Photo courtesy Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives
Community businesses and groups joined forces Saturday to demonstrate the power of volunteering.
More than 60 individuals gathered at The Sharing Farm on June 3 for the sixth annual Richmond Day of Caring, eliciting a grateful response from Ed Gavsie, president and chief executive officer of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives, which organized the event.
“The Day of Caring gives local, community-minded businesses a chance to show their philanthropic spirit," he said. "It's wonderful to see employees proudly wearing company shirts, volunteering with their families. It's about team-building and having fun, but they're also supporting an important cause."
The Sharing Farm donates its produce to the Richmond Food Bank and other community meal programs. For three hours, Day of Caring volunteerssupported this work by weeding and performing a range of other tasks.
In addition to the businesses that volunteered, three caring companies donated food for the event, with COBS Bread at Richmond Centre andStarbucks in Terra Nova providing breakfast and Pacific Gateway Hotel catering lunch.
Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives is a registered charity that serves as a hub for volunteering and giving. It is also a direct service provider, operating a child care resource and referral centre, the Richmond Christmas Fund and a variety of seniors community support services.