Valley First Credit Union is looking for an innovative community project to support through a $50,000 donation.

Valley First investing in community

Valley First is letting the public help decide what organization should get a $50,000 grant

Valley First is turning the usual role of people asking financial institutions for money on its head, and instead is looking for an innovative community project to support with a major $50,000 donation.

A division of First West Credit Union, Valley First has the set a goal of recognizing and reinforcing its local communities by contributing one $50,000 grant to a deserving charitable organization.

Applications are being accepted up to May 25 for the donation, an extension of Simple Generosity, First West’s year-long community investment program that applauds volunteerism and supports local non-profits in recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“As a credit union, we recognize that children and families are at the heart of vibrant, thriving communities,” said Susan Byrom, senior manager of community investment at First West Credit Union. “This is why we’re so proud to commemorate this monumental year in Canada’s history by supporting those who make our country so special. Through this major donation, together with our volunteer recognition program, Valley First will be injecting more than $70,000 into our local communities through 2017 as part of Simple Generosity — one of our largest-ever community investment initiatives.”

Non-profit and charitable organizations are invited to apply for the $50,000 grant at valleyfirst.com/SimpleGenerosity. Submissions will be open to a public voting period from May 29 to June 23. The 10 organizations that receive the most votes throughout the communities Valley First operates in will be assessed by a selection committee of First West leaders and employees to determine one winning organization, to be announced Jun. 29.

This grant is one of three $50,000 donations to be distributed by First West Credit Union in 2017 as part of Simple Generosity.

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