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Apply NOW for 2017 Summer Student Internships at Crossroads

17 Jan

Student-243x300Crossroads Foundation recruits students from universities and colleges to participate in its unique, annual internship programme. Students are given the opportunity to be assistant managers in each of their many departments and to help in the running of those departments. The students in these roles will be able to work with all types of people from around the world while gaining vital, real-world English-environment work experience.

Roles available include working in fields such as communications & vision, accounting, administration, processing goods for distribution, shipping, computing, catering and hospitality and fair trade commerce.

When: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. The work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Interns will need to complete a full six week internship to receive a reference and certificate. Contact Crossroads for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk or to sign up, click here.

First intake: June 6th – July 15th 2017

Second intake: July 11th – August 19th 2017

Where: Internships take place at the Crossroads site, opposite Gold Coast, near Tuen Mun in the New Territories.

How: You must attend an induction to apply for the internship. This day will allow you to familiarise yourselves with Crossroads and the objectives for this programme as well as sit for a short interview. Students will then be notified a few weeks later as to whether they have been accepted and to which department they have been placed. Upon completion of 6 weeks, each student will receive a certificate as well as a letter of reference from Crossroads. These will be given out at the student party at the end of the internship period or upon finishing the programme.

If you have any questions, or to begin the application process, click here.

Note: Students who are not in Hong Kong at the time of the induction interviews may complete their interviews online. Contact Crossroads for more details.

About Crossroads: Crossroads’ goal is to connect people in a broken world. As their name suggests, they try to be a crossroads: bringing together those in need and those who can help. They do so in four ways.

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: Where need meets resource Crossroads are donated excellent quality goods by business and private donors. They distribute these to people in need, in Hong Kong and around the world.

GLOBAL HAND: Partnering for a better world Global Hand is a match-making service which links for-profit and non-profit organisations who want to partner to help meet global need.

GLOBAL X-PERIENCE: Stepping into another’s shoes Crossroads offers simulation x-periences in which participants step, briefly, ‘into the shoes’ of people facing global challenges: war, poverty, HIV vulnerability, blindness, environmental challenges, hunger, etc.

GLOBAL HANDICRAFTS: Fair trade for a fairer world Aid helps people today. An income helps them tomorrow. Global Handicrafts Marketplace sells goods from people in need within Hong Kong, and around the world, on a fair trade basis.

VOLUNTEERING
Volunteering at Crossroads is one way you can line up the skills you have, with your hopes to make a difference to a broken world. Crossroads needs people with almost any skills to do jobs like packing goods, driving trucks, cooking meals, administration and computer work, gardening and landscaping, art and design, and much more.

Cull the Clutter: Donate

20 Oct
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Weather is getting cooler. Time to bring sweaters and coats out of storage. What to do with all the summer clothes? The ones that were never or will never be worn? What about old furniture and other household odds and ends?

Donate! This article in Sassy Mama has some great suggestions as to where to send the unwanted and unloved items.

Support recycling and reuse!

Little Philanthropist Presents Toy Sale and Drive

7 Sep

Little Philanthropist volunteers have organized a “Giving Box” where you can purchase a toy on behalf of a child. The Little Philanthropist, with the help of the charity organizers, will distribute the toys to the children suffering from cancer after the event has completed. Any toys remaining at the end of the event will be distributed to local orphanages in Hong Kong & Crossroads Foundation.

little philanthropistCurrently, the Little Philanthropist has received over 10,000 NEW toys, games, books and sporting goods from donors, and more are still coming in. All products are new and from famous brands around the world. Most toys that will be at this event cannot even be purchased in Hong Kong.

You can’t miss out!

The best part is that all of these toys are at a fraction of the retail price. To make it simple for the children organizing the event and a benefit for the attendees, all toys regardless of their retail value will be $30.

Face painting, games, popcorn, food and beverages will also be $30

Each raffle ticket will be $30.

