Did you know?
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.

Hitting All the Right Notes... Child Care Style

Published May 31, 2018

"The Richmond Annual Child Care Gala Dinner"

If you haven’t heard of it before, you’ve been missing out. 

Every year in May, the Richmond child care community pulls together to organize a huge celebratory event, the Child Care Gala Dinner. An annual event that is well over 10 years running, this event is usually held at the end of May; however, this year we decided to kick off the month in style.

You may be asking yourself, Kick off what? What’s happening in May that’s so important? 
Well, it’s because May is Child Care Month.

Each year, the Province of British Columbia proclaims the month of May as Child Care Month, to celebrate the thousands of child care educators and operators who are so committed in their work.  Municipalities such as Richmond affirm this proclamation, and one of the ways we celebrate is to host local appreciation events. This is the one time of year that communities, child care centres, and social enterprises work together to host a variety of events and fun-filled activities such as the Child Care Centre Tours.

So what do colourful costumes, flashy centerpieces, inflatable guitars, cake, and Madonna have in common?
Well, if you were lucky enough to attend, you may have spotted them at the Child Care Gala Dinner on May 9th.

Actually, if you attended the event you would’ve stumbled across many famous musicians: Tina Turner, Gem and the Holograms, the Spice Girls and a Spice Girls tribute band, Cher with her big hair, and a whole boatload of Phantoms from the Opera. Katy Perry herself made not one, but two appearances, and even Michael Jackson returned for a visit from the grave.

Not only are these dinners themed events, filled with fun decorations and costumes, but there are prizes and competitions for creative centerpieces and games. With nearly 150 attendees, a buffet table that stretched the length of one wall, a photo booth, two devoured cakes, and appearances from the Mayor and councilors from the City of Richmond, this event was a huge success. This was the second year that the CCRR hosted the event, and we are looking forward to doing an even better job next year.

This year’s theme was “Hitting all the Right Notes”, a theme that not only inspired ideas of music and festivity, but also referenced the care and thought that child care providers exemplify in their duties every day. They change dirty diapers, comfort tears, read stories, and introduce concepts that inform a child’s development. Child care providers work so hard to provide exceptional care for our children… it’s the least we can do to show our thanks.

So on behalf of everyone at the CCRR and RCRG, to all the child care providers, advisors, educators, teachers, social workers, coordinators, and anyone else we may have missed…YOU ROCK!