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Your Guide to Charity Work in Hong Kong

By Stephanie Lown 5 January 2018
If you're looking to get involved in charity work, then look no further. With our guide to volunteering opportunities in Hong Kong, you're sure to find a way to give back to the community.

"The greatest gift you can give someone is your time"

— Rick Warren

Domestic Violence Prevention | HIV/AIDS | Animal Welfare | Cancer Charities Children and Young AdultsCommunity | Disabled and Handicapped The Elderly | EnvironmentFood Banks | Human Rights | Poverty

Domestic Violence Prevention

Harmony House

Harmony House

Supporting male, female, and junior victims of abuse, Harmony House provides everything from therapy to legal action - as well as a 24-hour crisis hotline. Get involved: Click here to find out more Harmony House, Domestic Violence Prevention Centre, Wing B, G/F, On Wah House, Lok Wah South Estate, Kwun Tong, (+852) 2342 0072 Harmony Lane, Room B2 - 3, G/F, She On House, Shek Lei 1 Estate, (+852) 3153 5712


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AIDS Concern

As the first Non-Government Organisation (NGO) to tackle the issue of HIV/AIDS in Hong Kong, AIDS Concern is an invaluable source of support and protection for victims of the disease, organising everything from charity events to testing services. Get involved: Financial Donations, Corporate Partnerships, Volunteer Aids Concern17B, Block F, 3 Lok Man Road, Chai Wan, (+852) 2898 4411

Animal Welfare

Hong Kong Dog Rescue

 Animals Asia Foundation

Working to protect all creatures great and small, Animals Asia Foundation is a large-scale project devoted to all living creatures inhabiting the Asian continent. Get involved: Donations, Professor Paws Volunteers, Office Volunteers, Behavioural Volunteers, Vet Nurse Volunteers, Doctor Dog Volunteers, Fundraisers Animal Asia Foundation, Room 1501, Tung Hip Commercial Building, 244-252 Des Voeux Road, Central, (+852) 2791 2225

Hong Kong Dog Rescue

Founded back in 2003, Hong Kong Dog Rescue (pictured above) works to save and re-home dogs and puppies held in government facilities, where around 7,000 are euthanised every single year. Important Dates: Sarge 'N' Peppers Lonely Hearts Club - October 13 Get involved: Dog walking, Foster Parent, Manual Labour, Professional Photographer, Graphic Design, Administration, Accounting, Events Planning, Fundraising, Public Relations, Information Distributor Hong Kong Dog Rescue21 Ap Lei Chau Main Street, Ap Lei Chau, (+852) 2875 2132 / 6 Shek Lin Road, Tai Po

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society

On a mission to conserve our city's dolphin, whale, and porpoise population, the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society conducts research projects, works to raise public awareness and campaigns to protect these creatures' habitats. Get involved: Donations, Volunteers, and Research Interns Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society(+852) 2866 2652

Kirsten's Zoo

Kirsten's Zoo hosts regular adoption days on Hong Kong Island and has successfully saved hundreds of animals from the fate of government facilities since 2008 as a result. Get involved: Adopt, Foster, Donate, Sponsor Kirsten's Zoo1703, Central Plaza, 18 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 5595 1933

Lifelong Animal Protection Charity (LAP)

Run entirely by donors and volunteers, LAP strives to care for and re-home Hong Kong's homeless animals. Get involved: Donate, dog walkers, Adopt, Answer calls, Foster newborn, Volunteer Lifelong Animal Protection, LAP Cat Centre - 11 First St, Sai Ying Pun LAP Dog Centre - 187 Tsuen King Circuit, Tsuen Wan

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation

Casting its net much wider than the Southside of Hong Kong Island, the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation works to conserve Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and Giant Pandas and their habitats. Get involved: Donations, Office Workers, Volunteers, Designers, Marketing, Videographers, Translators, Writers Ocean Park Conservation FoundationOcean Park, Aberdeen, (+852) 3923 2704

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

Leading the way for animal welfare in Hong Kong, the SPCA deals with all aspects of animal welfare, yet receives only 1 percent of its funding from the Government. The rest comes from the city's selfless volunteering network. Get involved: Kennel Keepers, Animal Care Support, Foster Parent, Special Skills (e.g. photography, writing, and artwork) SPCALocations vary, (+852) 2802 0501


Working to protect the Earth on a local, regional, and global level, the WWF (World Wide Fund) provides education about the issues facing us in Hong Kong, with an emphasis on the pink dolphin and its declining numbers. Get involved: Click here for more information WWF, Locations vary, (+852) 2526 1011

