Tag Archives: Hands On

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.

Asia Art Archives – Call for University Volunteers

20 Feb

AAA is currently recruiting university and higher education student volunteers to support Learning Labs’ spring series: a programme for high school students that facilitates collaborative activities with practicing artists and art professionals. Volunteers will become part of AAA’s PageNEXT team, and will be prioritised for future roles as interns or student helpers at AAA.

AAAPageNEXT is a group of volunteers dedicated to introducing and promoting recent art to their peers. As a member, you…

Provide and receive support from Asia Art Archive
Learn to plan and implement activities, work with practicing artists and art professionals, and mentor young people in AAA programmes. You can also initiate autonomous PageNEXT programmes and receive resources from AAA.

Exchange ideas and collaborate as a team
Self-reflect through discussions with other art lovers, enabling you to develop fresh ideas that experiment with recent art. Within the PageNEXT youth network, you will exchange knowledge and skills on a constant basis—a unique opportunity to learn and communicate with peers.

Become a young leader in the art community
Reach out to other youth networks across Hong Kong similarly dedicated to making positive contributions to society. You will be part of a growing and forward-looking creative community, become an important voice for youth and young adults, and play a leading role in shaping the role of art in the future.

Eligibility:
University and higher education students with a strong interest in art who are open to share personal experiences, organise activities, and mentor young students. Fluency in Cantonese is mandatory. Selected volunteers are expected to attend a pre-meeting on Thursday, 17 March, and will dedicate three Saturdays: 23, 30 April, and 14 May for Learning Labs programmes. Volunteers will be given a certificate upon completion of all sessions.

Application:
Fill out an application form on their website, and email it with your CV to learn@aaa.org.hk on or before Monday, 29 February. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews on Thursday 3 March, or Friday 4 March.

For questions or enquiries, contact learn@aaa.org.hk, or (852) 2844 1121.

Please click here for details of previous Learning Labs programmes.

About Asia Art Archive: AAA was initiated in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document and secure the multiple recent histories of contemporary art in the region. With an international Board of Directors, an Advisory Board made up of noted curators and critics, and research posts in the region, AAA has collated one of the most valuable collections of material on contemporary art in the region. Built of 85% donated material, the collection now holds over 50,000 records, comprised of hundreds of thousands of physical and digital items, and it continues to grow. Accessible free of charge from AAA’s physical space and searchable from anywhere in the world via the online catalogue, much of the collection is now also available globally via the Collection Online.

Through collecting and making information on the recent history of contemporary art in Asia easily accessible, AAA aims to facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field, enrich existing global narratives, and re-imagine the role of the archive. AAA is a point of convergence for critical thinking and dialogue and a proactive platform for diverse public, educational, and residential programmes for a wide range of audiences. At the core of its mission is AAA’s commitment to create a collection belonging to the public, existing not in an enclosed space, but in a space that is open and productive, generating new ideas and works that continually reshape the Archive itself.

Volunteering for HER Human Library!

10 Jan

HL16_email1_webHER Fund was set up on March 8, 2004 by a group of committed women activists in honour of International Women’s Day. Their main objective is to raise funds and give grants to support work by women, with women and for women in Hong Kong. Next to this, an important aspect of their work is to raise awareness of women’s position and rights in Hong Kong.

HER Fund will organize their second “HER Human Library” on 21 February, continuing to tell real life stories of marginalized women in Hong Kong, and to create equal and sincere dialogue in order to eliminate prejudices and discrimination.

If you want to turn your takeaways into action, and want to break prejudices with HER Fund, please consider joining “HER Human Library” as a volunteer!

Volunteer Type:
Child-care Helpers (4) – To take care of children at different ages
Human Book Helpers (14) – To assist the operation of “reading” sessions; to make sure readers comply with reading instruction; to do translation when needed (Chinese and English oral translation.)
Translators (2) – To help with translation during opening and closing sessions. (Chinese and English oral translation.)
Photographers (2) – To take event photos, need to bring your own camera, with event photo shooting experience preferred.

Date: Sunday, 21 February 2016

Time: 12:30 pm – 5:30pm (Volunteer briefing included)

Location: Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

For more information and to volunteer, please visit their website, call Tel: 2794 1100 or Email: info@herfund.org.hk

Deadline 22 January 2016

About HER Fund: Women’s organizations in Hong Kong have been working hard to strive for gender equality. Over the years, they have significantly raised women’s status in society. However, many of them are finding it increasingly difficult to secure funding to continue their valuable work. In late 2001, several long-time women activists in Hong Kong embarked on a project to set up a women’s fund. The idea received support from Mama Cash (Netherlands), Global Fund for Women (USA) and the Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities. In 2002, the group undertook a study on the funding needs of women NGOs in Hong Kong. In 2003, Hong Kong Women’s Fund (Preparatory Committee) was formally registered as a society. In 2004, the society set up HER Fund Limited. They successfully received charity status and tax exemption (IR File No.: 91/7393) in June 2005.

HER Belief
HER Fund believes in the wisdom and capacity of women to determine their needs and aspirations and to develop strategies to achieve them.

HER Vision
They envision a society that will secure and promote the human rights for all, without discrimination on any grounds, and in all areas of life and work.

HER Mission
HER Fund mobilizes resources and invests in empowering women and girls to create change in communities for gender equality.

HER Work
HER Fund advances women and girls’ rights through fundraising, grant-making and philanthropic education. They give financial grants to the neglected and less-funded women’s groups and projects in the community.

Drink for Good 2015

17 Sep

Barhopping and doing something meaningful at the same time? Sounds like a strange combination. But join ‘Drink for Good 2015′ on 8th October 2015 to help raise money for HandsOn Hong Kong and you’ll be doing exactly that.

drinks for goodFounded in 2007, HandsOn Hong Kong is a registered charity that strives to be the first point of contact for individuals in Hong Kong who want to be involved in community service, by actively recruiting, training, and managing volunteers to participate in volunteer activities benefiting the local community.

