Valley First Donates Handmade Blankets to YMCA of Okanagan Young Parents Program

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Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, recently expanded its partnership with the YMCA to ensure the young parents they serve will have the long-term support and resources needed to make transformational change for themselves and their children. 

In addition, COVID-19 restrictions on Valley First volunteer opportunities kickstarted a unique virtual volunteer role. Local team members, friends and family, plus employees from their regional partners - Envision Financial and Island Savings - knitted, quilted and crocheted blankets for 18 babies and toddlers currently cared for through the Y’s Young Parent Program

“Over the past three years, the First West Foundation and the Valley First Community Endowment has helped us maintain a life-changing program, giving young families the vital essentials needed so they can focus on graduating and achieve a future filled with opportunity,” says Danielle Miranda, General Manager of the Y’s Child Care programs. “Many of these young parents are facing housing, mental health, life management and educational barriers. The generosity from the First West Foundation will make a lasting impact and the handcrafted blankets will create a lifetime of memories.”

“The First West Foundation is proud to extend our support to the Y’s Young Parents Program. Young parents can face many obstacles and through the Y’s programming they are encouraged to move through the barriers to what can be a brighter future for their family,” says Susan Byrom, Executive Director of the First West Foundation. “Our employees where excited to use their handcraft skills to create one-of-a-kind blankets for YPP families. It’s just one example of how we can wrap our arms around our community partners.” 

The First West Foundation has provided grants to the Young Parents Program since 2017 totaling $49,900, providing parenting support, nutritious meals, diapers, formula and childcare for teenage parents who are completing their education while raising their babies. Learn more about the YMCA’s charitable work.