Join the CLARES at St. John’s Cathedral

If you are new to Hong Kong or are looking to make friends among a wonderful group of ladies who volunteer together, this could be one for you.

CLARES is a women’s group, diverse and multi-national, made up of faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members. It offers friendship and support to all whilst sorting and pricing donated goods for resale in the charity shop ‘Castaways‘.

There are also occasionally speakers, trips, and lunches.

CLARES meet Wednesday mornings from 9:30am till 11:45am in the Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral grounds.

For further information, kindly contact Stella Carter: stellacarter@gmail.com

Castaways: Located on the grounds of St John’s Cathedral–Next to the Bookstore, Castaways sells gently used, preloved items: from clothing to books, from bags to curtains. Funds raised from the sale of items at the Castaways Shop are distributed to local charities. Stop by and shop at the hours below.

  • Wednesday 12.00 noon till 2.30pm
  • Thursday 12.00 noon till 2.30pm
  • Friday 12.00 noon till 2.30pm
  • Saturday 10.00am till 12.00 noon
  • Sunday 10.00am till 11.45am

Castaways also accepts donations on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 12.00 noon till 2.00pm. Acceptable Donations for resale include

  • Clothing – Men’s, Women’s, and Children
  • Handbags, Shoes
  • Household items (No ELECTRICAL items)
  • Household Linens
  • Bric a Brac (decorative household items)

For further information regarding Castaways kindly WhatsApp: Ellen 6271 1777

Eco Marine x Living Islands Movement Mui Wo Community Ghost Net Adventure Cleanup – 7 Aug

Stop Press, this initiative by Eco Marine really helps marine life in Hong Kong waters. And what is better than spending the afternoon out in the fresh air with the kids while teaching them about the environment?

In April 2020, waters in Mui Wo were unusually clear due to reduced boat traffic as a result of COVID. Eco Marine was able to survey the coastline close to Mui Wo via snorkelling from Silvermine Bay to Man Kok Wan and discovered multiple ghost nets in shallow waters, trapping and killing marine life including fish and numerous crabs. In the following few months Eco Marine took action gathering together community members as well as volunteers from all over Hong Kong.

In 2020, Eco Marine cleared 100+ large nets as well as thousands of kilograms of rubbish from within an approximately 1km stretch of coastline from Tung Wan Tau to Man Kok Wan.

Eco Marine is excited to continue this effort in 2021 with the focus being on general cleanups as well as recovery of additional nets found.

Eco Marine’s next action date is Saturday, 7 August 2021, 14:00—17:30 to take advantage of the low tide.

Eco Marine will focus on two sites this time:

  • Families, kids and hikers at Little Bamboo Bay and Pearse Point
  • Adults on kayaks at Man Kok Tsuen headland

There will be separate leaders for the two groups but everyone will meet at No Name Store at 14:00.

Kids are welcome! Kids should be supervised by responsible adult/family members and need to be able to manage the paved trail walk to Little Bamboo Bay Beach which is 1 km hike each way from the meeting point.

Date: Saturday, 7 August 2021

Time: 2-5:30pm

Place: Meeting Time— 2pm

Meeting Place—NONAME STORE (on Silvermine Bay Beach), 10 Tung Wan Tau Rd, Mui Wo

To Register: Sign up for this event by clicking Going on Eco Marine’s Facebook Event page here.

For more information about the event and things to note, please visit Eco Marine’s website

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive.

Eco Marine’s mission is to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

Support Rally

Here is a different, more democratic way of giving, that allows donors of every level to be engaged in work of the non profit.

If you…

  • Don’t know where to give.
  • Don’t know how to give.
  • Don’t know why to give (exactly), read on

Rally was started in 2019 by young Asian women who wanted to bring everyday donors together to fund impactful non-profits fighting for female empowerment.

Rally believes in the power of collective giving with impact-minded individuals to create change and are here to help you shift from feel-good philanthropy to do-good philanthropy.

Rally’s mission is to be the go-to giving circle for young philanthropists who want to move the needle on gender equality in Asia.

So what is a giving circle? It’s philanthropy, democratised.

A giving circle multiplies the impact of one by many so you don’t need to be a high net worth individual or save until retirement to give big and do good.

Rally pools donations from young donors to form grant pools as large as $50,000 USD and vote collectively to decide on which charities will receive the grant, and the collective giving agenda.

How you can help: Rally offers different membership tiers catered to individuals at different stages of their giving journey.  Rally strives to be inclusive of people with different wealth and income levels, and philanthropic experience because everyone’s contribution counts.

