In 2018, the ECC donated $30,000 to Kids Help Phone. These funds were used to provide live chat counselling services to youth from the EQUS Service Area and to promote a new Crisis Texting Service in EQUS schools.
To date, the EQUS Community Connection
has helped raise more than
for the betterment of
communities in rural Alberta.
EQUS employees are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve. The EQUS Community Connection (ECC) Committee is an employee-led fundraising initiative dedicated to making a difference year-round throughout our Service Area.
All funds raised by the ECC go towards a charity-of-choice that is carefully selected to ensure the greatest benefit for those Albertans living in rural areas. For 2020, the ECC charity-of-choice is HALO Air Ambulance. The ECC Donated $10,000 to fund the purchase of an emergency fuel resupply trailer.
EQUS employees at all three of our offices collect funds through the following staff events:
- Themed staff lunches
- Garage sale
- 50/50 draws
- Vending machine revenues
- Christmas cookie sale
- Christmas party silent auction
In addition to these events, EQUS Area Offices compete in a Christmas food drive to collect non-perishable items for our local food banks.
The ECC Committee also benefits from the annual EQUS Charity Golf Tournament. With help from sponsors and donors, EQUS raised just over $20,000 from this event in 2019, and hopes to surpass this amount in 2021 if COVID permits.
In 2019 the ECC donated $25,000 to McMan Youth, Family and Community Services who provided a series of free community workshops focused on rural mental health which were delivered in 10 EQUS communities as well as three extensive, two-day Mental Health First Aid training courses.