I am writing this letter to thank Richmond Shares for their incredible work in helping the less fortunate and those anxious about their tomorrow.
Richmond Shares, an organization under The Women's Resource Centre, supports a wide range of people like refugees, women coming out of transition houses, fire victims, single mothers, single fathers, seniors and, from personal experience, new immigrants.
These are the people who made my family's transition into a new country a little less strenuous.
But, unfortunately, the centre has only a few people available to transport goods. Volunteers for this job don't have to be big beefy chaps. In fact, little helping hands in the community can make much more of a difference than just a few muscular ones.
This is why I encourage everyone in this community who is young, in either mind or body, to sign up as a volunteer for the Richmond Shares at www.richmondshares. bc.ca or contact the coordinator Laure McEwan at 604-279-7061.
Transporting items is just one of the many ways this community-centered organization can be supported.
Richmond Shares is also open to donations via their website. Used appliances, out-grown baby items, used clothing and furniture are all welcome.
As someone who knows how bumpy the first landing can be, and how frightening it can be to anticipate the loss of one's earthly comforts, I ask you to sign up to volunteer at Richmond Shares and keep their mission of selflessly working to serve others alive.
With immense gratitude to all the women around me, especially those at Richmond Shares and the Richmond Women's Resource Center, I would like to recognize International Women's Day (March 8) and thank you, on behalf of my family and my community, for being the great support that you are to many.
Monica Anil Lukose J.N. Burnett secondary student