To find out more about the different membership tiers and what you will get as a member, please follow this link to their website.

Volunteer at the University Museum and Art Gallery

The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of The University of Hong Kong was founded in 1953 as the Fung Ping Shan Museum. Originally established as the Fung Ping Shan Library of Chinese language publications in 1932 in honour of its benefactor, the building became a museum dedicated to collecting Chinese art when the University’s libraries consolidated. The museum was renamed UMAG in 1994, shortly before its new wing was opened to the public in 1996. It is the oldest continuously operated museum in Hong Kong and over the past sixty years it has built up a diverse collection of ceramics and bronzes dating from the Neolithic period (c. 7000–c. 2100 BCE) to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), as well as traditional and modern paintings from the Ming (1368–1644) to the twenty-first century. In addition to their permanent collections, UMAG regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary and ancient Chinese and Western art, as well as on early Hong Kong history.

UMAG‘s mission is to educate Hong Kong University students and the general public, through art-historical research and teaching, by displaying and interpreting its permanent collection, and presenting noteworthy temporary exhibitions. UMAG is dedicated to educating our diverse local, regional and international audiences about the past and present of Chinese and other cultures, and to inspiring life-long learning through both formal and informal education.

Volunteer: The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) relies upon volunteer support. The Museum is open to the public seven days a week, and volunteers play an essential role in inspiring and engaging museum visitors in dialogue about the collections.

UMAG is looking for Museum Department Volunteers and Guided Tour Programmes Volunteers.

Museum Department Volunteers work individually or in groups behind-the-scenes, performing a variety of duties related to the Museum’s collections. Individuals foster UMAG’s mission and support its interdisciplinary programmes through activities related to art, history and collecting. Volunteers also support curatorial staff catalogues, assist with the translation of publication and gallery texts and conduct social media initiatives.

Guided Tour Programme Volunteers contribute to UMAG’s growing programme of guided visits to the Museum’s permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. Volunteers engage with audiences through interactive educational experiences and inspire with stories, tours, gallery talks, demonstrations and creative hands-on programming.

Volunteering at UMAG is a rewarding experience that requires a high degree of motivation and dedication.

If you would like to become a volunteer, please complete and submit the online application form here.

Reminder: Hong Kong Dog Rescue Flag Day Appeal – 24 Jul

A reminder that HKDR will be holding their 2021 Flag Day on 24th July (Sat) on Hong Kong Island to raise funds for their public education programmes and the on-going operational costs of our their Homing Centres in Tai Po and Ap Lei Chau.

Hong Kong Dog Rescue, like many other charities are hurting because of the difficulties experienced fundraising during the pandemic.

For enquiries, please contact flagday@hongkongdogrescue.com

Date: Saturday, 24 July 2021

Time: 7am – 12pm

Place: Hong Kong Island

If you are not available on the day or it’s too hot to go out looking for HKDR’s volunteers selling flags, here are two other ways to donate to the appeal from the comfort of your home.

Gold Flag Donation: To support HKDR’s ongoing rescue and re-homing efforts HKDR is now selling a very special Gold Flag featuring 6 of HKDR dogs . As a No Kill Organisation that commits to taking care of all of our 600+ dogs for life, HKDR very much appreciates your donations and support. For every donation of $380 you will be entitled to one set of gold flag. Extra donations will be much appreciated too! To donate to Gold Flag Donation, please follow this link

Flag Day Donation: If you are not able to support HKDR’s Flag Day on 24th July, you could still donate to support their Flag Day. Donation of HK$100 or above will receive a flag sheet. (Flag sheet will be shipped in mid-June) To donate to the Flag Day Donation, please follow this link

About Hong Kong Dog Rescue: HKDR was founded in 2003 for the specific purpose of saving dogs and puppies from the Hong Kong Government’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) Animal Management Centres, where thousands of dogs and puppies are destroyed every year. They are homeless and unwanted, and have just four days to live unless they are chosen for rehoming.

Although almost all HKDR dogs and puppies are still rescued from AFCD, these days many of HKDR dogs are also ex-breeding dogs, those that are no longer useful for the purpose of producing puppies for the pet trade. These dogs are inevitably in poor health and condition due to their previous hard lives, and they need extensive veterinary treatment.

Only a small percentage of these dogs and puppies are lucky enough to be rescued by HKDR, after which the larger ones will be taken care of at HKDR’s main Tai Po Homing Centre, while smaller dogs awaiting re-homing will stay at the Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre. Puppies usually live at the HKDR base on Lamma Island or stay in foster homes, and they are taken to Whiskers N Paws at Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau, every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm where potential adopters can meet them and hopefully take them home.

