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First West Foundation
First West Foundation is the philanthropic arm of First West Credit Union. Our aim is to enhance the communities served by the credit union through effective grant-making. Our m...
200 - 19933 88 Avenue
Langley, British Columbia
V2Y 4K5
Causes we care about

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
The Foundation’s vision is to build a sustainable charity that supports resilient and resourceful communities through effective grant making.
Businesses and organizations that we work with
Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union
Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU
Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society
Stories of our community involvement
Have you heard? We’re turning 25 this year and we’re celebrating! We’re beyond excited to share 2021 marks First West Foundation's 25th Anniversary. Since its inception in 1996, the Foundation has granted more than $7 million to charities across British Columbia. We are truly grateful for the generosity of First West employees across all divisions, our board of directors and members.
Join us on our journey this year as we celebrate the good work of charities, the generosity of our donors and the commitment to our communities.
After an historic year of giving in 2020 when our charitable partners needed us most, we continue to focus on growing partnerships and contributing to meaningful projects to make positive and lasting impact in our communities. 
Learn more here: https://www.firstwestcu.ca/media/fwcu/first-wes...
Phoenix Society’s Mobile Community Kitchen officially hit the road this week to serve free meals to those in need.

The program operates out of a 16-foot food truck, dubbed Phoenix Flame BBQ, providing free community meals to those who are underserved, homeless or at risk of homelessness. The operation has capacity serve up to 100 meals per day up to fives times per week.

The food truck made its first stop on Wednesday (Jan. 20) at SHARE Society’s Port Moody food bank, serving roughly 100 clients as they picked up their food hampers. Pulled pork sandwiches, beef chili and a penne pasta was on the menu during the first day of meal service, and Phoenix’s food truck will return to the food bank this month on Jan. 27. Next up, in February, food service will begin on select days at the Surrey Food Bank’s main distribution site in Newton.

Further partnerships are in the works with front-line social service agencies in the City of Surrey to serve hot meals to those who are unhoused and living in shelters, and Phoenix Society encourages the public to get in touch with us on our social media channels to tell us where else our free meals may be needed.

“It’s incredible to see this project get underway, and to see the overwhelming support behind it,” said Keir Macdonald, CEO of Phoenix Society. “Everyone deserves a hot meal and we are thrilled to be able to help feed those in need during what is a very hard time for us all. Giving back and building community, connection and hope is what we are all about at Phoenix.”

Click to read the full story and to donate: https://www.phoenixsociety.com/news/phoenix-soc...

Phoenix Society would like to thank the many generous sponsors and funding partners that have helped make this project possible including the Envision Financial Community Endowment with First West Foundation, Reaching Home and Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union
Today is World Kindness Day!

First West Foundation and all regions across First West Credit Union, 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 will be sporting their Choose Kindness tees. The purchase of these tees benefits the Langley School District Foundation and its Food for Thought program. Beginning this past June, the LSDF has been providing 650 Langley families with a $50 gift card each week to increase their food security. Help our community by purchasing your t-shirt today https://www.langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com...

Today and every day, let's choose kindness--wave to your neighbour, send someone you love a card, call a friend. Gestures, big or small, can make a meaningful impact on you and those around you!
Do Some Good is so proud to celebrate International Credit Union Week 2020 alongside the amazing Credit Unions we work with!

We're inspired by how deeply rooted community giving is in Credit Union DNA. To celebrate this week and International Credit Union Day, we're excited to welcome SASCU to the Do Some Good family!

“[Credit Union Day] is a day where we recognize the impact Credit Unions have in our community," said Barry Delaney, CEO, SASCU Financial Group. "This year, we are joining Do Some Good to highlight our role as a credit union in strengthening our communities. Our participation in Do Some Good also allows non-profits in our area to join the platform for free!”

If you're a Credit Union, learn how Do Some Good can help you! https://lnkd.in/gzCEf5W.

Thank you to our Credit Union Community Partners!
Prospera Credit Union, Interior Savings, First West Foundation, 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

And more Credit Unions we're proud to support!
SASCU, Fusion Credit Union, FirstOntario Credit Union, Aldergrove Credit Union, Sunrise Credit Union, Tandia Financial Credit Union, Coastal Community Credit Union, G&F Financial Group, Central 1

#CUDifference #ICUDay #creditunion #community
We know you love #community as much as we do! So, with that in mind, we're so pleased to announce our 2020 Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union Employees' Endowment grants. Looking for the nitty-gritty details? For a complete list of charities and grants and a little history, check out: http://bitly.ws/9PGh

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.

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https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/desert...
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.

Growing support for our community


A $500 donation from the Community Help Fund of Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union and First West Foundation is on its way to Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. Learn more about how you can help our community gardens thrive.


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


We envision our community abundant in food, and our culture and economy respectful of our dependence on the earth’s resources for survival. In this time of Covid, it is of even greater importance that our society is able to provide educational programming to help our community provide for itself. Having a healthy local food system and robust urban agriculture can help mitigate the effect of increasing food costs and decreasing availability or selection. Individuals, families and organizations can benefit from all the work that our volunteers do at our 2 community garden sites which are venues for field trips, tours and group participation. Workshops, hands-on volunteer activities and plant sales benefit our community and provide increased capacity in our residents for growing their own food and providing for their friends and families.

We value:

- broad community access to locally-grown, nutritious foods
- community food self-reliance and the preservation of biodiversity in our food plants
- growing, celebrating and sharing food together
- the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources which help people develop food self-sufficiency
- creating inclusive gardens that provide opportunities for maintaining health and healing
- the preservation of agricultural lands and the livelihoods of all people involved in getting food from seeds to our plates
- the conservation of land, water, air, soils, and ecosystems

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https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/nanaim...

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/
Today we celebrate another wave of First West Foundation's Community Response Fund recipients - 18 more to be exact and another $171K going into our community charities on the frontlines of support during this global pandemic. Stay tuned in early July as another wave of grants roll out! Read some of the charity fundraising stories on Do Some Good & check out the link for all of the details: http://bitly.ws/8SRo
200 - 19933 88 Avenue
Langley, British Columbia
V2Y 4K5
Causes we care about

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Poverty

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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