If you or your family are looking for volunteer opportunities in Hong Kong, NGOs and charity organisations like HandsOn and the Salvation Army are always accepting volunteers.
Hong Kong may have us living on the busy end of the spectrum, but there’s no denying that we can all afford to make time for causes and community services we care about (plus, the more hands, the merrier!). Investing your efforts into worthwhile NGOs and charitable organisations can be one of the most meaningful ways spend your hours. Be it donating, contributing to the team, or even simply spreading the word about where to volunteer. From volunteering to help domestic workers to animal welfare and elderly care (to name a few), there are plenty of NGOs and charity organisations in Hong Kong doing inspiring (and necessary) work.
If you’re looking for a charity in the 852 to donate your time and energy to, read on and find out where you can volunteer in Hong Kong.
Christian Action – Volunteering work to help those with physical and psychological needs and marginalised groups
With a goal to serve people who are disadvantaged, marginalised, displaced or abandoned, Christian Action provides pro-bono legal and psychosocial help. It also offers abused domestic helpers refuge in safe shelters, amongst a range of other services.
Changing Young Lives Foundation – Charity organisation empowering youth through education and development
The foundation serves young people in need from Hong Kong and China. Volunteers help with a number of services and activities including tutoring, mentoring, skill coaching and training. It requires help for fundraising, surveys and research.
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Crossroads Foundation – Volunteer to distribute necessities to those in need and more
Hong Kong-based charity, Crossroads Foundation assists people in need by distributing valuable goods, partnering with global companies looking to make a difference, providing simulation experiences and much more. Check out the specific ways you can volunteer here.
HandsOn Hong Kong – A connecting platform to join hands in volunteering
As an affiliate of the international volunteer network, HandsOn Network (HON) helps charities meet their volunteerary needs. By pairing individuals who want to give back to the community with meaningful missions, there is plenty that you can participate in. Get started by simply signing up!
HELP for Domestic Helpers (HDH) – Empowering Foreign Domestic Helpers through education and more
HDH provides domestic helpers with free advice and support. Volunteers who can help with grant writing, advocacy translation (especially Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Malagasy, Cantonese or Mandarin) are very useful. As well as office administration, fundraising, event management, media, PR or communications volunteers.
Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation – Hands-on patient support or admin and events volunteering
With a team of psychologists, registered nurses, social workers and breast cancer survivors, the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (HKBCF) offers a diversified support service from treatment preparation to recovery. Volunteers help through hands-on patient support, assisting at fundraising events and public education activities and volunteering at homes. Also, providing services such as translation, editing, proofreading, design work, and administrative support.
Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation, 28 Lung Cheung Road, Ngau Chi Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR) – Animal welfare and adoption volunteer work in Hong Kong
As one of Hong Kong’s most active and successful dog re-homing organisations, Hong Kong Dog Rescue volunteers are primarily dog walkers. The organisation is also looking for volunteers interested in professional photography, graphic design, event planning, and fundraising, so get in touch if you fit the bill!
HKDR, 6 Shek Lin Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Girl Guides Association – Volunteer leaders to halve with empowerment for girls and young women
Girl Guides have been working with girls and young women in Hong Kong for over a century. The hugely varied, girl-led programme embraces everything from current global issues to adventure sports to social action and everything in between. Volunteer leaders work with Happy Bees (4 to 6 years), Brownies (7 to 10 years) and Guides (11 to 15 years) in weekly meetings on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and the outlying islands.
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ImpactHK – Hong Kong charity organisation to help those homeless in the city
As a Hong Kong-based charity, ImpactHK is dedicated to supporting people living without homes in Hong Kong. Volunteers are invited to help make an impact at the various events. Check out what’s coming up on the ImpactHK Facebook page.
Justice Centre Hong Kong – Long-term volunteer to aid refugees in Hong Kong
This nonprofit human rights organisation works fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants. Including survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour, as well as refugees, and other people seeking protection. Most volunteer opportunities require a long-term commitment (usually six months).
Lifelong Animal Protection Charity (LAP) – Looking for volunteers to help with animal welfare and adoption
LAP helps animals in Hong Kong find safe and loving homes. Volunteers help by organising events, walking dogs, bottle-feeding motherless puppies and kittens. Plus, matching shelter pets with the right prospective adopters and more.