Retail pricing range for the toys, games, books and sporting goods the Little Philanthropist have received is between $100.00 HKD and $3000.00 HKD. The Little Philanthropist have also received over $10,000 in Food and Beverage vouchers which they will be raffling off during this fantastic event.

Act fast, early birds get a discount!

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At the door for full price. To purchase tickets, please visit their website or buy them online from Eventbrite. Due to the popularity of this event and resource to manage the computers, it would be great if people can purchase tickets in advance to make it easier on the ‘Little Philanthropist’.

Date: Saturday, 24 September 2016

Time: 12-6pm

Place: HH Space Hang Hau (Location may change due to popularity of the event) – Lot 146, Hang Hau Road, Hang Hau, Sai Kung

Price: $100 for the entry ticket ($200 at the door), vouchers at $30 each.

little philanthropist 2About The Little Philanthropist : Little Philanthropist is a project based organisation that centers its mission around their young ambassadors and how they would like to combine helping their local community and driven learning. The children are involved from the ideation progress, thinking together about who, what and how they want to contribute to the charities of their choice, to organising and learning on the way in what it means do large and small scale projects.

Little Philanthropist is about making friends, life skills and improving the community we all enjoy and care about.

Little Philanthropist is a nonprofit educational organisation located in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Their mission is to educate, inspire and engage children in philanthropy while encouraging them to touch the hearts and minds of others one idea at a time!

To learn more about Little Philanthropist, what they do, and what you can do to help, follow their Facebook page.

Crossroads Needs You: Donate, Volunteer, find Land

28 Feb

By 15 March, Crossroads will be relocating 2/3 of their volunteer staff, tons of stock, several simulation x-periences and needing to meet broader associated costs.

Why is Crossroads needing to move?
Crossroads is being asked to move because the Government of the HKSAR is planning to build private sector housing on the portion of the former Perowne Barracks site which Crossroads occupies.

Why the current urgency?
Two hectares of Crossroads’ current property must be returned to the government by 15 March 2016. It has been earmarked for luxury housing construction with invitations for tender due to be issued prior to the end of March.

crossroads needs youThe plan Crossroads had been executing for this, however, suddenly needed to be changed, very recently and very unexpectedly.
Plan A. A company had kindly agreed to house half of Crossroads’ people for five years, pro bono. Crossroads worked hard to prepare for this. Through no fault of their own, however, the company encountered a major impediment which meant that, a short time ago, they told us this was no longer possible. No new location has been found
Plan B. Suddenly, therefore, Crossroads needed to find an alternative plan, immediately actionable. They have come up with a strategy to re-configure the eastern side of their site in any and every way they can to make this possible. This is being done consultatively with the government. It is not, however, cheap. Crossroads needs, in short, to find the money to develop accommodation for 50 people at very short notice.

How YOU can help
Thermometer-graphic-1024x529Donate: Donated funds are Crossroads’ urgent need. The amount they currently need is HK$4 million. Recently, they have received HK$1.6 million. Crossroads urgently needs another HK$2.4 million. (Budget available.) Could you help in ways large or small? (Tax deductibility is available for donations in Hong Kong, Australia, the UK, and the US.)
Crossroads would be grateful for any donation, of any size. Please note, though, that this is not a time when they can submit long application processes. They need donors who can help quickly.
To donate online, follow this link.

Volunteer: Volunteer your help/expertise. Crossroads will need extra volunteers in preparation for the move.

Have land? Know of any? Crossroads needs land sufficient to support approx. 45,000-50,000 sq m GFA. This probably equates to 1.6 -2 hectares, provided they can build to 8 or 9 storeys. Email Crossroads at enquiries@crossroads.org.hk if you have any ideas about land options that they might pursue.

Sign up to Crossroads newsletters where they will keep you posted.

For the full story, please go to the Crossroads website.

About Crossroads: Crossroads’ goal is to connect people in a broken world. As our name suggests, we try to be a crossroads: bringing together those in need and those who can help. We do so in four ways.

