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Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, offers British Columbians throughout the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys innovative products, an extensive branch...
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507 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 6N9
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Social Services

  • Financial Literacy

Top employee causes

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Sports and Recreation

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Sports and Recreation

  • Community and Economic Development

Organizations our employees volunteer with
Our average annual contributions

$698K

Dollars Donated

5K

Hours Logged by Employees

$103K

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
Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops
Kamloops Food Bank
Central Okanagan Community Food Bank
KCR Community Resources
CANSave Enactus Okanagan College
What people are saying about us
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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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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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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
We're celebrating Canada Day and this notable nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union! A big shout out to SimpleGenerosity nominee Carolyn Patrick for supporting our friends Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society.

With a background as a speech language pathologist, Carolyn is certainly valuable at Project Literacy in teaching English pronunciation! Carolyn has worked with 20 individuals from countries around the world including Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey, Madagascar, France and Slovenia.

Carolyn, thank you for inspiring us and helping our community thrive!
Kudos and a notable nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union for the SimpleGenerosity nomination we received for Denise Dickson!

Denise is an avid volunteer with Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society. Denise helps vulnerable seniors learn how to use the internet and mobile devices to become better connected with their families and reduce their fear around the internet and mobile technology.

Thanks for inspiring us Denise and helping our seniors thrive!

If you know a volunteer doing good in your community, nominate them today on Do Some Good; http://bit.ly/2ouTm67
We’re celebrating volunteers this Canada Day with a Notable Nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. Shout out to a SimpleGenerosity nomination we received for Geoff Barrow! Geoff is a long-time volunteer with Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society.

Geoff’s extra-ordinary background gives him special wisdom and insight into situations his learners may be facing. His wisdom and intelligence make him invaluable to Project Literacy.

Geoff, thank you for inspiring us and helping our community thrive!

Know a volunteer doing good in your community? Nominate them today on Do Some Good; http://bit.ly/2ouTm67
Congratulations to SimpleGenerosity volunteer recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Shayne Meechan!

Shayne started volunteering with Green Okanagan in April 2018--she led the creation and founding of the organization and now serves as the Executive Director. Shayne leads sustainable community workshops, hosts discussion nights to spark green conversation, is a member of the Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council (not to mention, she's been asked to join others in the Okanagan!), and continues to seek opportunities for the organization to improve community sustainability further. Shayne also works with the OCCP and TOTA in communications roles for which she spreads her knowledge on ecosystems, her love of nature, and leaving only footsteps when exploring with others.

Shayne spreads Simple Generosity in our community by being a leader for environmentalism and sustainable change for the Okanagan region. Green Okanagan would not exist without Shayne and it would not be thriving as it is today without her continued efforts.
Wednesday afternoon 13 wonderful staff from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union spent 2 hours volunteering at our vegetable plot at Helen's Acres. They weeded, harvested and washed produce, all with a smile on their face and a spring in their step! Thank you all so much for your hard work and for contributing once again to the mission of feeding the valley! With their help we were able to harvest 22 bins of produce!
Helen's Acres Community Farm, Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, The Salvation Army Kelowna, Hands in Service, Karis Support Society Kelowna's Gospel Mission
We've sent out $112,400 to 12 Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union charities with the Valley First Community Endowment. Congratulations again to the successful organizations & thank-you for the amazing work you're doing in our communities. Full details right here: http://bitly.ws/8Rp6

Helping children thrive


The Community Help Fund from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and First West Foundation is sending a donation of $500 to our friends at OSNS. COVID-19 has reduced fundraising opportunities for our charitable partners, please join us and help keep vital programming for children accessible to all who need it.


