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Get Involved in Giving Back: Where to Volunteer in Hong Kong

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Calling all volunteers!

Hong Kong encourages living life on the busy end of the spectrum, but there’s no denying that we can all afford to make time for the causes we care about. Investing your efforts into worthwhile organisations can be one of the most meaningful ways to donate, and one of the most productive ways to spend your hours. In a place that prides itself on sky-high success rates, it’s often a surprise to see how much work still needs to be done in this city. The truth is, there’s always more to do – and there’s no better time to start.

Whether you’re looking for ways to give back to the community individually or with the whole family, your options are endless. We’ve listed organisations doing inspiring (and necessary!) work, with a little info about how you can help them get the job done…

Read more: What I Learned From Volunteering at a Cambodian Orphanage

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Support Animal Welfare
Support Children and Families
Support People with Disabilities
Support the Elderly
Support Health and Wellness
Support the Environment and Green Living
Support Women’s Rights
Support Domestic Helpers
Support Ethnic Minorities and Refugees
Support Food Giveaways
Overarching Volunteer Platforms

volunteer in hk - animal welfare

Support Animal Welfare

Lifelong Animal Protection Charity (LAP)
LAP helps animals in Hong Kong find safe and loving homes. Volunteers help by organising events, walking dogs, bottle-feed ing motherless puppies and kittens, matching shelter pets with the right prospective adopters and more.
www.lap.org.hk

Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR)
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!
www.hongkongdogrescue.com

Hong Kong Alley Cats
Hong Kong Alley Cats fosters newborn kittens (who need bottle feeding), young cats, older kittens, or FIV positive cats.
www.hkalleycatwatch.com

Kirsten Zoo
This Animal rescue charity gives us the opportunity to foster or adopt furry friends looking for a new home. It primarily provides homes for cats and dogs but also supports animals such as hamsters, bunnies and birds – perfect for smaller homes. As a volunteer-run animal rescue organisation, extra hands on deck are often needed (tasks may include feeding and cleaning up after kittens).
www.kirstenszoo.com

Animals Asia
Animals Asia works to bring about long-term change for animal wellbeing, rescuing over 500 bears, and working to end the trade of dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam. Whether you’re looking to volunteer with the Professor Paws programme, as an Education Advisor or looking to share other talents, there’s something for every animal lover looking to make a sustainable difference!
www.animalsasia.org

SPCA
Volunteers are encouraged to help with a range of work including dog walking, animal care, humane education, kennel keeping and finding animals forever homes.
www.spca.org.hk

volunteer in hk - children welfare

Support Children and Families

InspiringHK Sports Foundation
InspiringHK Sports Foundation supports underprivileged youths through sports programmes in Hong Kong. The volunteers are a diverse team of wholehearted individuals dedicated to creating an environment where ideas are respected and kids are supported.
www.inspiringhk.org

The Hub Hong Kong
This children’s support concept works to help youths who are underprivileged by providing food, educational, social health and wellbeing services. It recruits high school volunteers to mentor the primary students, and also recruits volunteers to help kids with studying, peer relationships, family relationships and personal growth.
www.thehubhk.org

Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK)
AFHK is a non-profit, volunteer-run charitable organisation made up of people connected by the common experience of adoption. From the organisation of events and activities at Steering Committee level, to the running of events at ground level, new volunteers are always welcome!
www.afhk.org.hk

Changing Young Lives Foundation
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.
www.changingyounglives.org.hk

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity builds, rehabilitates and repairs simple and affordable homes in sustainable communities, in more than 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. This is made possible through support from homeowner families, donors, partner organisations and volunteers. It requires volunteers in Hong Kong and all over APAC.
www.habitat.org.hk

Youth Diabetes Action (YDA)
With the motto “no child will be held back”, YDA is dedicated to serving the needs of children with diabetes and their families in Hong Kong. It provides counselling, financial assistance to needy families, as well as educational activities to ensure all members can grow up with happiness and health. As the only charity in Hong Kong focused on serving young people with diabetes, the work would not be possible without community support. It is currently looking for photographers/videographers, graphic designers, clerical and administrative assistants, translators, and individuals interested in fundraising.
www.yda.org.hk

