9 December, 2020
how to help hk's homeless
how to help hk's homeless
Lifestyle, What's On HK

Where To Volunteer In Hong Kong: Nonprofits, Charities & Social Enterprises

9 December, 2020
how to help hk's homeless

If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities in Hong Kong, these nonprofits, charities and social enterprises are worth checking out.

Hong Kong encourages living life on the busy end of the spectrum, but there’s no denying that we can all afford to make time for the causes we care about. Investing your efforts into worthwhile organisations can be one of the most meaningful ways to donate, and one of the most productive ways to spend your hours. In a place that prides itself on sky-high success, it’s often a surprise to see how much work still needs to be done in this city. The truth is, there’s always more to do — and there’s no better time to start.

When choosing where to volunteer, it’s worth asking yourself what existing skills you have that could be useful. Cause-driven organisations are often looking for people to support marketing, design, legal work, education, translation, event management and fundraising. It’s also worth being clear about your commitment level. Some organisations are only looking for a one-off Saturday, others can require set times each week/month. Whether you’re looking for ways to give back to the community individually, as a group or as a company, there are plenty of worthwhile charities and social enterprises looking for support. We’ve listed organisations doing inspiring and necessary work, with a little info about how you can help.

Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind that volunteer needs may be different during the pandemic, as events and programmes may not be operating as normal.

Read more: How To Give Back To Hong Kong This Christmas

Jump to:
Support Animal Welfare
Support Children and Families
Support People with Disabilities
Support the Elderly
Support Health and Wellness
Support the Environment and Green Living
Support Women’s Rights
Support Domestic Helpers
Support Ethnic Minorities and Refugees
Support Food Giveaways
Overarching Volunteer Platforms

Support Animal Welfare

Where to Volunteer Charities HK Dog Rescue Whats On

Lifelong Animal Protection Charity (LAP)
LAP helps animals in Hong Kong find safe and loving homes. Volunteers help by organising events, walking dogs, bottle-feeding motherless puppies and kittens, plus matching shelter pets with the right prospective adopters and more.

Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR)
As one of Hong Kong’s most active and successful dog re-homing organisations, HKDR volunteers are primarily dog walkers. The organisation is also looking for volunteers interested in professional photography, graphic design, event planning, and fundraising, so get in touch if you fit the bill!

Hong Kong Alley Cats
Hong Kong Alley Cats fosters newborn kittens (who need bottle feeding), young cats, older kittens, or FIV positive cats.

Kirsten Zoo
This animal rescue charity provides the opportunity to foster or adopt furry friends looking for a new home. It primarily provides homes for cats and dogs but also supports animals such as hamsters, bunnies and birds – perfect for smaller homes. As a volunteer-run animal rescue organisation, extra hands on deck are often needed (tasks may include feeding and cleaning up after kittens).

Animals Asia
Animals Asia works to bring about long-term change for animal wellbeing, rescuing over 500 bears, and working to end the trade of dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam. Whether you’re looking to volunteer with the Professor Paws programme, as an Education Advisor or looking to share other talents, there’s something for every animal lover looking to make a sustainable difference!

Volunteers are encouraged to help with a range of work including dog walking, animal care, humane education, kennel keeping and finding animals their forever homes.

Catherine’s Puppies
This Sai Kung-based shelter is focused on rescuing dogs and giving them the best possible care until they are homed. Whether you’re looking to adopt or simply volunteer your time to spend a day helping out at Catherine’s, you’re sure to find yourself in good company.

With a mission to shed light (Lumi) on the plight of wildlife that is being driven to extinction by human demand, and to provide a voice (Voce) so that these endangered species may be protected, LumiVoce harnesses the power of innovative music to demonstrate the interconnectedness of all living things. It is looking for volunteers in operations support, admin, communications, technology, video production, research and content creation.

Read more: Sassy Supports: Catherine’s Puppies

Support Children and Families

Where To Volunteer - FairPlay Learning

FairPlay Learning
Bringing together community, creativity and character education, FairPlay connects international school students with local school students living below the poverty line. I moved part-time with Sassy to start this social enterprise and it’s been humbling and rewarding to see it impact the lives of students from all backgrounds. With a focus on cultivating social and emotional awareness, FairPlay fosters confidence, empathy and teamwork. We look for volunteers who echo these values.

