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Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, offers British Columbians throughout the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys innovative products, an extensive branch...
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507 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 6N9
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Social Services

  • Financial Literacy

Top employee causes

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Sports and Recreation

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Sports and Recreation

  • Community and Economic Development

Organizations our employees volunteer with
Our average annual contributions

$698K

Dollars Donated

5K

Hours Logged by Employees

$103K

Monetary Equivalent of Hours

Social Mission
Our social, environmental and people practices are integral to strengthening our communities and ensuring that in years to come, our credit union, our members and employees, live, work and play in a healthy and sustainable community.
Some of the organizations we support
Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops
Kamloops Food Bank
PacificSport Okanagan
KCR Community Resources
Canadian Mental Health Association - SOS
Meals on Wheels
What people are saying about us
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Jason RanchouxJA British Columbia

A number of Valley First staff have supported us this Fall with our Financial Literacy programs. All the volunteers from Valley First are awesome! Smart, committed, and well-prepared to make a difference in our local community for Okanagan-area teens. JABC is proud to have such a great support from Valley First employees, we always look forward to seeing them in the classroom!

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Casey HamiltonOkanagan Fruit Tree Project Society

Valley First is a wonderful community-minded organization with wonderful staff. We have had the pleasure of receiving their support to achieve our mission of cultivating community through local food. Their support has helped us continue to ensure that more people in the Okanagan access healthy fruits and vegetables, that less food is wasted, and that more people are connected to their local food system. Thanks to them, we were able to provide more opportunities for a meaningful and inclusive volunteer experience. How wonderful to be able to mobilize some of the most vulnerable people in our community to take part in a healthy community activity! Thank you so much for all that you do Valley First!

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Campaign ManagerCanada150

It is great to see a Good Company, such as Valley First, giving back to their local community. Local acts of kindness, volunteerism and donations help to make our country the amazing place that it is today. A big thanks to Valley First for their contributions to building a stronger and more connected community.

Stories of our community involvement
Our third wave of Community Response Funds is hitting British Columbia mailboxes with another $121,120 going out to 15 charitable organizations. Since the First West Foundation launched the Response Fund in May, $476,820 has been granted to organizations focused on basic needs and food security in Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU, Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union regions. Combined with annual granting, a total of $1,164,440 has been infused into communities across BC so far this year.
Congratulations to SimpleGenerosity recipient Bob Terry for his outstanding community leadership. Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union is proud to make a $1,000 donation in Bob’s name to the Keremeos Seniors Activity Centre.

Bob is an amazing community leader, spending hours volunteering at the Senior Centre helping out with computer education, training and repairs. Bob also spends his time with the Keremeos Garden Club looking after the hanging flower baskets on Main Street and flower beds in front of the Visitors Centre.

He recently donated his time and materials to make new May Poles for the local school. Seeing what was left of old maypoles, looking at pictures online, and using his own ingenuity, Bob created two brand new maypoles and donated them to the school!

Thank you, Bob for your generosity to your neighbourhood and the Village of Keremeos.

Feeding our community


Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and First West Foundation are pleased to send along a $500 donation from the Community Help Fund to our friends Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society. Join us and help our community have increased access to fresh fruit and vegetables.


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The Okanagan Fruit Tree Project has been cultivating community through local food since 2012. Our food security organization runs programs to help alleviate hunger, reduce food waste, and provide a safe and non-stigmatizing opportunity for anyone in our community to participate in and learn about our local food system. Through our farming program our volunteers grow delicious vegetables and herbs. Through our gleaning program our volunteers harvest produce like fruits, vegetables, and sometimes nuts that would otherwise be wasted from farms, orchards and backyards in the Okanagan. The produce harvested through both our programs are shared with over 50 schools and social service agencies in the Central and South Okanagan! Children, youth, seniors, people with health conditions or a diversability, new immigrants, single-parent families and more all benefit from increased access to healthy fruits and vegetables. Our volunteers get to experience a healthy, fun, inclusive, educational experience and they get to take home some of the harvest. It's a win-win-win for all involved!

This year, access to healthy fruits and vegetables is more important than ever as more people in our community find themselves without enough money to buy food. Each dollar donated helps us grow or glean at least three pounds of produce to share among some of the most vulnerable people in our community! Your donation causes a ripple effect in that it also helps out all the agencies and schools we support because they are able to stretch their food programming budgets further which means they can do more as well. Farmers and orchardists who often face financial challenges receive a tax receipt for their large produce donations which means any impacts from a tough growing season are partially reduced. This means that your financial donation supports a lot of different people and organizations in your community. Talk about bang for your buck!


