The First West Foundation was established in 1996 by the management and Board of Directors of First West Credit Union. Our purpose is to support initiatives that enhance the quality of life in our communities and to create capital for sustainable community support by encouraging philanthropy. Since inception, the Foundation has proudly distributed over $2.3 million in grants to charities.
One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their children in art, sport or recreation activities because of financial barriers, which is why programs such as the Chilliwack Central Elementary Community School Society’s (CCECSS) 2nd Day After School Program are essential to a thriving community and youth population. Initiated in February 2012, the free after school Central 2nd Day program offers inner city elementary school-aged children with supervised educational, recreational and cultural opportunities that otherwise would not be provided to them. Additionally, it connects youth in crisis with a caring community of support.
A safe afterschool environment, homework tutors, life skills and recreational activities are taken for granted by many Langley youth and families. But for immigrant and refugee youth who face many barriers, obtaining these resources and support aids in the transition to life in a new country.
Vibrant Abbotsford is an initiative of the United Way of the Fraser Valley (UWFV) focused on building a more vibrant city through the reduction of poverty. The initiative’s most recent project is the Fresh Food Box and Bulk Buying Club, a project that will purchase household and food items at wholesale cost, leveraging low-income residents’ buying power and passing along savings to participants.Envision Financial is proud to support the Abbotsford Fresh Food Box and Bulk Buying Club program with a $5,005 donation from the Envision Financial Community Endowment administered by the First West Foundation.
$10,000 in grants from the Envision-Region Employees' Endowment were made to:
- Mission Search & Rescue
- Pheonix Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Society
- The Peach Arch Free Dental Clinic
- Ann Davis Transition Society
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley
- Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra
- Kitimat Child Development Centre
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Zajac Ranch
- Pony Pals Therapeautic Riding Association