Social Career a platform for getting involved

16 Dec

If your resolution for the year is to volunteer and you don’t know where to start, take a look at Social Career

What is Social Career?
Social Career is a non-profit technology organization registered in Hong Kong in 2015 and a registered charity under section 88 of the Inland Revenue ordinance (File no: 91/15011). With funding support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Social Career is building a platform that encourages the general public to volunteer and get involved in social causes and service activities.

Their vision is to be in a world where everyone has a second career outside of their work. Everyone deserves an opportunity to develop a second career that we are truly passionate about. They call this our Social Career. You can have a fulfilling Social Career regardless of your profession, education or your social status; it’s about who you are and your impact on society through volunteering. Your Social Career will carry on even after you have retired from your daily job.

Social Career’s mission is to educate the general public in volunteerism and involvement in social causes and services. To achieve this mission, they devote their knowledge and experience of applying latest information technology to develop a platform that helps non-profit organizations and enterprises with a social mission to encourage and manage long-term and skill-based volunteering activities.

Which role are you interested in?
Administrative assistant, coach/teacher, mentor, performer/entertainer, program assistant, care taker, cleaner/repairer, … there is a lot to choose from

Who do you want to help?
The variety of non-profits looking for help is vast. They include charities providing services to infants and children, women, elderly, new arrivals, ethnic minorities, the disabled, homeless, animals, refugees, and the list goes on

How do you Volunteer?
Just register by following this link, look at the volunteer opportunities on their website or on their app. Like it? Sign up, it’s that easy!

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Unwanted Christmas presents? Give to charity

11 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky (or sent out a specific list of desired items before), chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like –or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your onloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

People’s Food Bank
Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

March2One Charity Raffle 2017

6 Dec

March2One’ Charity Raffle is named after World Down Syndrome Day21 March. Buy a raffle ticket, or a book to support service development of the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association and so as to improve the quality of life of service users. The goal of the raffle is also to raise public awareness of people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities as well as the importance of the social inclusion.

List of Raffle Prizes

People with Down Syndrome and other disabilities should be respected, building friendships with us in an integrated society.

To buy raffle tickets, follow this link to HKDSA’s website and download the order form. Please fill in and send to HKDSA on or before 3 January 2018. For further enquiries, please feel free to contact HKDSA’s Administrative Assistant (Fundraising and Administrative), Ms. Shirley Chan at 3590 2565.

Deadline: 3 January 2018

Draw Date: 12 January 2018

Price: Each booklet costs HK$200 with 20 raffle tickets

About Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association: Registered as a non-profit-making organization since October 1987, the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association is committed to serving individuals with Down Syndrome, intellectual disabilities or other disabilities and their family members with integrated family support and vocational rehabilitation services. HKDSA’s objective is to enable service users to develop their personal growth fully in every aspect of life, as well as to meet their employment and vocational training needs. In recent years, HKDSA has been expanding their social enterprises with a view of increasing vocational training and job opportunities for people with disabilities while promoting the concept of “social inclusion”.

Room to Read – Let’s Give Joy this Christmas

2 Dec

Your generosity has supported the educational journeys of over 11.6 million children. That’s 11.6 million children who have the chance to fulfill their potential and change their lives. When you give to Room to Read, you give lasting change that ripples through families, generations and beyond. And through December 31st, your impact on students and communities in Asia and Africa will go twice as far.

All donations made this month will be matched 1:1, thanks to IMC Financial Markets.
That means:
• Your gift of HKD$200 becomes HKD$400, filling two bookshelves with beautiful, colorful local language books.
• Your gift of HKD$400 becomes HKD$800, teaching two children to read and write for a whole year.
• Your gift of HKD$2400 becomes HKD$4800, keeping two girls in school for a year through their Girls’ Education Program
• Your gift of HKD$7900 becomes HKD$15,800, will provide two librarians who will share their love of reading and books with their students.

Will you give more children, more families and more communities the opportunity to create and sustain change?

