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.
For many parents and children, a normal school routine includes packing a lunch box to make sure children have the food they need to sustain them throughout the day. However, some are not as fortunate and do not have resources readily accessible to have anything available to eat before school or to take with them. The sad reality is that many kids don’t know whether there will be anything available when they come home from school either.
Sardis Doorway for Mothers and Children Society works to open doors to healthier and happier lives for single/high risk mothers (occasionally fathers, too) and their children in Chilliwack. When participants start with Sardis Doorway, many of them are starting from a place of isolation, addiction, abuse, low self-esteem, poverty, un- or under employment, low education and little hope. Sardis Doorway helps these parents and their children move past their hurdles towards health and self-reliance.
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.
$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