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Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives restarting seniors’ program

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:51 PDT, Fri June 17, 2022

During the pandemic, the Seniors Information and Referral service run by Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) went on hiatus.

But the program resumed last month, with a new name: Seniors Community Connections.

As before, trained volunteers are available to help older adults access community resources and information. Volunteers are well-versed in a range of topics including housing, healthcare, transportation, and government benefits. Their goal is to guide clients through Richmond's vast—and sometimes confusing—network of seniors' services, so every client can get the support they need.

Volunteers can also help complete government forms, and can even provide basic income tax assistance.

Appointments are held at RCRG’s office in the Richmond Caring Place (7000 Minoru Blvd.). The service is free to use, and offered in multiple languages. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 604-279-7020 or email

For community members who are interested in volunteering, RCRG is looking for volunteer drivers to help seniors get to medical appointments or participate in community activities. The Better at Home transportation service enables seniors to get directly to their destinations thanks to volunteer drivers, who will also bring them home afterwards. The fee is based on a sliding scale, so clients with a lower income pay less.

The volunteer role is flexible, allowing people to accept or decline rides based on their schedule. Volunteer drivers are reimbursed for gas. For those interested, visit:

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