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.
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.
Last year, over 100 individuals in the Lumby seniors community benefitted from Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Breaking Bread project. This year, the successful project will benefit more than 150 community members. For the second year in a row, Valley First is pleased to support the initiative with a $4,400 Community Endowment grant to continue its success and positive community impact.
The program recognizes the significance of breaking bread together, which benefits the Lumby seniors community by encouraging socialization while providing nutritious food.
“It is widely acknowledged that a child who is hungry cannot learn to their maximum potential, and a hungry child also struggles with social and emotional skills needed to be successful in a classroom,” says Principal Linda Thiel of Cawston Primary School, a Kindergarten to Grade 4 school in Cawston, B.C.
Thiel and her fellow co-workers take on much more than normal school facilitator responsibilities to make sure their students receive a healthy breakfast and lunch, so that all of their students have the support they need to be successful in school.
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