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The extra demands on local charities over the past year haven’t gone unnoticed at the First West Foundation. Along with providing more support to people in our communities, charities have had fewer opportunities for traditional, in-person fundraising. And yet, they’re still making a difference. We want to show our gratitude for all the good things these organizations are doing – as well as provide more financial support through #CommentsOfKindness.

For 25 years, the First West Foundation has been giving good things back to our communies and now it's your turn to help!  There's $250,000 in donations available so tell us how a registered local charity helps your community thrive. From now through July 20, when you see a #CommentsOfKindness post on the Facebook page or Instagram account of one of First West Credit Union’s regional brands (see links below), simply add your “thanks” and name a registered charity who is doing good things in your community. The First West Foundation will pay the named organization $25 for your comment of kindness and you'll be entering the registered local charity you love into our draw for a $25,000 donation! 

To leave your #CommentOfKindness, and share this opportunity with your employees, volunteers, donors, clients, and online followers, simply visit the link to our regional First West Credit Union brand closest to you.

Share your comments of kindness:

Envision Financial on Facebook or Instagram

Valley First on Facebook or Instagram

Island Savings on Facebook or Instagram

Enderby & District Financial on Facebook or Instagram 

First West Foundation is proud to have supported over 370 unique registered charities since 1996:

1000X5 Children's Book Recycling Project Society 
A Rocha Brooksdale Environmental Centre 
A.L. Fortune Secondary School 
Abbotsford Community Foundation 
Abbotsford Community Services 
Abbotsford Food Bank 
Abbotsford Hospice Society 
Abbotsford Police Foundation 
Abbotsford Restorative Justice & Advocacy Association 
Abbotsford Youth Commission 
Abilitas Foundation 
ACCESS Youth Outreach Services Society 
Action for Animals in Distress Society 
Adoptive Families Association of BC 
Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation 
Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services 
Alexandra Neighbourhood House
Alouette Addictions Services 
Alouette Home Start Society 
Alzheimer Society of BC 
Ann Davis Transition Society 
Arts Umbrella 
Atira Women's Resource Society 
Autism Society of British Columbia 
Avalon Recovery Society 
BC Association of Family Resource Programs 
BC Cancer Foundation 
BC Family Hearing Resource Society 
BC Teen Challenge 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops & Region 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Upper Fraser Valley 
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver 
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland 
Board of Education of School District (Greater Victoria) 
Board of Education of School District 22 (Vernon) 
Board of Education of School District 33 (Chilliwack) 
Board of Education of School District 36 (Surrey) 
Board of Education of School District 53 (Okanagan-Similkameen) 
Board of Education of School District 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) 
Board of Education of School District 64 (Gulf Island) 
Board of Education of School District 67 (Okanagan Skaha) 
Board of Education of School District 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) 
Boys and Girls Club Community Services of Delta/Richmond 
Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops 
Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC 
British Columbia Guide Dog Services 
British Columbia Hospice Palliative Care Association 
British Columbia Institute of Technology 
British Columbia Schizophrenia Society 
British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) 
Burns Bog Conservation Society 
Burnside Gorge Community Association 
Calgary Reads 
Canada Scores Vancouver 
Canadian Cancer Society 
Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna & District Branch 
Canadian Red Cross Society 
Cancer DriveLine Society 
Canuck Place Children's Hospice 
Cares Counselling and Restoration Services Society 
Cawston Keremeos Seventh-Day Adventist Church 
Cedar Springs Health Society 
Ceed Centre Society 
Central Okanagan Child Development Centre Society 
Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society 
Central Okanagan Emergency Shelter Society 
Central Okanagan Region Nutrition Society
Cerebral Palsy Association of BC
Chemainus Harvest House 
Child Development Foundation of BC 
Children of the Street Society 
Chilliwack & District Senior Resources Society 
Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society 
Chilliwack Community Food Bank 
Chilliwack Community Services 
Chilliwack Learning Community Society 
Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association 
Chilliwack Safety Village Society 
Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors 
Chilliwack Society for Community Living 
City of Abbotsford 
CMS Food Bank 
Communitas Supportive Care Society 
Community Foundation of the North Okanagan 
Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen 
Community Living Victoria 
Connection Place 
Construction Foundation of BC 
Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (Ghana Project) 
Corporation of Delta 
Covenant House 
Cowichan Community Land Trust Society 
Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society 
Cowichan Neighbourhood House 
Cowichan Valley Basket Society 
Credit Union Foundation of British Columbia 
Crescent Beach Community Services Society 
Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC 
Crisis Intervention and Public Information Society of Greater Victoria (Need2) 
Cyrus Centre 
Cyrus Centre Ministries 
Daily Bread Food Bank 
Delta Arts Council 
Delta Community Living Society 
Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust 
Delta Hospice Society 
Delta Hospital Foundation 
Deltassist Family and Community Services 
District of Mission Arts Council 
Diversecity Community Resources Society 
Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee 
DRS Earthwise Society 
Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation 
Eldercare Foundation 
Encompass Support Services Society 
Enderby & District Community Resources Centre Society 
Enderby Preschool Society 
Family Education and Support Centre 
Family Services of Greater Vancouver 
Food Action Society of the North Okanagan 
Food Banks BC 
Food For Thought Kelowna Breakfast Society 
Fraser Canyon Hospice Society 
Fraser House Society 
Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) 
Fraser Valley Child Development Centre 
Fraser Valley Conservancy 
Fraser Valley Foster Parent Association 
Fraser Valley Gleaners 
Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation 
Friends In Need Food Bank 
Goldstream Food Bank 
Greater Vancouver Youth for Christ 
Greater Victoria Volunteer Society 
GTCPS Growing Together Child and Parent Society 
Hands in Service Canada 
Haven Society 
Heritage Park Secondary - Mission Heritage Trail 
Home is Where we Live - Life Cycles Project Society 
Hope & Area Transition Society 
Hope Association for Community Living 
Hope Care Transit Society 
Hope Community Services 
Hope for Freedom Society 
Hope Volunteer Search & Rescue 
Interior Community Services 
Ishtar Transition Housing Society 
Island Sexual Health Society 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - BC Region 
Kamloops Food Bank & Outreach Society 
Karis Support Society 
Kateslem Youth Society 
KCR Community Resources 
Kelowna Community Foodbank Society 
Kelowna Community Resources Society 
Kelowna General Hospital Foundation 
Keys Housing and Health Solutions 
Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch 
Kindale Developmental Association 
Kingfisher Interpretive Centre 
Kinvillage Association 
Kitimat Child Development Centre 
Kitimat Community Services Society 
Kitimat Food Bank 
Kitimat General Hospital 
Kitimat Hospice Palliative Care Association 
Kitimat Senior Citizens' Association 
Kitimat Understanding The Environment Society 
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation 
Ladysmith Family and Friends Society 
Ladysmith Food Bank 
Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 
Lake Cowichan Food Bank Society 
Langley Animal Protection Society 
Langley Care Society 
Langley Children's Society 
Langley Community Services Society 
Langley District Help Network Society (Langley Food Bank) 
Langley Environmental Partners Society 
Langley Hospice 
Langley Meals on Wheels 
Langley Meals on Wheels Services Society 
Langley School District Foundation 
Langley Senior Resources Society 
Leave out Violence (LOVE) Society BC 
LifeApp Inc. 
Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society 
Literacy Central Okanagan Society 
Literacy Now Cowichan Society 
Little House Society 
Loaves & Fishes Community Food Bank 
Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders 
Love Organization 
Lower Similkameen Community Services Society 
Lumby Food Bank Society 
MADD Canada - Metro Vancouver Chapter 
McKee House Seniors Society 
Mennonite Central Committee 
Mental Illness Family Support Centre Society 
Mercy Multiplied Society of Canada 
Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society 
Minerva Foundation For BC Women 
Mission Community Services Society 
Mission Hospice Society 
Mission Literacy in Motion Association 
Mission Search & Rescue 
Mountainview Lodge Complex and Long Term Care Facility 
Movember Canada 
MSA Society for Community Living 
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (BC & Yukon Division) 
Muscular Dystrophy Canada 
Mustard Seed Food Bank 
Nanaimo Child Development Centre 
Nanaimo Community Gardens Society 
Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society 
Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre 
Nanaimo Men's Resource Centre 
Nanaimo Region John Howard Society 
Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society 
NEED2 Suicide Prevention 
Neil Squire Society 
New View Society 
Nexus BC Community Resource Centre Society 
Nightshift Street Ministries Society 
North Delta Skate Park Society 
North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association 
North Okanagan Child Care Society 
North Okanagan Youth & Family Services 
Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society 
Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs 
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society 
Okanagan School of the Arts 
Okanagan-Similkameen Neurological Society 
Oliver Foodbank 
