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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
Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union
Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society
Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society
Stories of our community involvement
The fourth wave of First West Foundation 2021 Community Response Fund funding is about to drop. Join us as we celebrate an additional $110,800 set to arrive in communities across British Columbia with a dozen additional grants going out to organizations making such a meaningful impact during COVID-19.
Looking for more details on this wave of grantees and the previous ones as well? Look no further! Be sure to check out the link below for all of the Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment, Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment and Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment recipients so far in 2021: https://bit.ly/3a5Io0E
The third wave of First West Foundation 2021 Community Response Fund funding has hit the streets. We celebrate an additional $81K landing in communities across British Columbia with 10 more grants sent out to organizations making such a meaningful impact during COVID-19.
Curious about this wave of grantees and the previous ones? Be sure to check out the link for all of the Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment, Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment recipient details: https://bit.ly/3uhhACl
Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union & Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU region friends, funding is still available, please visit https://bit.ly/3c5BjgA to apply.

Nourish Cowichan gets added boost from Foundation Community Response Fund


With the help of a second $10,000 grant from the First West Foundation Community Response Fund, Nourish Cowichan is currently serving over 16 schools in the Cowichan Valley, supplementing breakfasts, doing lunches & snacks for youth-at-risk in local schools. They also help provide 400+ weekend grocery bags to children to take home on Fridays. Pivoting during COVID-19, the Society delivered 6,200+ hampers to children & families from March to August.

Food security remains top of mind at Discovery House with second $6,000 response fund grant.


Proud to grant another $6,000 to Penticton Recovery Resource Society (Discovery House) this year through our First West Foundation Community Response Fund to bolster food resources & training for clients to ensure food security as part of their Discover Healthy Living program. Clients & alumni share their labour, resources, garden harvests & expertise with other non-profits, seniors & families in the community.
Read the 2020 funding impact from Discovery House and the amazing work they're doing in Penticton.

2020 Funding Impact


The funds were used to provide equipment, training, and supplies necessary for clients to participate in gardening and nutritious food preparation groups. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we experienced a 75% reduction in food donations but the funding from this grant covered the majority of that gap. This allowed us to fulfill our mandate to provide our clients with nutritious food options, to enhance our clients' recovery with real life skills training that clients took with them upon their transition to independent living and employment. It also fostered community connection between participants including our clients, the volunteer community gardeners, our guest chefs, and even the volunteer drivers that took participants grocery shopping. Even though some of this connection was done through technology aided meetings we were able to adapt the program and focus on optimal delivery rather than seeking resources, due to in large part to the funding we received from Valley First.
First West Foundation is here for you & our communities. We know charities continue to struggle with significant economic impacts caused by COVID-19 & we're pleased to provide a $5,000 grant from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union & the First West Foundation Community Response Fund to further the efforts of Abbotsford Hospice Society in providing much needed grief support to families.
COVID-19 has escalated the intensity and demand for such support as many people cannot attend funerals or visit their dying loved ones due to pandemic restrictions; making the grief process much harder and increasingly complex. This grant will enable the Society to purchase laptops and tablets as they continue to provide virtual services where individuals and families can share their grief stories, support one another and make vital connections within the community to further healing and improve well-being.
Today we celebrate the second wave of First West Foundation's Community Response Fund recipients - 14 more to be exact and another $130,500 going into our community charities on the frontlines of support during the ongoing global pandemic.
Curious about this wave of grantees? Be sure to check out the link for all of the Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment, Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment recipient details: https://bit.ly/3ty2JDb
Stay tuned for all the excitement as we share the good in our communities and the funds and programs helping those in need.
We are here to support you. Missed the first few waves? Fear not, there is still time to apply for the Community Response Fund: https://bit.ly/3c5BjgA

Stay tuned, later this month another wave of grants will roll out!
Is your organization looking for funding? First West Foundation is here to lift-up our #communities with the $500,000 Community Response Fund designed to support local charities through the ongoing #COVID19 pandemic in all regions: Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union, Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU and Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union.
The first wave has been distributed and the second will go out next week but funds are still available. Find out more about this year’s Community Response Fund or to apply today visit: http://bit.ly/3rknSiZ
We're back and pleased to announce a new, first wave of First West Foundation's Community Response Fund granting for 2021. We are here to support you. Missed the first wave? Fear not, there is still time to apply: https://bit.ly/3c5BjgA
Stay tuned for all the excitement as we share the good in our communities and the funds and programs helping those in need. Curious about the first wave of grantees? Read some of the charity stories on Do Some Good & be sure to check out the link for all of the grantee details: https://bit.ly/3sQdQXz

Helping to sow food security, Foundation plants $10K in SD#64 school gardens


First West Foundation is here for you & our communities. We know charities continue to struggle with significant economic impacts caused by COVID-19 & we're pleased to provide a $10,000 grant from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union & First West Foundation Community Response Fund to further the efforts of Gulf Islands SD#64 building Island food security & community resilience through active school gardens.
On Wednesdays we wear pink! Happy #PinkShirtDay from your First West Foundation team! Bullying stops with each of us and today we spread more kindness, celebrate more connection and stand up to bullying. #lifteachotherup
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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