Youth Diabetes Action (YDA)
With the motto “no child will be held back”, YDA is dedicated to serving the needs of children with diabetes and their families in Hong Kong. It provides counselling, financial assistance to families in need, as well as educational activities to ensure all its members can grow up happy and healthy. As the only charity in Hong Kong focused on serving young people with diabetes, it is looking for photographers/videographers, graphic designers, clerical and administrative assistants, translators, and individuals interested in fundraising.

Changing Young Lives Foundation
This foundation serves young people in need from Hong Kong and China. Volunteers help with a number of services and activities including tutoring, mentoring, skill coaching and training. It requires help for fundraising, surveys and research.

InspiringHK Sports Foundation
InspiringHK Sports Foundation supports underprivileged youths through sports programmes in the city. The volunteers are a diverse team of wholehearted, committed individuals who work to create an environment where ideas are respected and all kids are supported.

The Hub Hong Kong
This children’s support space works to help underprivileged youths by providing food, education, social health and wellbeing services. It recruits volunteers to mentor and support students with their studying, peer relationships, family relationships and personal growth. Classes range from Maths and English to Music and Dance.

ChickenSoup Foundation (CSF)
CSF is a grassroots philanthropic organisation, supported by working professionals. It focuses on empowering children, youth and elders under extreme hardship.​ With a focus on family relief, education and empowerment, CSF strives to restore confidence and strength for self-independence.

Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK)
AFHK is a non-profit, volunteer-run charitable organisation made up of people connected by the common experience of adoption. From the organisation of events and activities at the Steering Committee level to the running of events at ground level, new volunteers are always welcome!

Hong Kong Girl Guides Association
Girl Guides have been working with girls and young women in Hong Kong for over a century. The hugely varied, girl-led programme embraces everything from current global issues to adventure sports to social action and everything in between. Volunteer leaders work with Happy Bees (four to six years), Brownies (seven to 10 years) and Guides (11 to 15 years) in weekly meetings on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and the outlying islands. No previous experience is needed to become a volunteer leader – all training is provided.

Children’s Medical Foundation (CMF)
CMF partners with hospitals to reduce preventable newborn deaths in underserved communities in rural China. This year, it’s looking for skilled volunteers, interns and committee members for event planning, social media marketing, design, video creation, fundraising and administration.

Mother’s Choice – Project Bridge
As a well-known baby and children’s charity, Mother’s Choice is looking for volunteers to support as a photographer/videographer, graphic designer, administrative assistant, translator, or child care assistant. There is also a student volunteer programme, encouraging kids to get involved. To make a significant impact on a young life, look into The Project Bridge programme, allowing families to foster a child.

Support People with Disabilities

Sensational foundation - disability events corporate

SENsational Foundation
SENsational Consultancy enables equal opportunities for people with disabilities. It offers training, conferences, simulation experiences, and social events to promote diversity and inclusion within companies and the community. Volunteers help with diff-ability workshops, mentorships, visits to charitable institutions and events. Founded by my mum, this one is particularly close to my heart!

The Child Development Centre (CDCHK)
This nonprofit provides tailored early intervention for all children with developmental or special educational needs. Regular, committed volunteers are trained to provide classroom support, and other volunteers are welcome on a less frequent basis within their areas of expertise.

Riding for the Disabled (RDA)
The RDA runs weekly horse riding lessons for disabled children and adults. It operates out of Jockey Club riding schools in Pokfulam and Tuen Mun. Riding experience and knowledge of horses is advised for volunteers, although not essential as training is provided. Riders have a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, visual impairments and Down’s syndrome. Fill in the form on its website to apply for volunteering opportunities.

Love 21 Foundation
Love 21 Foundation is a charity dedicated to bettering the lives of those living with Down syndrome and autism in Hong Kong through physical activity and nutrition. With classes running throughout the week, volunteers can support dance and yoga classes, football, tennis or on one of its trips to Macau.

Beyond Vision Projects (BVP)
BVP strives to enhance the quality of life of the visually impaired and elderly with low vision, focusing on social inclusion, social equality, and social participation. Volunteers support people who have visual impairments by ensuring they can experience art and culture, heritage and historical venues.

Support the Elderly

Where to Volunteer Charities China Coast Community Whats On

China Coast Community
This care and attention home caters to English-speaking elderly residents. It welcomes volunteers with relevant skills to share. Check out the “Get Involved” section of the website for more details.

Po Leung Kuk
Though Po Leung Kuk provides social services to families and children, volunteers are also often needed for the Elderly Home. You can volunteer here individually, or as a corporate group – the more the merrier!