Cancer Charities

Maggies Cancer Caring Centre Tuen Mun Hong Kong

Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation

This foundation is committed to preventing, diagnosing, and curing breast cancer, by providing free screenings, among many other services. Important Dates: Pink Walk for Breast Health - October 21 Stride for a Cure Walkathon - November 28 Get involved: Click here for more information Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation22/F, Jupiter Tower, 9 Jupiter Street, North Point, (+852) 2525 6033

Hong Kong Cancer Fund

As the largest cancer support organisation in the city, Hong Kong Cancer Fund does amazing work providing advice and support for anyone affected by cancer. Important Dates: Stride for a Cure Walkathon - TBC (usually around December) Get involved: Communications, Administration, Design, IT Skills, Volunteering at Special Events Hong Kong Cancer Fund, locations vary, (+852) 3667 6300

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre Hong Kong

Located next to Tuen Mun Hospital, Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre (pictured above) is a place where cancer patients and their family and friends can relax and get involved with a range of activities to empower them through cancer treatment. Get involved: Donation, Organise Events, Volunteer at Fundraisers, Administration Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre Hong Kong, Tsing Chung Koon Road, Tuen Mun Hospital, Tuen Mun, (+852) 2465 6006

Children and Young Adults

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Bring Me a Book

Driven by the belief that every child should have access to books, Bring Me a Book (pictured above) has successfully installed over 350 libraries and helped over 128,000 children experience the joy of reading. Get involved: Book wrapping, reading to kids and skills-based volunteering Bring Me a Book, 7/F, On Lan Centre, 11 - 15 On Lan Street, Central, (+852) 2127 4533

Changing Young Lives Foundation

The Changing Young Lives Foundation is committed to making their every youngsters' life happy and fulfilling by providing protection, education, and support for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Get involved: Editor, Translator, Designer, Web Publishing, Recreation, Tutoring, Mentoring, Counselling, Escort, Visitor, Fundraiser, Researcher, Promoter, Coach, Trainer, Planner Changing Young Lives FoundationUnits 1 - 14, G/F, Block 10, Pak Tin Estate, Shek Kip Mei, (+852) 3118 6999

Heep Hong Society

The Heep Hong Society has a team of internationally trained staff who help children with special needs reach their full potential - as well as providing guidance for families who care for them. Get involved: Flag Day Volunteer Heep Hong Society, Units J - L, 10/F, MG Tower, 133 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, (+852) 2776 3111

Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children (HKSPC)

With over 3,000 children using HKSPC's facilities every day - from Day Crèche to Family Services Centres - this children's charity is a pillar of strength and support for disadvantaged families. Get involved: Click here for more information HKSPC, locations vary

Love21 Foundation

Established in 2015, the Love 21 Foundation raises money and awareness for Hong Kong's young Down Syndrome community. Through yoga, football, and hiking programmes, Love 21 helps these youngsters lead healthy lives - and meet new friends too. Get involved: Click here for more information Love 21 Foundation

Mother's Choice

Mother's Choice supports girls facing crisis pregnancies, as well as caring for babies and children without a home. Get involved: Counsellors, Photographers, Videographers, Graphic Designers, Administration, Translators Mother's Choice, locations vary, (+852) 3915 5750


Pathfinders provide protection for mothers who are the victims of unlawful penalisation when they fall pregnant, with an emphasis on female migrants. It also works to support babies who remain unregistered and live in deprived conditions, to ensure they get a fair start in life. Get involved: Financial Donation, Playtime, Sorting and distributing supplies, Babysitting, Educator, Trainer, Doctors, Nurses, Midwives Pathfinders, Unit 2D, Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, (+852) 5500 5486

Po Leung Kuk Childcare Services

Supporting children from troubled backgrounds who are in need of a home, Po Leung Kuk Childcare Services provide these youngsters with a safe and healthy place to stay. Get involved: Teachers, Service Visitors, Escorts, Domestic Cleaners, Domestic Maintenance, Homework Guidance, Translators, Child Care Po Leung Kuk Childcare Services, locations vary

S.K.H St. Christopher's Home

Providing small group care for children from troubled families, S.K.H St. Christopher's Home offers a whole range of services including pre-primary education, childcare, and psychological services. Get involved: Specialist Volunteers, Photographers, Video Producers, Graphic Designers, Web Designers, Translators, Database Managers, Physiotherapist, Speech Therapist, Nutritionist S.K.H St. Christopher's Home15/F, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Building, 21 Pak Fuk Road, North Point, (+852) 2520 1725


Volunteer Movement Hong Kong

HandsOn Hong Kong

HandsOn Hong Kong connects volunteers with ongoing charities and events. Check out the calendar and volunteer for an upcoming event. Get involved: Click here for more information HandsOn Hong KongUnit A, 9/F, Easy Tower, 609 - 611 Tai Nan West Street, Cheung Sha Wan

