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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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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Published April 08, 2024

National Volunteer Week is almost here! Happening April 14 - 20, the annual celebration of Canada's culture of service is - it goes without saying - one of our favourite times of the year!

In 2024, the theme is Every Moment Matters, which we love because it's so expansive. You can count Canada's total number of volunteers, and even the number of hours they contribute. But the meaningful moments that emerge from acts of service? That's something you can't quantify.

Think of the senior who lights up during conversations with a volunteer visitor. Or the young athlete who improves their performance and gains self-confidence thanks to the patient instruction of a volunteer coach.

Whether fleeting or long-lasting, these are the moments upon which community is built. They happen every day, all around us, too numerous to count. And in every case, volunteers make them possible.

Here at RCRG, we're celebrating National Volunteer Week with a public art project. As a first step, we worked with local illustrator  Cartoon Katie to create a map of Richmond, featuring several notable landmarks.

We've since printed a large-scale version of the map - 7 feet wide by 5 feet tall! - and have begun decorating the border with volunteer photos, submitted by various community organizations.

The photos are a visual representation of the volunteer moments that connect and strengthen our community. While we could never highlight every act of community service, we've done our best to capture the vibrant diversity of Richmond's volunteer spirit, which encompasses all ages and cultures and backgrounds.

Throughout National Volunteer Week, the map and photos will be on display at the  Richmond Caring Place, giving you a chance to see the artwork up close and in person. We'll also be sharing the photos, along with accompanying stories and descriptions, on our social media channels.

Together, let's turn National Volunteer Week into an unforgettable moment, marked by gratitude and appreciation for all the Richmond residents who give their time so that our community can shine!