A co-operative approach to community impact.
Building financially healthy communities and empowering our members through knowledge. We reinvest our resources and profits back where they belong - our communities!
Sustainable Communities & Community Development
As a financial co-operative, we work for the sustainable development of our communities. That's why we return one-third of our net profits to members and our communities through profit share & community impact initiatives.
Our impact focus areas are carefully aligned with our vision to build financially healthy communities and our purpose to empower through knowledge.
We work with local not-for-profit organizations,
social enterprises, social ventures, and co-operatives that align with
our values. Initiatives considered for impact partnership will align
with our focus areas (where we feel we can make the most impact in
creating financially healthy communities).
Impact focus areas:
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: We take action in our communities to create an equitable, inclusive economy that creates opportunity for all, for the long term.
- Environmental Sustainability: We work towards greater sustainability every year by regularly monitoring and thoughtfully decreasing our own impact and emissions while supporting community-based environmental initiatives.
- Local Economic Development: We contribute to resilient and prosperous communities through local engagement, giving and volunteerism.
We value the work of community builders and are open to opportunities to support, maximize or build on their impact. As such, we accept event and program sponsorship and donation requests on an ongoing basis.
Scholarships & Youth Leadership Camp
One way we live our purpose to empower through knowledge is to support our members with life-long education opportunities through First Credit Union Scholarships. We also sponsor youth (14 to 18) to attend YES Leadership Camp - a week-long summer camp that teaches leadership and team-building skills.
Being a member has its benefits...
First Credit Union is proud to help BC students reach their post-secondary education goals through the Credit Unions of BC Bursary Program. Submit your bursary application today and get help towards funding your future!
Events and Programming
Our vision is to strengthen the financial well-being of our communities. We do this through employee volunteer events like Community Impact Day (when we close our branches early to volunteer in the community) and capacity-building programs like our 'Not-for-Profit Thriving and Small Business Thriving' workshop series.
Financial literacy is the first step toward establishing healthy financial habits. Each One, Teach One is an approach to providing basic and plain language financial knowledge. Volunteer First Credit Union employees work with community groups to empower individuals with basic financial literacy skills.
We'd love to hear from you
If you have a community development project, or impact partnership opportunity you'd like to discuss, reach out.