Imagine that you have a chance to support one social cause or group to improve the quality of life in Richmond. What would that cause or group be?

almost 6 years ago
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The City currently supports the social well being of Richmond residents in a variety of ways.  We want to know what you think are the priorities.  What would you do to help?  What do you think the City could do to help?

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  • dewhalen over 9 years ago
    I volunteer at the Richmond Women's Resource Centre and last year we had 57 visits from women seeking shelter. These women are not fleeing violence (Nova House is a safe house for this purpose). These women are in circumstances where they either find themselves (and their children) without a place to stay, or at risk of homelessness and one pay cheque away. Some women immigrate to Canada with their husbands and children and within a year they split up as they find life is not as easy as they thought. So they end up on their own. The Women's Centre has to refer them to Vancouver or Surrey because Richmond has no homeless shelter for women and their children. We have a 10 bed shelter for men but not for women! Why is that? Although homeless men may be more visible, the statistics above should speak for themselves. Homeless women do not usually live in a park or behind a dumpster. Younger women may have their children with them and they couch-surf from one place to another. Some women live in their cars. If they go to Vancouver or Surrey they have to put their children in foster care so they can keep going to their home school. And older women are not immune either-many senior women have low or no pensions. At Homeless-Connect in October women in their 50s and 60s came in for help and support. All of this is grossly unfair to women in Richmond. We deserve a homeless shelter for women and their children so they can put their lives back together in their home community.
  • citizen30 over 9 years ago
    I support the Richmond Centre for Disability. Their centre is not only a source of information and education, but its members and consumers get involved in various ways to make Richmond truly inclusive for people with disabilities. The centre is well known and respected as 'being able to get things done'. Their role in helping people with disabilities be independent in their community is evident by the built environment ranging from large-scale civic surroundings to personal places. Their many volunteers also show the community their belief and passion for the centre's mission and values of dignity, knowledge, diversity, and self-determination.
  • Funfunyay over 9 years ago
    I would like to see more support for the imaginative arts. What Richmond needs is a sense of common identity to bring us together and focus our activity in productive ways. I believe that principally throught the arts we can create this identity, complexify it, bring people's attention to all manner of social issues, and create a vibrant community. What truly makes Richmond any different than Vancouver or New West or Surrey, or anywhere in Canada? Is there any reason why people should contribute to the municipality and not another, or simply see the social contract as 'the government makes decisions for me"? Without a sense that Richmond is a real place, a community, and we can feel that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves, there is not much to recommend us. If Richmond is no more than a conglomeration of people, we will never move beyond the surface of our community problems because there is so little that holds us together. If we really want to take action on issues like homelessness, like integrating disabled citizens as independant and valued members of society, like environmental or economic sustainability, we need to really feel like a part of a community. And how do we build an identity? It's true we can build an identity through projects that affect everybody, commercial and public services we hold in common, and other community dialogue initiatives. But I think there is little to match the ability of the arts to get people engaged, excited, and involved. The arts are themselves a form of dialogue, and if we promote an arts culture of accessible dialogue on things that matter to us all, with a focus on our community of Richmond, we will not only create 'an identity', but create a complex, flexible, strong identity, and a living arts community that will continue to serve us in the future. The arts can be put towards social commentary and criticism, and can be a part of a greater culture of empowerment, a sense of ownership from within the community, that will involve all kinds of people in the ongoing project of Richmond.
  • Bernie over 9 years ago
    For over 50 years, I have focused on volunteering, with the intent of trying to make a difference in the community of Richmond- - - this, as a result of being inspired 50 years ago by a World Leader who said it was the responsibility of all people to make a difference in their community. He made sense to me then, and his message still does to this day. If we don't pitch in, to do our part, who will? My goal was to do whatever I could to contribute towards protecting and building on the values, services and vision that made Richmond a very special place in which to live. My private time, over and above that which I had to devote to operating my business, was spent attending meetings, workshops, etc. The subjects varied, starting with Responsible Dog Ownership (focusing on public education relating to same), - - then on to the Chamber of Commerce to work on issues relating to Community Development - - - through to United Way, which addressed the need to ensure the community had strong Social Services programs that could serve what was becoming a very diverse community - - this also involved the development of the Caring Place. In recent years, my focus has been disability related, 25 years with the RCD- Richmond Centre for Disability - - and 15 years with the Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society, which provides a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and youth with disabilities. (I was involved in the founding of both). I enjoyed them all. By devoting these hours to volunteering I did not become financially wealthy, but the emotional benefits of knowing in some small way I might have made a difference, after all. Knowing I had been a member of the team when special projects where planned and being developed, no amount of money can improve on that. I have no regrets. The City of Richmond, unlike some, has always been a strong supporter of its' community volunteers, the various groups that have evolved over the years, the many projects that were undertaken. As a result of these partnerships, this City is looked at as a leader in the field - - - to be emulated across Canada. What we cannot do, is let this valued relationship between the city and our community organizations & community volunteers slip away from us. It must be emphasized in the final Social Planning Document, for all future Mayors, Council members, and Citizens of the community to use in their planning / funding guidelines. My current goal, is to see that Richmond continues to be a user-friendly City for everyone. That there is affordable, accessible housing to meet the community needs of all citizens, and that the Social Services we value and need for all the community remain strong, and are funded to the level of their needs. I will continue to volunteer to that end. My message to others is. Become a volunteer - - -
  • Bernie over 9 years ago
    One thing I did not include in my posting, which I think is important. Being involved in the community as a volunteer, and there are many organizations and/or causes you can support, is a wonderful way to meet people who share your values & interests. The greatest thing I come away with from the years I have volunteered is the many friends I have gained, the enjoyment of planning or participating in special projects with them - - - the wonderful memories!! Volunteering is good for you! Try it!
  • jkg over 9 years ago
    While many special interest groups have a very positive impact on the quality of life in Richmond, a great many people in Richmond are not connected with any of those groups and do not have meaningful ways of making their voices heard - especially with language and cultural differences in our city. I volunteer with outreach groups and organizations which organize affordable social and cultural events which bring out cross-sections of Richmond residents into their neighborhoods. This online forum is a start, but Richmond should do more to engage groups of Richmond residents in active decision-making (not just providing input) on ideas for improving Richmond.