To donate, please follow this link

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

room to read 2To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

Music Children Foundation

1 Dec

Formed by a group of professional musicians graduated from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and others overseas Music Academies, the Music Children Foundation strives for providing free training on music instruments to those children aged below 12 and who do not get the chance to learn music due to their impoverishment. The programmes provide courses on Music Theory and Music Instruments so as to allow these children not only to try play with music instruments but also discover the potential talented children to further train them to perform skillfully in an ensemble group. In addition to music training, some of these beneficiaries under the programs will be invited to participate in an ensemble group or choir, rehearsing and performing publicly. Besides, they will also be invited to attend concerts, workshops and parent-child integration music camp, together with their parents or/and grandparents.

Vision:
To introduce music to underprivileged children at an early age and to cultivate their core values towards building a harmonious society.

Mission:

Music Children Foundation

* To provide an early music education for underprivileged children in Hong Kong, making it an enjoyable experience that builds the children’s confidence, strengthens their character, and enables them to express themselves through music.
* To provide a comprehensive music education program through the teaching of music instruments, music appreciation, and attendance of music and other arts performances, such activities are all conducted under the supervision of professionally-trained musicians.
* To provide an opportunity for children to develop their talents in music alongside their academic studies.
* To engage family members in music-related activities as participants or volunteers to enhance parent-child relationship.
* To faster a life-long interest in the arts through the learning of music.

What you can do to help:
Be an instrument tutor

Music Children Foundation

Music Changes Children; Children Create Music”. It takes professional tutors’ support to achieve the Music Children Foundation’s missions. Music Children Foundation wishes you can join them too! For more information as to what kind of music tutors they are looking follow, please follow this link.

Volunteer
The Music Children Foundation needs volunteers who share the same mission and have the same passion to work hand in hand with them. They need people who can help with music, photography/video, administration, IT, etc. If you would like more information, please follow this link and fill out the form provided.

Lensational

26 Nov

Lensational is a non-profit, youth-led social enterprise with the mission of empowering women through photography. They do this by equipping marginalised women in developing countries with digital cameras and photography training. Changing lives of women, one camera at a time.

Lensational believes that photography can achieve the empowerment of women on two levels:
* Emotional Empowerment: Gaining access to cameras gives them a new way to express themselves freely and to retain memories. Therapeutic photography is also a proven counselling technique to overcome social isolation.
* Economic Empowerment: Lensational women photographers will receive 50% of the revenue if their photographs are sold through this platform and their partner agencies – Wellcome Images and PhotoConcierge. With photography skills, they can also pursue freelance photography opportunities.

Photo Credit: LeeAnn Hidalgo

Founded on the International Women’s Day of 2013, Lensational workshops have so far been conducted for 300 women and girls in ten developing countries. Their photos and stories were shared with over 3,000 visitors to Lensational photo exhibitions in Hong Kong, London and New York, more than 10,000 supporters on social media channels and featured by global media outlets including the Guardian, ABC News and Mashable. Globally Lensational has 60 volunteers working for Lensational across 13 countries.

Lensational envisions a world where women and girls are no longer suppressed of their thoughts and emotions. Help Lensational make this a reality by purchasing a photograph and sharing their website with others.

The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention

21 Nov

The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong (SRACP), formerly known as The Hong Kong Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Society, is a government recognised charitable organisation established in 1957. Because of limited financial resources at early stage, most of the staff at that time was voluntary part-time workers. With the dedication and perseverance, the work of the Society gradually came to be recognised and valued by the public. In 1959 the Society received its first government subvention and since then yearly subvention has been granted to sustain the rehabilitation service for offenders and discharged prisoners. The Society was incorporated as a non-profit making limited company under the Companies Ordinance on 23 September 1966.

Through service units, SRACP provides quality rehabilitation and multifarious service for Hong Kong residents who are charged with criminal offence, have been convicted of crimes, or released from prisons; as well as to provide community education, mental health service and crime prevention programmes for the general public of Hong Kong. Our services include individual and family counselling, hostels, recreation, court social work, vocational training and employment, mental health service, community education and volunteer programmes, etc.

The Society is a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, the International Prisoners Aid Association and the Community Chest of Hong Kong.

These are examples of some of the things they do:
Home Circuit Service Centre
The Social workers of Home Circuit Service Centre are granted approval to communicate with a prisoner’s family by the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, providing services including 24-hour hotline, family counseling, and family support groups for the incarcerated or discharged persons and their family. The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention also encourage family members of offenders and ex-offenders to become volunteers; through providing volunteer service and supporting other families with similar background, they learn to give back to the community.