OneSky Community Resources 
Open Door Group 
Options Community Services Society 
Pacific Centre Family Services Association 
Pacific Community Church 
Pacific Community Resource Society 
Pacific Post Partum Support Society 
Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities 
Pacifica Housing Advisory Association 
Paws For Hope Foundation 
Peace Arch Hospice Society 
Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation 
Peachland Food Bank 
Peachland Wellness Centre Society 
Pender Island Child Care Society 
Pender Island Recreation & Agricultural Hall Association 
Penticton Recovery Resource Society 
Penticton Soupateria 
Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Society 
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) 
PLEA Community Services Society of British Columbia 
Pony Pals Therapeutic Riding Association 
Pregnancy Care Centre Society 
Princeton Child-Care Services Society 
Princeton Crisis Assistance Society 
Princeton Family Services Society 
Princeton Food Bank-Operated by Baptist Church of Princeton 
Project Literacy Kelowna Society 
PUCKS Powerplay Foundation 
Quest Outreach Society 
Raincoast Conservation Foundation 
Reach Child and Youth Development Society 
Read Right Society 
Restorative Justice 
Ridge Meadows Hospice Society 
Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation 
Rock Solid Foundation 
Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation 
Royal Inland Hospital Foundation 
Saanich Legacy Foundation 
Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank 
SAINTS - Senior Animals in Need Today Society 
Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Community Services Society 
Salt Spring Island Community Services Food Bank 
Salvation Army Cascade Community Church 
Salvation Army Chilliwack Community Church 
Salvation Army Gateway of Hope 
Salvation Army Kelowna Community Church 
Salvation Army Penticton Corps 
Salvation Army Vernon Community Church 
SARA for Women 
Sardis Doorway for Mothers and Children Society 
SeaChange Marine Conservation Society 
Seniors Outreach Services Society 
SHARE Family & Community Services 
Sooke Food Bank Society 
SOS Children's Village BC 
Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers 
Sources Community Resources Foundation 
Sources Community Resources Society 
South Delta Food Bank 
South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services 
South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation 
South Okanagan Women in Need Society 
Special Olympics British Columbia 
St. John Ambulance 
St. Joseph's Food Bank 
Stepping Stone Community Services Society 
Stigma-Free Society 
Surrey Association for Community Living 
Surrey Community Cat Coalition Foundation 
Surrey Crime Prevention Society 
Surrey Family YMCA 
Surrey Food Bank 
Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation 
Surrey Public Library 
Swova Community Development and Research Society 
Tabor Home Society 
Take a Hike Youth At Risk Foundation 
Tamitik Status of Women Society 
The Bridge Youth and Family Services 
The Center for Epilepsy & Seizure Education BC 
The Elizabeth Fry Society 
The Ita Wegman Association of BC for Curative Education and Social Therapy 
The Lookout Emergency Aid Society 
The Men's Centre 
The Mustard Seed Street Church 
The OCTA Collective Society 
The Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank (for Keremeos) 
The Royal Canadian Legion - BC Foundation 
Tommy Douglas Research Institute 
Tsawwassen Skate Park Association 
Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health 
Umoja Operation Compassion Society 
Union Gospel Mission 
United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island 
United Way of Central and South Okanagan 
United Way of Greater Victoria 
United Way of North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap 
United Way of Northern BC 
United Way of the Fraser Valley 
United Way of the Lower Mainland 
United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo 
University of the Fraser Valley 
Upper Room Mission 
Vancity Community Foundation 
Vancouver Island Providence Community Association 
Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra 
Vela Microboard 
Vermilion Forks Elementary School 
Vernon Science & Discovery Society 
Vernon Women's Transition House Society 
VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation 
Victoria Compost & Conservation Education Society 
Victoria Disability Resource Centre 
Victoria Hospitals Foundation 
Victoria Women's Transition House Society 
Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society 
Watoto Canada 
Westcoast Family Centres Society 
Westcoast Family Resources Society 
Westside Community Food Bank Society 
White Rock South Surrey Hospice Society 
Whitevalley Community Resource Centre 
World Council of Credit Unions 
Xolhemet Society (Wilma's House) 
Yarrow Ratepayer's Association 
YMCA of Greater Vancouver 
YMCA of Okanagan 
Yoga Outreach Society 
YWCA Metro Vancouver 
Zajac Ranch for Children (Zajac Ranch Society) 
Zero Ceiling Society of Canada 


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The Foundation was created on the vision of helping create vibrant and healthy communities. By working in partnership with local organizations, the Foundation seeks to actively contribute to meaningful projects that make a positive and lasting impact upon community life.