Family Volunteering Opportunities
We are huge fans of of this non-profit that matches those looking to volunteer within the community with charities in need of volunteers. Among the many opportunities they offer are a few that can accommodate young volunteers accompanied by their parents or a guardian: volunteers over 14 can help walk the dogs with the Hong Kong Dog Rescue and those 12 years and older can visit with senior citizens at the China Coast Community. HandsOn also offers one-off family volunteering events from time to time, and they working hard to put together more family volunteering opportunities this spring.
Kids4Kids is all about inspiring and empowering kids of all ages to make positive changes in the world through their meaningful actions. Offering a number of different programs designed for children volunteers, they make it easy to help your kids give back. One of our favourite ongoing projects is the Buddy Reading program that allows young volunteers to go to kindergartens and learning centres to read books to underprivileged kids.
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“Meals in the Home” is a program designed to connect host families living in Hong Kong with U.S. Navy Sailors while in port, giving them a home-cooked meal and an evening off the ship. Started by the American Women’s Association in the 1970’s, it allows the whole family to get involved (and eating a meal together!) and kids love to hear stories of a sailor’s life at sea. Email Jennifer Cox to register to be a “hostess”. Once registered, volunteers are notified via email or by phone when a fleet is due to visit Hong Kong.
The Zubin Foundation (TZF) is a social policy non-profit think tank in Hong Kong. They focus on social issues such as patient care, racial integration for ethnic minorities and non-Chinese speaking children with special education needs.
In a terrible turn of events, Shalini’s first born son, Zubin died tragically in 2009. Shalini says, “When a child dies, it goes against the natural order of life… we are not meant to bury our children.” After Zubin passed away, Shalini’s life was at a complete standstill. Over a conversation with a close friend who suggested a foundation be created in memory of her son, The Zubin Foundation was born.