Serve-a-thon – Turn intent into ACTION

28 Mar

Despite Hong Kong’s wealth, nearly 15 per cent of residents lack the ability to meet their most basic needs. Recent studies have shown those most at risk are elderly who live alone, with 37% unable to afford the basics, and children, with more than one-fourth living below the poverty line.

What is Serve-a-thon?
Serve-a-thon Hong Kong brings together NGOs, corporates, government, media and civil society in collaboration to raise public awareness about the importance of community engagement in helping address social issues.

Over nine days, from May 6th through May 14th, the city will unite in service through hundreds of volunteer activities taking place across Hong Kong. This Hong Kong-wide ‘service marathon‘ offers volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, schools, civic organizations and corporations to come together and serve the community.

More than 75 major cities around the world host some form of service marathon. Serve-a-thon Hong Kong will be the largest-ever collective volunteerism-based event of its kind in Hong Kong. 2017 is the inaugural year of this annual event in Hong Kong.

Serve-a-thon supports those at greatest risk
*Animals
*Children and youth
*Elderly
*Environment
*Ethnic minorities
*Migrant workers
*People with disabilities
*Refugees
*Women

Why Volunteer?
Join Hong Kong’s first-ever collective service marathon and be part of this important initiative that gives back to the community:
– Learn more about Hong Kong’s pressing social issues
– Familiarize yourself with Hong Kong’s vibrant NGO sector and its valuable work serving those in need
– Sample different types of volunteer activities at different times of the week
– Participation is free for individuals and groups
– All volunteer hours will be counted and reported back following Serve-a-thon
– You can join as an individual or as a group

Date: 6-14 May 2017

Please note:
– Sign ups for activities are taken on a first come, first served basis, just simply check the calendar
– Registration is free to individuals or groups (families, friends, neighbors, schools, universities, churches, civic organizations)
– Group names will be posted on the website
– Corporations are required to follow the corporate registration procedure


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These 17 goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice.

The volunteer opportunities within Serve-a-thon Hong Kong work to meet these global goals while serving the local community. For more information, please visit their website

About the Organisers:
HandsOn Hong Kong (HOHK) is a registered charity that mobilizes and empowers the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services. Founded in 2007, HOHK runs more than 100 volunteer activities each month; in 2015 alone the team organized 1,436 volunteer activities and served 107,000+ beneficiaries, many of whom include children and youth, the elderly, refugees, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) is a federation of non-governmental social service organizations. The establishment of the HKCSS came about after the end of the Second World War. In 1947, the HKCSS was established to co-ordinate and plan the diversification of various relief and welfare services. In 1951, the HKCSS became a statutory body under the Hong Kong Code of Practice (Cap. 1057). The rapid development of Hong Kong after the war and social welfare services has become one of the focus of government development. The HKCSS has been firmly in the position and has been an important partner in the development of social welfare since the 1970s. At present, the HKCSS has more than 450 institutional members who provide quality social welfare services to the public through its more than 3,000 service units.

KFBG Fauna Conservation Department needs Volunteers

23 Mar

Calling all animal lovers! The Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden’s Fauna Conservation Department is looking for volunteers for these two teams:

Wild Animal Rescue Centre
Successful applicants will help care for the rescued animals. Their duties will include anything from preparing food, feeding animals, cleaning cages to assisting health check-ups.

Mule Operations
Successful candidates will help care for our two mules Dennie and Duffi, assist in transporting cargo, and deliver education talks to visitors

Duties:
– The general care of rescued animals including preparing food, cleaning cages and laundry
– Assisting staff with regular animal check-ups, treatments and animal feeding

What KFBG is looking for:
– A hardworking, responsible team player
– Physically fit and enjoy the outdoors
– A minimum commitment of 3 days per week (Monday – Sunday, 8:30am – 5 pm) for at least 2 months.
– Valid tetanus vaccination
– Valid rabies and hepatitis B vaccination (Preferred)
– Previous experience with animals including pets (Preferred)

What you’ll get:
– Joy in working with animals and a deeper understanding of their needs, and be able to contribute toward the conservation of many different species
– Basic animal husbandry training
– Additional animal husbandry training (For volunteers who can offer long term regular commitment i.e. at least 4 days per week for at least 2 months)
– Lunch and travel allowance (For volunteers who can offer long term regular commitment)

How to Apply: Before you apply, please read the Volunteer Attachment Programme Conditions.
Due to limited parking space, volunteers are recommended to take public transportation to KFBG.
Please click here to apply online.
For more information, please email fauna@kfbg.org

About the Fauna Conservation Department: The main goals of the Fauna Conservation Department are to help protect our local and regional biodiversity, through wildlife rescue work, breeding programmes and educational projects, which aim to connect visitors with nature and conservation issues.
The focus of their work is:
1. Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation
2. Endangered Species Conservation
3. Specialist Wildlife / Ecological Advisory Services
4. Unique Educational Experiences

Earth Hour – sign up for a solar powered city

18 Mar

Earth Hour is almost upon us.