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: Where need meets resource We are donated excellent quality goods by business and private donors. We distribute these to people in need, in Hong Kong and around the world.

GLOBAL HAND: Partnering for a better world Global Hand is a match-making service which links for-profit and non-profit organisations who want to partner to help meet global need.

GLOBAL X-PERIENCE: Stepping into another’s shoes We offer simulation x-periences in which participants step, briefly, ‘into the shoes’ of people facing global challenges: war, poverty, HIV vulnerability, blindness, environmental challenges, hunger, etc.

GLOBAL HANDICRAFTS: Fair trade for a fairer world Aid helps people today. An income helps them tomorrow. Global Handicrafts Marketplace sells goods from people in need within Hong Kong, and around the world, on a fair trade basis.

VOLUNTEERING
Volunteering at Crossroads is one way you can line up the skills you have, with your hopes to make a difference to a broken world. We need people with almost any skills to do jobs like packing goods, driving trucks, cooking meals, administration and computer work, gardening and landscaping, art and design, and much more.

Nepal Earthquakes – Crossroads appeal for Donations and Goods

16 May

It is almost beyond belief that a second, massive earthquake has struck Nepal. Crossroads is responding to people affected by both quakes. If you would like to help, here is how you can.

Crossroads is working with a range of partners to get help to people in both urban and remote areas. Their first consignment has landed in Kathmandu and a second is on its way. They are looking at sending additional loads to Nepal.

As the recovery process moves forward, Crossroads is in regular touch with those who know the situation on the ground and can guide them as to what is needed. For areas still unreached, they are being asked to send emergency items such as tents, solar powered lights (since batteries are in short supply) and Recovery Kits. At the same time, we are now also being asked for Hygiene Kits and Kitchen Kits.

Those impacted also urgently need funds as some goods are needed immediately. Many can be purchased in the location as long as sufficient funds are provided.

If you would like to help, here’s how.

Donate Money
To donate money towards Crossroads’ Nepal disaster relief efforts, please click here and specify ‘Nepal disaster relief’ in the ‘What For?’ section.

recovery kitsDonate Goods
Relief workers are asking Crossroads to rush, at this time, tents to provide immediate shelter and Recovery Kits to help cope with the devastation in the area.

Recovery Kits are still urgently needed in the areas that have had very little help as people try to remove rubble and re-start their lives. If you with so donate these Recovery Kits, each must contain the following:
1 x blanket
2 pairs cotton gloves
Water purification tablets
1 x flash light
2 x packets band aids
1 x box face masks
1 plastic bottle of disinfectant
All items must be new, please, and placed in a red/white/blue striped bag.

Tents: People in remote villages are still in urgent need of shelter, particularly, we are advised, with the monsoon season coming. If you could give 1 or more tents, that will provide immediate help.

Solar Powered Lights: These are being requested daily to help combat the challenges in areas without power and without access to batteries.

Please deliver your donations to, map and address here.
Crossroads Foundation
2 Castle Peak Road
Gold Coast
Tuen Mun N.T.
HONG KONG

About Crossroads: Crossroads’ goal is to connect people in a broken world. As our name suggests, we try to be a crossroads: bringing together those in need and those who can help. We do so in four ways.

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: Where need meets resource We are donated excellent quality goods by business and private donors. We distribute these to people in need, in Hong Kong and around the world.

GLOBAL HAND: Partnering for a better world Global Hand is a match-making service which links for-profit and non-profit organisations who want to partner to help meet global need.

GLOBAL X-PERIENCE: Stepping into another’s shoes We offer simulation x-periences in which participants step, briefly, ‘into the shoes’ of people facing global challenges: war, poverty, HIV vulnerability, blindness, environmental challenges, hunger, etc.

GLOBAL HANDICRAFTS: Fair trade for a fairer world Aid helps people today. An income helps them tomorrow. Global Handicrafts Marketplace sells goods from people in need within Hong Kong, and around the world, on a fair trade basis.

