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More than 100 young leaders have graduated from the Youth Now program.
Each year, over 100 non-profit professionals attend our training opportunities.
Over two dozen non-profit organizations have participated in the Youth Now program.
The CCRR provides nearly 400 child care referrals per year.
On average, the CCRR hosts 30 workshops and training courses each year.
Every year, over 500 child care providers and parents attend CCRR training opportunities.
Every year, RCRG completes over 3,000 grocery orders for local seniors.
Nearly 300 seniors make use of our Better at Home services.
Our volunteer drivers complete more than 1,200 trips annually.
At least 350 people per year find a volunteer position using our Volunteer Match program.
Close to 500 volunteers support RCRG’s programs and services.
Volunteers contribute nearly 23,000 hours to our organization each year.
Each holiday season, the Richmond Christmas Fund helps more than 2,200 low-income residents.
Every year, the Christmas Fund provides over 600 children with toys, books, and sports equipment.
The Richmond Christmas Fund was first started by Ethel Tibbits, in the 1930s.
The number of Neighbourhood Small Grants we’ve awarded has increased every year since 2014.
Block parties are the most popular type of Neighbourhood Small Grant project.
Every year, the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre serves over 7,300 local women.
The Richmond Women’s Resource Centre currently offers 16 programs and services.
Nearly 60 volunteers support the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre, contributing nearly 2,500 hours per year.
Richmond is home to over 350 registered charities, all of which rely on volunteer support.
There are nearly 13 million volunteers across Canada.
International Volunteer Day is celebrated throughout the world on December 5.
There are 35 volunteer centres in British Columbia.
In 2016, the Foundation awarded 10 grants to non-profit organizations, worth a combined $59,000.
The Foundation manages $6 million in 60 Forever Funds, returning, on average, CPI plus 4%.
Between 2020 and 2022, the Foundation distributed $656,000 in grants, scholarships, charitable disbursements, and Emergency Community Support Funds.
Foundation activities result in the enhancement of our community and residents’ sense of belonging.
ROCA has raised over $21,000 for local charities.
ROCA has performed its Elementary School Concert Series to over 8,000 students.
ROCA provides mentoring and life changing opportunities for aspiring musicians.
The Richmond Arts Coalition was founded in November of 2005.
RAC co-produces the ArtRich exhibition every two years!
RAC highlights Richmond's arts events in a monthly email.
The Richmond Music School is the oldest not-for-profit music school in Richmond.
The Richmond Music School offers affordable music lessons through its diverse programming.
Our students performed 40 hours of music to welcome the Olympic athletes to the 2010 Olympic Games.
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A Night to Celebrate Richmond's Star Volunteers

Published May 02, 2023

On April 19, after a three-year wait, the Volunteers Are Stars Awards made a triumphant in-person return!

Nearly 100 community members joined us at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, where, together, we celebrated Richmond's most dedicated, passionate, and inspiring volunteers.

The event featured appetizers and refreshments, a photo booth, and a very cool art activity, where guests each wrote the word "Volunteer" on a black canvas, transforming it into a colourful piece of graffiti.

The highlight, of course, was the awards ceremony. This year, there were 31 nominees across four categories, recognizing individual, group, youth, and leadership volunteers.

An impartial panel of judges selected the winners - one in each category - but it couldn't have been an easy choice. Each nominee was spectacular, their contributions and accomplishments having had a significant, lasting impact on the Richmond community.

It's in that context - a group of star volunteers, all shining brightly - that we announce this year's award recipients:
Star of Richmond
Recognizing Outstanding Leadership Volunteers
Susan Ness
Shooting Star Award
Recognizing Outstanding Youth Volunteers
Ava Koldenhof
Constellation Award
Recognizing Outstanding Volunteer Groups
Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop
Nova Star Award
Recognizing Outstanding Individual Volunteers
Leon Chew

For more coverage of the 2023 Volunteers Are Stars Awards, check out our website. We've posted photos and short biographies of this year's winners, as well as links to individual Facebook posts highlighting each of the nominees.

There's also a video from the event, produced by our friends at Vancouver Television, and a photo album.

With that, one last time, we'd like to thank everyone who made the Volunteers Are Stars Awards possible: our partners and sponsors, the individuals and organizations who submitted nominations, and, most of all, the brilliant volunteers whose work we were honoured to recognize and celebrate.

We'll see you next year!