Our Community

Since 1944, Community Savings has been active in the well being and ongoing improvement of our communities. Community Savings is about people, not profits, which is why we proudly donate to worthwhile and deserving community programs. People, not profits, means we contribute to a strong local economy by being a designated Living Wage Employer and by offering affordable financial products and trusted services to the working community. In the past year, we are grateful that we could support local organizations in health, policing, leadership and other positive community focused programs. 

Union Protein Project

The establishment of our new charitable partner, The Union Protein Project, marks a new beginning to Community Savings charitable giving. The Union Protein Project (UPP) is a non-profit society started by unions and the United Way who saw a way to make a real difference in our communities. Funds raised are used to subsidize food bank purchases of canned salmon and peanut butter as food banks in BC. Food banks regularly experience shortages of protein-based food and struggle to ensure that vulnerable people get this key nourishment.

CSCU Staff Jeans up for the UPP

When the New West & District Labour Council challenged CSCU to match their contribution to the UPP for 2019 Giving Tuesday, we not only met the challenge, we doubled it. For the last quarter of 2019 CSCU staff donated to UPP in exchange for casual jean Fridays. The staff raised enough funds to purchase $2,505.60 worth of peanut butter (1440 550g jars). The Community Savings team delivered the peanut butter to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank in January 2020. We had a lot of fun visiting, thank you to CEO David Long, and Operations Director Craig Edwards for giving us a tour of the new facility.

Thank you to the NWDLC for this great challenge!

Pictured, left to right: GVFB Operations Director Craig Edwards, CSCU MSRs Lindsey Kobelka, Inderpal Gill, Krystle Raffan, CSCU COO Kari Johnston, CSCU CEO Mike Schilling, and GVFB CEO David Long.

$7500 Community Challenge 

To help celebrate our 75th Anniversary in 2019, The Community Challenge was launched to help support and build awareness of local charitable organizations. CSCU pledged to donate $7500.00 to the local charity with the most votes generated from the Community Challenge.

On December 6th 2019, with 2733 votes, Our Place Society received a $7500 donation from Community Savings. The five other organizations that participated in the Community Challenge was each presented with a $750 donation to thank them for their valuable community work.

The story gets better for Our Place as one of the supporters of Our Place committed to donating $7500.00 to Our Place if they won the Community Challenge. As a result of their win, Our Place will be receiving $15,000 in donations! What a fantastic success!

Pictured, left to right: Donors David Green & Cheryl Alexander, Our Place Director of Communications Grant McKenzie, Victoria Branch Manager Kiyoko Shimizu-Forbes and Member Services Rep Ala.
Our Place Society Website

Sanjeev Karwal, Youth Services Coordinator, Collingwood Neighbourhood, receiving $750 cheque from Lynn Staschuk, Manager, Vancouver Branch.
Collingwood Neighbourhood House Website

Wes Everaars, Director of Development, Lookout Housing + Health Society, receiving $750 cheque from Carla Gilliland, Manager, New Westminster Branch.
Lookout Society Website

Members of the Port Coquitlam Professional Firefighters Charitable Society, receiving $750 cheque from Carla Gilliland, Manager, Port Coquitlam Branch.
Port Coquitlam Firefighters Website

Members of the Surrey Women's Centre, receiving $750 cheque from Ranjana Prasad, Manager, Surrey Branch.

A crisis centre for women and girls escaping domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence. Surrey Women's Centre is often the first and sometimes the only place they call for help. It is because of the support of the community that women and girls have a safe place to turn. 24 hours per day. 7 days per week. 365 days per year.
Surrey Women's Centre Website

Burnaby Firefighters Website