Blue Bus Sharing of LOVE
*To render emotional and social support to children and youth of incarcerated/ *offended parents
*To build up resilience of children and youth from negative impacts of parental imprisonment
*To counteract the negative cycles of criminal influence in these families
*To resolve children and youth’s adjustment difficulties during the imprisonment of their significant family members
*To strengthen the constant and regular inmate-family connection in order to enhance positive family relationship

Home Network‧Love Linking
Home Network‧Love Linking’ is sponsored by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund. This project compiles the collaboration between Family, School, Commercial and Community. The project aims at connecting the families of prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as facilitating these families to partner with external parties in the “Companion Scheme”. They will be gradually transformed from service recipient to social capital in the process of rendering service to other underprivileged groups with commercial and community group. The rehabilitated families will also share their stories through community network to alert teenagers about the consequences on family of committing crime and to let parents know how to identify the deviant behaviors of their children, so earlier prevention can be done. Moreover, the family members will share their stories through micro-firm and radio. This is to raise the public noises and discussion on their stories so as to increase social acceptance towards these families.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Project Oasis
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Project Grant: Project Oasis, funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust since 2005, is an integrated and collaborative project by the Society and Substance Abuse Assessment Unit (SAAU) of Kwai Chung Hospital. The Project is characterized by joint effort between medical professionals and social workers, aiming at providing substance abusers with short term hospitalized detoxification treatment and comprehensive community based rehabilitative services.

In order to further consolidate the efficacy of treatment, aftercare hostel – Bradbury Oasis Hostel with license under the Drug Dependent Persons Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres (Licensing) Ordinance, provides 16 male placements. Past rehabilitated service users act as peer counsellors to help substance abusers strive for detoxification and abstinence. Those who have rehabilitated well in Bradbury Oasis Hostel but still have residential needs, can apply for short term supportive placement in Chi Lik Oasis Hostel, so as to facilitate their return to independent living in the community.

To find out more about what the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention do, please follow this link

Volunteer:
Through volunteering with the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, the general public, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons are engaged in driving crime prevention education and offender rehabilitation activities in the community. The general public will have the opportunity to know the offenders and ex-mentally ill persons better, encouraging public acceptance. At the same time, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons can rebuild their confidence, which is essential for their reintegration to society.

1. Volunteer Training
The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention offer specialized social service mainly serving offenders, ex-offenders and ex-mentally ill persons. Therefore, every individual have to attend a basic volunteer training before they join our volunteer team to learn the basic communication skills with our service users and the important things to note when serving them.

2. Volunteer Services
Community Volunteer Team
Formed by people from the community, community volunteer team organises festive mass programmes and group works in correctional institutions to increase the linkages of inmates with the outside world; they assist social workers in carrying out services in Magistrates’ Courts to help relieve the stress of persons awaiting trial and their families. Volunteers also provide prison visitation services and organise birthday parties to help ex-offenders connect with their children, and organise crime prevention education programmes to avoid intergenerational crime. Other volunteer activities include organising activities for ex-mentally ill persons to prepare them for their return to society, and providing justice education programmes to help young people develop good citizenship. Lastly, the community volunteer team is also actively involved in Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention’s agency events such as fundraising activities.

Ex-offender Volunteer Team
To aid their reintegration into society, Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention encourages their service users including ex-offenders, ex-mentally ill persons and ex-drug abusers to actively participate in volunteer service, such as hair cutting and wheelchair repairing volunteering activities. These activities can also transform their service users into givers and help them understand giving is more blessed than receiving.

Social Inclusion Volunteer Team
The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention encourage service users to work with community volunteers in providing services for other disadvantaged groups, such as people with intellectual disabilities, the elderly and physically handicapped children. On one hand, this allows community volunteers to have more understanding towards ex-offenders through interaction; on the other hand, it helps widen positive social circle of ex-offenders.

3. Volunteer social activities
In addition to coordinating volunteers to provide services, the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention also organises regular exchange and recreational activities to enhance their interests in the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention service and their sense of belonging to the team.

Those who are interested in becoming a SRACP volunteer may apply directly to the Agency. (For enquiries, please call 2782-3080). For more information about volunteer requirements, please visit their website by following this link