Community Support

At Williams Lake and District Credit Union, giving back is one of our core values. And it goes far beyond donations and sponsorships. 

We endeavor toward a social profit that is shared with our communities. On this page you can learn about some of the ways we give back. If you want to learn more about social responsibility within the credit union movement, check out this article.

Bursaries

Bursaries are one way that Williams Lake and District Credit Union supports the education of members, living our co-operative principle of education, training and information. Annually, we provide a total of $6,500 in bursaries to students graduating from secondary school in the Credit Union's communities. Recipients must meet the Ministry of Education's requirements for secondary school graduation and must be a member of WLDCU, or the child of a WLDCU member. Information on the application process is available through your local secondary school.

In addition to direct bursaries, Williams Lake and District Credit Union is proud to support the Credit Union Foundation of BC with an annual contribution of 10¢ per member. The Credit Union Foundation of BC provides direct financial support to BC students displaying a financial need. In 2019, the Foundation provided financial support totaling more than $148,000!

The Foundation receives applications during 3 intake periods throughout the year:

If starting:

Applications open:

Application deadline:

Award notice:

Fall semester

September 1

October 15

Mid-December

Winter semester

January 10

February 15

Mid-March

Spring/Summer semester

May 1

June 15

Mid-July


To learn more about the Foundation, or to apply for a bursary, visit their website.

Sponsorship and Donations

Williams Lake and District Credit Union is a proud supporter of community events and organization. Each of our branches oversees a donation and sponsorship budget to support events and organizations making an impact in our local communities. Does your organization or event need a helping hand? Reach out to your local Branch Manager to find out how to apply for support. 

Want to see some examples of the support that we provide? Check out our Facebook page or the Credit Unions Are Helping Here page.

Volunteerism

Our staff love volunteering with local community organizations, and we love supporting them in doing so! Recently we started providing our staff with up to 15 paid hours of volunteerism time during the year to show our commitment to volunteerism. Do you have an event that needs volunteer support? Reach out to your local Branch Manager to see if we can be of assistance.

During the 2019 year, our staff volunteered with a number of organizations and events, including:

Credit Union Foundation of BC

BC SPCA

Local School PACs

KidSport

Rotary International

Local Chambers of Commerce

Girl Guides of Canada

Local Soccer Clubs

P.A.R.T.Y. Program

TRU Grit Gala

Williams Lake Studio Theatre

Deni House and Senior's Village

Local Dry Grads

Williams Lake Stampede

Williams Lake Downtown BIA

Local Hockey Clubs

Financial Literacy

Williams Lake and District Credit Union is proud to have several team members who are certified Each One, Teach One coaches. Each One, Teach One is a series of plain language financial literacy workshops presented by knowledgeable Credit Union employees. These workshops are not sales pitches, but rather workshops that seek to empower individuals to make the best financial decisions for themselves and their families. 

Coaches from Williams Lake and District Credit Union have presented workshops at local schools and seniors' clubs, and we're always looking for opportunities to present these valuable workshops. If your organization would like to host a workshop, please reach out to your local branch to arrange one today. Sessions generally range from 60 to 90 minutes in length and there are 17 different topics to choose from:

Introduction to Basic Banking

Introduction to Basic Budgeting

Why Filing Taxes is a Good Idea

Credit Cards and Prepaid Cards

Loans You Don't Want

Loans: Costs and Obligations

Debt Smarts

Building a Healthy Credit History

Identity Theft and Fraud Protection

RRSPs and TFSAs

Introduction to RESPs

Understanding Contracts

Seniors Financial Abuse Prevention

Home Readiness: Renting vs. Owning

Home Readiness: Cost of Ownership

Home Readiness: Finding the Right Home

Home Readiness: Professional Help

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