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Logo of Valley First, a division of First West Credit UnionValley First, a division of First West Credit Union
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, offers British Columbians throughout the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys innovative products, an extensive branch...
348 employees on Do Some Good
We're committed to giving back to the community!
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184 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
V2A 8G7
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Social Services

  • Financial Literacy

Top employee causes

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Environment

  • Financial Literacy

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Environment

  • Financial Literacy

Organizations our employees volunteer with
Our average annual contributions

$1M

Dollars Donated

835

Hours Logged by Employees

$16K

Monetary Equivalent of Hours

Social Mission
Our social, environmental and people practices are integral to strengthening our communities and ensuring that in years to come, our credit union, our members and employees, live, work and play in a healthy and sustainable community.
Some of the organizations we support
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops
Festivals Kelowna
CANSave Enactus Okanagan College
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops
Critteraid Animal Sanctuary
What people are saying about us
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Jason RanchouxJA British Columbia

A number of Valley First staff have supported us this Fall with our Financial Literacy programs. All the volunteers from Valley First are awesome! Smart, committed, and well-prepared to make a difference in our local community for Okanagan-area teens. JABC is proud to have such a great support from Valley First employees, we always look forward to seeing them in the classroom!

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Casey HamiltonOkanagan Fruit Tree Project Society

Valley First is a wonderful community-minded organization with wonderful staff. We have had the pleasure of receiving their support to achieve our mission of cultivating community through local food. Their support has helped us continue to ensure that more people in the Okanagan access healthy fruits and vegetables, that less food is wasted, and that more people are connected to their local food system. Thanks to them, we were able to provide more opportunities for a meaningful and inclusive volunteer experience. How wonderful to be able to mobilize some of the most vulnerable people in our community to take part in a healthy community activity! Thank you so much for all that you do Valley First!

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Campaign ManagerCanada150

It is great to see a Good Company, such as Valley First, 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 Valley First for their contributions to building a stronger and more connected community.

Stories of our community involvement
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union just made a $25,000 donation to Community Futures North Okanagan, but how does $25,000 help them be #GoodForBusiness?

Well, their aim is to point their clients in the right direction. They provide support for every type, stage, and sector of business on topics ranging from HR to operations, marketing to financials. They offer many programs and services to fulfil the business needs they see in our communities. Like their Momentum Business Accelerator programed that helps female entrepreneurs take charge of their own business.

CFNO also told us the most important thing business can do to thrive is to implement comprehensive hiring and labour retention strategies. That’s why they’re creating their HR Tool-Kit for their clients to use in recruiting and retaining the best people possible. CFNO also wants to convert the HR Tool-Kit to in person and virtual individual training modules to help small businesses and entrepreneurs in our community thrive!

All these are reasons why we decided to show Community Futures our Simple Generosity with a $25,000 donation! At Valley First we’re passionate about keeping a good thing growing. This donation will go towards CFNO’s development and implementation of their “HR Tool-Kit” for their clients to use and help their businesses thrive!
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
Your words of thanks filled us with gratitude! We asked you to share #CommentsOfKindness for the local organizations that do good things in our communities – and you came through! One charity was eligible to receive a $25,000 donation and we’re proud to award this grant to the Penticton Recovery Resource Society (Discovery House)!
“Wow, we thank you so much. We are trying to build a carriage house and this funding will be a great start towards construction” says Jerome Abraham Discovery House’s Executive Director. “Many people are on our waitlist for long-term care housing that will support their mental health. For us, recovery is about keeping a community connection, and we rely on support from organizations like Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, so thank you so much.”
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 Valley First Community Endowment, please visit firstwestfoundation.ca
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and its Simple Generosity program just added another boost of #LearningPotential to our community!

We just donated $3,000 of #LearningPotential to John Allison Elementary, Vermillion Forks Elementary and Princeton Secondary! At each school, these Simple Generosity donations will help supply students with supplies, clothing and nutrition so they are prepared to thrive in class. Upon hearing the news, Principal Sandee Blair of John Allison Elementary had this to say: “We can normally provide our kids with the basics, but this generous gift will help us give all the extra supplies they need to succeed. This is so important and helpful, and wonderful news for our children. Thank you for the good things you’re doing for our school and community!”

