RICHMOND – Collaboration is paying off for clients of two Richmond organizations. Volunteer Richmond Information Services and the Richmond Community Foundation are receiving a $150,000 community gaming grant to support the costs of their new joint program: Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives – Our Cause is Community.

The Richmond Community Foundation combines and invests donations and then distributes the investment income to local charities. Initial investments grow, and enable the Richmond Community Foundation to give new grants the following year.

Volunteer Richmond Information Services, a charitable organization that provides programs needed by the citizens of Richmond, connects people to other community services and organizations.

“Both Volunteer Richmond Information Services and the Richmond Community Foundation provide invaluable services for people here in our community,” Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap said.

“Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives is the result of a long-term initiative that enables two organizations to leverage their strengths and provide volunteers and financial resources,” Richmond East MLA Linda Reid said.

“In receiving this grant, Volunteer Richmond will be able to move forward with Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives, our collaborative initiative with the Richmond Community Foundation,” said Elizabeth Specht, executive director of Volunteer Richmond Information Services and Richmond Community Foundation.  “We accept this grant with gratitude and excitement, for we know the project on which we’re about to embark will benefit our community in a very significant way.”