.

Angela and Hudson volunteer their time at various places in the Nanaimo community, including the Wexford Extended Care, North Oyster School, Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services, the Nanaimo Hospice Community House, and Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. They also volunteer at Vancouver Island University during exam times and other community events. Together, they provide those in need with a moment of joy, compassion, and companionship, which has helped decrease stress, pain, and improve mental health and quality of life for many of the people they visit.

Angela has selflessly given her time, kindness, and dedication to the TDP in Nanaimo and it has thrived under her leadership. She has been an active volunteer since she began in 2015, logging in close to 1,000 hours.

Thank you for inspiring us Angela!
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

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Environment

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Animal Welfare

  • Health & Well-being

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Environment

Organizations our employees volunteer with
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