Getting down and dirty - for good causes
Besides the rewards of helping others or doing something worthwhile for our planet, volunteering is a great way to make friends and meet people who share similar interests. It can also be a fun way to learn new things.
Young Post's team has compiled a Top 10 list of ways for you to become engaged as a volunteer this summer. Don't hesitate, sign up now. Feel-good times are guaranteed!
Visit yp.scmp.com for full details and contacts.
1 Get your hands dirty (by Leona Cheung)
You can join the volunteers at The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) Organic Farm. That way you can learn about organic farming and how to lead a sustainable life. You can also help out on the farm in a natural environment. The programme is flexible and volunteers can choose to work only during the summer holiday. Visit organicfarm.hkfyg.org.hk for details.
2 Lend a helping paw (by Grace Yip)
At Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR), you can interact with many different breeds. These dogs are being looked after while awaiting adoption. You can tend to loveable dogs, including bathing, grooming or walking them. Volunteers must be at least 14 and will receive safety training. HKDR has two kennels: one on Hong Kong island and one in the New Territories. Visit hongkongdogrescue.com.
3 Reach out to your peers (by Jocelyn Wong)
Kely Support Group assists, comforts and listens to young people aged 14 to 24. Their bilingual, confidential and non-judgmental support has helped many youngsters. During the summer, Kely organises workshops and employs volunteers for various tasks from programme planning to hotline services and administrative work. Visit www.kely.org to register and indicate your preferences, or call 2521 6890 for more information.
4 Act on behalf of animals (by Jeannie Nam)
The Animals Asia Foundation is engaged in a host of animal welfare projects from combating the bear bile trade to working for the wellbeing of endangered and domesticated animals. You can help out by volunteering at Animals Asia's head office and by helping to raise funds and awareness at events. For more information, visit the organisation's website at www.animalsasia.org.
5 Help redistribute goods to the needy (by Haruka Nuga)
Crossroads collects usable goods from around Hong Kong. It distributes half of it to needy people locally and sends the other half abroad. They usually manage to collect lots of goods, but don't always have the manpower to re-distribute them fast enough. As a volunteer, you can help in many different ways, whether it is administration, computer repair work, sewing, or translating. Sign up on www.crossroads.org.hk.
6 Strive for perfect summer beaches (by Olivia Chavassieu)
If you love Hong Kong's beaches, why not set aside a day for a clean-up? Pick a date and place and recruit a team. Then sign up on the Hong Kong International Coastal Clean-up Challenge website. They will give you data sheets to submit after the clean-up and you will be able to upload pictures of your clean-up on their website and Facebook page. Visit hkcoastalcleanup.org, or call 2868 5585 for more information.
7 Pass on knowledge (by Rachel Cheong)
This summer, the Hong Kong Red Cross is recruiting volunteers aged 16 or above to give tuition in Chinese to physically disabled students from Primary One to Form Five. There will be a briefing session on Sunday before you can become a volunteer.
Visit www.redcross.org.hk/en/volunteering/volunteer_projects/community_service... for further details or call 2340 2125.
8 Puppeteers (by Heyna Wong and Maggie Luk)
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups is recruiting youngsters aged 15 to 24 for its summer puppet show. You can help little ones make puppets and rehearse for the show to be performed to residents at an old-age home. Visit www.hkfyg.org.hk or call 26470744.
You can also help with preparations for the Arts with the Disabled Association's drama production on August 19. Visit www.adahk.org.hk.
9 Teach English in China (by Phoebe Chan)
Go on The House of Learning's four-day, three-night trip to Qingyuan from August 3-6. Volunteers will be able to experience the harsh conditions in which many locals live and teach English to underprivileged children. A payment of HK$1,550 is needed, which includes living expenses, insurance, training and teaching material. For more information, visit www.hol.org.hk or call 2388 7892.
10 Flag day (by Ruby Leung)
Here is a final idea: Why don't you help out at various associations with their flag day fund-raisers? Junior reporter Ruby Leung has compiled a list of upcoming flag days for a wide range of charities.
The complete list has been posted online on Young Post's website. Visit yp.scmp.com for all the dates and details of flag day fund-raisers where you can lend a hand.