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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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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

  • Financial Literacy

  • Environment

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Financial Literacy

  • Environment

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
Central Okanagan Community Food Bank
BC Cancer Foundation
First West Foundation
Central Okanagan Hospice Association
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops
Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation
What people are saying about us
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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.

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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!

Stories of our community involvement
For 25 years, First West Foundation has been giving good things back to our communities. We're excited to share #ComentsOfKindness has wrapped with thousands of messages and hundreds of charities highlighted. The charity shout-outs have been nothing short of amazing and inspiring.
Stay tuned for a full list of organizations who will receive a donation through your words of thanks.
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Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
Through our Simple Generosity Program, we heard a story from Robyn in Kelowna how pursuing new and different interests as a family helps them thrive. That inspired us at Valley First to make a $3,000 donation to Building Healthy Families Society! Here’s what they had to say: “Studies and history show that the joy and/or pain in family relationships persists from one generation to the next. Our mission is to preserve, stabilize and strengthen families in our community through education, training and support. We’ve been working with families since 1988 by offering free services and support throughout people’s lives and as they face challenges. Our group and individual assistance helps people with parenting, accessing community services, and dealing with substance abuse in families and its consequence on children. Our Parenting Through Recovery program is an increasing need, and provides positive results, in the community and this donation will help us continue our life-changing program.

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Feeling inspired by Simple Generosity? For information about how you can help support the Building Healthy Families Society, visit buildinghealthyfamilies.ca
The Kelowna Community Fridge have been providing nutritious fresh food for neighbours experiencing food insecurity in Kelowna. Through a SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grant of $500, the Community Fridge was able to purchase food items for the pantry. Thank you, Kelowna Community Fridge, for providing easy access to nutritious food 24/7.
It’s no secret the First West Foundation loves community and we know you do, too! We’re so very happy to announce 15 grants, totaling $122,805 will soon land with charities all over the Okanagan through our Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment grants.
A wrap-around thank you to charities for the incredible work you do supporting your local communities.
Get all the goods and the nitty-gritty details here: https://bit.ly/3vB8v7k
We love our seniors and encourage everyone to share their time and talents to provide awareness and prevention of #elderabuse. Today, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We are pleased to provide funding for senior's programs across our regions.
Earlier this year, the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society received a $9,000 First West Foundation Community Response Fund grant through the Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment supporting their Safe Seniors, Strong Communities outreach program. Last year the project supported 451 seniors with 1,100 grocery deliveries, 5,500 hot meals and over 1,500 wellness calls.
Additionally, the Penticton Seniors’ Drop In Society was a recipient of a $10,000 First West Foundation Community Response Fund grant through the same community endowment connecting isolated seniors with a hot meal and a friendly face.
Serving a hot lunch to anyone in need, every day of the year, is at the heart of The Penticton Community Soupateria Society. And you might not know, the Soupateria, as it is affectionately known, was staffed entirely by an army of over 125 tireless, dedicated volunteers.
With the onset of the global pandemic and the resulting public health measures announced in March 2020 in response to COVID-19, the Soupateria was forced to shut down temporarily. After tremendous community response they re-opened with a skeleton crew of paid employees, shifting from a sit-down dining model to a take-away model, ensuring provincial health orders were being met.
First West Foundation through the Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment was pleased to partner with Soupateria and provided a $10,000 Community Response Fund grant earlier this year to help enable the Society to continue to provide essential community services for vulnerable residents of Penticton.
“A huge thank you to the First West Foundation for the grant of $10,000,” says David Northcott, Treasurer for The Penticton Soupateria Society. “Grants like yours from many community partners have allowed us to weather the storm.“
With a year of COVID-19 restrictions under their belt, Soupateria anticipates returning to their volunteer model by the end of September. They have weathered the storm, indeed.
Awesome news!

Kelowna's own The Local Gift Card is supporting Central Okanagan Food Bank through Feed the Valley 2021. You can buy the gift card online, to use at any of their participating local retailers (there are tons!) and $1 from every $10 in gift cards comes right to helping the Food Bank. Thank you, thank you to Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and The Local Gift Card!

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Additional $10,000 Response Fund grant delivers more hope and hot meals to Penticton Seniors


Building on a 2020 Community Response Fund grant with the Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment, the First West Foundation Fund was able to grant an additional $10,000 to the Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre Society earlier this year. The new injection of funds for the Better at Home program connects isolated seniors with a hot, nutritious meal and a friendly face. With continued support from the Community Response Fund PSDICS continues serving and connecting with seniors in the community.

2020 Funding Impact


When the PSDIC closed in the spring of 2020 because of COVID-19, we realized the hardship that many seniors faced by not being able to attend the Centre on a regular basis. So, with the Better At Home program we devised a plan to stay connected by providing hot, nutritious and affordable meals to those who wanted the service. We began on May 21, 2020 serving just 53 meals. The following week we served 78 meals and by mid-June we were serving 100 meals and we had a waiting list of another 100 people. To be responsive to the obvious need, we expanded to twice a week, 100 meals each serving 200 different seniors. To make this worthwhile endeavour possible we received community support and by mid-September our first $20,000 grant from the Community Response Fund was put into use. With those funds we provided 4,000 meals.
Do you know an outstanding volunteer who’s made an impact in your community?
Through SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Awards, we celebrate community leaders and volunteers who help our communities thrive. Nominate a volunteer and they could be selected to make a $1,000 donation, courtesy of Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, to a charity of their choice.
We’re on a mission to recognize amazing volunteers who are devoted to developing positive and vibrant communities. Complete the online nomination form today! https://www.valleyfirst.com/community-leadershi...
We have the best volunteers at Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union , Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union .

80 Champions of our signature cause programs, Feed the Valley and The Full Cupboard received a special treat last week. Across BC, these great team members raise food, funds and awareness for their local food bank. Since 2010, over $4 million has been raised!

Thanks Champions--your commitment to increasing food security for families across your region is very much appreciated!
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

  • Financial Literacy

  • Environment

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Financial Literacy

  • Environment

Organizations our employees volunteer with
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