Hong Kong Red Cross

The Hong Kong Red Cross works with the community, teaching First Aid - among other skills - with a view to supporting overseas humanitarian projects and providing disaster relief. Get involved: Donations, Community Service Volunteers, Uniform Groups, Supporting Services, Administrative, Fundraising Ambassadors, Overseas Humanitarian Services Hong Kong Red Cross, Hong Kong Red Cross Headquarters, 19 Hoi Ting Road, West Kowloon, (+852) 2802 0021


ImpactHK organises regular Kindness Walks, food handouts to the homeless, and even make their own Kindness Mats from old and used plastic bags to give to those less fortunate. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page to join these folks at one of their many fundraisers and social gatherings. Get involved: Click here for more information ImpactHK

Volunteer Movement

With a clear calendar of upcoming volunteering opportunities, Volunteer Movement (pictured above) hooks up volunteers with ongoing projects, events, and organisations. Get involved: Click here for more information Volunteer Movement, locations vary

Hong Kong Red Cross

The city’s blood banks are often in low supply, and just 20 minutes of your time can save a life. If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to donate, the Hong Kong Red Cross has made its donation criteria available online. Hong Kong Red Cross, locations vary

Disabled and Handicapped

Riding for the Disabled Association Hong Kong

Launched in 1975 by Lady McLehose, Riding For The Disabled (RDA) is a charity organisation which aims to provide therapeutic horse riding for people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities. RDA operates out of two venues in Hong Kong, at the Pok Fu Lam and Tuen Mun Public Riding schools, and is supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club and various other charitable donations. Get involved: RDA is always on the lookout for new volunteers to assist with their lessons by either leading the ponies or side-helping with the riders to help them take part in the lessons. It is not necessary for volunteers to have experience with horses as the centre provides regular training sessions. Get in touch to find out more. Riding For The Disabled (RDA), 75 Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong, (+852) 2875 7711, email: [email protected] Lot 45, Lung Mun Road, Tuen Mun, North Territories, (+852) 2454 9961, email: [email protected]

Direction Association for the Handicapped

The Direction Association for the Handicapped helps the physically handicapped population engage in society and reach their full potential. Get involved: Click here for more information Direction Association for the HandicappedUnit 3, Podium, Kin Ming Estate Shopping Centre, Tiu Keng Leng, Tseung Kwan O, (+852) 2330 6308

Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation

With over one million service and response units for the disabled and chronically ill in Hong Kong and Mainland China, the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation provides invaluable support for this community. Get involved: Clerical Support, Escort, Personal Care Assistance, Visitor, Event Assistance, Educational Services, Training, Coaching, Corporate Partnerships Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation1/F, HKSR Lam Tin Complex, 7 Rehab Path, Lam Tin, (+852) 2534 3300

The Elderly

Senior Citizen Home Safety Association Hong Kong

Helping Hand

It's important that our older years are enjoyable and fulfilling - thanks to Helping Hand, the elders of our community can continue to make the most of life in the comfort of suitable housing with care on hand. Get involved: Fundraisers, Volunteers, Event Volunteers, Donations Helping Hand1/F, 12 Borrett Road, Central, (+852) 2522 4494

Senior Citizen Home Safety Association

In the event of an emergency, Senior Citizen Home Safety Association is there to help. With the help of volunteers and technology, this 24-hour service ensures emergency attention for the elderly is always available. Get involved: Donations, Volunteering, Community Engagement, Fundraising, Home Visits, Caring Call Senior Citizen Home Safety Associationlocations vary, (+852) 2338 8312


Friends of the Earth

Clean Air Network (CAN)

It's no secret that our city suffers from air pollution, increasing health risks as a result. With Clean Air Network on the case, however, it is hoped that Hong Kong's air quality will improve. Get involved: Circulating the petition, Report Pollution with Twitter Hashtag #hkair, Administrative Support, Design Work, Promotional Material, Translation, Organising Street Petitions, Organising Public Events, Organising Talks with CAN CAN2/F, The Standard Chartered Bank Building, 102-106 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, (+852) 3971 0106

Friends of the Earth

Committed to conserving our local environment, Friends of the Earth (pictured above) implements environmentally sustainable practices, even things as simple as recycling at a governmental, business, and community level. Important Dates: No Car Day - TBC (usually around September) Get involved: Click here for more information Friends of the Earth, Unit 1301, 13/F, Block A, Sea View Estate, 2 Watson Road, (+852) 2528 5588


Striving to protect the natural beauty of the Earth, Greenpeace tackles everything from pollution in China to the waste produced by the fashion industry in a bid to change our attitude towards the planet. Get involved: Financial Donations, Create a local campaign, Social Media Support Greenpeace, (+852) 2854 8300


If you spend your weekends outdoors or out at sea, trade in your usual hike among the hills for a day cleaning up one of Hong Kong’s beaches – many of which are littered with plastic, everyday litter, and even medical waste. HKcleanup hosts frequent beach clean-ups across the city, or you could always opt to organise your own.

