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Program gives businesses tools to volunteer

Volunteer Richmond president Bruce Rozenhart (left) with Brian Williams of Ashton Service Group at a Richmond Christmas Fund event. Ashton is one of the local companies involved in the Richmond Caring Companies Program. - file photo
Volunteer Richmond president Bruce Rozenhart (left) with Brian Williams of Ashton Service Group at a Richmond Christmas Fund event. Ashton is one of the local companies involved in the Richmond Caring Companies Program.
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A program connecting businesses and non-profit organizations is quietly changing the community for the better.

The Richmond Caring Companies Program is a joint initiative of Volunteer Richmond Information Services, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Ashton Service Group.

Through a series of workshops and consultations, businesses that take part in the program receive the resources and guidance they need to start—or grow—an employer-supported volunteer program.

“Richmond is full of community-minded businesses,” said Elizabeth Specht, Volunteer Richmond executive director, at the program’s launch last fall. “Through this program, they’ll receive the tools and resources they need to take their community involvement to the next level.”

The program benefits many. Non-profit groups get access to a diverse group of skilled volunteers. Businesses get recognition and benefit from increased employee morale, productivity and loyalty. Employees learn new skills through volunteering—and gain a sense of pride and accomplishment.

“Everyone involved – businesses, their employees, and non-profit organizations – comes out ahead. Most importantly, so does the community,” said Specht.

Businesses that are currently participating in the program include Beavis Wong and Associates, Misty Mountain Specialties, Richmond Funeral Home, Back in Motion, Scotiabank and Ashton Service Group

As well, the following non-profit organizations are taking part: Canadian Mental Health Association, Richmond Family Place, Touchstone Family Association and MOSAIC

This year marks an annual event when Richmond Caring Companies come together for the Richmond Day of Caring. Scheduled for July, the event is a day of volunteering in which employees will work with local non-profit organizations on community projects.

To learn more about the program, call 604-279-7020 or e-mail info@volunteerrichmond.ca.

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