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 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.
Our office is open to the public Mon, Wed, Fri from 10am-2pm.
2nd Chance Community Shop (formerly known as the clothing bank)
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 during office hours to ARCA program participants Mon-Fri.
We graciously accept donations of new and gently used clothing (preferably in season due to limited space), books, toys, decor, small household appliances, etc. during all office hours. If you are unable to drop off during office hours please contact us and we can make alternate arragements.
Ye Ole Pantry
Thanks to generosity of our community members ARCA is now opperating a pantry in the lobby of our building. The pantry will contain non-perishable food items, hygeine products, and as available fresh produce (thanks to our partners at REACH) and fresh bread and other baked goodies (thanks to Cobbs Bakery)!
Due to the cost of print and mailing newsletters to approximately 4000 homes in the Al Ritchie neighborhood, we limit our newsletter and other information to digital formats wherever possible. We aim to provide the community with a mass mailed, printed newletter 1-2 times a year with smaller mailings (postcards or similar) being mailed out as needed to promote special events and services (ex. Snow Angels).
Please use our online calendar for upcoming events and program dates/times and don't forget to 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), Youth 7-17yrs, Adults, and Seniors (55yrs+) 12 months of the year!
Do you live in the boundaries of Al Ritchie? If so, a household membership is $5/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. Keep an eye on the calendar for the dates of each years AGM.
- Reusable and Disposable masks
- Letter size paper
- General office supplies including tape and pens
- Crafting supplies including but not limited to glue, pipe cleaners, beads, and non-toxic paint for our Wellness program (ages 0-6yrs)
- Acrylic paint for Seniors art program
- Canvas 11 x 14" for Seniors art program
- Funding to help pay for printing 5000 newsletters
- Seasonally appropriate clothing for our Second Chance Community Shop
- Non-perishable items for Ye Ole Pantry
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
Second Chance Community Shop and Ye Ole Pantry - needed Mon, Wed, Fri 10am-2pm (as available, not needed for all day everyday committment)
Community Events - for shifts at stations including crafts, coat check, registration, game, etc
Community Patrol-non-combative walk around the community on Friday and Saturday evenings
Snow Angels-help keep our neighbours walkways clear in the winter months