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Richmond Community Services Directory

 Donations A to Z Directory

The following is a full list of all the services found in the Richmond Community Services Directory.

Last updated: Jan 24, 2014

If you can't find what you are looking for, don't forget to visit the Richmond Low-Income Resource Directory for a listing of programs and services for those in need or contact Volunteer Richmond Information Services.


Big Brothers Clothing Donation
221 - 15 Braid Street
New Westminster,  BC    V3L 5N7   (Map)
Web site: www.BIGclothingdonation.com
Phone:  604-526-2447
Fax:  604-876-2446
E-mail: pickup@renewcrew.com

Book a date for free pickup of reusable clothes and household items online. Proceeds from donations help children in the community through the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver programs.


Canadian Diabetes Association - Pacific Area
360 - 1385 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 3V9   (Map)
Web site: www.diabetes.ca
Phone:  604-732-1331
Fax:  604-732-8444
Toll Free:  1-800-665-6526
E-mail: infobc@diabetes.ca

Leads the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while they work to find a cure. Professional staff and volunteers provide information and services to help people in their daily fight against the disease, advocate on behalf of people with diabetes for the opportunity to achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground towards a cure.

Program(s):
Clothesline
302 - 1515 Broadway Street
Port Coquitlam,  BC   V3C 6M2   (Map)
Web site: www.diabetes.ca/clothesline
Toll Free:  1-800-505-5525
Collects used clothing, household items, and small electronics. The money raised helps lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while the Association works to find a cure. Items are collected through telephone solicitation of the general public or donors are welcome to drop their donations in the drop bins located in high traffic areas or schedule a free pick-up online.

Computers for Schools
206 - 6741 Cariboo Road
Burnaby,  BC    V3N 4A3   (Map)
Web site: www.cfsbc.ca
Phone:  604-250-9936
Fax:  604-648-9628
Toll Free:  1-877-250-9936
E-mail: mwaddington@cfsbc.ca

Collects surplus computers from government and private sector sources and distributes them to schools, libraries, and non-profits throughout Canada. Computer workshops are staffed by volunteers who clean, refurbish, and prepare computers for delivery.


Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA)
100 - 3851 Shell Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2W2   (Map)
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca
Phone:  604-273-9778
Fax:  604-273-9770
E-mail: info@develop.bc.ca

The DDA is a community living agency that provides over 50 community-based programs and services to children, adults, and their families with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond. Their mission is to enable people with developmental disabilities achieve their full potential.

Program(s):
Clothing and Household Items Donations
2643 No. 5 Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2S8   (Map)
Web site: www.develop.bc.ca/contribute/donate-clothes.html
Phone:  604-273-4331
Fax:  604-273-9770
E-mail: dbarlow@develop.bc.ca
To donate reusable clothing and small household items, drop off donations Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am and 5:00pm at the Starjumper Donation Station. Donate to donation bins or call 604-273-4DDA for complimentary home pick-up.

Dress for Success Vancouver
675 West Hastings Street, Mezzanine
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 1N9   (Map)
Web site: www.dressforsuccess.org/vancouver
Phone:  604-408-7923
Fax:  604-677-6618
E-mail: vancouver@dressforsuccess.org

Helps and empowers women to dress for the workforce and continually shape their own destiny - transforming themselves, their families, and their communities. Clients are a diverse group of women who have faced a variety of life challenges and are seeking employment and self sufficiency. Supporters include corporations, foundations and individuals, men and women, who are committed to empowering women so they can achieve economic independence.

Program(s):
Donations
Phone:  604-408-4923
Donations of current, clean office attire are needed for clients and can be dropped off on Thursdays between 12-7pm and on Saturdays between 10-12:00 noon only. All items must be business attire appropriate for interviews and new jobs. Due to a high volume of donations, we are unable to accept casual clothing, or clothing that is soiled or damaged. Clothing should be laundered or dry cleaned and on hangers.

Friends of the Richmond Public Library
100 - 7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.yourlibrary.ca/content.cfm?lev1=134
Phone:  604-277-5631

Dedicated to supporting and promoting the library in the community. Holds book sales in October and April each year with profits going to special projects in the Richmond Public Library.