Mother’s Choice – Project Bridge
As a well-known baby and children charity, Mother’s Choice is currently looking for volunteers to support as a photographer/videographer, graphic designer, administrative assistant, translator, or child care assistant. There is also a student volunteer programme, encouraging kids to get involved. To make a significant impact on young lives, look into the The Project Bridge programme, allowing families to foster a child.
www.motherschoice.org

where to volunteer with people who have disabilities

Support People with Disabilities

SENsational Consultancy
SENsational Consultancy enables equal work opportunities for people with disabilities. It offers trainings, conferences, simulation experiences, and social events to promote awareness and inclusion within corporate companies. Volunteers help with student workshops, mentorships, visits to charitable institutions and assisting at events. Founded by my own mum, this is one particularly close to my heart!
www.senconsultancyltd.com

The Child Development Centre (CDCHK)
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, and other volunteers are welcome on a less frequent basis within your areas of expertise.
www.cdchk.org

Riding for the Disabled (RDA)
The the RDA runs weekly horse riding lessons for disabled children and adults. It operated out of Jockey Club riding schools in Pokfulam, Tuen Mun and Sheung Shui. Riding experience and knowledge of horses is an advised for volunteers. Administrative support is also needed. Riders have a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, visual impairments and Down’s syndrome. Fill in the form to apply.
www.rda.org.hk

Beyond Vision Projects (BVP)
BVP strives to enhance the quality of life of the visually impaired and elderly with low vision, focusing on social inclusion, social equality, and social participation. Volunteers support people who have visual impairments by ensuring they can experience art and culture, heritage and historical venues.
www.beyondvision.asia

volunteering hk - support the elderly

Support the Elderly

Voice
Voice is a nonprofit organisation consisting of youth from all over the world. These students believe firmly in protecting the most vulnerable – supporting the elderly community, refugees and individuals who may not have been given the same chances. Voice encourages volunteers to speak up, support causes they care about and hold authorities accountable. If you’re an interested youth (or have a little change-maker on your hands) contact Voice directly to get involved.
www.voiceofthechildrenhk.com

China Coast Community
This care and attention home caters to English-speaking elderly residents. It requires volunteers to help with days out, craft workshops and professional services such as hairdressing and physical therapy. You can also arrange for group visits or plan individual sing-a-long sessions.
www.chinacoastcommunity.org.hk

Po Leung Kok
Though Po Leung Kok provides social services to families and children, volunteers are also often needed for the Elderly Home. You can volunteer here individually, or as a corporate group – the more the merrier!
www.poleungkuk.org.hk

Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation - where to volunteer in hk

Support Health and Wellness

Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation
With a team of psychologists, registered nurses, social workers and breast cancer survivors, the 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, volunteering at homes, providing services such as translation, editing, proofreading, design work, and administrative support.
www.hkbcf.org

Art in Hospital
Got a creative side? This charitable institution promotes therapeutic art creation through the development of hospital art. Volunteers are involved in creating therapeutic art displays within hospitals in Hong Kong, and get to experience the benefits of art (and community service!) first hand.
www.aih.org.hk

Crossroads Foundation
Hong Kong based charity, Crossroads Foundation assists people in need through 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.
www.crossroads.org.hk

The Zubin Foundation
The Zubin Foundation is an independent non-profit 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, volunteers are welcome. Graphic design, project management, IT, or marketing skills are particularly useful at the moment.
www.zubinfoundation.org

World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong
WCRF’s mission is to champion the latest, authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival. Help raise cancer prevention awareness by volunteering at fundraising events, distributing promotion materials or helping with office work.
www.wcrf-hk.org

Volunteer in hk - support environment and green living

Support the Environment and Green Living

Ark Eden Foundation
This foundation aims to preserve the island’s ecological, geographical, historical and cultural heritage by following a sustainable lifestyle and providing inspiring educational and eco-tourism opportunities for children, adults, residents and tourists. Get involved in their various conservation projects!
www.arkedenonlantau.com

e-farm
Try your hand at caring for animals and growing veggies at this 50,000 sq feet farm! It raises public awareness on environmental protection through educational workshops and engages all ages of the Hong Kong community in the natural world.
www.efarmhk.com

Green Hub
Green Hub provides a centre for sustainable living through the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG). Volunteer opportunities include helping with educational programmes and activities, low carbon catering, and co-op market gardening.
www.greenhub.hk

The Conservancy Association
With a mission to safeguard the environmental resources by advocating policies, monitoring governments and promoting environmental education, this is one way to take the lead in community participation. Volunteers can help with everything from clerical work and fundraising to hands-on green activities.
www.cahk.org.hk

support Women's Rights in HK - volunteer in HK

Support Women’s Rights

Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (RainLily)
RainLily works to combat sexual violence and promote gender equality education in Hong Kong. You can actively show your support for women’s rights by volunteering for an organisation that provides assistance to victims of sexual violence.
www.rainlily.org.hk

