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The Richmond Christmas Fund was first started by Ethel Tibbits, in the 1930s.
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Richmond is home to over 350 registered charities, all of which rely on volunteer support.
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International Volunteer Day is celebrated throughout the world on December 5.
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In 2016, the Foundation awarded 10 grants to non-profit organizations, worth a combined $59,000.
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In 2017, the Foundation distributed $198,000 as community and Canada 150 grants, scholarships, and charitable disbursements.
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ROCA has raised over $21,000 for local charities.
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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.
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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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Building Community Behind the Scenes

Published March 24, 2020

Like every area of life, this year's Leadership Richmond - Youth Now program has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. The graduation ceremony, originally scheduled for April, has been cancelled, and while it was absolutely necessary to do so, we still feel terrible for the youth leaders, who have spent the past seven months serving as board members with local non-profit organizations.

When we can, we'll give them the celebration they deserve, but until then, we want to continue highlighting the incredible work they've done in the program.

And so, here's the latest post in our Youth Now blog series, courtesy of Anthony Dy Ning, a youth leader volunteering on the board of City Centre Community Association. Like so many in the program, Anthony's experience has given him a behind-the-scenes look at, and a greater appreciation of, the non-profit world.


My name is Anthony Dy Ning and I had the privilege this year to be part of the Youth Now program and serve on the City Centre Community Association board of directors.

I currently am a first-year, full-time student at the Sauder School of Business, and I’m super passionate about getting involved in the community, both in Richmond, and at school.

Throughout the Youth Now program, I have been able to attend workshops that have been insightful and helped enhance my knowledge of community service and leadership. From Robert’s Rules, to the intricacies of how to effectively fundraise, Youth Now has equipped me well to serve my community better.

A great application of the Youth Now program was being able to help volunteers during the Richmond Christmas Fund. By witnessing first-hand the community in action, helping those in need, it gave me a greater appreciation of the many non-profit organizations in Richmond that help better our community behind the scenes.

As well, being a board member at City Centre exposed me to different individuals who share a passion to create community in the city of Richmond. The Youth Now program put me in the unique position of being a board member, and allowed me to learn effective communication and leadership skills.

I have been part of the discussion and implementation of things that I definitely would not have thought of, and I’m grateful to be continually learning more because of the Youth Now program. I’m excited for what’s to come in the future, and to be more integrated within the community.

The Youth Now program is an opportunity to gain a new perspective on the city of Richmond, and it not only allowed me to work alongside like-minded individuals, but also, serve the city in a new way. I would highly recommend this program to other youth who are looking for a unique and new way to serve the community.

Leadership Richmond - Youth Now is funded by the Government of Canada's Canada Service Corps and Coast Capital Savings.