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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
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union
Envision Financial, 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
Your words of thanks filled us with gratitude! We asked you to share #CommentsOfKindness for the local organizations that do good things in our communities – and you came through! One charity was eligible to receive a $25,000 donation and we’re proud to award this grant to the Penticton Recovery Resource Society (Discovery House)!
“Wow, we thank you so much. We are trying to build a carriage house and this funding will be a great start towards construction” says Jerome Abraham Discovery House’s Executive Director. “Many people are on our waitlist for long-term care housing that will support their mental health. For us, recovery is about keeping a community connection, and we rely on support from organizations like Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, so thank you so much.”
Across BC, we received over 10,800 comments exclaiming your gratitude. For every eligible comment, the First West Foundation donated $25 to the organization mentioned. That means you’ve helped us give $319,675 to 624 CRA registered non-profits!
To learn more about the Valley First Community Endowment, please visit firstwestfoundation.ca
#CommentsOfKindness was a huge success! Across BC, we received over 10,800 comments exclaiming your gratitude. For every eligible comment, the we donated $25 to the organization mentioned. That means you’ve helped us give $319,675 to 624 CRA registered non-profits!
One organization was eligible for a $25,000 and we’re proud to award that grant to Archway Community Services!
“This sizeable contribution enhances our ability to fulfill our vision of 'justice, opportunities and equitable access for all,” says Rod Santiago, Archway Community Services’ Executive Director. “Our 90+ programs and services provide vital support to an array of people – from kids and families to seniors, newcomers, persons of Indigenous background, as well as people who are unhoused, dealing with mental health and/or developmental disabilities. Our huge ‘thank-you’ to Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union and the First West Foundation for their tangible and active participation in building a strong community!”
To learn more about the Envision Financial Community Endowment and First West Foundation visit firstwestfoundation.ca
Wow. Shucks. And…thank you! Recently, we asked you to share #CommentsOfKindness for local organizations that do good things in our communities – and you came through! One organization was eligible to receive a $25,000 donation and we’re proud to award that grant to the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society!
"This support from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union will do so much to help Cowichan Valley communities continue to thrive; we're incredibly grateful" says Jan Bate, Executive Director with Cowichan Women Against Violence. “This gift will help to reduce the waitlist for our children’s counselling program so children will get the help they need when they need it. A huge and heartfelt thanks!”
Across BC, we received over 10,800 comments exclaiming your gratitude. For every eligible comment, the First West Foundation donated $25 to the organization mentioned. That means you’ve helped us give $319,675 to 624 CRA registered non-profits!
To learn more about the Island Savings Community Endowment with First West Foundation visit us at firstwestfoundation.ca
Take a tour and learn more about the Kamloops Pregnancy Care Centre, a recent award recipient of a Valley First Community Endowment grant of $10,025.
Kamloops Pregnancy Care Centre’s Holistic Wellness Initiative—a mom’s support group—fosters personal growth with peer mentors helping moms set goals and create action plans for their family’s future.
“Our goal is to build skills and resiliency so that families can move from surviving to thriving…Your donation is giving hope and healing to women and families in our community.”
On behalf of the First West Foundation and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, thank you for all you do. We also believe that when families thrive, communities thrive.
Are you a charitable organization that could benefit from a grant? Expressions of Interest are now being accepted for the 2022 grant cycle. Follow the link for information on how to apply- https://firstwestfoundation.ca/content/apply-grant
We’re excited about the recent $17,893 capacity grant awarded to Enderby & District Community Resource Centre from the Enderby Financial Community Endowment.
“THANK YOU so much to First West Foundation for allowing us to keep our Community Support Worker on staff!” says Lorna Fothergill, Executive Director at Enderby & District Community Resource Centre. “[Our] Community Support Worker has been active helping with housing searches, application forms like CERB and rental subsidies, referrals to funded helpful services in the North Okanagan, and various resources we gather on hand here to support clients, plus much much more.”
Are you a charitable organization that could benefit from a grant? Expressions of Interest are now being accepted for the Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU’s 2022 grant cycle. Follow the link for information on how to apply- https://firstwestfoundation.ca/content/apply-grant
We were proud to provide a $10,025 Island Savings Community Endowment grant to Clements Centre Society for their Family Navigator program. This free, confidential service for families of children with special needs, supports their access to the myriad of programs and services available to their specific situation. The Navigators use their experience and knowledge to assist with planning, problem solving, education and empowerment.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Island Savings Community Endowment our Family Resource Navigator can support parents and children across the Cowichan region to truly thrive by providing support, resources and a compassionate presence during stressful times.”
Are you a charitable organization that could benefit from a grant? Expressions of Interest are now being accepted for the Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union’s 2022 grant cycle. Visit the First West Foundation’s website for information on how to apply- https://firstwestfoundation.ca/content/apply-grant
“Thanks to the Valley First Community Endowment we are able to offer our caregivers one-on-one support, clinical counselling, a respite program, a group peer support program as well as access to online resources and selfcare planning,” says Samantha Monk, Prevention & Education Coordinator at BrainTrust Canada Association.
The First West Foundation was proud to award BrainTrust Canada a 2021 Valley First Community Endowment grant of $10,025 for their Caregiver Support Program. The program supports the caregivers of loved ones diagnosed with acquired brain injury in the Central Okanagan. Caregiving burnout is common as caregivers often struggle to find balance for themselves and care for their loved ones.
Are you a charitable organization that could benefit from a grant? Expressions of Interest are now being accepted for the Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union’s 2022 grant cycle. Follow the link for information on how to apply- https://firstwestfoundation.ca/content/apply-grant
You’re pawtastic BC & Alberta Guide Dogs!
This year, the First West Foundation was proud to provide a $15,025 grant to BC & Alberta Guide Dogs in support of their Autism Service Dog Program which matches professionally trained dogs to children ages 3-10.
“Thanks to the support of the Envision Financial Community Endowment grant, puppies like Bailey and Maggie are able to become life changing dogs for children with autism and their families, and to communities we serve,” says Matthias Lenz, Puppy Training Manager at BC & Alberta Guide Dogs.
Are you a charitable organization that could benefit from a grant? Expressions of Interest are now being accepted for the Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union’s 2022 grant cycle. Follow the link for information on how to apply- https://firstwestfoundation.ca/content/apply-grant
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
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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