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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 $4.5 million in nearly 50 Forever Funds, returning CPI plus 4%.
In 2017, the Foundation distributed $198,000 as community and Canada 150 grants, scholarships, and charitable disbursements.
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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Published January 13, 2020

First and foremost, Happy New Year! Actually, we can do better than that: Happy New Decade! We have a lot of exciting things in store for 2020, but before looking ahead, we want to take a quick look back, because we ended 2019 on a high note.

We're talking, of course, about the Richmond Christmas Fund, which had yet another record-breaking season. In all, we served 2,915 people, including 890 children337 teenagers, and 360 seniors.

This was a monumental feat, in which we proudly played a part. Really, though, the entire community deserves a round of applause. Richmond came together to spread some good old fashioned holiday magic, and as a result, our neighbours in need had a celebration they'll never forget. Not a bad way to close out the decade!

As we start a new one, there's much to look forward to. We'll soon begin accepting nominations for the 2020 Volunteers Are Stars Awards, happening in April, during National Volunteer Week
We're also keen to further establish RCRG as a leader in BC's voluntary sector, as we look to launch our Volunteer Now software in more communities throughout the province. Currently, it's being used in Coquitlam, Vernon, Terrace, and Lillooet, and by Volunteer BC.
Last year, we funded 38 community projects through our Neighbourhood Small Grants program - more than ever before! If you have a project idea of your own - something fun, something inclusive, something that will strengthen connections between neighbours - you can apply for a 2020 grant beginning in mid-February. 
Big things are afoot at our Child Care Resource & Referral Centre (CCRR), most notably an expansion of its hugely popular Early Learning Library. And we don't just mean more resources, though that's certainly part of it! In fact, the CCRR will be expanding into an entirely new space, on the second floor of the Richmond Caring Place
The CCRR's main office will remain on the third floor, while the new space, when it's ready, will be home to a wider selection of early learning resources, and will allow for additional programming, like felt crafting and storytime sessions. We can hardly wait!

Finally, our Seniors Community Support Services will be even busier in 2020, as we partner with the United Way of the Lower Mainland to launch a variety of new programs and services for family caregivers.

This major project, spanning two and a half years, will help ensure that older adults who provide unpaid care to a family member, friend, or neighbour, have access to resources and support that promote healthy aging and social connectedness.

With a new decade before us, we're ready to build on our successes, and to continue building community. Here's to another ten years of bringing people and services together!