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  • Special Delivery

    The Volunteers Are Stars Awards happened virtually, back in April. This month, we finally got to deliver the awards to the recipients - and thank them again for their contributions.

    Posted June 24, 2022 7c633d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • RCRG Hosts 50th Annual General Meeting

    For the first time in three years, we held our Annual General Meeting in person. If that wasn't exciting enough, we were also celebrating RCRG's 50th anniversary!

    Posted June 17, 2022 9e864023-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Leadership Richmond - Youth Now Program Comes to a Close

    For 17 years, our Youth Now program helped train Richmond's next generation of community leaders. In May, the program held its final graduation ceremony.

    Posted June 03, 2022 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Every Story Matters

    Our Youth Now blog series concludes with a post from Sadaf Sediqi, who believes that a community grows stronger when it makes room for unique perspectives and diverse stories.

    Posted March 16, 2022 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • The Potential for Something Great

    Casey Skuce wanted to learn more about Richmond's non-profit sector, and how community organizations operate. In our Youth Now program, she's getting a firsthand look.

    Posted March 08, 2022 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • What's Your Story?

    Brandon Kato, who's participating in our Youth Now program, discusses his leadership journey, which has been marked self-reflection and perseverance.

    Posted February 28, 2022 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Join Us in Recognizing Richmond's Star Volunteers

    The Volunteers Are Stars Awards are back! We look forward to celebrating Richmond's volunteer spirit on April 27, but first, we're seeking as many nominations as possible.

    Posted January 31, 2022 7c633d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Kick Start Your Education

    After high school, where will your education take you? No matter the destination, the Richmond Community Foundation can help you get there. Apply today for a 2022 scholarship!

    Posted January 26, 2022 186c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Winter Workshops at the Caregiver Hub

    During the gloomy winter months, the Richmond Family & Friend Caregiver Hub will keep you active and engaged, with virtual workshops on finger knitting, mental wellness, and more!

    Posted January 17, 2022 8f6c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Learn to Draw Insects with Bea Martin

    Science illustrator extraordinaire Bea Martin is back with a new Neighbourhood Small Grant project! This time, she's turned her attention to the insect world, creating a series of creepy crawly nature journaling activities.

    Posted January 12, 2022 fb2f3f23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Thank You, Richmond, and Happy Holidays!

    This year, the Richmond Christmas Fund helped brighten the holidays for over 2,300 of our neighbours in need. We're beyond grateful to everyone who made it possible.

    Posted December 20, 2021 726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Christmas Fund Auction Sets Fundraising Record

    More than 200 community members participated in this year's Christmas Fund auction. Together, they placed over 1,000 bids, helping to raise nearly $47,000 for families in need.

    Posted December 07, 2021 726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • The Christmas Fund Drive-Thru Event Is Back

    On December 7, join us at Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1 for the Christmas Fund Drive-Thru Event! Drop off a toy and get a McDonald's coupon - the perfect way to start your morning!

    Posted November 24, 2021 726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Cops, Donuts, and Holiday Cheer

    On November 20, the Richmond RCMP will host their annual Christmas Fund Toy Drive at Lansdowne Centre. Make a donation, and get a bag of mini-donuts in return!

    Posted November 03, 2021 726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Hope for the Holidays

    Is it too earlier to be thinking about the holiday season? Not at RCRG! We're in full Christmas Fund mode, and when you're ready, there are many ways you can help make holiday wishes come true!

    Posted October 20, 2021 726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Fall Brings Fresh Batch of Caregiver Workshops

    From exercise classes to chair yoga sessions, family and friend caregivers have plenty of options for staying active and healthy during the coming months.

    Posted September 09, 2021 8f6c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • A Rewarding Summer

    This summer, countless seniors got to know Daniel Chan, who spent his co-op term with our Seniors Community Support Services, helping clients stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.

    Posted August 13, 2021 8f6c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Introducing GiveShop

    Like a more caring version of Kijiji, GiveShop allows you to turn your gently used items into cash donations for local charities, including RCRG. It's a new way to give back to your community - and clean out your garage!

    Posted July 08, 2021 2cd33f23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • #WearTheBear for Half the Price

    Our #WearTheBear face masks are now 50% off, but 100% of proceeds still support RCRG's programs and services! Get yours for just $10 while supplies last!

    Posted June 23, 2021 2cd33f23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Another Chance to #WearTheBear

    We've partnered with our friends at Herbaland for the second edition of our #WearTheBear campaign. Purchase a face mask - featuring a pair of lovable bears - and help support RCRG's programs and services.

