circle of friends

In 2005 Volunteer Richmond Information Services (VRIS) established the Circle of Support initiative to strengthen our partnerships in the community. Seven organizations are now counted among our Circle of Friends - all of whom not only support the volunteer spirit but also embrace it throughout their organizations and areas of influence. To express interest in joining our Circle of Friends, please contact Elizabeth Specht, Executive Director at 604-279-7020 or


Chris Hayward and William Dennill joined strengths to become the award-winning Opacity Design Group Ltd (ODG). ODG is results-driven and budget conscious. This, together with their dedication to providing innovative solutions and the highest quality graphic design services, has earned them a growing list of appreciative clients. The Opacity Design Group has long supported the YVR Golf for Kids event and CANSTRUCTION. To learn more about ODG, visit their website at

The Richmond Review has been a community partner for almost 75 years, serving readers and businesses alike through most of Richmond’s rich history. From the annual Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction awards to the Jimmy Ng Hockey tournament, the Review leads by example. To read the current on-line edition of the Richmond Review, visit

Richmond Centre provides a natural gathering place for the residents of Richmond with services, shopping, dining and entertainment. At the heart of our city core, Richmond Centre has made significant contributions to the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and CANSTRUCTION to name a few. Richmond Centre is the headquarters of the Richmond Christmas Fund. For up-to-date event and centre information, visit

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce provides a leadership role in uniting the business voice of our community. Annual recognition of business leaders at the Business Excellence Awards and saluting our community heroes at the 911 Awards are just a few of the important events they host. To learn what your Chamber can do for you and to explore membership opportunities, visit

The Milan & Maureen Ilich Foundation, established by the late philanthropist Milan Ilich and his wife Maureen Ilich, supports a wide range of charitable organizations and causes throughout Richmond and the Lower Mainland including Senior’s centres, educational groups and medical institutions. Their ongoing, generous support of projects and initiatives is a shining example of community spirit.

Since 1996, Innovation Networks has been offering creative ways to manage technology for small business owners. Their team of experts offers technology solutions and IT support that reduces the demands on their clients’ time and resources and helps them achieve business growth. They have won the Consumers’ Choice Award for Business Excellence each year since 2001. Innovation Networks is also community minded. Last year they donated 9 refurbished computers to families registered with the Richmond Christmas Fund. To learn how Innovation Networks can make your business more successful, visit

Featuring 14 dealerships, from Audi to Volkswagen and nearly everything in between, the Richmond Auto Mall is the place to go if you're looking for a new set of wheels. And while it's true that most people think of cars when you mention the Richmond Auto Mall Association, we think of something else: community. The Auto Mall's Windows of Hope event, where volunteers paint Christmas scenes on the windows of dealerships, raises well over $20,000 a year for the Richmond Christmas Fund. (In 2013, it was $27,000.) Animal lovers, meanwhile, have found a partner and advocate in the Auto Mall, which raises funds and matches donations so that the hundreds of rabbits on the Auto Mall's grounds can be safely transferred to a sanctuary in Washington. Pardon the pun, but the Auto Mall is truly a driving force in our community. To find out more about the Richmond Auto Mall Association, visit