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13 Mar 2017  |  No Comment >>

It’s tax season again — submissions are due by April 30. Remember, it’s important to file your taxes to whether you earn income or not to ensure you’re receiving all of Canadian tax system benefits and services. Here are some of the organizations in Richmond and beyond offering free income tax preparation help for low income individuals ($30,000 annual income or lower, $35,000 with one child) and families ($40,000 dual annual income or lower).
• BC ACORN (2-630 Carnarvon St., New Westminster): Monday to Friday year-round. Call Akber at 604-522-8707 or email bcadmin@acorncanada.org to book an appointment.
• Chimo Community Services (120-7000 Minoru …

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19 Feb 2017  |  Comments Off on Free Pancake Breakfast >>

The Eating Together Campaign, launched in 2011, is offering a complimentary pancake breakfast to raise awareness of the benefits of families eating together — research shows families who regularly share meals bond and connect more effectively, have fewer problems, and stay together.
The event also raises funds for Touchstone Family Association’s barrier-free Front Porch Program, which provides counselling to families in need and have no place to turn.

Taking place on Feb. 19 at DeBeck Elementary School at 8600 Ash St., there will be activities for the whole family. Attendance is free and the breakfast …

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27 Jan 2017  |  No Comment >>

Following some deliberation, the The British Columbia Utilities Commission has decided against ordering BC Hydro to subsidize electricity costs for low-income individuals, citing a lack of legal authority.
The commission was given various recommendations by the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre including discounting rates up to a threshold, as well as dismissal of certain fees for the select demographic.
Read coverage of the topic on thetyee.ca.

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23 Jan 2017  |  No Comment >>

The Eating Together Campaign, launched in 2011, is offering a complimentary pancake breakfast to raise awareness of the benefits of families eating together — research shows families who regularly share meals bond and connect more effectively, have fewer problems, and stay together.
The event also raises funds for Touchstone Family Association’s barrier-free Front Porch Program, which provides counselling to families in need and have no place to turn.

Taking place on Feb. 19 at DeBeck Elementary School at 8600 Ash St., there will be activities for the whole family. Attendance is free and the breakfast …

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9 Dec 2016  |  No Comment >>

The Richmond Poverty Response Committee would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season! Please see the attached graphic detailing various events and service closures around the city.

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26 Nov 2016  |  No Comment >>

The coalition of organizations focusing on supporting youth in the province, First Call, has just released its annual report on the state of child poverty in B.C. Findings show that one out of every five children in the province live in poverty, which is higher than the national average. Click here to read the full report.

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15 Nov 2016  |  No Comment >>

The Richmond Poverty Response Committee’s mission is to work towards alleviating the effects of poverty through research, advocacy as well as filling gaps in service. To that end, the RPRC is launching a new project titled “Eliminating barriers to participation for Richmond residents experiencing poverty.”
The goal is three-fold — to help those living in poverty develop a self-advocacy network to tell their stories; educate local service providers on the wide range of issues contributing to poverty; and create opportunities for like-minded folks to meet (via community forums, neighbourhood gatherings, city …