WWF’s long-term vision for Hong Kong is a transformation into a sustainable, low-carbon city. To make this vision a reality, support from business, industry and the public are the keys to success. By gaining widespread support for clean, sustainable and renewable sources of energy, we can all work together to help Hong Kong become a low-carbon or even a zero-carbon city.

Businesses have an important role to play in creating a more sustainable city – in addition to improving their energy efficiency and reducing their carbon emissions, companies and organizations can also invest in and promote local renewable energy projects, and even obtain some of their electricity from renewable sources. For example, by purchasing one of Hong Kong’s first Renewable Energy Certificates from WWF, a company can prove that part of their electricity supply is generated from renewable energy. The funds raised from these certificates will be used to promote local solar energy power supply projects, helping Hong Kong to increase the amount of electricity generated by solar power.

Individuals can contribute to this goal by installing the small-scale solar systems on their rooftops, terraces or in other vacant areas. We can also choose to use energy-efficient appliances, reduce our electricity consumption and in general consume less and consume wisely in our daily lives.

To find out more, please visit their website and pledge to change Hong Kong.

When is Earth Hour?
Date: 25 March 2017

Time: 8:30 – 9:30pm

Place: Everywhere

Price: What’s it worth to you?

Startup Internship Fair

13 Mar

Attention all budding entrepreneurs, this internship opportunity is for you.

CoCoon will be hosting an Internship Fair showcasing 15+ startup companies to promote summer internship opportunities. Come by if you would like to understand and gain work experience in a startup environment!

This fair is open to Secondary and University students.

Date: Saturday, 18 March 2017

Time:
11:00am-11:30pm- Company Introductions
11:30pm-3:30pm- CoCoon Internship Fair

Place: CoCoon, 3/F, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, Tin Hau

Price: HK$ 50 online, to register, please follow this link
Walk in ticket HK$70, please pay at the door

About CoCoon: CoCoon is a leading entrepreneurship network based out of Hong Kong focused on: community building, entrepreneurship education and early stage investments.

Entrepreneurship education and engagement is core to The CoCoon Foundation. The CoCoon Foundation operates STEP (Student Training in Entrepreneurship Program), an innovative model focused on T shaped learning where aspiring entrepreneurs, including university students, will have the widest exposure to the entrepreneurship ecosystem and also an immersive experience in working with startups.

STEP offers secondary and university students access to the workshops, startup career fairs, company visits and entrepreneurship competitions year round. Since 2014, STEP has trained over 200+ students and placed 100+ student internships at startups.

Clares Easter Fair – shop for charity

8 Mar

http://www.stjohnscathedral.org.hk/Page.aspx?lang=1&id=175Shop for Bric-a-Brac: toys, jewellery, chinaware, glassware, curios etc. All proceeds go to charity.

Date: Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Time: 10am – 2pm

Place: Li Hall, St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road

About The Clares: The Clares are a diverse and multinational group, faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members who enjoy occasional lunches and trips around Hong Kong. They sort and price donated goods that are sold in their Charity Shop, CASTAWAYS.

Join The Clares for sorting any WEDNESDAY from 09:30am and for coffee and conversation at 10:30am in The Li Hall of St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong. Or
Contact: Stella on stellarcarter@gmail.com
Or: Ruth on ruhuphillipson@yahoo.com

Volunteer with New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

3 Mar

new-life-logoThe New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association was formed in 1959 by a group of people in recovery of mental illness under the name New Life Mutual Aid Club. The organization was formally registered with the authorities in 1961 and re-organized in 1965 under its current title. The Association was incorporated under the Companies Ordinance Act in 1968. It joined the World Federation for Mental Health in 1969, becoming a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service in the same year, and became a member of the Community Chest of Hong Kong in 1970.

New Life strives to promote mental wellness for people in recovery of mental illness and for their families and the general public with the ultimate goal of equal opportunities, social inclusion, acceptance and full participation for all in the community.

New Life is dedicated to pioneering and delivering people-focused, recovery-oriented, and evidence-based community mental health services with care and respect, innovation and continuous drive for excellence and professionalism.

Promoting Recovery and Body & Mind Wellness have always been the core values of our services. By means of a wide variety of community psychiatric rehabilitation services, New Life endeavours to help people in recovery of mental illness lead independent lives, make their employment choices in alignment with their own interests and abilities, obtain employment in the open labour market, participate in social and leisure activities in the community and, ultimately, attain a desirable quality of living so as to live out a life characterized by holistic good health and body-mind equilibrium.

Services include
new-life-4New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association offers Residential Services covering 2 long stay care homes, 11 halfway houses, 2 hostels for moderately mentally handicapped, 4 self-financed hostels and one sub vented supported hostel in addition to residential respite services and support services.

new-life-3New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association operates four sheltered workshops, including New Life Farm and three industrial type sheltered workshops. Sheltered workshops provide people in recovery of mental illness (PIR) and people with disabilities with a working environment specially designed for vocational training through an income-generating work process facilitating the development of potentials and confidence of PIR to prepare them for open employment and community reintegration.

