Community Contributions

Community First and its staff members invest in our communities through a variety of partnerships and programs across Ontario. After all, when our communities win, everyone wins.

Our Giving Focus

The pandemic has changed our communities and affected the most vulnerable. In a recent survey, YNCU Staff Members ranked ‘individuals and families in need’ as a top priority in their local communities. Knowing that many of our neighbours are without the most basic needs, we have focused our efforts to support local organizations who are working tirelessly to provide services to those who need help with food, safety and security.

Read the news release to learn more about how we are supporting these causes in our neighbourhoods. 

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Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships & Awards We understand that achieving your educations goals often come with financial challenges. We’re proud to support post-secondary students who share our community values by offering scholarships and bursaries in partnership with Ontario Credit Union Foundation, Sault CollegeNorthern Ontario School of Medicine, and University of Waterloo.

Learn more about our scholarships.

Soo Pee Wee Arena

In 2015, Community First partnered with two local facilities, the Soo Pee Wee Arena, and the Soo Curlers' Association. The two arenas now bear the names, The Community First Soo Pee Wee Arena, and the Community First Curling Centre, respectively. We believe that recreation is an excellent relationship and character-builder and we are proud to support these 100% local facilities and welcome them into the Community First family.


ROTARYFEST Miracle Mile Colour Blast

The Miracle Mile Colour Blast presented by Community First is the most colourful fundraiser of the year and part of ROTARYFEST, The Sault’s Summer Festival. All funds raised from the event support Rotary youth projects.  Rotary’s ongoing commitment to our community aligns with our mandate to improve neighbourhoods along with family-oriented events that are an important part of our community.

Join our staff for the most colourful event of the year and get blasted!

All 4 Each – Cooperatives in the Classroom

Community First employees are certified to deliver the internationally recognized and award‐winning youth engagement program from Ontario Co‐operative Association. All 4 Each connects co‐operatives and credit unions with the schools and young people in their communities through a professionally produced suite of engaging and entertaining materials, lessons and interactive presentations.

All 4 Each lessons have been designed to fulfil specific learning expectations of Ontario's secondary school curriculum in areas including business fundamentals, entrepreneurship, Canadian and world studies, civics and social change. Lessons are delivered by Community First employees who are trained co‐operative sector representatives. The fifth lesson of the All 4 Each program engages students in hypothetically creating a co‐operative enterprise, builds on material presented earlier, and supports the Create A Co‐op Challenge.

Teachers, are interested in having a certificated All 4 Each presenter visit your classroom? Reach out, and send us an email.

Is your organization in need of volunteers and donations?
Learn more about how our Good Neighbours Program can help!