As much as possible, puppies and smaller dogs are placed in temporary foster care where they can live in a home environment before being permanently adopted. HKDR’s foster network plays a vital role in helping dogs overcome the trauma of being abandoned or their previous unhappy circumstances, such as those that are rescued from breeding farms.

Alongside the rescue and re-homing efforts, education is also an important part of HKDR’s mission, and as part of that the Education & Training Centre was opened in July 2013, directly opposite HKDR’s Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre. This small venue is used for a variety of workshops and classes, all of which are designed to help improve dog- human understanding and so reduce the number of pets being abandoned. Whiskers N Paws also hosts the HKDR ‘Positive Partners’ Training Courses, which are designed to promote responsible pet ownership as well as reward-based training methods.

Charities, it’s time we heard from YOU

As the pandemic grows longer and longer, many charities are hurting and in different ways. Many have had to greatly cut back operations, unable to operate effectively under socially distanced conditions. Many have faced cash flow problems with fundraising greatly curtailed. And yet others especially those in the health and community sectors are busier than ever as your resources are stretched to the limit trying to support those affected by the pandemic.

In the past 11 years this blog has been focused on volunteer opportunities in Hong Kong. It is apparent that right now, charities have other needs as well, not only to survive this pandemic but to come out stronger afterwards.

Here’s where I might be able to help you or the charity that you volunteer at. I have been involved in charities as a volunteer, as a board member, in Hong Kong, the UK and the US for over 30 years, and have worked in the arts in a number capacities. In order for me to better understand what the most urgent needs are and what can be done to help, I have created a short survey.

Please follow this link and complete the survey on or before 31 July 2021.

All of the information that you provide will be treated as confidential and will only be used for research purposes. Your comments will not be identified as belonging to you, instead they will be combined with those gathered from other survey participants, and will be analysed as part of a group. Please also refer to Google’s privacy statement. The results of this survey will be published on the Volunteering in Hong Kong blog.

If you have any questions about this survey please email citygal_hk@outlook.com

I believe that many charities can survive this pandemic. It may mean that you need to acquire new skills, perhaps change the way you operate, but you can do this. I look forward to hearing from you.

Peak24 2021 – 30 Oct

The Peak24 corporate event to put an end to human trafficking and modern day slavery is back in Hong Kong. Don’t want to miss out!

On 30 October 2021, hundreds of corporates around Hong Kong will take part in relay-race mission to end human trafficking and modern day slavery. All you have to do is get a team of 5 and run for a combined 24 miles. Easy!

This year, Peak 24 will be holding a virtual race! Instead of running exclusively at The Peak, the race will take place at various locations throughout Hong Kong.

Peak 24 is excited to announce that they have a brand new race app that will bring the race to your phone! The app will be updated regularly with the progress of all teams across Hong Kong, and Peak 24 will be using this technology to help track the time, pacing, and distance run by teams.

Preparing for the race | What you need to know: Assemble a team of 5 people – could be a running club, a company or simply a group of friends.

Price: Click here to buy your tickets. OR – you can even run the full 24 miles solo as a 24Warrior runner!

Team ticket prices have been lowered & the fundraising minimum is set at HK$10,000 per team (prev. HK$20,000) to make this event more accessible!

Peak24 2021 race is on! Don’t miss your chance to join the fight against slavery– get your tickets now by following this link to EventBrite!

Date: The event takes place on 8:00am, 30 October 2021 across Hong Kong. Closing ceremony via Zoom will take place at 12:00 pm.

Place: Teams can choose to run on their own around Hong Kong’s gorgeous routes (through Peak 24’s brand new atlasGO race app) or in one of Peak 24’s recommended routes scattered across Hong Kong.

About Peak 24: Peak 24 is part of the Running To Stop The Traffik charity, a global, student-led abolitionist movement. They raise millions of dollars to spearhead the fight against slavery, working with charities around the world, creating advocacy campaigns and spreading the RTSTT movement globally.

Be a Hope of the City Volunteer

Hope of the City works to transform the lives of the underprivileged in Hong Kong, providing access to opportunities and believing in each person’s potential to succeed. Hope of the City funds projects, mobilizes people and source quality resources to transform the city, one life at a time.

Hope of the City seeks to avoid service duplication and believe in pooling resources for depth of impact. Hope of the City’s mission is to partner with local nonprofits, social service welfare centres, or church organisations. By partnering with on-the-ground workers, Hope of the City is able to ensure that the families they are serving have consistent support networks.