For a complete list of New Life’s services, please visit their website

What you can do to help
People in recovery of mental illness are frequently faced with frustration, confusion, social-stigma as well as self-stigma while they are en route to recovery. Medication side-effects, difficulties in adapting to work, interpersonal relationship and family are just but a few burdens that are laid heavily on their shoulders. Volunteers are their dear supporters, rendering encouragement and loving care that they need in order to overcome the hurdles and regain a life with vitality and dignity.

Volunteers are also the driving force that helps change the general public’s attitude towards mental health issues. Due to either misconception or unawareness, or the combination of both, people in general are reluctant to face mental health problems head-on, often resulting in delayed intervention and stigma being developed towards people in recovery of mental illness. With their enthusiasm and positive attitude, volunteers counter this negative thinking and help advocate community attention to mental health issues. The effects volunteers bring about would surely help people in recovery of mental illness integrate better into the society and develop their potential to the full.

If you are interested in joining with New Life as volunteers, please download and fill out the Volunteer Application Form and send it back to New Life by mail or fax. (Address: 332 Nam Cheong Street, Kowloon, Fax: 2770 9345). New Life will match volunteer work in accordance with your personal interests and preference, making effective use of your time, skills and experience.

Young adults welcome.

Volunteer with PathFinders and help vulnerable children born in Hong Kong

26 Feb

Every child born in Hong Kong deserves a fair start in life. PathFinders ensures that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected.

pathfindersFor PathFinders, the journey began in 2007 when co-founders Kylie Uebergang and Melissa Mowbray-d’Arbela rescued four babies born to migrant women in Hong Kong. Realising a gap in Hong Kong society where women and babies go undocumented and unprotected, PathFinders was founded on the belief that no child should be born alone and deprived of medical support, shelter and identity. Since 2008, PathFinders has served more than 4,000 babies, children and women. A respected charity committed to supporting the welfare of children by providing child protection, mothers’ protection, counselling, shelter, food, access to health, access to education and access to legal support, demand for their services grow from year to year. These numbers are likely to continue growing as more migrant workers enter Hong Kong each year.

One life at a time, PathFinders help mothers make informed decisions about their life. PathFinders are successfully removing their children from risk and are ensuring these children are part of safe and nurturing homes. Here are a few examples showing how PathFinders influences local policies and practices:
– Migrant women who have overstayed their visas as a result of becoming pregnant and losing their employment are no longer turned away from NGOs and government departments because of incomplete documentation.
– Migrant children can now be adopted in Hong Kong through Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Department.
– Migrant children adopted in Hong Kong now have the right of Unconditional Stay, which entitles them to legitimately claim their place in Hong Kong and call it their home.
– The time required for an undocumented migrant child to obtain a Hong Kong birth certificate has been reduced by 75%.
– Hong Kong birth certificates are now certified by the Indonesian Consulate, ensuring that children born to Indonesian mothers in Hong Kong are recognized by the Indonesian government and have access to basic services and education in Indonesia.

pathfinders-logoJoin PathFinders in making a difference. PathFinders is looking for volunteers who are motivated and passionate about helping children and their migrant mothers and here are ways in which you can help.

Playtime with Toddlers
pathfinders-2By assisting PathFinders to run the workshop smoothly, you will help to create a calm learning environment that enables their beneficiaries to get the most out of the class. Your contribution will help their migrant mothers to gain the skills and knowledge that they need to take charge of their lives.

Supplies Distribution
PathFinders have Clothes Collection Day once a month for their beneficiaries to collect some much needed items. PathFinders needs volunteers to help with sorting and distributing supplies and with babysitting. Please help them look after children who are 3 years old and under.

Sunday Outreach Programme
PathFinders is striving to raise public awareness on maternity rights for domestic workers by distributing information packs at different parks on Sundays. Please come and join them.

Education Programme – Life skills educators
PathFinders is looking for individuals who are knowledgeable in topics relevant to their beneficiaries’ daily lives to facilitate their weekly group meetings. They are also open to new topic suggestions! Topics covered include:
– Personal empowerment
– Parenting
– Women’s health
– Legal rights
– Relationships & culture

Access to Healthcare Programme
pathfinders-1Many of PathFinders’ beneficiaries, particularly newborns and mothers in the last stages of pregnancy, are in critical need of medical care but are unable to afford treatment. PathFinders is looking for medical professionals who can provide pro bono, basic medical services for expectant mothers and children. They are especially seeking registered professionals operating in Kowloon.

Meet and Greet with PathFinders Limited
If you would like to learn more about PathFinders’ services, please come and join their volunteers workshop. For more information, please visit their website or register to volunteer by following this link.