The Al Ritchie Community Association (ARCA) is a registered charity and non-profit organization that has been actively advocating on behalf of the Al Ritchie community since 1987. We began as a small organization who managed recreational programming for the residents of Al Ritchie. After 30 years we have grown to include social programming, services, community events and referrals to other agencies and organizations in Regina.
ARCA works hard to find funding including grants, sponsorships, partnership and local business involvment to be able to provide and meet the demands of the Al Ritchie area.
Priorities, goals and activities are determined through interaction with the community at meetings, established programs, events and direct contact with our staff and volunteer board. The association operates with the philosophy that residents know what kind of programming they need and want.
To keep ARCA programs and activities as relevant and community-based as possible we need YOUR input.
Be a part of your Community by getting involved!
Where are we?
Al Ritchie is the designated central zone communty located between Winnipeg St, Victoria Ave, Ring road and back over to Candy Cane park. ARCA represents this community.
We are located in SE corner of the same complex as the City of Regina Al Ritchie Arena, the Regina Public Library Prince of Wales Branch, and the City of Regina's Core (Heritage)-Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre. We partner with the City of Regina to utilize the ammenities at Gocki Park including the outdoor tennis court, splash park, soccer field and outdoor rink & heated shack plus space in the Gym and indoor Arena.
Yes, Mon-Wed from 1-4pm are our office hours we are open to the public. facebook message, or call us at 306-522-3930.
We sometimes are unable to answer the phone during program times in our Wellness Centre Mon-Fri.
We also operate our Second Chance Community Shop which is free to those in need and includes clothing, decor, small household appliance and is open to the public Mon - Wed 1-4pm and to ARCA program participants Mon-Fri. YES, we accept gently used donations preferably when the clothing bank is open Mon-Wed but arrangements can be made by calling or emailing us.
Due to the cost of print and mailing newsletters to over 5000 homes in Al Ritchie, we limit our newsletter and information to digital copies except for printed 1-2x a year max. Please use our online calendar for upcoming events and program dates/times. Sign up for our e-newsletter!
Community - Al Ritchie
We operate 2 community gardens, 2 outdoor rink heated ice shacks, community patrol, Community Events, a free full day Summer Jam program for residents 6-13yrs plus Leadership Summer Jam for 14-17yrs and ongoing programs for Wellness (parent + child 0-6yrs facing life challenges), Youth 8-17yrs, Adults and Seniors (55yrs+) 12 months of the year!
Do you live in the boundaries of Al Ritchie? If so, a household membership is $10/year (Apr1 - Mar 31st) and gives you & your family access to all of our programs, events and services we offer at ARCA. PLUS it gives you the chance to vote during our Annual General Meeting where we decide who sits on our Board of Directors and the direction that Al Ritchie shoud be going in. AGM save the date - June 2020.
ARCA's current WISHLIST:
Letter size paper
General office supplies including tape and pens
Crafting supplies including glue, pipe cleaners, beads, and non-toxic paint for toddlers 0-6yrs
Acrylic paint for Seniors art program
Canvas 11 x 14" for Seniors art program
Funding to help pay for printing 5000 newsletters
Volunteers: please contact us if you can help
Communications Committee - to help us engage Al Ritchie community members
Advisory Committee - to help us translate our newsletters and printed materials into other languages
Gardening committee - must have a garden plot through ARCA
Newsletter - block leaders to help hand deliver our newsletters
Clothing bank - helper needed on Monday afternoons 1-4pm
Community Events - helpers to work shifts at stations including crafts, coat check, registration table, game stations, etc)
Office help - help organize paperwork for our past meal prep recipes, past craft activity plans and community event files
Community Patrol-non-combative walk around the community on Friday and Saturday evenings. Contact Kurt 306-541-9077
Snow Angels-help keep our neighbours walkways clear in the winter months.