The Women’s Foundation
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.
www.twfhk.org

Harmony House
This non-profit organisation believes equality and mutual respect are the fundamental principles for a healthy and harmonious family. It’s dedicated to helping victims of violence and promoting  healthy relationships in within families and our community.
www.harmonyhousehk.org

where to volunteer in hong kong - domestic helper support

Support Domestic Helpers

HELP for Domestic Helpers
HDH provides domestic helpers with free advice and support. Volunteers who can help with grant writing, advocacy translation (especially Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Malagasi, Cantonese or Mandarin), office administration, fundraising, event management, media, PR or communications are especially helpful.
www.helpfordomesticworkers.org

Enrich
This Hong Kong charity works to promote the economic empowerment of migrant domestic workers. It strives to give migrant domestic workers the support and tools to invest in themselves through financial and empowerment education. Bahasa speaking volunteers and mentors (ideally with experience in finance) are currently needed to support.
www.enrichhk.org

Pathfinders
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!
www.pathfinders.org.hk

volunteer with Ethnic Minorities and Refugees

Support Ethnic Minorities and Refugees

Resolve Foundation
Resolve works to empower future leaders, with a specific focus on supporting ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. The social justice fellowship program includes rights awareness, community organisation skills and leadership development. Be a part of the vision for an inclusive Hong Kong by volunteering at the office or during the fellowship workshops over the weekends! It is currently looking for committed volunteers to lend a helping hand with the digital engagementadmin, and finance work.
www.resolvehk.org

Justice Centre Hong Kong
This non-profit human rights organisation works fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: 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).
www.justicecentre.org.hk

Child Welfare Scheme
The Child Welfare Scheme empowers the Nepalese people to change the lives of their most deprived children and women. You can support the cause by volunteering at events, within the office or in Nepal itself.
www.cwshk.org

Be The Change
This non-profit organisation’s mission is to help ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. Volunteers are invited to help out at events such as Saturday tutorials. The extracurricular activities include everything from learning Putonghua through music to simple arts and crafts.
www.bethechangehk.org

Christian Action
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.
www.christian-action.org.hk

Splash
Splash conducts swim and water safety courses for under-served communities who may not have the access or means for swim lessons. Volunteers can work around flexible schedules to suit their time commitments and prior coaching experience is not required as Splash provides training.
www.splashfoundation.org

Wilson Global Initiative (WGI)
Did you know that over 700 million people can’t read or write? This international nonprofit works to stop illiteracy by educating people around the world through free english classes. The Read and Rice programme is WGI’s flagship initiative in Asia. Volunteers assist with food distributions and teach English classes to refugees on weekends.
www.wgihq.org

food giveaways - food donation in hong kong

Support Food Giveaways

ImpactHK
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.
www.impacthk.org

Foodlink Foundation Limited
Foodlink is dedicated to fighting hunger, building self-sufficiency, and fostering nutritional wellness among those in need. It also strives to reduce food wastage in hotels and F&B outlets in Hong Kong. Volunteers are needed for everything from photography to coin counting!
www.foodlinkfoundation.org

Food Angel
This food rescue and food assistance programme aims to alleviate hunger in Hong Kong. Group or individual volunteers can help out at one of the kitchens by preparing meal boxes for underprivileged communities.
www.foodangel.org.hk

People’s Food Bank
The People’s Food Bank works to provide food to people in need on a short-term and weekly basis. Volunteer services include helping with the food drive, fund-raising, re-packing food, translating, researching and more. Children and youth volunteers are welcome.
www.foodbank.sjs.org.hk

Feeding Hong Kong
As the only food bank in Hong Kong dedicated to redistributing surplus food to people in need, Feeding Hong Kong is always looking for extra assistance. You can help the cause by 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

Overarching Volunteer Platforms

Cause Corps
Looking to meet like-minded people through your volunteer work? This Charity believes in direct and measurable acts of good. By making small volunteering actions count in a big way, the volunteer platform makes it easy to find people who are passionate about helping the same causes. Children accompanied by adults are welcome!
www.causecorps.co

HandsOn Hong Kong
As an affiliate of the international volunteer network, HandsOn Network (HON) helps charities meet their volunteer 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!
www.handsonhongkong.org

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 by Tania Shroff and has been updated in January 2018. 

If you have an organisation in need of volunteers, please email [email protected] or [email protected] and we’ll do our best to include it. 

Featured image via Pexels. All other images via respective websites or Facebook pages.

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  • Wendy Clarke

    which ones can kids get involved?

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