Valley First also wants to help further your own #LearningPotential, so visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and these learning potential posts to see how!
It's one of my favourite times of the year as Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union launches our 14th annual Make a Difference Days! This year to help keep our employees and communities safe, we've introduced a bundle of virtual volunteer opportunities team members can participate with.

Included is the Terry Fox Run--run, jog, hike, walk the dog, ride your bike-the options are endless, the result is the same. Get your body moving and a donation will be made to the Terry Fox Foundation!

I crushed my Sunday workout, hiking almost two miles on my treadmill! The incline was steep but at the end, the virtual hike in Lake Tahoe was beautiful.
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and its Simple Generosity program just donated $3,000 of #LearningPotential to the Okanagan Regional Library in Armstrong! With these funds, local children will continue to have access to digital learning through their science, technology, engineering, arts, and math programming (STEAM). These skills, taught through self-motivated learning and collaboration, enable young people to build critical thinking and problem-solving abilities – and we’re happy to provide $3,000 to help them thrive!

Valley First also wants to help further your own #LearningPotential, so visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and these learning potential posts to see how!
SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood grants continue to help our communities thrive. Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union was pleased to award a $500 grant to the Joy Committee – a group of Winners/Homesense staff dedicated to spreading positivity wherever they can.
“We decided that we would like to extend our Joy into the community and help lift the spirits of some of our seniors,” says Cheryl Gill, Joy Ambassador. “[Seniors] have been isolated for so long without the opportunity to see the people who mean the most to them.” 75 seniors at the Trinity Care Centre in Penticton were in for a surprise when they received a fun kit which contained a puzzle book, a pen, candy, tissue and a handwritten note.
If you are organizing a local initiative/event or know an outstanding volunteer doing great things in your community, let us know! To learn more about Simple Generosity, visit https://www.valleyfirst.com/community-leadershi...
Take a tour and learn more about the Kamloops Pregnancy Care Centre, a recent award recipient of a Valley First Community Endowment grant of $10,025.
Kamloops Pregnancy Care Centre’s Holistic Wellness Initiative—a mom’s support group—fosters personal growth with peer mentors helping moms set goals and create action plans for their family’s future.
“Our goal is to build skills and resiliency so that families can move from surviving to thriving…Your donation is giving hope and healing to women and families in our community.”
On behalf of the First West Foundation and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, thank you for all you do. We also believe that when families thrive, communities thrive.
Are you a charitable organization that could benefit from a grant? Expressions of Interest are now being accepted for the 2022 grant cycle. Follow the link for information on how to apply- https://firstwestfoundation.ca/content/apply-grant
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union through First West Foundation's Simple Generosity program just donated $5,000 of #LearningPotential to Hope for the Nations – “Food for Thought!” When school children have access to breakfast, their school performance, learning potential, and ability to thrive grows by leaps and bounds! That’s why we’re donating $5,000 from our Simple Generosity Program to Hope for the Nations – “Food for Thought” and making it easier for every child in our community to have a healthy start to their day, every day.

“Food for Thought is pleased to partner with Valley First to help local children thrive!” Says Cheryl Hoffman, Food for Thought Program Coordinator. “This generous donation gives so many children the chance to move from poverty to possibility.”

Valley First also want to help further your own #LearningPotential, so visit our Facebook and Instagram pages and these learning potential posts to see how!
We’re proud to share since January 2021, more than $81,000 has been raised for Feed the Valley. That's the equivalent of 243,000 meals for children and families in our communities!

Thank you to Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union’s employees and members for supporting our local food banks through their generous donations and fundraising efforts. (Pictured) In June, Penticton employees held a Shred It event, raising $3,228 along with two carts full of non-perishable food items for the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank.

Donate today and help us help our community, visit https://www.foodbanksbc.com/feed-the-valley
We're committed to giving back to the community!
View the Pledge
184 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
V2A 8G7
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Social Services

  • Financial Literacy

Top employee causes

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Environment

  • Financial Literacy

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Environment

  • Financial Literacy

Organizations our employees volunteer with
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