Support Health and Wellness

Where to Volunteer Charities CrossroadsWhats On

Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation
With a team of psychologists, registered nurses, social workers and breast cancer survivors, the HKBCF offers a diversified support service from treatment preparation to recovery. Volunteers help through hands-on patient support, assisting at fundraising events and public education activities, volunteering at homes, providing services such as translation, editing, proofreading, design work, and administrative support.

Art in Hospital
Got a creative side? This charitable institution promotes therapeutic art creation through the development of hospital art. Volunteers are involved in creating therapeutic art displays within hospitals in Hong Kong and get to experience the benefits of art (and community service!) first hand.

Crossroads Foundation
Hong Kong-based charity, Crossroads Foundation assists people in need by distributing valuable goods, partnering with global companies looking to make a difference, providing simulation experiences and much more. Check out the specific ways you can volunteer here.

The Zubin Foundation
The Zubin Foundation is an independent nonprofit organisation working to raise awareness about social issues that do not receive enough attention in Hong Kong. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a student, volunteers are welcome. Graphic design, project management, IT, or marketing skills are particularly useful at the moment.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity builds, rehabilitates and repairs simple and affordable homes in communities, in more than 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. This is made possible through support from homeowner families, donors, partner organisations and volunteers. It requires volunteers in Hong Kong and all over APAC.

World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong
WCRF’s mission is to champion the latest, authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival. Help raise cancer prevention awareness by volunteering at fundraising events, distributing promotion materials or helping with office work.

Read more: Sassy Supports: Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation

Support the Environment and Green Living

Where to Volunteer Charities Greenhub Whats On

Ark Eden Foundation
This foundation aims to preserve the island’s ecological, geographical, historical and cultural heritage by following a sustainable lifestyle and providing inspiring educational and eco-tourism opportunities for children, adults, residents and tourists. Get involved in its various conservation projects!

Try your hand at caring for animals and growing veggies at this 50,000 square foot farm! It raises public awareness of environmental protection through educational workshops and engages all ages of the Hong Kong community in the natural world.

Green Hub
Green Hub provides a centre for sustainable living through the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG). Volunteer opportunities include helping with educational programmes and activities, low carbon catering, and co-op market gardening.

The Conservancy Association
With a mission to safeguard environmental resources by advocating policies, monitoring governments and promoting environmental education, this is one way to take the lead in community participation. Volunteers can help with everything from clerical work and fundraising to hands-on green activities.

Support Women’s Rights

Where to Volunteer Charities The Women's Foundation Whats On

Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (RainLily)
RainLily works to combat sexual violence and promote gender equality education in Hong Kong. You can actively show your support for women’s rights by volunteering for an organisation that provides assistance to victims of sexual violence.

The Women’s Foundation
This nonprofit organisation is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls living in our city. Volunteers help as English instructors, running skills workshops and participating in planned equality events.

Harmony House
This nonprofit organisation believes equality and mutual respect are the fundamental principles for a healthy and harmonious family. It’s dedicated to helping victims of violence and promoting healthy relationships within families and our community.

Read more: Sassy Supports: The Amber Foundation

Support Domestic Helpers

Where to Volunteer Charities HELP for Domestic Workers Whats On

This Hong Kong charity works to promote the economic empowerment of migrant domestic workers. It strives to give migrant domestic workers the support and tools to invest in themselves, through financial and empowerment education. Bahasa speaking volunteers and mentors (ideally with experience in finance) are currently needed to support.

What started as an idea from working within the online education industry in France, as well as at an NGO offering financial literacy courses to migrant domestic workers in Singapore (Aidha), founder and director Marie Kretz Di Meglio followed her passion to launch Uplifters in early 2018. It’s the only organisation to provide online education to migrant domestic workers and hopes to improve life and vocational skills (life skills courses are free to join!). Uplifters also works towards supporting employers in building healthy relationships with their employees and it’s always looking for volunteers to help either in the classroom or to spread the word!

HELP for Domestic Helpers
HDH provides domestic helpers with free advice and support. Volunteers who can help with grant writing, advocacy translation (especially Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Malagasy, Cantonese or Mandarin), office administration, fundraising, event management, media, PR or communications are especially helpful.

Pathfinders helps vulnerable migrant children born in Hong Kong. Though many families in Hong Kong are lucky enough to benefit from the work of domestic helpers, some helpers who become pregnant end up in situations that may be harmful to their wellbeing. Volunteers with experience in anything from law to midwifery, to general admin are welcome!

