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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...
304 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

$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
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Victoria
Chemainus Theatre Festival Society
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley
Parkinson Wellness Projects
Take a Hike Foundation
First West Foundation
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.

Community events
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Golf for the Full Cupboard Golf TournamentAttend Remotely, or in ChemainusMay 29, 8pm - May 30, 3am
Island Savings is proud to be hosting a Golf for the Full Cupboard Tournament on May 29th at the beaut...
Hosted by Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union.
Stories of our community involvement
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.
If you have not heard, we love our First West volunteers and we are celebrating them all week - a little louder than usual. We’re wildly cheering on Canada’s 24 million volunteers with a well-deserved round of applause, too. It’s National Volunteer Week, join us as we celebrate civic minded First Westers and all they do for our communities.
If you’ve been following along, you know. If you haven’t, check out this link to get caught up on your colleagues: https://bit.ly/3EUlibB
Happy National Volunteer Week!
Today we’re travelling even further west to introduce you to Rylee with our Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union team.
As the adage goes, home is where the heart is. And Rylee’s love is the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island where she has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley since 2014. Volunteering with their In-School mentoring program as a role model and friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up within the school environment.
While Rylee began her volunteer journey as an In-School mentor, as an Island Savings Youth Ambassador she had a unique opportunity to participate in the Go Girls! Program as well. Go Girls is a BBBS group mentoring program for tweens, young teens focused on fostering on positive self-image and self-esteem. Continuing to volunteer through the pandemic, these days Rylee does a mix of in person and virtual sessions.
It’s clear Rylee has a volunteer heart. When asked about her ideal job, it would be a teacher in an under-developed country. Running a close second would be building schools in countries that need them as she says, “everyone deserves the right to education, and it would be so meaningful to be able to provide to those in need.” We couldn’t agree more!
One doesn’t have to look far to see Rylee is making a difference. “I love hearing how well my mentee in doing after my time with them,” she shares. “I once had a parent tell me just how much I had helped their daughter grow and how much my mentoring impacted her life.”
Her why? Simple. “Volunteering makes my heart happy and brings me so much joy,” she shares. “I volunteer because I know how important it is to the community and I love seeing the difference that I am making.” We love your why, Rylee and we say thank you for leading well in your community.
#NVW2022 #EmpathyInAction #VolunteersBringHeart
Reflecting on an amazing year of #simplegenerosity in 2021, Salt Spring Literacy received a $3,500 Thriving Minds grant to support two children’s programs: one to support children’s reading in schools and another that provides books to preschool families. Both programs have a great impact on children’s literacy development.
Family Place, a local Salt Spring organization that distributes the free book bags to families shared her experience saying, “I’ve been giving out the beautiful book bags for the past several weeks. They have been received with sheer delight and gratitude. This a wonderful project and the care pouted into making it happen for our families is very evident.”
We couldn’t agree more. Thank you to Salt Spring Literacy for the wonderful work you are doing around children’s literacy.
Reflecting on an amazing year of #simplegenerosity in 2021, Phoenix Elementary School on Salt Spring Island was the recipient of a $5,000 Thriving Minds grant for their School Breakfast program.
With the grant, Phoenix Elementary was able to partner with two Salt Spring Island businesses, Embe Bakery and Barb’s Buns to ensure all 39 students have access to breakfast when they arrive at school each morning. Together, these local businesses provide a variety of daily breakfast items for students including muffins, bread, quiche and lentil and sausage rolls.
Thank you, Phoenix Elementary School, we love how you’re feeding thriving young tummies and minds!
Reflecting on an amazing year of #simplegenerosity in 2021, artsREACH Society received a $3,500 Thriving Families grant supporting artsREACH workshops in Sooke, Saanich and Victoria: encouraging positive social, emotional, and academic benefits in elementary-aged children.
While the grant helps pay for the workshops which include fees for artist-instructors and assistants, travel costs, art supplies, liability insurance, curriculum and teacher guide development, program coordination and marketing, the work of the Society is recognized overall by schools in the Victoria region, sharing the incredible value artsREACH instructors created for their students.
Kudos to you, artsREACH Society for helping students and staff thrive.
Island Savings’ Lead Well donation goes to Raise the Roof at Glenora Farm.

Last year, Krista Brown - an employee at Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union – chose to direct her $500 Lead Well charitable donation award to The Ita Wegman Association’s Glenora Farm. The farm, found just outside of Duncan, is a place where adults with developmental disabilities live, work and learn together with others in the community.

We thought it fitting to share this heartwarming story of giving and thriving today, on World Down Syndrome Day.

When choosing her charity of choice, Krista shared with us her connection to the farm, “My cousin is 23 and has down syndrome. He works at the farm 4 days a week and loves every moment he is there, from the work he does right down to taking his guitar down to the duck pond and playing and singing for them. This farm is great place for people of our community and deserves all the donations we can provide.”

Glenora Farm has directed the funds to their Raise the Roof campaign in efforts to replace the 30-year-old wooden roof on the Big House located on the farm. The Big House is home to residential accommodations for six Companions, a number of workshop spaces, and their administration offices.
A Valentine’s day shout-out to all those who make a difference in their community! The organizations (big and small), the amazing staff, the dedicated volunteers, the big-hearted donors. It takes a village and we thank you for the work you do to help your community thrive!
If you haven’t been told yet today, we love you! And if you have, please add us to your list of admirers!

Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union
Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union
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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