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#SimpleGenerosity is a year-long campaign of Envision Financial, Enderby & District Financial, Island Savings and Valley First, all divisions of First West Credit Union. We're c...
Extra informationSimpleGenerosity volunteer nominations are ongoing and can be submitted throughout 2019.
Nominated volunteers and the non profit or charitable organizations must be located in a community where First West Credit Union operates.
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We're wheeling into some fun with YMCA of Okanagan! They're a recipient of a #SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grant from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. The grant is being used to purchase scooters and a wagon for the kids at Queen's Park YMCA Child Care in Penticton! Currently they don't have any scooters or bikes that belong to the centre; everything is borrowed from the Penticton Child Care Society’s lending library. Queen’s Park YMCA Child Care centre opened in March 2019 and is providing high quality Early Learning & Care, and School-Age Care for 66 Penticton children, ages 0–12. Thank you for spreading #SimpleGenerosity in our community! Have an idea to bring your community together? Apply on Do Some Good for a grant of up to $500; http://bit.ly/2MlL26T
We're celebrating seniors! DiverseCity Community Resources received a #SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grant from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union to help celebrate National Seniors Day! They purchased interactive games, had refreshments, information booths, and even a yoga class! The event brought together seniors in the community to recognize and celebrate the importance of individual cultural identities and teachings for our future generations. Have an idea to bring your community together? Apply on Do Some Good today for a grant of up to $500; http://bit.ly/2JuXlw1
What do an outdoor skating rink, neighbourhood block party & community fitness class all have in common? They would all be eligible for funding through our #SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grants! Share your idea to bring your community together by applying today on Do Some Good: http://bit.ly/2MlL26T
Congratulations to #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union, Danny Martin! He directed his donation to Pender Island Baseball. Danny has been voluntarily coaching baseball for decades. Last year he was recognized by the Blue Jays and the Canadians for 50 years of coaching! He cultivates a supportive network of kids, parents and others to all voluntarily come together for games and practices. He’s put out several talented athletes from their tiny island community. Every kid who is coached by him is a better person for that experience. He has donated his time towards the sport, and others are compelled to donate their time as well to help him. Pender Island is a small rural community with few athletic opportunities for kids. Danny has, along with several steady volunteers, had several generations of kids playing competitive ball, many of them becoming accomplished athletes off-Island. Thank you for inspiring us!
Here’s a new #SimpleGenerosity idea from an Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union community, Surrey; Funding will be used for a National Seniors Day Celebration on Oct 3 for seniors, their family members and friends in DIVERSEcity's Staying Active Senior's Social Club. The event will be open to all community members including immigrant and refugee seniors who participate in other programs at DIVERSEcity, as well as other agencies and the City. The celebration will help to promote socialization through food, board games, puzzles and folklore dances which help with mental and physical stimulation for the seniors. Funds will be used to purchase food and picnic supplies and low barrier games/puzzles supplies such as jigsaw puzzles, Jenga, Connect Four, Dominoes, Bocce, Horseshoe and Bean Bag toss.
Low barrier opportunities for socialization help to keep immigrant seniors active and engaged as they are often isolated due to language and cultural barriers and also due to childcare responsibilities. Games and puzzles help to keep seniors mentally and physically active. Food is also essential for creating a warm and inviting space for the seniors to socialize in. Finally, it's a great way to celebrate.
Our #SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grants program supports events & initiatives that are focused on building stronger, more connected communities! We are currently accepting applications for funding of up to $500. Here’s a new #SimpleGenerosity idea from a Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union community, the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society; Often for local youth that face food insecurity it goes hand in hand with sanitary product insecurity. At risk girls in Kelowna are often leaving school early or missing it entirely because feminine products are too expensive for them or their families to afford. Through our prevention groups we use funds/gift cards donated to us to ensure the youth in our programs have at least one healthy snack/meal per day in the program and access to sanitary products. Maintaining healthy hygiene is often something we take for granted but for some at-risk youth in our community it is hard enough to deal with daily life when you’re 14, let alone having to ask for help to obtain sanitary supplies. The funds will be used in order to provide nutritious snacks to the youth in our community that participate in our prevention programs and provide the necessary sanitary products.
Congratulations to #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Doreen Smith! She directed her donation to the South Similkameen Museum Society. Doreen has been volunteering her time, energy and experience with the Museum for over forty years! In 1978 she became the third SSMS President, just three years after the Society was organized and took possession of its first premises, the original R.C.M.P. jail, BC Police station and Keremeos Village office. Doreen remained President until 2010 when she stepped down from the President’s position to become Treasurer, a position she holds to this day. Doreen was the President during the accumulation of most of their collection, a collection that eventually filled the Museum’s first home and precipitated a moved to larger premises in 2017. Having grown up and lived in Keremeos her whole life, Doreen is a walking, talking source of information about local history and family stories. In addition to her responsibilities as Treasurer, Doreen is a mainstay of the Society’s volunteer efforts. Doreen regularly attends monthly meetings and special events, is involved in hiring and directing our summer staff and can always be counted on to attend when they set up a booth to share the Museum at public events. Doreen is an exceptional volunteer and passionate supporter of local history. She works with an unrelenting dedication, a kindly smile and a twinkle in her eye! Thank you for inspiring us!
Congratulations to #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union, Kristi Owens! She directed her donation to the Cook Street Village Activity Centre in support of the Cycling without Age program. Kristi has been volunteering with the Cycling Without Age Victoria programs at Broadmead Care and Cook Street Village Activity Centre for over 2 years. Kristi spreads Simple Generosity in our community by being a very positive, high energy, focused and fun founder and leader of the Cycling Without Age Victoria program. Cycling Without Age is a 100% volunteer run program that enriches the lives of participants by reintroducing them to the joys of nature and adventure through cycling. Volunteer pilots integrate exercise into a fun and rewarding social activity. CWA fosters inter-generational relationships between volunteers and elderly passengers as they explore the community on the specialized trishaw. The program is all about Friendships, Fresh Air and Fun and it is Free! Kristi and the team have fund raised so there are now 3 trishaws in Victoria and 21 volunteer pilots. Kristi not only fundraises to grow the program and keep it rolling, she works with the facilities, she plans routes, she trains volunteers, she is a pilot, she organizes events and volunteer recognition. Thank you for inspiring us!