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Urgent Fundraising Appeal for Mother’s Choice

7 May


COVID-19 has had significant impact on Mother’s Choice’s services and operations. Mother’s Choice had an 80% increase in calls to their emergency hotline, and there are hundreds of children on the waitlist for a safe and temporary place to stay as at-risk families in Hong Kong face even more hardship. Despite these challenges, Mother’s Choice has remained committed to global best practice and protecting vulnerable children. This includes:
* Being one of the few residential homes still admitting in children.
* Working closely with the Hospital Authority to provide resources for the surge of young girls seeking help with a crisis pregnancy.
* Sourcing and providing protective gear for hundreds of immune-suppressed children.
* Supporting struggling foster families with limited resources who are not able to support schooling.
* Despite these urgent needs, Mother’s Choice is unable to hold the Mother’s Choice gala dinner as planned in May due to the concerns around COVID-19. The gala dinner is their most important fundraising event of the year and covers 30% of their annual operating expenses.

Mother’s Choice is HOME to hundreds of vulnerable babies, children, and young girls throughout the year who need their help now more than ever. Mother’s Choice does not want the postponement of this fundraising event to lead to a cut of critical services, which includes two residential care homes.

Mother’s Choice needs your help. Today, Mother’s Choice asks you to consider making a financial gift. Every effort in this critical moment counts for the vulnerable children and girls in crisis that Mother’s Choice serves.

To donate, please follow this link

About Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a local charity serving children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong. Founded in 1987, Mother’s Choice joins hands with our community to give hope and change the life stories of vulnerable girls and babies. Mother’s Choice‘s vision is to see every child in a loving family.

Relief Care Packages for Hong Kong’s vulnerable

2 May


Help HandsOn to provide Care Packages for Hong Kong’s most vulnerable. Each pack costs HK$350 and will last a household one week (includes rice, noodles, cooking oil, face masks, a SIM card for internet access and other necessities). HandsOn‘s goal is to raise enough money for at least 315 relief packs, based on households they know are in immediate need. Any donation you can make will be gratefully received.

HandsOn is partnering with 5 charities, below, to deliver these packs to the vulnerable groups they serve:
• Christian Family Service Centre—Supporting people with mental illness
• ELCSS-HK Communion Lutheran Elderly Health Centre—Supporting low-income elderly
• Hong Chi Morninglight School—Supporting children with disabilities
• Hong Kong Women Development Association—Supporting women and children
• The Hub – Hong Kong—Supporting children from low-income families

Back this campaign: To back this campaign, please follow this link to Sparkraise

About HandsOn: HandsOn Hong Kong mobilizes and empowers the community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services.

HandsOn‘s vision is a caring community that gives its time and talent to transform Hong Kong.

Help for Domestic Workers is looking for a Fundraising & Events Volunteer

29 Apr

Many NGOs in Hong Kong operate on limited funding and manpower in an effort to maximize resources for programs that support their core mission. Skills-based volunteering helps address this challenge by engaging volunteers to provide specialized skills and services that leverage job-related expertise, such as accounting, design, HR, IT, legal and more.

For NGOs, skills-based volunteering provides access to specialized skill sets and talent they may not otherwise have. The engagement also empowers the volunteer to leverage their professional skills to drive positive social change, expand their network, develop meaningful community relationships and hone their skills.

Help for Domestic Workers is looking for a Fundraising & Events Volunteer
Key Responsibilities:
• Work with the Board coordinator of Fundraising & Events to develop and implement fundraising campaigns.
• To review fundraising trends, both internally and externally.
• To develop and deliver strategies to promote regular donations via HELP’s new online giving platform
• To help manage and maintain the HELP Fundraising Pipeline.
• To facilitate the development of project proposals by staff to submit to potential donors/trusts and foundations and event sponsors.
• To work with the Board Co-ordinator to plan and execute fundraising events annually such as an annual fundraising dinner.
• To help develop and implement processes for thanking the sponsors, donors and funders in writing and acknowledge them at Board meetings, special events and on the website/social media.
• Work with the finance committee to develop internal procedures for handling donations
• Record all grant and donor-related information as part of an effective donor relations management strategy on the fundraising database
• Positively represent and promote HELP in all its dealings with external agencies