Habitat for Humanity - Greater Vancouver
69 West 69th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5X 2W6   (Map)
Web site: www.habitatgv.ca
Phone:  604-681-5618
E-mail: info@habitatgv.ca

Mobilizes volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing and promote homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Program(s):
Vancouver's ReStore
Owns two ReStores in Vancouver and Burnaby. Receives new and used building materials generously donated by homeowners, contractors, retailers, and manufactures in the community and sells them to the public at reduced prices. Money raised through sales covers 100% of the cost of operations, ensuring that every dollar donated goes directly towards building homes for families in need.

Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC) - BC Branch
200 - 4940 Canada Way
Burnaby,  BC    V5G 4K6   (Map)
Web site: www.kidney.bc.ca
Phone:  604-736-9775
Fax:  604-736-9703
Toll Free:  1-800-567-8112
E-mail: info@kidney.bc.ca

Committed to improving the health and quality of life of people affected by kidney disease through funding innovative research, providing education and support, promoting access to quality healthcare, and increasing public awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation. Programs include Camp for Kidney Kids, Kidney Suites (for out-of-town patients needing a longer stay in Vancouver), The Kidney Car Program, the Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement Program, Kidney Connect (a peer support program), and the Short Term Financial Assistance Program.

Program(s):
The Kidney Car Program
Web site: www.kidneycarbc.ca
Toll Free:  1-800-585-4479
If individuals or businesses have old unwanted vehicles such as cars, trucks, trailers, or even farm equipment, consider the benefits of donating to Kidney Car. Benefits the environment, vehicle owners, and people living with kidney disease. Receive a free vehicle towing and tax receipt. All vehicles are picked up within 24 to 48 hours.

Monitor King
250 - 2851 Simpson Road
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2R2   (Map)
Web site: www.monitorking.com
Phone:  604-270-2677
Fax:  604-270-2630
Toll Free:  1-888-918-5464
E-mail: monitor@monitorking.com

Repairs, sells, and recycles old monitors and computer parts at low costs. Provides refurbished computers to seniors or people with disabilities with a discount. Call for proper monitor disposal and more information. Open Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.


Recycling Council of British Columbia
10 - 119 West Pender Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6B 1S5   (Map)
Web site: www.rcbc.bc.ca
Phone:  604-683-6009
Fax:  604-683-7255
Toll Free:  1-800-667-4321
E-mail: hotline@rcbc.bc.ca

Promotes the principles of zero waste through information services, exchanging ideas, and research. For general inquiries, call the RCBC Recycling Hotline.

Program(s):
RCBC Materials Exchange Program (MEX)
Web site: vancouver.reuses.com
Find free or low-cost furniture, electronic equipment, household goods, and more. Sponsored by the Recycling Council of BC. Residential and industrial materials exchange is available.

Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS)
12071 No. 5 Road
Richmond,  BC    V7A 4E9   (Map)
Web site: www.rapsociety.com
Phone:  604-275-2036
E-mail: raps.shelter@telus.net

A registered non-profit society that cares for lost and abandoned animals in Richmond. Operates the City of Richmond animal shelter and a large, no-kill cat sanctuary that houses animals rescued from the streets or from euthanasia at municipal shelters, or that have been surrendered by guardians who can no longer care for them. Provides a loving, permanent home to those that are not adoptable, as well as a high standard of veterinary care.

Program(s):
Thrift Store
140 - 8260 Granville Avenue
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 1P3   (Map)
Phone:  604-244-7529
Sells goods to raise funds for the operation of Richmond Animal Protection Society. Run by volunteers and is the only thrift store where 100% of profits go toward care of animals. Donations of resalable items, including furniture, welcomed. Call for assistance with pick-up of large donations. Store hours are 10:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Richmond Christmas Fund
190 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.volunteerrichmond.ca
Phone:  604-279-7035
Fax:  604-279-7038
E-mail: christmasfund@volunteerrichmond.ca

Provides grocery vouchers to registered low-income Richmond residents and new toys to low-income families with children ages 12 and under, and gift certificates to teens 13 to 15. The sponsorship program matches registered families with individuals and groups who prepare a customized Christmas hamper for their family. Donations from the community, both financial and of new, unwrapped gifts, are the basis of this program.


Richmond Family Place Society
8660 Ash Street
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2S3   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondfamilyplace.ca
Phone:  604-278-4336
Fax:  604-278-4433
E-mail: info@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Richmond Family Place provides programs for parents and their children birth to 6 throughout Richmond. Offers "Learning through Play" activities in a welcoming and informative environment for parents with newborn babies to children of kindergarten age. Both drop-in and registration programs are available at the main site on Ash Street and at several satellite locations. Please call for more details.