    Posted May 03, 2021 2cd33f23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Our Volunteer Management Training Series Goes Virtual

    Our popular Volunteer Management Training Series returns this May, as engaging as ever in a re-imagined virtual format. Don't miss this opportunity to kickstart a rewarding career in the non-profit sector.

    Posted April 16, 2021 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • In Someone Else's Shoes

    David Yang is a young, passionate community leader, whose vision for Richmond is based in empathy. He knows our community will thrive only if everyone's voice is heard.

    Posted April 08, 2021 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • When Opportunity Knocks

    Damanpreet Garcha has run with every opportunity she's been given, both personal and professional. That includes taking full advantage of her time in the Leadership Richmond - Youth Now program.

    Posted April 07, 2021 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • What Volunteering Means to Me

    When Li Qing Wang enrolled in medical school, she had less time to volunteer. She's since rekindled her passion for community service in our Youth Now program, using what she's learned to grow as a person and future physician.

    Posted April 07, 2021 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Ready for the Future, Whatever It Brings

    There was a time when Alyssa Chen couldn't imagine herself as a community leader. Today, it's a role she's fully embracing, as a participant in the Leadership Richmond - Youth Now program.

    Posted March 18, 2021 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • An Impeccable Resume Gets Stronger

    Bilan Hassan joined the Leadership Richmond - Youth Now program with a background in non-profit studies. Her time in the program has made her a more well-rounded community leader.

    Posted March 11, 2021 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Always Learning, Always Growing

    Mina Pavlovic kicks off this year's Leadership Richmond - Youth Now blog series, reflecting on her experience serving as a board member with the Richmond Addiction Services Society.

    Posted March 04, 2021 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Seafair's No. 1 eLves Deliver Holiday Cheer

    Applications are now open for the 2021 Neighbourhood Small Grants program, giving Richmond residents a chance to carry out their own community projects. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than Seafair's No. 1 eLves.

    Posted February 25, 2021 fb2f3f23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Are You a Caregiver?

    People often take on the responsibilities of a caregiver before seeing themselves as one. Identifying with the role is important, however, because it's the first step to receiving support.

    Posted February 18, 2021 8f6c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Volunteers Are Stars Goes Virtual

    In the past year, when the world stopped, volunteers stepped up like never before. Help celebrate their contributions by submitting a nomination for the Volunteers Are Stars Awards.

    Posted February 11, 2021 7c633d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Letting Students Forge Their Own Path

    Through its diverse scholarship program, the Richmond Community Foundation empowers students to pursue their educational goals, wherever they may lead.

    Posted February 04, 2021 186c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Celebrate a New Year with New Volunteer Role

    Since the pandemic began, we've filled nearly 4,500 grocery orders for Richmond seniors. Help us keep this important service running by volunteering as a Shopping Assistant or Delivery Driver.

    Posted January 28, 2021 8f6c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • A Year to Forget, A Holiday Season to Remember

    In 2020, during a global pandemic, the community came together to brighten the holidays for nearly 3,000 of our neighbours in need. It was an inspiring example of Richmond's giving spirit.

    Posted January 21, 2021 726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Holiday Heroes

    Richmond Christmas Fund volunteers have always been awesome. This year, though, they can rightfully be called heroes.

    Posted November 16, 2020 726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Learning Objectives

    Timothy Lai just completed his co-op term at RCRG. It's a summer he won't soon forget.

    Posted September 21, 2020 8f6c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Change of Plans

    What happens when your community leadership program is interrupted by a global pandemic? This year's Youth Now participants found a way to adapt.

    Posted August 20, 2020 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • An Unforgettable Experience

    Youth Now participant Hailey Wang reflects on how the pandemic helped create a closer bond among this year's youth leaders.

    Posted July 08, 2020 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Building Community Behind the Scenes

    A first-year student at UBC's Sauder School of Business, Anthony Dy Ning explains how his experience in the Youth Now program has given him a new perspective on community.

    Posted March 24, 2020 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • A Different Approach

    Vivien Wong, a Registered Nurse, describes how her experience in our Youth Now program has made her a more thoughtful, empathetic co-worker.

    Posted March 11, 2020 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • A Community Leader Takes the Next Step

    For Rachel Ling, participating in the Leadership Richmond - Youth Now program has been a learning experience, and a stepping stone towards greater community involvement.

    Posted March 05, 2020 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • On The Road Again

    RCRG has a new ride, thanks to the Rotary Club of Steveston. Find out how a generous donation helped us get back on the road again.

    Posted February 26, 2020 8f6c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad|726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad|7c633d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Building a Library

    Checking in with our Child Care Resource & Referral Centre as it prepares to open the new Richmond Early Years Library.

