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Island Savings Community Grant
At Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, we aim to enhance our communities for children and families. What better way to do that than by supporting community pr...
Duncan, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

Social Mission
We believe that by supporting local organizations with their programs, projects and initiatives, we are benefitting our future generations and strengthening community bonds.
Stories of our community involvement
Wow - thank you for your support of Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union $50,000 #SimpleGenerosity community grant! There were 5,350 votes from caring individuals like yourself for amazing projects and programs that are happening right here in our communities. We're so proud to be celebrating #Canada150 and the communities and people that make it so great!
We’re delighted to announce Saanich Neighbourhood Place as the winner of Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union $50,000 #SimpleGenerosity community grant! It’s our way of celebrating #Canada150 and reinvesting in the heart of Canadian culture—our local communities. Saanich Neighbourhood Place provides important support services to Island families. They will be transforming the underutilized woodsy space behind G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre into a natural wonderland called “The Little Woods” for very young children to enjoy. As part of the makeover they’ll be removing invasive plant species, adding forts, platforms and other fun play structures, and building perimeter fencing to provide a secure outdoor play area for Victoria families. We can’t wait to see the final result! Thank you to all the organizations that applied for our community grant and all our caring community members who voted. Congratulations to Saanich Neighbourhood Place!
Vote now for Pacific Centre Family Services Association by selecting an emoji below! Winning the $50,000 SimpleGenerosity grant from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union would support the Crime Reduction and Exploitation Diversion Program in the Capital Regional District. The goal of the program is to prevent youth involvement in gang activity by providing targeted intervention and support to youth at high risk of gang involvement, youth displaying gang-related behaviours and youth who are gang-entrenched. Funding is critical to sustainability and building a model with other agencies and institutions in the area to support youth and families in finding safe and healthy ways to manage through the increasing challenges associated with youth gang influences. Thank you for helping us celebrate Canada150 and strengthening our communities with SimpleGenerosity!
Vote now for Wagon Wheel Housing Society Salt Spring Island by selecting an emoji below! Winning the $50,000 SimpleGenerosity grant from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union would support the development of a laundry and shower service on Salt Spring Island. Access to basic services to maintain personal hygiene are fundamental needs for everyone and the only laundromat and public shower in the community closed 15 months ago. Some have resorted to washing their clothes in a tub, and it has impacted the quality of life for many families, seniors and homeless in the community. Thank you for helping us celebrate Canada150 and strengthening our communities with SimpleGenerosity!
Vote now for Salt Spring Island School Gardens by selecting an emoji below! Winning the $50,000 SimpleGenerosity grant from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union would help them expand the garden program at schools across the district. The program teaches children one of life's great lessons - how to grow your own food and have a deeper appreciation for the work it takes to produce the food that we enjoy. They would like to build a greenhouse-classroom, make improvements to already existing gardens and further expand the secondary school’s culinary program. Thank you for helping us celebrate Canada150 and strengthening our communities with SimpleGenerosity!
#SimpleGenerosity Voting is underway!! It's amazing to see First West Credit Union commit $150,000 to our local communities through community grants in the first ever voting campaign on Volinspire! In one day, we have already seen over 2,000 users vote!! Have your voice heard and vote today via the 3 regional pages: 1) Valley First and Enderby & District Community Grant, 2) Envision Community Grant, 3) Island Savings Community Grant
Vote now for SaltSpring Therapeutic Riding Association by selecting an emoji below! Winning the $50,000 SimpleGenerosity grant from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union would help build a new home for the therapy horses. The Therapeutic Riding program promotes the well-being and education of individuals having physical, intellectual or emotional challenges through the development of equine skills and structured programs with horses. The program also provides opportunities for integration, socialization and development of life-skills through equine activities. Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association needs to vacate its current riding facility (pasture, tack room, shelters, riding ring and trails. A new affordable home is needed so this valuable program can continue. Thank you for helping us celebrate Canada150 and strengthening our communities with SimpleGenerosity!
Vote now for Kinette Club Of Lake Cowichan selecting an emoji below! Winning the $50,000 SimpleGenerosity grant from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union would benefit the Kin Duck Pond Revitilization project. For many Lake Cowichan Kin Members the pond is where they took swimming lessons as kids and spent time with family and friends. For some Kin Members it’s where they take their kids or grandkids. But over the years there has been a slow decline in the number of families accessing the Kin Duck Pond due to outdated playground structures, deteriorating bathrooms and a lack of play options for children. Their goal is to create a safe, functional and fun space for children, family and community to gather, play swim and make memories. Thank you for helping us celebrate Canada150 and strengthening our communities with SimpleGenerosity!
Vote now for Cowichan Folk Guild/Islands Folk Festival by selecting an emoji below! Winning the $50,000 SimpleGenerosity grant from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union would assist in expanding their annual festival and provide support to the community through bursary funds and mentorship programs. The Cowichan Folk Guild/Islands Folk Festival are family oriented and volunteers have been the driving force behind the organization for 33 years and counting! Thank you for helping us celebrate Canada150 and strengthening our communities with SimpleGenerosity!
Vote now for SeaChange Marine Conservation Society by selecting an emoji below! Winning the $50,000 SimpleGenerosity grant from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union would support the construction of their Blue Grouse Open Classroom and to purchase the science and audio equipment to support the program. SeaChange Marine Conservation Society is dedicated to education, conservation and restoration of marine ecosystems in partnership with coastal communities in BC. The Blue Grouse program will allow them to expand their environmental programming to increase First Nations participating and will work local educators in the community. Thank you for helping us celebrate Canada150 and strengthening our communities with SimpleGenerosity!
Duncan, British Columbia
Causes we care about

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

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