Program(s):
Richmond Family Place Thrift Store
Sells used clothing, footwear, toys, books, and small household items. Please contact for hours.

Richmond Food Bank
100 - 5800 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A7   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondfoodbank.org
Phone:  604-271-5609
E-mail: info@richmondfoodbank.org

Dedicated to providing food assistance, advocacy, and related support to low-income people in Richmond. Does not solicit door-to-door or by telephone.

Program(s):
Ageless Volunteerism
Seniors and students engage in purposeful volunteer work in a supported environment.
Grocery Distribution
Provides grocery assistance to low-income families and individuals. On Tuesdays, groceries are distributed in East Richmond at the Peace Church gymnasium (11571 Daniels Road, Richmond) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, groceries are distributed at the Richmond Food Bank from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Evening distributions are every Thursday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at the Richmond Food Bank.
Nutrition and Literacy for Children
"Feed the Body, Feed the Mind" links healthy eating with literacy and development by providing healthy snack packs and story books to children up to 12 years old.
Nutritious Recipe Demonstrations
Demonstrations of delicious, nutritious, and economical recipes based on seasonal vegetables and staple foods that are available at the Food Bank during distribution times.
Play. Learn. Get Ready for School!
Trained child education volunteers from Richmond Family Place and the Tzu Chi Foundation provide preschool children with the skills they need to excel in kindergarten.
Special Needs
Other arrangements may be made for people with special needs to receive food from the Food Bank. Please call for more information.

Richmond Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop
3731 Chatham Street
Richmond,  BC    V7E 2Z4   (Map)
Phone:  604-271-1551

A thrift shop located in the Steveston area. Accepts donated goods which are sold to raise funds for the Richmond Hospital. Store hours are 10:00am to 3:00pm, Monday to Saturday. Volunteers are welcomed.


Richmond Hospital Foundation
7000 Westminster Highway
Richmond,  BC    V6X 1A2   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondhospitalfoundation.com
Phone:  604-244-5252
Fax:  604-244-5547
E-mail: info@richmondhospitalfoundation.com

Raises funds to purchase critically needed medical equipment and fund improvements to the facilities at Richmond Hospital, Minoru Lodge, and Richmond Lions Manor intermediate care facilities. Many business and community organizations hold innovative fundraising campaigns and events to benefit the Richmond Hospital Foundation. Gifts help to support the hospital’s most urgent priorities. Donors can designate their gift to a specific campaign or to the area of greatest need. Contact for more information.


Richmond Shares
Web site: www.richmondshares.bc.ca
Phone:  604-279-7061
E-mail: richmondshares@shawcable.com

Share items that are no longer needed with low-income Richmond residents and find free furniture, clothing, sporting goods, and more. Donors can post descriptions of items they would like to donate while maintaining their privacy; their contact information is seen only by volunteers at Richmond Shares. Pick-up is then arranged between donor and recipient. Visit the website for more information.


Richmond Women's Resource Centre Association
110 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondwomenscentre.bc.ca
Phone:  604-279-7060
Fax:  604-279-7069
E-mail: office.rwrc@shawcable.com

Provides a supportive environment in which all women are supported and encouraged to achieve their full potential. Services include information and referral, peer support, a volunteer program, training services, and a resource library. Provides English conversation classes, computer training, a single mother’s support group, a grandmother’s support group, and more. Some programs require membership.

Program(s):
Richmond Shares
Web site: www.richmondshares.bc.ca
A public-service program designed to help low-income Richmond families. People can donate quality used goods for recycled use by other Richmond community members in need. All program efforts stay in the community and can help a wide range of people in need, including new immigrants, refugees, women coming out of transition houses, fire victims, single mothers and fathers, and seniors.

Salvation Army - Richmond Corps
8280 Gilbert Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 3W7   (Map)
Web site: www.salvationarmyrichmond.org
Phone:  604-277-2424
Fax:  604-277-2443
E-mail: richsa@telus.net

An international Christian charitable organization devoted to helping people in need, including families in crisis, single parents, children, seniors, and those experiencing hunger, homelessness, addiction, and abuse.

