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Opportunities, recap, and celebrations at RCRG

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:19 PST, Mon January 29, 2024

Spend Your Summer with RCRG

RCRG is seeking candidates between the ages of 15 and 30 for two full-time roles, both commencing on May 6 and continuing for 12 to 16 weeks. 

The first position is a Program Assistant with the Information & Volunteer Centre. Responsibilities include updating the listings in the Community Services Directory, designing promotional materials for local volunteer opportunities, and filling in at the front desk assisting members of the public in accessing community resources. 

Some of the time will also be spent with the Child Care Resource & Referral Centre gathering data for the program’s annual child care fee survey, and helping out in the Richmond Early Years Library. 

The second opening is Program Assistant with the Seniors Community Support Services. 

The role involves a variety of tasks, from recruiting and screening volunteers, to scheduling client services like transportation, friendly visiting, and light housekeeping. The role will also include working with the Family & Friend Caregiver Hub, providing assistance during the programs many workshops and events. 

Both positions promise a summer filled with new experiences and opportunities for growth. If you’re considering a career in the rewarding, engaging, sometimes challenging, but always interesting non-profit field, RCRG is a great place to start. 

Complete job descriptions and application details are available on The final day to apply is Feb. 9. 

Richmond Christmas Fund Year in Review

Is the Richmond Christmas Fund season ever truly over? It seems that, as soon as we wrap up one edition of the program, we're already planning for the next. During the transition, however, we do try to pause and reflect not just on the program's impact, but the story behind it.

Which brings us to our 2023 Richmond Christmas Fund Year in Review. By now, you probably know that, this past holiday season, the Christmas Fund helped 3,920 people—far more than ever before. The review includes other statistics as well, all of them trending upwards, all of them speaking to a significant community need.

If we only wanted to highlight the program's impact, we could have stopped there. On their own, the numbers tell a simple and powerful story.

But there's so much more to the narrative. It starts with Lansdowne Centre, who donated space for the Christmas Fund to operate. It continues with our volunteers, who took on additional shifts so we could extend the program's hours. And it keeps going, this time with our donors, who stepped up with one generous contribution after another.

The Christmas Fund Year in Review is our attempt to go beyond the numbers, and tell a story about Richmond's giving spirit. Most of all, it's a chance to thank our community for a year we'll never forget.

A New Year’s Celebration for Caregivers

If you're reading this, it's probably the end of January, or perhaps early February. It's fair to say, in any case, that 2024 is well underway.

But here's the thing: our Family & Friend Caregiver Hub has been busy. In December alone, the Hub hosted a dozen workshops and support groups. Staff barely had time to catch their breath before the calendar flipped and the new year brought—you guessed it—even more workshops.

Amid this hectic schedule, the team at the Hub still wanted to ring in 2024—and to do it in style. Now, finally, a date for the celebration has been set: Tuesday, Feb. 13. Is it a little late? Sure. All good things, though, are worth waiting for.

The event will be held at the Richmond Caring Place, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and is open to anyone who provides unpaid care to an older adult living in Richmond. Of course, care recipients are also welcome to attend.

In the words of the Caregiver Hub, you can expect "a delightful afternoon filled with light refreshments, meaningful connections, and engaging games."

It's not exactly a new year anymore, so think of the event as a new beginning—a chance to relax, recharge, and refresh amongst fellow caregivers, and to strengthen your support network.

Learn more and register for free on the Caregiver Hub website.

The Richmond Family & Friend Caregiver Hub is funded by TD Bank Group, with additional support from United Way Healthy Aging.

Through the Hub, unpaid caregivers can access resources, one-on-one support, and a wide range of educational and recreational workshops. All Hub services are free of charge, and available in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

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