Published: June 11, 2012 4:00 PM
Updated: June 12, 2012 11:41 AM
More than 100 volunteers, representing local businesses and non-profit organizations, arrived at The Sharing Farm at Terra Nova Rural Park last Saturday as part of the first ever Richmond Day of Caring.
Volunteers spent the morning weeding, planting, and generally doing whatever they could to help out.
Organized by Volunteer Richmond Information Services, the Day of Caring marked the conclusion of the inauguralRichmond Caring Companies program, a joint initiative of Volunteer Richmond, Coast Capital Savings, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and Ashton Service Group. The program helps businesses develop and implement corporate volunteering policies, while teaching non-profit organizations how to work with businesses to better meet the needs of the community.
“With the Day of Caring, we saw the beginning of something special,” says Elizabeth Specht, Volunteer Richmond’s executive director. “Really, we’ve seen it since January, when we started Richmond Caring Companies. The businesses we’ve worked with have all been so eager to get involved in the community, to make volunteering part of their corporate culture. That attitude will only continue to grow.”
A total of six businesses and five non-profit organizations took part in the Richmond Caring Companies program, which consists of a series of workshops and consultations covering all aspects of effective corporate volunteering.
Participating businesses included Ashton Service Group, Back in Motion, Beavis Wong & Associates, Misty Mountain Specialties, Richmond Funeral Home, and Scotiabank. Joining them from the non-profit sector were the Canadian Mental Health Association, MOSAIC, Richmond Addiction Services, Richmond Family Place, and Touchstone Family Association.
“I can’t say enough about the program participants,” says Specht. “They deserve to be called caring companies, because they’ve shown that ‘community’ means more to them than the place they do business. It’s the place they call home, and they’re committed to making a positive impact.”