You can help Hope of the City by volunteering. Here are several examples of areas where you can help.

English Oral Tutoring: Hope of the City is partnering with two local churches, Hong Kong Yan Kei Evangelical Church and the Praise Assembly (633 District) who have been serving in the Cheung Sha Wan neighborhood for many years. They have expressed a need for teachers to support the elementary (P1-6) and secondary (F1-F3) students’ English oral skills.

The format will be 1 teacher to 1-3 students, 1.5 hours each class for one school term every Saturday. The church does not provide teaching material for the tutors at the early stage. They will ask the students to bring their English homework and textbooks on the first tutorial session and encourage the tutoring teachers to gauge the English standard of each student first, and may provide relevant reference support afterwards.

Homeless Outreach: Hope of the City is joining an organization called Christian Concerned for the Homeless Association where they have been serving the homeless community for 30 years in Hong Kong.  Hope of the City provides regular volunteers to participate in their weekly outreach programs on Tuesday nights where they visit street sleepers at Tung Chau Street Park with a cup of tea mainly to stir up conversations. Volunteers will pair up and sit down with one or two street sleepers to build a relationship with them through weekly meetings on Tuesday nights.

There will be evangelical elements such as singing worship songs, Holy Communion, prayer and devotional sharing. In order to build relationships with the homeless community, Hope of the City is recruiting Cantonese speaking volunteers who will be able to join and commit weekly for a minimum of two months in each rotation. Hope of the City hopes this weekly commitment for volunteers can be a launch pad for longer term service work with the homeless.

To find out more about these and other volunteer opportunities and to register, please follow this link to the Hope of the City website.

For more information please email Hope of the City at info@hopeofthecity.com

The Redress Closet – Shop Sustainably

We all know how detrimental the fast fashion trend is to the environment. Following a decade of pop-ups to reduce clothing waste and raise critical funds to support Redress’ work, Redress finally has their own permanent space.

The Redress Closet, Redress’ new curated secondhand clothing and accessories shop has opened in Sham Shui Po to support their mission to reduce the city’s clothing waste. Building on Redress’ decade of organising secondhand pop-ups, this move to a permanent shop is in response to consumers’ growing desires to be part of a solution, whilst also responding to Hong Kong’s worsening textile waste. By offering a wide selection of high quality clothing at accessible prices – from womens and menswear to accessories and bags – The Redress Closet showcases the beauty of choosing pre-loved instead of new, and works to change mindsets and practices to keep clothing out of landfill.

Address: 78 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po

Opening Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – 7pm

About Redress: Redress is an environmental charity with a mission to prevent and transform textile waste to catalyse a circular economy and reduce fashion’s water, chemical and carbon footprints. Redress programmes work to change mindsets and practices to stop the creation of textile waste now and in the future, as well as creating systems and partnerships that generate and showcase value in existing waste.    

Kids4Kids Powered by Youth – 11 & 25 September 2021

Powered by Youth is an annual two-day forum hosted by Kids4Kids that equips secondary students in Hong Kong ages 12-17 to become change makers, inspired by cross-industry leaders to tackle real-life social issues. The event details for PBY 2021:

11 & 25 September 2021

10:00am – 4:00pm (Day 1)

10:00am – 5:00pm (Day 2)

On 11 Sept (Day 1) of the forum, students will learn from inspiring speakers and facilitators who are industry experts by attending the “Power” and “Passion” workshops. The Power workshops focus on personal strengths, and Passion workshops explore various social issues.

On 25 Sept (Day 2), participants will have the opportunity to pitch their project ideas to a judging panel. Selected projects on the day will be allocated a seed funding of HK$3,000 for implementation. Students in Hong Kong are invited to submit their project ideas to the Kids4Kids team until 31 October 2021. Up to 30 Action for a Cause projects will be assigned a Kids4Kids mentor to help them implement the project in the following six months.

Watch this video of the 2020 event.

Date: 11 & 25 September 2021

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm (Day 1), 10:00am – 5:00pm (Day 2)

Place: To be announced

Price: $350 (Early Bird Ticket for both days, available until 31 July 2021), $500 (Standard ticket for both days)

To buy tickets please follow this link to Eventbee

For more information, please email Kids4Kids at info@kids4kids.org.hk

About Kids4Kids: Kids4Kids envisions a future where all young people are empowered to be change makers with the belief that they are never too young to change the world.

Kids4Kids nurtures change makers through reimagining ways of learning and rethinking social expectations, galvanizing youth to work together, and connecting individuals with communities.