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The Autism Treatment Program at OSNS has been particularly impacted by the pandemic. Because this program operates exclusively on a billing model per treatment session, revenue has been lost and we are struggling to retain our expert team of clinicians and interventionists. Our autism intervention program supports many families with children diagnosed with autism throughout the South Okanagan. This program extends from children aged 24 months to youth. The program not only helps children learn vital activities of daily living such as feeding, toileting, walking and talking but also provides excellence in care for the development of social emotional and social communication skills - we focus on helping children make and keep connections. And it is those connections that are the basis of loving relationships - within families and with friends. These attachments translate to confidence and participation in school and community activities. The South Okanagan Community has been long time supporters of paediatric rehabilitation at OSNS. We need them now more than ever.

Donate


https://www.osns.org/
We're sending blankets and teddies to our friends YMCA of Okanagan Young Parents Program! COVID19 restrictions on volunteer opportunities kickstarted a virtual volunteer role for our team members Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. Employees from our regional partners, Envision Financial and Island Savings jumped in too and created blankets filled with love for 16 children.

Children & families at core of DragonFly Pond Family Society


The impacts of COVID-19 has limited charities like DragonFly Pond Family Society’s ability to raise funds to support local children and families.

First West Foundation and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, through its Community Help Fund, is helping to kickstart a $5,000 fundraising goal with a grant for $500. Learn more about this family-focused charity and how you can help.


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DragonFly Pond Family Society was initiated in January 2000 by a small group of parents/health care workers, and child development specialists. It has been determined that children with complex care needs and/or disabilities and their families in the South Okanagan need support in a variety of ways. In response to these needs, the goals of Dragonfly Pond Family Respite are to provide coordinated services that will:

Enhance existing programs by coordinating services and programs in a way that creates links and partnerships that will support the promotion of healthy families and strengthen support services for families.
Reduce isolation, burn out and crisis within families by providing a range of support services.
Provide community-based programs within each geographic centre to strengthen support at the community level.
Increase community awareness and involvement through volunteerism, in-kind contributions and financial support.
Reduce the need for more costly care and services through a preventative focus.
We need to raise $5000 to replace the Annual Spring Fundraiser that we normally run in May that includes a Burger and Beer night, live music, 50/50 and a silent auction. We were unable to host it this year, and will most likely not be able to run it in the next 8 months due to limits to the number of people attending a function.

Donate


https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/6365

Discovery House supporting local families


We're excited to launch the Community Help Fund, a community initiative of Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and First West Foundation. The Fund is designed to help local charities raise awareness and funds needed to support their programs and services.

In recognition of Father’s Day and the commitment #Discovery House gives to our dads, we’re donating $500 to their Family Fun event!


Tell us about your charity and how the community can help your organization


Operated by the Penticton Resource Recovery Society (PRRS), Discovery House offers three supportive living recovery homes in Penticton. Discovery House has been helping men to find their path to recovery from drug & alcohol addiction since 2007 and have helped over 500 men change their lives and be restored to their families and communities as productive members of society.​

Discovery House offers a peer based, holistic recovery approach employing a 12 step philosophy combined with Life Skills training along with the most up to date evidence based treatments. Peer support and Community Involvement are the cornerstones of our program. We a 90 day treatment program followed by open ended individual recovery programming that and lifetime alumni support. The supports offered to our clients include: addiction recovery services, housing and food supports, medical and mental health support, community advocacy, education, employment and family reconciliation.

We subsidize approximately 75% of client care costs in most cases and do this mainly through grants, generous community donors and fundraising events. Our upcoming Family Fun on Father's Day event will be taking place this year as a Facebook Live event and we're looking for event sponsors and dunk tank participants.

Interested parties can contact Jerome at 250-462-1388 prrs@shaw.ca or donate through our Canada Helps page (link provided below)

To learn more about us check out our website at: www.discoveryhouserecovery.com

Donate


https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/penticton-recovery-resource-society/
We're committed to giving back to the community!
View the Pledge
507 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 6N9
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Social Services

  • Financial Literacy

Top employee causes

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Sports and Recreation

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Sports and Recreation

  • Community and Economic Development

Organizations our employees volunteer with
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