Key Skills:
• Bachelor’s degree and proven track record of fundraising experience (10 years plus)
• Expert networker with high-level relationship management skills, including the ability to engage with senior-level stakeholders and corporate partners.
• Well-developed organisation and project management ability; to plan, prioritise tasks, meet multiple deadlines and budgets
• Strong writing, editing, presentation skills with very good attention to detail
• Self-starter, highly motivated and resourceful problem solver
• Experience using Salesforce, Word Press and Hubspot
• Excellent written and verbal English language skills are essential, Cantonese and or Mandarin language skills would be an advantage.

Amount of time required per month: As many hours as possible but can be flexible

Length of service / commitment required: To start as soon as possible, with commitment open-ended

Language requirement: English is essential, Cantonese and/or Mandarin would be desirable

Location of volunteer work: Mostly in the office at G/F, St John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central preferred but can be flexible to accommodate home-working too (for e.g. 50/50 split)

Enquiries: For enquiries and to apply please email j.booth@helpfordomesticworkers.org

About Help for Domestic Workers: HELP for Domestic Workers, provides free advice and assistance on employment, immigration and human rights issues to domestic workers in Hong Kong. Every domestic worker in Hong Kong, irrespective of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or gender, should have access to justice and receive equal and fair treatment before the law.

Habitat for Humanity HK is looking for a Strategy Trainer & Project Manager

24 Apr

Many NGOs in Hong Kong operate on limited funding and manpower in an effort to maximize resources for programs that support their core mission. Skills-based volunteering helps address this challenge by engaging volunteers to provide specialized skills and services that leverage job-related expertise, such as accounting, design, HR, IT, legal and more.

For NGOs, skills-based volunteering provides access to specialized skill sets and talent they may not otherwise have. The engagement also empowers the volunteer to leverage their professional skills to drive positive social change, expand their network, develop meaningful community relationships and hone their skills.

Habitat for Humanity HK is seeking a skills-based volunteer with a proven track record successfully managing teams at a leadership level and driving business improvements. This role helps to introduce strategic insight, vision and ideas that facilitate the organization to resolve issues and challenges.
– Someone with extensive experience of training others, especially the management team in Habitat for Humanity HK‘s organization on developing their strategic thinking
– Deliver training for the management team on how to develop and present a strategy
– Work with the CEO to manage the compilation of the team strategies and input into the wider organisational strategy

Length of service / commitment required: 3 months (Would prefer longer if possible, but happy to start with 3 months )

Amount of time required per month: 15-20 hours

Language requirement: English (Cantonese a plus)

Must work in office / on location at the Habitat for Humanity HK, 23/F, Congregation House, 119-121 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Enquiries: For enquiries and to apply please email Jo.hayes@habitat.org.hk

About Habitat for Humanity HK: Every 21 seconds. That’s how often Habitat for Humanity has helped another family access new or improved housing somewhere around the world in 2019. For the fiscal year 2019, Habitat served more than 7 million people including 3.1 million people from Asia and the Pacific; and enlisted the support of more than 1.4 million volunteers. Habitat for Humanity recognizes that safe and decent housing plays a key role in lifting families out of poverty. Having a home represents a safe haven for a family, a strong and stable place where children can thrive, and a solid foundation on which a family can build a better life. Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities. Habitat for Humanity undertakes many types of work to improve housing around the world—from continuing their traditional work to build safe, decent and affordable homes in partnership with soon-to-be homeowners, to their innovative focus on financial inclusion, housing market systems and entrepreneurship, and to their groundbreaking development of microfinance for the housing sector.

In Hong Kong, Habitat for Humanity HK runs several programmes to help low-income families and in particular the elderly living in public housing estates and retirement homes through essential renovation work or deep cleaning services.

