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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.the areas of education, cooperation, health and healthy lifestyle as well as culture.

Your caisse is proud to support community projects. To see some of the projects we support, visit our Facebook page.

The Caisse has a help fund that serves to redistribute a portion of the cooperative's surplus earnings to the community. Following a proposal by the Board of Directors, members decide, during the Annual General Meeting, what portion of the surplus earnings will be paid into the help fund. With the help of their caisse, members can support causes that are important to them.

The members who sit on the Board of Directors manage the help fund. Every year, they report on the fund during the Annual General Meeting.

Last year, close to $400,000 was invested in the community to support various projects and organizations.

To apply for financial assistance from the Community Development Fund, fill out the form: Demande au Fonds d'aide au développement du milieu (in French only, PDF, 101 KB) - This link will open in a new window..

Caisse Desjardins De Lorimier-Villeray practises inter-cooperation every chance it gets. To maximize its reach, it regularly teams up with other caisses, including those in the Greater Montreal area. Here are just a few projects have benefited from this cooperative synergy:

Let's CoHOHOperate

Maintaining their cooperative values of education and individual and community well-being, 35 Montreal caisses and components joined forces 3 years in a row to create Let's CoHOHOperate. Last year, the campaign focused on volunteering and individual commitment. Over 8,615 greeting cards were collected to thank volunteers who invested their time to help others, various organizations and many causes.

In previous years, the project made it possible for 9,200 underprivileged children to receive new and used games and toys, and for 11,000 seniors to receive Christmas cards.

It's an inter-cooperation project that touches the heart.

Personal Finance: I'm in Charge!

The Caisse also participates in the Personal Finance: I'm in Charge! financial education program in cooperation with 3 other caisses in Eastern Montreal and with various community organizations, including Association coopérative d'économie familiale de l'Est de Montréal, Association coopérative d'économie familiale du Nord de Montréal, Groupe Conseil Saint-Denis and Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

The program aims to provide youth ages 16 to 25 with the knowledge and tools they need to take charge of their finances and make informed, responsible and meaningful consumer choices.

LGBT ad campaign

Some 10 caisses in the Greater Montreal area came together to participate in various initiatives aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, primarily by creating an internal LGBT Committee, launching a Desjardins LGBT Facebook page and sponsoring key events in these communities.