Program(s):
Advocacy Program
Volunteers assist individuals in need of help to obtain the appropriate services.
Children's Holiday Camp
Registers and sponsors children ages 7 to 12 to attend summer camps at Camp Sunrise on the Sunshine Coast. Contact for more information.
Community Christmas Dinner
Volunteers and local businesses host a community dinner for the less fortunate in December.
Community Church
A place where everyone is welcome to be part of the church family and call it their spiritual home. Worship service is held every Sunday at 10:00am.
Emergency Social Services
Helps individuals and families in need with the basics of food and clothing.
Family Tracing Service
Phone:  778-834-8107
Traces missing persons through Salvation Army branches locally, nationally, and worldwide.
Fire Victim Program
Helps tenants and homeowners without home insurance replace basic clothing, furniture, and household items lost through a fire.
Free Eye Glasses
Refers low-income individuals who need glasses to Lenscrafters' Vision Care program for assistance. Must have an eye exam and a prescription ready.
Free Legal Advice
555 Homer Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6B 1K8   (Map)
Web site: www.probono.ca
Phone:  604-694-6647
Fax:  604-681-3005
For people with legal issues who cannot afford a lawyer or who do not qualify for government aid. This program allows them to obtain legal advice from professional lawyers at no charge. To book an appointment, call the Pro Bono Legal Clinic Office.
Multicultural Outreach Services
Offers a broad range of information and social services to welcome new immigrants and assists them to settle happily into Canadian society.
Richmond House
3111 Shell Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2P3   (Map)
Phone:  604-276-2490
Fax:  604-276-2490
Provides short-term, emergency shelter for up to ten homeless men. Bed and three daily meals are provided. Maximum stay is 30 days. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week throughout the year.
Rotary Hospice House
6460 No. 4 Road
Richmond,  BC   V6Y 2S9   (Map)
Phone:  604-207-1212
E-mail: hospicevolunteers@telus.net
A ten-bed palliative care facility which provides support services to people in the final stages of their terminal illnesses.
Weekly Free Community Lunch
A free, nutritious meal is offered to the community every Thursday at 12:30pm (except during the summer months). The meal is prepared and served by volunteers. All are welcome.

Scrap-It Program
210 - 5811 Cooney Road (North Tower) Richmond, BC. V6M 3M1
Richmond,  BC    V6X 3M1   (Map)
Web site: www.scrapit.ca
Phone:  604-214-8366
Fax:  604-273-8550
Toll Free:  1-888-242-2012
E-mail: info@scrapit.ca

The Scrap-It Program is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality by getting older vehicles off the road. The Program offers qualifying vehicle owners incentives to scrap their older vehicle. The incentive values are based on the greenhouse gas reduction that occurs when an old vehicle is scrapped and an incentive is used as a replacement. Incentives valued at $2,000 or more are offered for the incentives with the highest greenhouse benefit. These incentives include very low emission vehicles, transit passes, or the transit pass / bicycle combination. Please visit website for more detailed information on qualifying for the program.


SOS Children's Village BC
102 - 5830 176A Street
Surrey,  BC    V3S 4H5   (Map)
Web site: www.sosbc.org
Phone:  604-574-2964
Fax:  604-574-2967
E-mail: office@sosbc.org

Helping foster children around the globe in over 130 countries by providing homes, villages, schools, medical clinics, youth training centres, and emergency relief programs. An SOS Village is a group of family homes providing children with long-term care and support including a home, a family, and a tightly knit support system where children can stay and later return to as visiting adults. There is only one village in Canada, located in Surrey, BC.

Program(s):
SOS Children's Village BC Thrift Store
3800 Moncton Street
Richmond,  BC   V7E 3A6   (Map)
Web site: www.sosbc.org
Phone:  604-274-8866
E-mail: barbhigh57@gmail.com
A thrift store located in Steveston. All proceeds support SOS Children's Village BC. Accepts donations of clean, gently used articles for resale, such as clothing, small household goods, books, seasonal decorations, etc. Store hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Saturday and 10:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday. Volunteer inquiries are welcome. Additional location in Kerrisdale (2319 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver).

St. Vincent De Paul Society
1738 East Hastings
Vancouver,  BC    V5L 1S5   (Map)
Web site: www.ssvp-vancouver.ca
Phone:  604-873-1303
E-mail: central@ssvp-vancouver.ca

Helps people in need throughout the year. Offers hampers, food vouchers, toys, and other items as needed. Donations are accepted and pick-up for items is available. Operates two stores (2743 Main Street, Vancouver and 1738 East Hastings, Vancouver).


