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You are here: Home> Personal > Caisse Desjardins d'Arvida-Kénogami > Involvement in the community

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 application form - This link will open in a new window. (in French only, PDF, 227 KB).

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.

Financial education and employment at the top of our priority list

In February 2017, our caisse implemented a program to fulfil its role as a socio-economic leader, particularly to support structuring initiatives that meet local needs and respect community opinion.

A consultation of 9 strategic partners helped define the plan for the Community Development Fund over the next 3 years.

At the last Annual General Meeting, members decided that the fund will be used for initiatives that are in line with 2 goals:

  • Financial education, particularly as regards staying in school and academic achievement
  • Employment, particularly as regards entrepreneurship

Our caisse reacted quickly to work towards these goals.

We are proud to have helped set up the Personal Finance, I'm in Charge program at Cégep de Jonquière. Designed by Desjardins, it's a financial education program for the students that will improve their knowledge of personal finance and help them make enlightened decisions and avoid falling into financial difficulty.

We are equally proud to have contributed to Marathonariat collectif, a new initiative that gives college and university students the opportunity to experience an intensive entrepreneurial process and stimulate their business ideas.

A total of $91,353 was given in 2017.

Allocation of funds
Education $34,941
Humanitarian aid and community services $32,296
Health and healthy lifestyles $15,266
Economic development $500
Arts and culture $7,850
Cooperation $500

At the caisse, we strive to focus on members first in everything we do and we're driven by the values of mutual assistance and solidarity. Next week, for every new account that is opened, we'll donate $10 to the organization chosen at the Annual General Meeting on April 16, 2018. At next year's meeting in 2019, La Maison d'hébergement S.O.S. Jeunesse will receive what we've collected. Congratulations!