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Involvement in the community

The caisse understands the challenges and issues facing its members. With their support, it can provide its fellow citizens with valuable help regarding initiatives aimed at common betterment and the advancement of society.

Your caisse supports local and regional initiatives in various areas.

Fill out the sponsorship form (in French only, PDF, 206 KB) - This link will open in a new window.

The Caisse des Etchemins supports projects in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Cooperation
  • Health and healthy lifestyles
  • Culture
  • Economic development
  • Community and humanitarian assistance

Caisse des Etchemins is accessible, engaged and committed. It plays a major role in community development.

Please note that it takes 4 to 6 weeks to process an application.

Should you have any questions, please contact Isabelle Giasson, Communications and Community Life Advisor, by phone at 418-625-3741, ext. 7301231, or by email - This link will open in a new window..

Financial support program for young athletes and artists

Specially developped for young people who do well on the sports and cultural scenes, this program aims at supporting artists and athletes in reaching their performance objectives.

View the program policy: Politique du programme (in French only, PDF, 36 KB) - This link will open in a new window.

Fill out the individual sports application: Formulaire Élite sportive – Individuel (in French only, PDF, 119 KB) - Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre..

Fill out the group sports application: Formulaire Élite sportive – Groupe (in French only, PDF, 111 KB) - Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre..

Fill out the arts application: Formulaire Élite culturelle (in French only, PDF, 130 KB) - Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre..

Members who reside in Lac-Etchemin can download the forms from the Lac-Etchemin site (in French only) - External link. This link will open in a new window..

The Community Development Fund serves to redistribute a portion of the cooperative's surplus earnings to the community. Following a proposal by the board of directors, during the annual general meeting, members decide what portion of the surplus earnings will be paid into the community fund. Through their caisse, members can support causes that are important to them.

Members who sit on the board of directors manage the community fund. Every year, they report on the fund at the annual general meeting.

Caisse Desjardins des Etchemins Community Development Fund

The caisse's Community Development Fund provides financial support for new or ongoing key projects that help create economic, social, cultural and community wealth for individuals and communities in its territory.

Please read the program’s eligibility requirements and criteria: Exigences et critères d'admissibilité du programme (in French only, PDF, 160 KB) - This link will open in a new window.

Submit a project

Do you have a project that’s close to your heart that would help to promote the community and create wealth in the area?

To apply, fill our the Community Development Fund form (in French only, PDF, 240 KB) - This link will open in a new window..

Email us the completed form to the address indicated in the document.

Application deadlines

  • January 1
  • March 1
  • June 1
  • October 1

Applications will be processed 4 to 6 weeks after the end of the application period.

Caisse Desjardins des Etchemins practices intercooperation whenever possible and, with a view to maximizing the scope of its efforts, regularly joins forces with the following caisses:

  • Caisse Desjardins des Sommets de la Beauce
  • Caisse Desjardins du Sud de la Beauce
  • Caisse Desjardins du Sud de la Chaudière

Here are projects that have reaped the benefits of this cooperative synergy:

  • Desjardins's Personal Finance: I'm in Charge! program
  • Desjardins Microcredit Fund
  • Fondation Moisson Beauce
  • Association AVC Beauce-Etchemins
  • CALACS Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Expo-sciences Desjardins science fair
  • Diabète Beauce-Etchemins
  • Entraide Parkinson Beauce
  • Festival Clermont-Pépin
  • Fondation Catherine de Longpré
  • Fondation de la persévérance scolaire
  • Fondation du Cœur Beauce-Etchemin
  • Fondation Santé Beauce-Etchemin
  • Gala du Mérite Sportif Beauceron
  • Groupe Espérance et Cancer
  • Havre l'Éclaircie
  • Maison Catherine de Longpré

Caisse Desjardins des Etchemins is well-known for its dynamic contribution to community events. Here are a few community projects in which the caisse is currently involved.

Zoom electronic newsletter

Produced exclusively by the caisse, the weekly newsletter is sent free by email to its many subscribers. It is a powerful promotional tool available to all non-profit organizations in our community.

If you live in Sainte-Justine, Lac-Etchemin, Saint-Cyprien, Saint-Luc, Sainte-Rose, Sainte-Sabine, Saint-Camille, Saint-Magloire or Saint-Just and are interested in keeping up with social, community and cultural life, the Zoom newsletter is for you. Spread the word and encourage your friends and neighbours to sign up to receive the newsletter on  - External link. This link will open in a new window..

Le Show Business des Etchemins

Photo: Ghislain Fortin

Caisse Desjardins des Etchemins is partnering with the Rotobec Sainte-Justine company to organize a major benefit show featuring local artists.

All profits generated by the event, which will take place at the École des Appalaches auditorium, will be donated to a child with health problems.

The first Le Show Business des Etchemins, in 2013, raised $7,200 for little Gabrielle Audet, who has Prader-Willi syndrome. The event was again a success in 2015, allowing young Ryan Bussières, who has autism, fragile x syndrome and dyspraxia, to receive the $11,000 raised. As for the fall 2016 show on behalf of little Daphnée Vachon who has a severe form of autism and a moderate intellectual disability, a record sum of $14,858 was raised.

Le Show Business des Etchemins is special because all the artists perform for free. As a result, all profits are donated to the selected beneficiary.

Sapin-cadeaux: Christmas presents for needy children

Sapin-cadeaux: Christmas presents for needy children

Since 2012, Caisse Desjardins des Etchemins employees, local Filles d'Isabelle and Knights of Colombus together with Fondation Sac-O-Dos and L'Essentiel des Etchemins, make it possible for each child in the area served by Caisse Desjardins des Etchemins to get a Christmas present they wish for.

Children ages 15 and under from families living below poverty level are invited to write 3 things they'd like to receive on a Christmas ornament, which is then hung on 1 of 9 Christmas trees set up in Caisse Desjardins des Etchemins service centres.

The general public can then select an ornament and purchase one of the items to give as a gift for the child. “The idea behind the project is to join forces for the children's well-being,” said Joan Gagnon and Guylaine Tanguay, Caisse Desjardins des Etchemins employees and originators of the Sapin-cadeaux project. “We're pleased that organizations join together for the cause and work together from a regional perspective.”

To take part in the project, parents of needy children should Claire Bouchard at L'Essentiel des Etchemins at 418-625-4112.