Salvation Army

Old clothing lies dormant in cluttered cupboards, taking up unnecessary and already very limited space. Rather than letting your garments go unwanted, consider giving them a second lease of life. The Salvation Army accepts clothes donations, and the government has several garment collection bins across town, with locations listed on had.gov.hk.

Food Banks

Feeding Hong Kong

Feeding Hong Kong

With the support of many restaurants, venues, and events in the city, Feeding Hong Kong (pictured above) saves surplus food from waste and redistributes it to those in need. Get involved: Drivers, Charity Delivery Assistants, Bread Runners, Charity Delivery Assistants, Food Sourcing Assistants, Communications Assistants, Speakers' Bureau, Translators, Chefs, Cooking Class Manager, Nutrition Instructor, Food Donations, Financial Donations Feeding Hong KongUnit 715 - 717, Block A2, Yau Tong Industrial City, 17 - 25 Ko Fai Road, Yau Tong, (+852) 2205 6568

Food Angel

Food Angel rescues edible food from Hong Kong's food industry, creates hot meals from the ingredients and then distributes them to those in need. Get involved: Prepare meal boxes, Food Donations, Financial Donations Food Angel, Chai Wan, Lai Chi Kok, Sham Shui Po, (+852) 2801 5333

Food for Good

Food for Good works with community organisations to implement measures that prevent waste and redistribute surplus, edible food. Get involved: Food donations, financial donations, volunteer Food for GoodUnit 1902 - 1904, 19/F, 308 Des Voeux Road, Central, (+852) 2568 2922

Foodlink Foundation

This foundation reduces and reuses the surplus food of Hong Kong's restaurants and hotels, as well as educating and improving the nutritional wellness of those in need. Get involved: Translator, Coin Counters, Graphic Design, Legal Advice, Photographer, Marketing, Social Media, Data Management, Events Planner, Bookkeeping, Food Donor Referrals, Food Donations, Financial Donations Foodlink FoundationRoom 703, [email protected] Wan, 93 - 103 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2567 1561


ImpactHK organises regular Kindness Walks, food handouts to the homeless, and even make their own Kindness Mats from old and used plastic bags to give to those less fortunate. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page to join these folks at one of their many fundraisers and social gatherings. Get involved: Click here for more information ImpactHK

Human Rights


Amnesty International

Amnesty International is the driving force behind the development of human rights across the globe. From fighting the death penalty to reclaiming freedom of speech, the ground-breaking developments this organisation achieves are truly amazing. Important dates: International Hong Kong Human Rights Documentary Film Festival - TBC (usually around September) Get involved: Click here for more information Amnesty International, Unit 3D, Best-o-best Commercial Centre, 32-36 Ferry Street, (+852) 2300 1250



American Women's Association

The American Women's Association (pictured above) is an international, female organisation which contributes to a variety of causes and social groups in the city these women now call home. Get involved: Volunteer with students, English Language Tutor, Community Volunteer Programme (e.g. riding for the disabled, soup kitchen) American Women's Association, Office 5, 11/F, Arion Commercial Centre, 2 - 12 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan (+852) 2527 2961


Connecting profit and non-profit organisations, Crossroads redistributes surplus resources to those in need, as well as encouraging those in need to get involved in fair-trade. Get involved: Click here for more information Crossroads2 Castle Peak Road, Gold Coast, Tuen Mun, (+852) 2984  9309


With branches in over 100 countries, Oxfam provides unparalleled relief and poverty support on both a local and global level. Important Dates: Trailwalker - TBC (usually around November) Get involved: Administration, Translator, Editor, Proof Reader, Designer, Fundraising Events, Donations to Oxfam Shop, Oxfam Shop Assistants Oxfam, locations vary, (+852) 2520 2525


ImpactHK organises regular Kindness Walks, food handouts to the homeless, and even make their own Kindness Mats from old and used plastic bags to give to those less fortunate. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page to join these folks at one of their many fundraisers and social gatherings. Get involved: Click here for more information ImpactHK

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Stephanie Lown

Marketing Manager

Stephanie is extremely passionate about animal welfare and conservation. She found herself in marketing after moving to London to pursue a career in Film & TV and ended up building her own start-up to help connect other creative artists in the industry. When she’s not at work or taking her gorgeous pup Lola out for adventures, she can be found playing basketball at Victoria Park.

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