Tuesday, April 22, 2014


TODAY IS EARTH DAY!  Celebrated annually on April 22, Earth Day is a worldwide event held to increase awareness and inspire appreciation of Earth and its natural environment, as well as provide the opportunity for positive actions and results.

The first Earth Day was held in 1970 and saw more than 20 million people participate across the globe.  Today, more 500 million people in over 175 countries observe the day!

 What can you do to think green and celebrate Earth Day?  The possibilities are endless!  Here’s just a few…
  • Take one green action and record it at A Billion Acts of Green.
  • Learn where food comes from and the benefits of healthy eating by watching documentaries such as:
  • Buy fair trade coffee and chocolate.
  • Turn off the lights when not in use.
  • Try not to print documents unless you have to.  Print double-sided whenever you do print.
  • Carpool, bike or take public transportation to work.
  • Drop off old electronics for recycling.  Many elementary schools collect old electronics as a fundraiser, or you can take them to your local recycling depot.
  • Talk to your local Kootenay Savings branch about the benefits of eStatements and online and mobile banking, then sign up!
Learn more about Earth Day at earthday.ca. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

YES CAMP: The Adventure of a Lifetime!

A week at the YES Camp is a summer experience like no other, and again this year Kootenay Savings wants to sponsor up to FOUR Kootenay-area youth to attend the camp and have the adventure of a lifetime!


The YES is a non-profit organization run in conjunction with the BC Co-operative Association and Rainbow Youth Excellence Society. For over 35 years, the YES has been offering week-long leadership retreats, at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island, to provide young people ages 14 to 18 the chance to learn  new skills, appreciate new values, and grow as individuals.

The YES Camp develops the excellence present in all young people by modeling exceptional behaviour and presenting great self-development programs. Not only is there a chance to learn and grow, it's also tons of fun! From canoeing and hiking, to arts and crafts, there are tons of options for fun each day.

The deadline to apply for sponsorship is June 6, 2014, so don't delay! Click on the links and check out the video below for more information:

Friday, April 11, 2014

SUPPORT FOR SENIORS: Castlegar's Better at Home

We are excited to announce that we have entered into a five-year partnership agreement with the Castlegar & District Community Services Society to help fund their Better at Home seniors program!

The Better at Home program helps seniors with simple day-to-day tasks so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communities; including providing seniors without transportation with rides to ensure they are able to get their shopping, banking, doctor’s appointments and other errands done.

To learn more about the Castlegar & District Community Services Society, including their Better at Home program, visit them online at www.cdcss.ca or contact our Community Liaison, Aron Burke, at aron.burke@kscu.com.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Canadian Red Cross Volunteer Opportunities

The strength of Red Cross is in its volunteers. With approximately 100 million volunteers around the world and more than 2,400 volunteers in B.C. & Yukon, Red Cross volunteers give their time, energy and skill, and contribute to one of the oldest and most respected humanitarian organizations in the world.

Without the thousands of volunteers across Canada, Red Cross could not fulfill their mission “to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.” 

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Red Cross team of volunteers please contact their Volunteer & Customer Support Services Coordinator, Brenda Sharhon, at brenda.sharhon@redcross.ca  or 1-800-661-3308 or www.redcross.ca.

Monday, March 31, 2014

COMMUNITY CHAMPS: Win $2000 for School!

This year the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation will award up to four Community Champs bursaries, for $2000 each, to local Grade 12 and post-secondary students who show exceptional leadership and commitment to their communities.

We know there are many community heroes out there in our grad classes and post-secondary schools.  Tell us about yourself and the amazing work you do to make our world a better place and you could be rewarded with one of our Community Champs bursaries!

For more info on the application process and submission deadline, please contact our Community Liaison, Aron Burke, at aron.burke@kscu.com or 250.368.2683 or check out the links below:

Monday, March 17, 2014

KS Community Foundation: Call for Grant Applications

If you're a non-profit organization that benefits your community, you could be in luck! The Kootenay Savings Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications in advance of the March 31 application deadline.

Since the Foundation was established in 2000, it has distributed over $3.5 million to help with the funding of numerous local cultural, educational, economic, environmental, health and social non-profit projects, including the over $101,000 in new grants endowment funds that were awarded in late 2013.

To learn more about our Community Foundation and the application process, please visit the links below:
Questions?  Please email community.foundation@kscu.com.