Habitat for Humanity HK is experiencing extreme challenges and the impact of having strategic insight and vision will inspire and empower them to develop business strategies that will achieve their organization’s goals. The work of the Strategy Trainer & Project Manager will help the CEO and the Management Team to build a workplace culture that is capable of executing change to meet business objectives.

Help deliver Care Boxes (groceries and masks) to minority families (28 Apr – 3 May)

19 Apr

According to the 2016 poverty report among ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, the poverty rate among children of South Asian, mainly Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Filipino, etc., (29.1%) is significantly higher than that of all children in Hong Kong (12.1%). Most of them are born in Hong Kong.

Over the past 2 weeks, The Zubin Foundation has received over 400 calls from people seeking work. There are many families that have lost their only source of income because of their jobs in construction, at the airport and in F&B. Many of these families have little or no savings and children and adults are going hungry.

The Zubin Foundation has received generous donations from the public to provide Care Boxes to the ethnic minority families (EM families) in need. They are now looking for teams of 3 volunteers to help deliver these Care Boxes.

Volunteer yourself if you can help drive your car/van between Tuesday 28 April – Sunday 3 May for delivery. Mobilise your friends and family members to join you as accompanying volunteers to help deliver to the families in need. (Don’t worry if you can’t find accompanying volunteers, The Zubin Foundation can help!)

Date: Tuesday 28 April – Sunday 3 May

To register, please follow this link

For more information, please call The Zubin Foundation at 2540-9588

About The Zubin Foundation: The Zubin Foundation is a think tank and charity that works to improve the lives of Hong Kong’s marginalised ethnic minorities by providing opportunities and reducing suffering

Room to Read Covid-19 Urgent Appeal

14 Apr


In every country where Room to Read operates, there are partial or full public school closures.

With so many children out of school, there has never been a more urgent need to facilitate learning. If you can, please make an emergency donation now or start your own fundraiser to ensure that this crisis doesn’t result in a generation of children who lack basic reading skills, or a generation of girls who drop out of school with no hope.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Room to Read is facing a significant loss of income due to cancelled fundraising events and school closures all around the world.

But Room to Read is not giving up on their students, so Room to Read needs your help. Room to Read is calling on their global community who shares in their belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children® to help. Together, you will ensure that children continue their education no matter what.

The Room to Read team will continue to work tirelessly to bring their programs and resources to students throughout this crisis in novel ways. One example is the Room to Read Literacy Cloud which gives children access to free digital storybooks from around the world. Room to Read will do so even as they maximize every contribution and operate with the same transparency and fiscal accountability they are known for. You can count on Room to Read to forward their mission, focus on impact and report back to you with results.

Donate: To donate please follow this link.

Donations made right now will be MATCHED dollar for dollar by Room to Read board member, Angel Mehta, to a total of US$50,000.

About Room to Read: Room to Read is a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, and founded on the belief that “World Change Starts With Educated Children,” the organization focuses on working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments.

Combat COVID-19 with UNICEF

9 Apr

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is of a scale most people alive today have never seen. Worldwide, the outbreak is claiming lives and livelihoods as health systems buckle, borders close and families struggle to stay afloat.

In response to the fast-evolving nature of the pandemic, UNICEF is urgently appealing for funding and support to heighten public health response in order to reduce transmission and mortality of COVID-19.

UNICEF supports vulnerable countries by providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and basic infection prevention and control measures for vulnerable families and children. Across the globe, UNICEF commits to distributing vital public health messaging to children and families so they can protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19.

UNICEF needs your help right now
Combat COVID-19 with UNICEF

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About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. Operating out of U.N. headquarters in New York City, it is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world, with a presence in 192 countries and territories. UNICEF‘s activities include immunizations and disease prevention, administering treatment for children and mothers with HIV, enhancing childhood and maternal nutrition, improving sanitation, promoting education, and providing emergency relief in response to disasters.