Support Ethnic Minorities and Refugees

Where to Volunteer Charities Justice Centre Whats On

Justice Centre Hong Kong
This nonprofit human rights organisation works fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour, as well as refugees and other people seeking protection. Most volunteer opportunities require a long-term commitment (usually six months).

Resolve Foundation
Resolve works to empower future leaders, with a specific focus on supporting ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. The social justice fellowship programme includes rights awareness, community organisation skills and leadership development. Be a part of its vision for an inclusive Hong Kong by volunteering at the office or during the fellowship workshops over the weekends! It is currently looking for committed volunteers to lend a helping hand with digital engagementadmin and finance work.

Child Welfare Scheme
The Child Welfare Scheme empowers the Nepalese people to change the lives of its most deprived children and women. You can support the cause by volunteering at events, within the office or in Nepal itself.

Be The Change
This nonprofit organisation’s mission is to help ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. Volunteers are invited to help out at events such as Saturday tutorials. The extracurricular activities include everything from learning Putonghua through music to simple arts and crafts.

Christian Action
With a goal to serve people who are disadvantaged, marginalised, displaced or abandoned, Christian Action provides pro-bono legal and psychosocial help. It also offers abused domestic helpers refuge in safe shelters, amongst a range of other services.

Splash conducts swim and water safety courses for under-served communities who may not have the access or means for swim lessons. Volunteers can work around flexible schedules to suit their time commitments and prior coaching experience is not required as Splash provides training.

Wilson Global Initiative (WGI)
Did you know that over 700 million people can’t read or write? This international non-profit works to stop illiteracy by educating people around the world through free English classes. The Read and Rice programme is WGI’s flagship initiative in Asia. Volunteers assist with food distributions and teach English classes to refugees at weekends.

Read more: Sassy Supports: Africa Center Hong Kong

Support Food Giveaways

Where to Volunteer Charities Food Angel Whats On

Foodlink Foundation Limited
Foodlink is dedicated to fighting hunger, building self-sufficiency, and fostering nutritional wellness among those in need. It also strives to reduce food waste in hotels and F&B outlets in Hong Kong. Volunteers are needed for everything from photography to coin counting!

As a Hong Kong-based charity, ImpactHK is dedicated to supporting people living without homes in Hong Kong. Volunteers are invited to help make an impact at the regular events. ImpactHK did not stop operating during COVID-19, and is still looking for volunteers. Check out what’s coming up on the ImpactHK Facebook page.

Food Angel
This food rescue and food assistance programme aims to alleviate hunger in Hong Kong. Group or individual volunteers can help out at one of the kitchens by preparing meal boxes for underprivileged communities.

People’s Food Bank
The People’s Food Bank works to provide food to people in need on a short-term and weekly basis. Volunteer services include helping with the food drive, fund-raising, re-packing food, translating, researching and more. Children and youth volunteers are welcome.

Feeding Hong Kong
As the only food bank in Hong Kong dedicated to redistributing surplus food to people in need, Feeding Hong Kong is always looking for extra assistance. You can help the cause by driving to and from food drop-offs, by working as a delivery assistant, or on a more long-term basis as a Community Cooking Class Chef!

Read more: Sassy Supports: ImpactHK

Overarching Volunteer Platforms

Cause Corps
Looking to meet like-minded people through your volunteer work? This Charity believes in direct and measurable acts of good. By making small volunteering actions count in a big way, the volunteer platform makes it easy to find people who are passionate about helping the same causes. Children accompanied by adults are welcome!

HandsOn Hong Kong
As an affiliate of the international volunteer network, HandsOn Network (HON) helps charities meet their volunteer needs. By pairing individuals who want to give back to the community with meaningful missions, there is plenty that you can participate in. Get started by simply signing up!

Read more: What I Learned From Volunteering At A Cambodian Orphanage

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 by Tania Shroff and most recently updated in December 2020.

If you work for a charity, nonprofit or social enterprise that needs volunteers, please email [email protected] and we’ll do our best to include it in this article.

Featured image courtesy of Impact HK, image 1 courtesy of Hong Kong Dog Rescue via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of FairPlay Learning via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of SENsational Consultancy via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of China Coast Community via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of Crossroads via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Green Hub via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of The Women’s Foundation via Facebook, image 8 courtesy of HELP for Domestic Workers, image 9 courtesy of Justice Centre Hong Kong via Facebook, image 10 courtesy of Food Angel via Facebook. 

Back to top