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 average child in middle school has about 67 hours of free time each week, according to one 2011 study. While nearly six in ten children under 12 are left unsupervised at home. What remains is an enormous time gap for socially and economically disadvantaged children. That is where the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC (BGC) play a large role in easing that alone time with critical programming for out-of-school hours.
For the second year in a row, a $10,000 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment Fund has helped support vital after-school programs in Langley, Surrey, North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen.
Strong, nurturing relationships are essential to fostering safe, prosperous, healthy communities. Thanks to a recent $10,000 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, the Community Justice Initiatives Association (CJI) was determined to facilitate just that with its established Educating for Peacebuilding program in Langley.
A partnership between the Langley School District and Community Justice Initiatives was born out of the need to create safe schools through an effective, sustainable approach that does not rely upon punishment and isolation to deal with discipline issues. Instead, the focus is on creating a safe, respectful classroom where students are encouraged to share their feelings and be accountable for their actions.
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.
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