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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

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Environment

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Environment

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
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops
PacificSport Okanagan
Critteraid Animal Sanctuary
CANSave Enactus Okanagan College
Kamloops Food Bank
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
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

Supporting our community


Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and First West Foundation are pleased to send a $500 donation to Desert Valley Hospice Society to kickstart their fundraising activities. Join us and donate today!

Name of Charity


Desert Valley Hospice Society

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


Desert Valley Hospice Society is committed to supporting excellence in the delivery of hospice palliative care and end-of-life services for residents of the communities of Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls. The goal of end of life care is the same regardless of setting: to ensure the best possible quality of life for clients and their families. ​Supporting people so that they can have a 'good finish' is our key priority. Desert Valley Hospice Society’s mission is to make the journey a little easier for anyone with a life-limiting illness. Our programs and services are not simply intended for those very near death; anyone with any life-limiting condition, as well as the individual’s family is welcome to access our support services. These services include grief and bereavement support, palliative massage, companionship, grief support and the weekly Supportive Care Day Program. Our various events supported by the generous donations from our communities are used to help further our programming and mission.

Donate


https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/desert...
An outstanding volunteer with Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society since 2006, Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union is proud to recognize Alex Carr with a $1,000 SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award!

A retired math and physics educator, Alex generously contributes hundreds of hours, teaching learners English, math and physics; his expertise and passion for education is invaluable to our organisation. In addition to his time spent as a volunteer tutor (5 days a week), Alex is a past board member and board president of Project Literacy.

Alex is certainly a volunteer that spreads Simple Generosity throughout our community every day of the week!

Congratulations Alex and thank you for leading in our community!
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union is sending high 5’s and kudos to SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award recipient Bryon Johnstad!

Byron has been volunteering as an English tutor with Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society for more than five years. He has helped many new comers to Kelowna improve their literacy skills so they have a better opportunity for a successful life in Canada.

Byron is an exceptional person--kind and caring and always doing something extra for his Learners. Byron also volunteers at many Project Literacy fundraising events and he often donates holiday decor to the Learning Centre, which he makes himself; drawing on his Masters in Fine Arts degree!

Thank you Byron for being an outstanding person and volunteer!
United Way Southern Interior BC announced today the recipients of a new grant stream designed to address the emerging and sustainability needs of charities dealing with COVID-19. United Way partnered with Interior Savings, the Community Foundations of the North and South Okanagan, and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, to provide funding for six recipients of the Sustainable Recovery Grant.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the charitable sector and this funding stream will provide entrepreneurial coaching and support for charities, focused on building sustainability and resilience in four areas: operations, people, impact and revenue.

Congrats to all 2020 RECIPIENTS:
HOPE Outreach (Kelowna & Vernon)
IndigenEYEZ (entire Okanagan)
Kelowna Women’s Shelter
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project (Kelowna & Penticton)
South Okanagan Recope Society (Summerland)
Vernon and District Association for Community Living: Venture Training
Read the entire media release: https://unitedwaysibc.com/srg_recipients_announ...
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.
Congratulations to SimpleGenerosity recipient Bob Terry for his outstanding community leadership. Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union is proud to make a $1,000 donation in Bob’s name to the Keremeos Seniors Activity Centre.

Bob is an amazing community leader, spending hours volunteering at the Senior Centre helping out with computer education, training and repairs. Bob also spends his time with the Keremeos Garden Club looking after the hanging flower baskets on Main Street and flower beds in front of the Visitors Centre.

He recently donated his time and materials to make new May Poles for the local school. Seeing what was left of old maypoles, looking at pictures online, and using his own ingenuity, Bob created two brand new maypoles and donated them to the school!

Thank you, Bob for your generosity to your neighbourhood and the Village of Keremeos.

Feeding our community


Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and First West Foundation are pleased to send along a $500 donation from the Community Help Fund to our friends Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society. Join us and help our community have increased access to fresh fruit and vegetables.


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


The Okanagan Fruit Tree Project has been cultivating community through local food since 2012. Our food security organization runs programs to help alleviate hunger, reduce food waste, and provide a safe and non-stigmatizing opportunity for anyone in our community to participate in and learn about our local food system. Through our farming program our volunteers grow delicious vegetables and herbs. Through our gleaning program our volunteers harvest produce like fruits, vegetables, and sometimes nuts that would otherwise be wasted from farms, orchards and backyards in the Okanagan. The produce harvested through both our programs are shared with over 50 schools and social service agencies in the Central and South Okanagan! Children, youth, seniors, people with health conditions or a diversability, new immigrants, single-parent families and more all benefit from increased access to healthy fruits and vegetables. Our volunteers get to experience a healthy, fun, inclusive, educational experience and they get to take home some of the harvest. It's a win-win-win for all involved!

This year, access to healthy fruits and vegetables is more important than ever as more people in our community find themselves without enough money to buy food. Each dollar donated helps us grow or glean at least three pounds of produce to share among some of the most vulnerable people in our community! Your donation causes a ripple effect in that it also helps out all the agencies and schools we support because they are able to stretch their food programming budgets further which means they can do more as well. Farmers and orchardists who often face financial challenges receive a tax receipt for their large produce donations which means any impacts from a tough growing season are partially reduced. This means that your financial donation supports a lot of different people and organizations in your community. Talk about bang for your buck!


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https://fruittreeproject.com/donate/
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 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

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Environment

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Environment

Organizations our employees volunteer with
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