With every drink you purchase at each participating bar or restaurant, HK$5 will be donated to HandsOn Hong Kong. Over 60 bars and restaurants in Central, Soho, Wanchai, and Quarry Bay will be taking part including hotspots The Woods, Ham & Sherry and Aberdeen Street Social. HandsOn Hong Kong will then use the funds raised for kids with special needs, and for other programs addressing pressing social needs in Hong Kong.

Drink For Good is now in its third year and your participation will make it even better than ever! Last year, HOHK raised funds to make wishes come true for 500 special needs kids. Just over HK$100,000 was raised thanks to the participation of 83 venues and 45 Corporate Sponsors.

Responsible drinking is a key part of the messaging for the event as the event is about drinking in moderation, not getting drunk.

Date: 8 October 2015

Time: 5-11pm

Location: Follow this link for list of venues

About Hands On: HandsOn Hong Kong was founded in 2007 and is an affiliate of the international volunteer network, HandsOn Network (HON), headquartered and registered as a nonprofit organization in the United States.

Their mission is two-fold: to help charities meet their volunteer needs and help individuals who want to give back to the community do so in a meaningful way. To accomplish their mission, they partner with local charities to develop volunteer projects and to recruit, train, and manage volunteers and volunteer projects. The types of volunteer projects they organize range from activities with children, such as helping local primary students improve their English skills and providing after-school tutoring to ethnic minority students, to helping the elderly and people with disabilities, to animal welfare, and other areas.

Interested in becoming actively involved? Hands On is looking for Volunteer Board Members

2 Feb

hands onFounded in 2007, HandsOn Hong Kong is a registered charity dedicated to community based volunteerism. HandsOn Hong Kong‘s primary objective is to identify and meet the volunteer needs of local NGOs and organize flexible volunteer programs for busy professionals.

HandsOn Hong Kong actively recruit, train, and manage volunteers to participate in volunteer activities benefiting the local community. Each week HandsOn Hong Kong has around 15 opportunities for volunteers to assist those in need in our city. Their volunteers help deliver after school programs to underprivileged children, visit the elderly living on low incomes, assist at playgroups, in soup kitchens and much more!

If you are passionate about volunteerism and making a difference to the communities you live in;
working in a senior role, with managerial and strategic experience within your industry, and with a wide network of influential contacts in Hong Kong;
have a long term commitment to Hong Kong; and
preferably a Cantonese speaking member of the local community, HandsOn Hong Kong would love to hear from you.

The HandsOn Hong Kong Board’s primary function is to serve as the supervisory body for the organization, guiding its strategic direction and ensuring that the interests of the organization and its stakeholders are protected.

The commitment is approximately 10 hours a month, outside of normal working hours. As well as helping those in need in our city, this is a great opportunity for a community minded individual to gain board experience and help accelerate their career path towards joining a corporate board.

For full details on the role of a Board Member, please see this posting on LinkedIn. And for more information on HandsOn Hong Kong, please visit their website.

Summer fun with kids in Tin Shui Wai!

20 Jul

registerHands On is partnering with a community centre in Tin Shui Wai run by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals this summer. Like all other kids, children from this area having their summer holidays. They need to be cared for as their parents work during the day. If spending afternoons with kids in the local community playing games such as chess, board games etc. sound like loads of fun, then this volunteer opportunity is for you. There are a variety of dates available from now till end of August. Just visit the Hands On Volunteer page for more information.

hands onDate: Various dates available till 30 August

Time: 2:30-5:30pm

Location: Tin Shui Wai (detailed directions will be provided after signing up)

Age: 18 and above

Language: Cantonese speakers only

About Hands On: HandsOn Hong Kong was founded in 2007 and is an affiliate of the international volunteer network, HandsOn Network (HON), headquartered and registered as a nonprofit organization in the United States.

Their mission is two-fold: to help charities meet their volunteer needs and help individuals who want to give back to the community do so in a meaningful way. To accomplish their mission, they partner with local charities to develop volunteer projects and to recruit, train, and manage volunteers and volunteer projects. The types of volunteer projects they organize range from activities with children, such as helping local primary students improve their English skills and providing after-school tutoring to ethnic minority students, to helping the elderly and people with disabilities, to animal welfare, and other areas.

Volunteers needed for HK Special Olympics Regional Athletic Meet

7 Feb


Volunteers are needed to help out with the Hong Kong Special Oylmpics Regional Athletic Meet – Region 4. Large number of volunteers are needed to carry out various tasks including setting up the venue, assisting the judges and athletes. Certificate of Service, lunch box and water are provided.

Date: 18 February

Time: 8:45am-5pm

Location: Ma On Shan (detailed direction will be given after sign up)

Language: Cantonese speaking volunteers only

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please register via the Hands On website.

About Hong Kong Special Olympics:
Hong Kong Special Olympics for the mentally handicapped was launched by a group of dedicated professionals servicing in the field of related beneficiaries. The first event of the Hong Kong Special Olympics was held in December 1975 at Aberdeen Sports Ground, at that time only 500 people attended the one-day track and field events. After 30 years of development, has now evolved into a wide range of sports activities throughout the year, the number of participants is more than 40,000 people. Thousands of athletes and participants from nearly 100 member agencies throughout the year organized sports, namely athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, skating, rowing, swimming, ping-pong and volleyball, etc.

The organization strives to develop the various Olympic types of sports activities for people with 8 years old or older intellectual disabilities to participate, let them develop their potential through long-term training, self-confidence and courage, to share with family and peers obtained from movement of the joy, then integrate into the community.