The First West Foundation was established in 1996 by the management and Board of Directors of First West Credit Union. Our vision is to build a sustainable charity that helps create resilient and resourceful communities through our grantmaking. Since inception, the Foundation has proudly distributed over $3 million in grants to charities.
Many abused women and children live at or below the poverty level. The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is aiming to change that with a special project in Penticton; thanks in part to a $5,000 Valley First Community Endowment Grant.
The twelve month program, We Nurture the Nourishing Nature of Women is an innovative curriculum that combines personal growth and food security. It does so by encouraging participants to build self-confidence and empowerment skills through practical learning and food safety basics. Women will learn how to garden, prepare and preserve their produce and stretch their food budget while cooking and eating healthfully.
The Canadian Red Cross has its sights set on bringing awareness to bullying. It aims to do just that at Hope Secondary, and Envision Financial is happy to help.
In 2013, Envision Financial provided Red Cross with a $5,170 community endowment grant to support the Red Cross anti-bullying initiative at Hope Secondary.
Students heading back to school are going to face many decisions in regards to bullying over the next school term, and it’s just not those who bully or youth being bullied that have to make tough decisions; bystanders witnessing bullying have decisions to make, too.
The transition into secondary school is a daunting part of every adolescent’s life and grade seven boys and girls are faced with many choices, challenges and changes in their first year of secondary school. To help with this transition, with funding support from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, the YWCA Metro Vancouver has been delivering an after-school program for grade 7 girls and boys in Surrey.
Five grants worth $2,000 each were made from the Envision-Region Employees' Endowment to the following organizations:
- Kitimat Community Services – Food Share Program
- Hope Care Transit Society
- Reach Child & Youth Development Society
- Canadian Cancer Society – Volunteer Drivers Program (Chilliwack)
- Fraser Valley Child Development Centre