    Posted February 20, 2020 fa2f3f23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Once In a Lifetime

    It's been a decade since the 2010 Winter Olympics, and our memories remain as fond as ever.

    Posted February 13, 2020 7c633d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • On Blizzards, Real and Metaphorical

    Jackson Kemmis, who's participating in this year's Youth Now program, compares it to a blizzard, in a good way.

    Posted February 06, 2020 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Out of the Ordinary

    More than making holiday wishes come true, Christmas Fund volunteers give meaning to the word "community."

    Posted January 28, 2020 726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Community Up Close

    Shawn Badesha, an RCRG board member and participant in our 2019-20 Youth Now program, discusses his growing appreciation for the Richmond community.

    Posted January 20, 2020 fc673d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Flipping the Page

    A new year, a new decade, and a new chapter for RCRG.

    Posted January 13, 2020 7c633d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad|726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad|8f6c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad|fb2f3f23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad|fa2f3f23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • When A Community Comes Together

    A snapshot of the many supporters who make the Richmond Christmas Fund possible.

    Posted November 05, 2019 726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • Wrapped To Perfection

    On their busiest days, Christmas Fund gift wrap volunteers can wrap up to 80 presents. They could really use your help.

    Posted September 26, 2019 726c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • From Theory to Practice

    Olivia Dong spent her summer co-op term with RCRG's Seniors Community Support Services, where she discovered that helping older adults first meant putting herself in their shoes.

    Posted August 19, 2019 8f6c3d23-8769-6cc7-8851-ff0000fe1cad
  • A New Experience

    Clara Tang, one of two co-op students to join our team this summer, gives an insightful account of her time at RCRG.

    Posted August 09, 2019
  • Half a World Away

    Jasnique Gill-Nahal recently moved to Richmond from England, and found that volunteering was the perfect way to connect to her new community.

    Posted May 16, 2019
  • A Gift That Keeps on Giving

    Alex Chau, a Gift Wrap volunteer with the Richmond Christmas Fund, explains how the role has helped build his confidence and his resume.

    Posted October 10, 2018
  • Senior Lives Through a Student's Eyes

    Charlotte Choi, a co-op student from UBC, spent a memorable summer working with our Seniors Community Support Services.

    Posted August 28, 2018
  • Stepping Away from Old Age Stereotypes

    Our Seniors Community Support Services department recently celebrated the completion of a yearlong project designed to combat ageism.

    Posted June 15, 2018
  • Hitting All the Right Notes... Child Care Style

    Each May, the Richmond child care community pulls together to organize a huge celebratory event, the Child Care Gala Dinner. This year's theme was "Hitting All the Right Notes."

    Posted May 31, 2018
  • Road Trips and Friendships

    A volunteer and a car. Put the two together, and they can change lives. Our Richmond Better at Home program is proof.

    Posted September 27, 2017
  • A Summer with Seniors

    Crystal Man, our summer co-op student, worked in our Seniors Community Support Services department, arranging transportation for clients. Her contributions, though, didn't end there.

    Posted September 05, 2017
  • A Collection of Defining Moments

    In this blog post, Mikaela Nuval, our summer co-op student, talks about her time at RCRG - her first professional experience and, by extension, her first foray into the non-profit field.

    Posted August 28, 2017
  • Now or Never: Taking the Leap with Youth Now

    For young leaders, our Youth Now program perfectly encapsulates the old saying, "There's no better time than the present."

    Posted August 21, 2017
  • A Guide to Group Volunteering

    Find out how you and your colleagues – or family members, teammates, friends, etc. – can volunteer, and make an impact, together.

    Posted June 07, 2017
  • On Kindness

    Posted April 23, 2017
  • Super Fun Groups and Friendship Soulmates

    The Canadian Mental Health Association is Canada’s oldest mental health charity, making it a pioneer in the country’s diverse and vibrant non-profit sector.

    Posted March 21, 2017
  • Big Brothers, Bigger Impact

    Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver was established in 1978, and Richmond is one of many communities the organization serves. To serve it better, however, Big Brothers needs more volunteers.

    Posted March 15, 2017
  • Her Own Path

    Posted November 07, 2016
  • Unexpected Friendships

    Posted October 25, 2016
  • Not ESL, But A Bookshelf

    Posted September 14, 2016
  • The Finish Line

    Posted September 01, 2016
  • An Eye-Opening Experience

    Posted August 29, 2016
  • A Summer of Firsts

    Posted July 28, 2016
  • Transforming Lives Through Martial Arts

    Posted July 15, 2016
  • Non-Profit Video Picks: May 2016

    Posted May 27, 2016
  • A Message from RCRG

    It's been a long road between then and now.

    Posted April 07, 2016