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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
Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU
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
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society
Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society
Stories of our community involvement
Spent a wonderful morning with our friends at Phoenix Society as they broke ground on Surrey’s newest Community Garden adjacent to the Society's Social Innovation Centre. The Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment with First West Foundation have committed $100,000 to the project over four years to support with ongoing operating funds required to maximize the garden’s potential.
The Community Garden project will be a mixed used garden with 22 planters, fruit producing trees, a children’s space, harvest table and paved flex space. The garden will partner with local charities Surrey Food Bank , Surrey Urban Mission, Coast Mental Health, City Dream Centre and 99 Nursery.
The site’s grand opening is anticipated for early this fall. We can’t wait to see the magic grow in this joint collaboration effort with Phoenix Society, the City of Surrey and First West Foundation.
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.
Envision Financial, 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
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
First West Foundation and Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union were thrilled to provide a $15,000 donation to Ridge Meadows Senior Society to help them continue to provide nutritious meals to seniors through their four categories of food service programs.
“We currently support the nutritional needs of just under 1,000 seniors multiple times per week," says Maria Perretta, executive director of RMSS. "Healthy eating is a key part of aging well, maintaining independence and sustaining quality of life. This funding couldn’t have come at a better time!”
Celebrating over 20 years in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, Ridge Meadows Senior Society has been serving local seniors since 1999. Learn more and support their programs by making a donation today: https://bit.ly/2W2mRSm
First West Foundation loves our communities, we don't hide it! And we know you do, too! So, with that in mind, it gives us great pleasure to announce our 2021 Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment grants.
We’re sending out $488K to 38 charities across the region. Congratulations again to the successful recipients and a heartfelt thank you for the amazing work you continue to carry in our communities.
For a complete list of charities, grants awarded and a little history, check out: https://bit.ly/2SxCAaJ
The First West Foundation is thrilled to be sending out $123,550 to 14 Island charities through our Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment grants. We know you love community and so do we!
Kudos again to the successful recipients and gratitude-filled thanks for the work you continue to champion in your communities.
The full nitty-gritty details are right here: https://bit.ly/35vzdUp
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
The First West Foundation is pleased to be sending out a trio of grants to Enderby through our Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU, Community Endowment.
Small but mighty, Enderby is all about community spirit and support and we salute the work you continue to do. $28,943 will be landing in mailboxes throughout the community soon.
Looking for details and a little more information? Check it out right here: https://bit.ly/3gx6tAT
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.
Earlier this year, the Oak Bay Volunteer Services Society was a recipient of a $10,000 First West Foundation Community Response Fund grant through the Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment connecting isolated seniors with a friendly face.
Today, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We love our seniors and encourage everyone to share their time and talents to provide awareness and prevention of #elderabuse. We are pleased to provide funding for senior's programs across our regions.
Additionally, Silver Threads Service received a $10,000 #First West Foundation Community Response Fund grant through the same community endowment as they continue to support Victoria seniors isolated at home with social connection through meal delivery.
Today, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We love our seniors and encourage everyone to share their time and talents to provide awareness and prevention of #elderabuse. We are pleased to provide funding for senior's programs across our regions.
Earlier this year, Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors was a recipient of a $6,000 First West Foundation Community Response Fund grant through the Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union Community Endowment supporting the training of specialized senior peer counsellors.
Additionally, the Seniors Services Society of BC received a $20,000 First West Foundation Community Response Fund grant, through the same endowment supporting a part-time navigator to help vulnerable seniors with digital access, resources and assistance.
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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