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Logo of Island Savings a division of First West Credit UnionIsland Savings a division of First West Credit Union
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...
323 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

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Environment

  • Health & Well-being

  • Youth Development

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Environment

  • Health & Well-being

  • Youth Development

Organizations our employees volunteer with
Our average annual contributions

$1M

Dollars Donated

1K

Hours Logged by Employees

$23K

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
Cowichan Capitals
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley
Parkinson Wellness Projects
Frances Kelsey Dry Grad
Cowichan Success by 6
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
We are so excited about celebrating International Credit Union Day today!
We are the companion charity of First West Credit Union and its brands: Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU, Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union, and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. We couldn't be more passionate about our strong partnership in community - we are beaming with pride!
So today, we stand just a little taller, shout just a little louder as we wish our credit union friends and colleagues across Canada and around the world a very happy International Credit Union Day.
#community #cooperative #icuday #cooperativebanking #creditunion #credituniondifference #dogood #dogoodfeelgood #bettertogether
Proud to help out the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive today which started a week early in my hometown of Duncan. Jennifer Dunstan and I had a great time getting in some exercise while doing some good as we delivered empty bags to neighbourhoods in Duncan, to encourage donations of non-perishable food items for those in need. We were on a mission and really motoring (despite the warm muggy weather) and managed to get all of our bags delivered to the more than 170 residences in an hour and a half. Felt very accomplished! That's with a bit of chit chat with some of the friendly neighbours and their adorable dogs. Got a few dog cuddles in as well! As part of Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union 's Make a Difference Days we had the opportunity to do all of this good during our work day which sure felt awesome!

I'll go back on Saturday with my family and help to pick up the bags and deliver to a sorting station where all the non-perishable food items will be boxed up and then delivered to our local food banks. So happy to see this event back up and running after a more than two year hiatus in many communities due to COVID. Our food banks really need our help right now and this is a great opportunity to give them a lift. Many of our food banks are struggling to keep food on their shelves and with food costs up and supply issues ongoing, there has been an increase in food bank users as well.

If a bag gets dropped at your home (and your able to give) please support the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive and fill your bag with non-perishable food items and leave out at the end of your driveway by 10am for the coming Saturday. Cowichan and Nanaimo are hosting their drives this week, but the event goes province wide next week. Together we can make a difference! No bag dropped off? You can still contribute and drop off donations directly to most food bank locations. Island Savings is also happy to take your non-perishables at any time and has a food bin in each of our branches. Thanks in advance for your support!
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the recent Golf for the Full Cupboard Tournament. The event drew more than 60 golfers for a fun day on the course at Mt. Brenton in Chemainus and raised a total of $2,153. Funds will be divided to support both the Chemainus Harvest Food Bank and Cowichan Valley Basket Society through our signature cause The Full Cupboard. With the food banks' buying power of $1 equal to two meals, the donation will help to generate 4,306 meals for those in need. Special thanks to Jesse Honkanen and our Business Banking Team for all of their work in coordinating the event and to the many volunteers who came out to lend a hand.

The rising cost of living and higher food prices means more people in our communities are struggling and finding it difficult to feed those in their household. You can help with a donation to your local food bank. Non-perishable food items or cash donations can be dropped off at any Island Savings location in person or you can make an online donation at https://www.islandsavings.ca/community-leadersh...
First West Foundation loves our communities and we know you do, too! We’re very happy to announce 20 grants, totaling $199,113 will soon land with charities across the Island through our Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment grants.
Thank you to our grant recipients for the incredible work you do supporting local communities.
For a complete list of charities, grants awarded and a little history, check out: https://bit.ly/3u6CZR2
While I ran the Cobble Hill 12 km trail race, my 18 yr old baby volunteered in the food tent!

Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union
Our Foundation team is energized and happily pounding the pavement to participate in the Workout to Conquer Cancer. We're running, walking, hiking, gardening, chasing our children and playing with the dog - committed to intentional movement for at least 30 minutes every day in May. And we're not alone, many First West Credit Union staffers are doing the same, individually and on teams.
Last week we shared WHY we are participating in the Workout. This week, our small but might team of five is showing you HOW the Fab Fit Five are supporting the Workout to Conquer Cancer.
We are so proud of the two-year, $200,000 First West Credit Union partnership with the BC Cancer Foundation and we’re thrilled to be participating in the Workout to Conquer Cancer Challenge across all four regional divisions:
Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU, Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union.
Colleagues all across First West Credit Union are intentionally moving in May in support of the Workout to Conquer Cancer.
This first week we asked WHY they work out! They are making it personal with so many amazing reasons why: for those who have lost the fight, for those who are fighting, for those who have won, for our family, for our children, for our friends, for ourselves!
We are so proud of the two-year, $200,000 First West Credit Union partnership with the BC Cancer Foundation and we’re thrilled to be participating in the Workout to Conquer Cancer Challenge across all four regional divisions:
Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU
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
This May, join us in the #WorkoutToConquerCancer as we get moving to support BC cancer patients. Our staff will be getting their sweat on throughout the month in support of the 77,000 people facing cancer this year across the province. Plus, all donations made to the First West Credit Union team will be matched up to $10,000 to support our community partners at BC Cancer Foundation to advance cancer research and save lives! https://workouttoconquercancer.ca/participant/2...
To join the Challenge yourself, register today: https://workouttoconquercancer.ca
#WhyIWorkout #WorkoutBC Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
As we wrap up National Volunteer Week, we say thank you to all our amazing First Westers who lead, volunteer and make their communities brighter.
Happy National Volunteer Week!
If you’ve been following along, you learned about fried, poached, and scrambled – egg preferences, that is. We think it aligns with the universe on the final day of our volunteer series, our final spotlight volunteer likes her eggs all the ways!
Staying in the Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union region, we introduce you to Tanya.
Growing up in Parksville, Tanya always wanted to live elsewhere. Now she lives in Nanaimo and wishes she lived in Parksville! Murphy’s Law is often at work in most unusual ways.
Since 2020, Tanya has had a standing-order volunteer shift at Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo every Friday. She began in the warehouse sorting donations and has since moved to the weekly distribution centre where the food recipients come to select their food hamper items.
In a word, volunteering is all about connection for Tanya. Many office workers became remote office workers at the onset of the pandemic. Tanya was no exception, and she began to miss the daily exchanges with her colleagues. “Being a regular at a distribution centre allows me to work with others who have a passion for helping the community,” she shares. “It provided me with that sense of team and connection.”
Connection with the food bank recipients has become equally important as she sees many of the same faces, providing a remarkable opportunity for engagement on a personal level. As Tanya says, “we all thrive on more connection and volunteering makes me feel connected to my community. It feels so good to spend time making a difference and connecting with the recipients, who are always so grateful.”
We asked Tanya if she could have any career, what would she do. Turns out she would run a co-op that provides a community garden, space for a farmer’s market and an education space for teaching essential skills, including a financial literacy component. We think that’s pretty rad.
We see your volunteer heart on full display as you lead well in your community, Tanya. We thank you and celebrate your commitment to and care for your Island neighbours.
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

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Environment

  • Health & Well-being

  • Youth Development

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Environment

  • Health & Well-being

  • Youth Development

Organizations our employees volunteer with
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