Donate


https://fruittreeproject.com/donate/
We're celebrating Canada Day and this notable nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union! A big shout out to SimpleGenerosity nominee Carolyn Patrick for supporting our friends Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society.

With a background as a speech language pathologist, Carolyn is certainly valuable at Project Literacy in teaching English pronunciation! Carolyn has worked with 20 individuals from countries around the world including Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey, Madagascar, France and Slovenia.

Carolyn, thank you for inspiring us and helping our community thrive!
Kudos and a notable nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union for the SimpleGenerosity nomination we received for Denise Dickson!

Denise is an avid volunteer with Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society. Denise helps vulnerable seniors learn how to use the internet and mobile devices to become better connected with their families and reduce their fear around the internet and mobile technology.

Thanks for inspiring us Denise and helping our seniors thrive!

If you know a volunteer doing good in your community, nominate them today on Do Some Good; http://bit.ly/2ouTm67
We’re celebrating volunteers this Canada Day with a Notable Nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. Shout out to a SimpleGenerosity nomination we received for Geoff Barrow! Geoff is a long-time volunteer with Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society.

Geoff’s extra-ordinary background gives him special wisdom and insight into situations his learners may be facing. His wisdom and intelligence make him invaluable to Project Literacy.

Geoff, thank you for inspiring us and helping our community thrive!

Know a volunteer doing good in your community? Nominate them today on Do Some Good; http://bit.ly/2ouTm67
Congratulations to SimpleGenerosity volunteer recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Shayne Meechan!

Shayne started volunteering with Green Okanagan in April 2018--she led the creation and founding of the organization and now serves as the Executive Director. Shayne leads sustainable community workshops, hosts discussion nights to spark green conversation, is a member of the Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council (not to mention, she's been asked to join others in the Okanagan!), and continues to seek opportunities for the organization to improve community sustainability further. Shayne also works with the OCCP and TOTA in communications roles for which she spreads her knowledge on ecosystems, her love of nature, and leaving only footsteps when exploring with others.

Shayne spreads Simple Generosity in our community by being a leader for environmentalism and sustainable change for the Okanagan region. Green Okanagan would not exist without Shayne and it would not be thriving as it is today without her continued efforts.
Wednesday afternoon 13 wonderful staff from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union spent 2 hours volunteering at our vegetable plot at Helen's Acres. They weeded, harvested and washed produce, all with a smile on their face and a spring in their step! Thank you all so much for your hard work and for contributing once again to the mission of feeding the valley! With their help we were able to harvest 22 bins of produce!
Helen's Acres Community Farm, Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, The Salvation Army Kelowna, Hands in Service, Karis Support Society Kelowna's Gospel Mission
We've sent out $112,400 to 12 Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union charities with the Valley First Community Endowment. Congratulations again to the successful organizations & thank-you for the amazing work you're doing in our communities. Full details right here: http://bitly.ws/8Rp6

Helping children thrive


The Community Help Fund from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union and First West Foundation is sending a donation of $500 to our friends at OSNS. COVID-19 has reduced fundraising opportunities for our charitable partners, please join us and help keep vital programming for children accessible to all who need it.


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The Autism Treatment Program at OSNS has been particularly impacted by the pandemic. Because this program operates exclusively on a billing model per treatment session, revenue has been lost and we are struggling to retain our expert team of clinicians and interventionists. Our autism intervention program supports many families with children diagnosed with autism throughout the South Okanagan. This program extends from children aged 24 months to youth. The program not only helps children learn vital activities of daily living such as feeding, toileting, walking and talking but also provides excellence in care for the development of social emotional and social communication skills - we focus on helping children make and keep connections. And it is those connections that are the basis of loving relationships - within families and with friends. These attachments translate to confidence and participation in school and community activities. The South Okanagan Community has been long time supporters of paediatric rehabilitation at OSNS. We need them now more than ever.

Donate


https://www.osns.org/
We're committed to giving back to the community!
View the Pledge
507 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 6N9
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Social Services

  • Financial Literacy

Top employee causes

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Sports and Recreation

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Sports and Recreation

  • Community and Economic Development

Organizations our employees volunteer with
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