Rivers Casino Announces ‘Rivers Gives Day of Service’ Across Company Casinos
Rivers Casino, in collaboration with its parent company, Rush Street Gaming, has unveiled plans for a day of community service for its casino employees across various U.S. states.
Rivers Casino workers at the company’s Illinois, Virginia, and Pennsylvania casino venues will spend the day working for various local nonprofit partners and volunteer organizations.
Set for October 17, 2023, the event will see participation from more than 6,000 team members from Rivers Casino locations in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Des Plaines, Schenectady, and Portsmouth.
Community Engagement Focus
Historically, the ‘Rivers Gives’ program has been an avenue for individual Rivers Casino branches to dedicate approximately 2,000 volunteer hours annually to local nonprofit partners. However, this year the entire company will be fulfilling those hours on the same day.
As well as the organized charity work, ‘Rivers Gives’ also organizes fundraising drives and in-kind contributions from the operator. This results in $14 million a year for nonprofit groups and community organizations across the communities that host Rivers Casinos.
The renewed focus of ‘Rivers Gives’ for 2023 will now center on three areas: health and human services, workforce development and economic opportunity, and support for the U.S. military and veterans.
On the designated day of service, team members will volunteer their time to local health and wellness nonprofit organizations.
Activities include toy donations at children’s hospitals, maintenance at community health centers, and assembling care packages for cancer patients.
“Rivers Casino is committed to the health, well-being, and economic vitality of the communities in which we operate and to those who have served our country,” said Tim Drehkoff, CEO of Rivers Casino and Rush Street Gaming, in a press release.
“By concentrating our efforts around these key areas, we expect to heighten our impact, while continuing other community engagement initiatives throughout the year.”
In Portsmouth, Virginia, Rivers Casino will collaborate with the Roc Solid Foundation, which aids children with cancer. Volunteers will organize and clean the foundation’s warehouse facilities, and collection boxes will be posted throughout the Rivers Portsmouth.
Rivers Casino Portsmouth is one of three current Virginia casino venues. In January this year, it became the first, and so far only, permanent venue to open doors. Hard Rock Bristol and Caesars Danville both have temporary venues running while they construct full resorts.
Any uncashed slots vouchers and unclaimed casino chips at the casino during October will be passed along in cash value to The American Cancer Society Against Breast Cancer.
The initiative will also support the Bon Secours Community Health Hub in Hampton Roads, where team members will assemble health and hygiene care packages and collect canned food items.
The casino will also donate $10,000 to the community project, as well as matching employees’ donations.
Despite facing this growing competition, the casino marked a significant milestone earlier this year, recording more than 1 million visitors within just five months of its launch.
On the other hand, the casino was also the first, and so far only, casino in Virginia to be fined by regulators. Back in May, it settled for a $275,000 fine from the Virginia Lottery Board, without admitting guilt or revealing what the incident was about.
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