In Our Community
It's not about "giving back". It's about giving forward.
At FirstOntario, we believe the best way to ensure our success is by supporting the communities we serve. That’s why our policies include volunteering our time, talent and resources to worthy local causes and events. It’s also why we reinvest our profits in the same places they’re earned, and why we sponsor programs that promote financial literacy, health and safety concerns, and economic development.
We’re not giving back to the community as much as we are giving forward - reaching toward a future that will be safer, healthier and more financially secure.
The last Tuesday of November is GivingTuesday, a kick off to the ‘season of giving’. GivingTuesday is a National Giving Day meant to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a way to start off the holiday season.
We believe in improving the lives of our Members and our communities so during this season of giving our 32 locations are supporting a variety of local organizations to raise money, collect toys and collect food donations to help make someone’s day brighter.
Throughout the month of December, FirstOntario’s Blue Wave employee volunteers will also be out in our communities donating their time to support local non-profit organizations. You can visit your local branch to learn more or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see what FirstOntario is doing in the community.
Among the many other ways FirstOntario offers support are:
Helping Our Communities Prosper
► Community Programs
Programs like Money on Trees, Micro Loans, and our Community Assistance Program (CAP) help our Members build lasting, sustainable communities in which everyone can thrive.
► Community Sponsorships
Sponsorships like the Student Nutrition Program, The Hamilton Bulldogs, The Fergie Jenkins Foundation and FirstOntario’s Soupfest for youth at risk, as well as numerous local sports programs help support youth and economic revitalization in our communities.
► Community Youth Development
Through our Co-Operative Young Leaders Summer Camp, we sponsor opportunities for young Members to help foster community, growth and leadership. We take our commitment a step further by supporting these Members through educational awards to help with the financial challenges associated with post-secondary education.
► Community Events
We proudly support the communities we serve and take pride in our commitment and involvement in community events. Be sure to come by and say hello at our next event.
► Blue Wave
With Blue Wave, our employee volunteer program, FirstOntario’s dedicated employees can commit their support to our community initiatives. At the same time, FirstOntario can show its strong support for the special initiatives our employees care most about.