The Cinderella Project
315 Mathers Avenue
West Vancouver,  BC    V7S 1H2   (Map)
Web site: www.thecinderellaproject.com
Phone:  604-603-9155
Fax:  604-922-9523
E-mail: info@thecinderellaproject.com

The Cinderella Project provides underprivileged high school graduates, girls and boys, from the Greater Vancouver area with formal attire so they can attend their graduation festivities with pride. School counsellors, teachers, principals, or social services agencies refer students to the organization. A Boutique Day is held each spring, where each student selects a gown, suit or tuxedo, shoes, purse, and accessories. Students also have their hair and makeup done and receive gift bags full of toiletries.

Program(s):
Donations
Accepts cash donations, gowns (sizes 0 to 32) in good wearable condition (mended or dry cleaned), dress shoes, and accessories (including costume jewelry, evening purses, ties, belts and socks). Call or email for drop-off locations.
Volunteers
The Cinderella Project is run solely by volunteers. A core group of volunteers oversee the day-to-day operations of the program. At Boutique Day, more than 300 volunteers, including hair stylists, make-up artists, disc jockeys, seamstresses, tailors, and photographers, help make the event a memorable one. Contact for more information.

Third World Eye Care Society
2453 Commercial Drive
Vancouver,  BC    V5N 4B8   (Map)
Web site: www.twecs.ca
Phone:  604-874-2733
Fax:  604-879-6517
E-mail: twecs@shaw.ca

The Third World Eye Care Society consists of eye care professionals and individuals who collect used eyeglasses from the public and travel to third world countries providing free eye care and eyeglasses to the poor.


Union Gospel Mission
601 East Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6A 1J7   (Map)
Web site: www.ugm.ca
Phone:  604-253-3323
Fax:  604-253-3496
E-mail: ugm@ugm.ca

A local grassroots charity that receives its funding through the generosity and support of individuals, churches, business, and community groups. Offers hope to the hungry, hurting, and homeless in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Programs include drug and alcohol recovery, pastoral services, emergency meals, clothing, and shelter.

Program(s):
Thrift Stores
671 East Hastings Street
Vancouver,  BC   V6A 1R2   (Map)
Store items are sold at nominal prices to provide necessities to lower income families and individuals. Donations can be dropped off at the Vancouver store, open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

United Way of the Lower Mainland
4543 Canada Way
Burnaby,  BC    V5G  4T4   (Map)
Web site: www.uwlm.ca
Phone:  604-294-8929
Fax:  604-293-0220
E-mail: info@uwlm.ca

United Way addresses the underlying causes of critical social issues such as child poverty, bullying, and senior isolation before they become crises. Working with 160 community partners in the Lower Mainland, they fund over 450 programs each year to create a better future for children and seniors. Helps children with the best possible start in life, helps school-age kids make the right choices, and supports seniors to stay active and independent in their own homes and communities. For over 80 years, United Way has been building a healthy, caring and inclusive community. Call or visit website for more information.


Volunteer Richmond Information Services
190 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.volunteerrichmond.ca
Phone:  604-279-7020
Fax:  604-279-7038
E-mail: info@volunteerrichmond.ca

A non-profit organization that brings people and services together through community information and volunteerism.

Program(s):
Richmond Christmas Fund
Phone:  604-279-7035
E-mail: christmasfund@volunteerrichmond.ca
Provides grocery vouchers to registered low-income Richmond residents and new toys to low-income families with children aged 12 and under, and gift certificates to teens 13-15. The sponsorship program matches registered families with individuals and groups who prepare a customized Christmas hamper for their family. Donations from the community, both financial and of new, unwrapped gifts, are the basis of this program. Please be advised that due to health reasons, donations of stuffed animals are no longer accepted.

Western Regional Advocacy Group Society (WRAGS)
370 - 3771 Jacombs Road
Richmond,  BC    V6V 2L9   (Map)
Phone:  604-214-0613
Fax:  604-214-0614
Toll Free:  1-866-949-7247
E-mail: wrags@shaw.ca

Offers used free donated beds to the public. Open seven days a week from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Closed on all statutory holidays.


Working Poor Christmas Fund
c/o City of Richmond, 6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2C1   (Map)
Phone:  604-247-4678
Fax:  604-276-4132
E-mail: christmas@richmond.ca

Families are usually referred to this program by community health nurses.