Richmond Caring Companies: Growing Business While Growing the Community

Posted on: September 20th, 2013 by zach

Community.

For many companies it’s simply a place, a location, a point on a map. For some, though, it’s more than that. It’s a way of thinking, deeply ingrained in their workplace culture and shared by all employees. “Community-minded” is an accurate term, yet doesn’t quite go far enough. Because these companies don’t merely think about giving back. They plan how they can make the greatest impact in their community, and then they act, repeating the process again and again.

As a result, their reputation grows. So does employee morale. More and more qualified candidates start sending in resumes, hoping to work for a company that puts community first. Meanwhile, business picks up. Clients and customers choose these companies because of what they represent. They offer quality products and services, but they also offer peace of mind: it feels good to support a business that’s socially engaged.

Richmond Caring

These types of companies can be found all over the world, but, thanks to an innovative program launched in 2011, Richmond is quickly becoming a hotspot. The Richmond Caring Companies program is a joint initiative of Volunteer Richmond Information Services, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Coast Capital Savings, and Ashton Service Group. Through a series of workshops and consultations, participating businesses receive the tools and resources needed to create their own corporate volunteering policies, in addition to learning how to identify partnership opportunities with local non-profit organizations.

The first group of Caring Companies to complete the program included Ashton Service Group, Back in Motion, Beavis Wong & Associates, Misty Mountain Specialties, Richmond Funeral Home, and Scotiabank. They did more than take part in the workshops and consultations, however; their employees also volunteered at the first ever Richmond Day of Caring, held at the Sharing Farm. The event received local media coverage (even the Mayor paid a visit), helping to highlight the incredible work of the companies involved.

Wondering how you can get involved?

To reserve your space, call 604-279-7020 or visit www.volunteerrichmond.ca and complete an online application form. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your business while growing the community.

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