Got some spare time on your hands and want to put it to good use for a worthwhile cause? Take a look at our rundown of great volunteering opportunities across the city.
This charity aims to help domestic workers who become pregnant and have their work contracts unlawfully terminated by employers. Pathfinders helps by assisting with visa status, options for returning home and adoption choices, and it welcomes volunteers.
This HongKong-based charity links those in need with those who can help. It offers several worthwhile services including distributing Hong Kong’s quality excess goods to those in need globally as well as selling fair trade goods from people in poverty. crossroads.org.hk
3. Hong Kong Dog Rescue
Hong Kong Dog Rescue was founded in 2003 and has re-homed more than 7,500 dogs. It usually requires volunteers to help with dog walking. hongkongdogrescue.com
4. Bring Me A Book
Hong Kong has one of the lowest rates of family literacy in the world and this organisation aims to improve this with volunteer programmes such as becoming a trained storyteller for storytelling sessions at community centres and libraries. bringmeabook.org.hk
5. Po Leung Kuk
Po Leung Kuk provides social services to families and children. Volunteers are always needed for its kindgartens/nurseries, the Po Leung Kuk Museum, the Elderly Home and in other areas. poleungkuk.org.hk
6. Vision First
This independent, Hong Kong-based NGO provides services, advice and information to refugees seeking protection in the city. It also campaigns for rights, advocates for fair treatment and raises awareness of issues. Volunteers contribute according to personal skills, interest, ability and time. vfnow.org
7. Food Angel
This food rescue and assistance programme was founded in 2009. The aim of the charity is to reduce food waste and help families in need. It is always looking for helpers to assist with food collection, preparation and distribution. Download a volunteering form from the website. foodangel.org.hk
8. Changing Young Lives Foundation
The city has 380,000 children living in poverty. Many of these youngsters have not been identified and are forgotten. Changing Young Lives provides health, welfare, educational and recreational programmes for these children. Volunteering assistance is welcome. changingyounglives.org.hk
9. HandsOn Hong Kong
Founded in 2007, HandsOn Hong Kong is a registered charity dedicated to community-based volunteerism. It actively recruits and trains volunteers for community projects from visiting the elderly to helping with preparations for large-scale charity events. handsonhongkong.org
10. One Sky
In 1997, Jenny and Richard Bowen adopted a toddler from a welfare institution in southern China. From that day, they received a harsh, first-hand education about the harmful effects of institutionalising small children: their little girl suffered from severe delays and, most worrisome, she was emotionally shut down. After one year of care and loving attention they realised how easy it was to make a difference and decided to launch a charity to do the same for many others. They are always looking for help with volunteering for events, fundraising and more. onesky.org
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