MindHK – Mental health advocates in need of volunteers to do admin or professional help
You are not alone, Mind HK is a mental health charity that destigmatises talks around mental well-being and you can play your part by volunteering to help in content translation, web design and event management. You can also volunteer to provide a lecture or educational workshop if you are a professional and trained psychologist or psychiatrist. Of course, there are always two sides to the story. Aside from professionals, all individuals are welcome to share their own battles with mental health so help those struggling now.
Mother’s Choice – Local NGO offering child care, foster care, adoption, sexual health education and support to young mothers
As a well-known baby and children’s charity, Mother’s Choice is looking for volunteers to support as a photographer or videographer, graphic designer, administrative assistant, translator, or child care assistant. There is also a student volunteer programme, encouraging kids to get involved.
Pathfinders – Helping pregnant domestic helpers and their vulnerable children through law and midwifery
Pathfinders helps vulnerable migrant children born in Hong Kong. Though many families in Hong Kong are lucky enough to benefit from the work of domestic helpers, some helpers who become pregnant end up in situations that may be harmful to their wellbeing. Volunteers with experience in anything from law to midwifery, to general admin are welcome!
Po Leung Kuk – Volunteers for elderly care and community service
Though Po Leung Kuk provides social services to families and children. Volunteers are also often needed for the Elderly Home through helping them clean their homes, escort services for medical appointments. Plus, translation if you’re bilingual. You can volunteer here individually, or as a corporate group (more helping hands are always welcome.).
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) – Animal welfare volunteers, humane education and foster care
Volunteers are encouraged to help with a range of work including dog walking, animal care, humane education, kennel keeping and finding animals their forever homes. You can also volunteer to foster the animals until they are adopted (a lot of the time, adopting them themselves!).
The Child Development Centre (CDCHK) – Classroom support and other volunteers in Hong Kong
This non-profit provides tailored early intervention for all children with developmental or special educational needs. Regular, committed volunteers are trained to provide classroom support. Other volunteers are welcome on a less frequent basis within your areas of expertise.
The Salvation Army – Mentorship, elderly care and event management volunteering in Hong Kong
A well-known international Christian church and charity, The Salvation Army welcomes all individuals, organisations and corporates to volunteer. You can aid as a one-off fundraising activity volunteer (it hosts charity sales, carnivals, running races and festive home-visits during the Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas and Chinese New Year). Or, become a regular volunteer to help with tutoring, mentorship and elderly care.
The Women’s Foundation – Challenging gender stereotypes and empowering women in poverty
This non-profit organisation is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls living in our city. Volunteers help as English instructors, running skills workshops and participating in planned equality events, all the way breaking gender stereotypes and empowering women to pursue their passion.
The Zubin Foundation – NGO in Hong Kong raising social issues and empowering ethnic minorities
The Zubin Foundation is an independent nonprofit organisation working to raise awareness about social issues that do not receive enough attention in Hong Kong. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a student, all volunteers are welcome. Graphic design, project management, IT, or marketing skills are particularly useful at the moment.
More NGOs And Charities For Volunteering In Hong Kong
- Beyond Vision Projects (BVP) – Support people who have visual impairments by ensuring they can experience art and culture, heritage and historical venues. www.beyondvision.asia.
- EcoDrive – promotes the awareness and reduction of single use plastic in Hong Kong. www.ecodrivehk.com.
- Feeding Hong Kong – driving to and from food drop-offs, by working as a delivery assistant, or on a more long-term basis as a Community Cooking Class Chef! www.feedinghk.org.
- Food Angel – Help with food collection, preparation and distribution to give to families in need. www.foodangel.org.hk.
- Green Hub – Helping with educational programmes and activities, low carbon catering, and co-op market gardening. www.greenhub.hk.
- Habitat for Humanity – Rehabilitates and repairs simple and affordable homes in communities. www.habitat.org.hk.
- The Child Development Centre (CDCHK) – Committed volunteers are trained to provide classroom support, and other volunteers are welcome on a less frequent basis within your areas of expertise. www.cdchk.org.
- Vision First – Fight for equal rights for refugees in Hong Kong and helps raise awareness of issues they face. www.vfnow.org.
Editor’s Note: “Where To Volunteer In Hong Kong: 20 NGOs And Charity Organisations” was originally published in January 2018 by Tania Shroff, updated in March 2019 by Alex Purcell Garcia, and most recently updated in July 2022 by Fashila Kanakka.