VOLUNTEERING
Volunteering at Crossroads is one way you can line up the skills you have, with your hopes to make a difference to a broken world. We need people with almost any skills to do jobs like packing goods, driving trucks, cooking meals, administration and computer work, gardening and landscaping, art and design, and much more.

Summer Student Internships @ Crossroads

27 Apr

Crossroads Foundation recruits students from universities and colleges to participate in its unique, annual internship programme. Students are given the opportunity to be assistant managers in each of our many departments and to help in the running of those departments. The students in these roles will be able to work with all types of people from around the world while gaining vital, real-world English-environment work experience.

Student-243x300Roles available include working in fields such as communications & vision, accounting, administration, processing goods for distribution, shipping, computing, catering and hospitality and fair trade commerce.

Interns will need to complete a full six week internship to receive a reference and certificate.

Date: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. Contact us for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk or to sign up, click here.

Time: The work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Location: Internships take place at the Crossroads site, opposite Gold Coast, near Tuen Mun in the New Territories.

Contact Crossroads for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk or to sign up, click here.

About Crossroads: Crossroads’ goal is to connect people in a broken world. As our name suggests, we try to be a crossroads: bringing together those in need and those who can help. We do so in four ways.

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: Where need meets resource We are donated excellent quality goods by business and private donors. We distribute these to people in need, in Hong Kong and around the world.

GLOBAL HAND: Partnering for a better world Global Hand is a match-making service which links for-profit and non-profit organisations who want to partner to help meet global need.

GLOBAL X-PERIENCE: Stepping into another’s shoes We offer simulation x-periences in which participants step, briefly, ‘into the shoes’ of people facing global challenges: war, poverty, HIV vulnerability, blindness, environmental challenges, hunger, etc.

GLOBAL HANDICRAFTS: Fair trade for a fairer world Aid helps people today. An income helps them tomorrow. Global Handicrafts Marketplace sells goods from people in need within Hong Kong, and around the world, on a fair trade basis.

VOLUNTEERING
Volunteering at Crossroads is one way you can line up the skills you have, with your hopes to make a difference to a broken world. We need people with almost any skills to do jobs like packing goods, driving trucks, cooking meals, administration and computer work, gardening and landscaping, art and design, and much more.

Crossroads Foundation founders awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

26 Jan

Congratulations to Malcolm and Sally Begbie, founders of Crossroads Foundation for being appointed Officers of the Order of Australia for establishing Crossroads, a unique humanitarian relief organisation.

The awards have been granted to each, recognising over 30 years of distinguished humanitarian service, including the founding of the Crossroads Foundation in Hong Kong, 17 years ago.

The awards also cite the work they have undertaken with the United Nations in facilitating UN/business partnerships to combat global issues. http://business.un.org.

Crossroads Foundation was founded by Malcolm Begbie, a chartered accountant and Sally Begbie, a PR consultant. Originally started as a support organization for charities, the appeal for blankets and clothes following floods in Northern China in 1995 changed their mission. From a small organization that shipped 19 cartons of relief supplies in 1995, today Crossroads has goods equating to 100 x 40′ containers operating from a site that covers 600,000 square feet (14 acres), fielding requests from 106 countries.

Instead of ending up in landfill, unwanted items are channelled to people whose lives may be renewed or even saved as a result. And that is how this organisation came upon its name. It is indeed a crossroads, an intersection of need and resource.

Their Mission: Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong based, non-profit organisation serving global need. We believe that, in a broken world that sees too much suffering, we should do all we can to link those who are in need with those who can provide help. So we provide an intersection, literally a crossroads, to bring both together.

Volunteering: Goods flood into the Crossroads warehouse. So do requests. In theory, Crossroads should have an empty warehouse. In actuality, Crossroads has a full one. The problem? Crossroads does not have enough people to process the goods at the needed rate. You can help in a number of areas including light work helping the sorting, carpentry, IT, fundraising, etc. For information on volunteer opportunities, visit their website.