Put that generous spirit to work in the new year and lend a hand to those in need. Whether you want to volunteer or make a donation, Little Steps has put together a handful of charities in Hong Kong where you can truly make a difference. Sharing is caring…get involved!
Room to Read
Room to Read builds libraries and publishes reading materials to promote literacy in ten countries across Asia and Africa, as well as organizing “read-a-thons” in Hong Kong.
www.roomtoread.org, +852 2537 6590
Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women
Advocacy and education against sexual violence against women and operating HK’s rape crisis centre—Rain Lily—and an anti-sexual violence resource centre, Anti480.
www.rapecrisiscentre.org.hk, Hotline: +852 2375 5322, Office: +852 2392 2569
Serving children that do not have access to quality books and reading, this organization offers an innovative library concept and ongoing workshops in the community. Website
Changing Young Lives
Through interactive activities, workshops and field trips, Changing Young Lives strives to improve the welfare of disadvantaged children and families.
www.changingyounglives.org.hk, +852 2511 0505
Donations raised are used to help fund programs that help marginalized women, which include single mothers, low-income female workers, new immigrants and survivors of violence.
www.herfund.org.hk, +852 2794 1100/+852 2396 1088
Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children
Offering services to disadvantaged kids, there are nearly 30 programs in place for needy children and their families across Hong Kong.
www.hkspc.org, +852 2394 0264
Kely Support Group
This bilingual youth organization provides marginalized youth with mentorship programs and activities that equip them with leadership and social skills.
www.kely.org, +852 2521 6890
Make dreams come true for children with life threatening illnesses by volunteering to help with fundraising, special events and administrative support.
www.makeawish.org.hk, +852 2579 2402
A safe place for young pregnant mothers where they can seek non-judgmental help and services; foster care; adoption services.
www.motherschoice.org, Pregnant Girls’ Services: +852 2868 2022; Foster care & Small Group Homes: +852 2537 4122; Adoption: +852 2537 2285
Po Leung Kuk
Offering a wide web of resources from tutoring, recreational activities and group workshops, Po Leung Kuk’s goal is improving the lives of children and the needy.
www.poleungkuk.org.hk, +852 2277 8888
A charitable foundation for women in emotional and relationship crisis, Soul Talk provides temporary shelter, counseling services and a distress hotline.
www.soultalk.org, +852 2659 9211/+852 2659 9910
St. James Settlement
Serving 10,000 children every year, St. James Settlement provides a whole host of extra-curricular activities and events for needy children and their families.
www.sjs.org.hk, +852 2117 5865
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald MacDonald House is a nonprofit organization that provides a place outside of the hospital where families and critically ill children can bond and find joy.
www.rmh.org.hk, +852 2947 8778
CWS works with local, grassroots NGOs to provide education, health care and social opportunities to children and their communities in Nepal.
Crossroads collects unwanted clothing, furniture and household items, and redistributes them in Hong Kong and abroad to areas affected by natural disasters and conflict.
www.crossroads.org.hk, +852 2984 9309
A great place to start when looking to get involved in the community. They offer diverse volunteer opportunities by connecting volunteers with various charities (many listed in this guide). Volunteer opportunities with poverty, children, education, the elderly, the enviroment, and more. www.handsonhongkong.org
With six elderly homes and a holiday centre in operation, they care for needy elderly people living in squalid conditions.
+852 2522 4494
Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor
Promotes freedom of speech, political rights and the enforcement of human rights; they’re involved in organizing large-scale demonstrations.
www.hkhrm.org.hk, +852 2811 4488
A great way to get the kids involved! This organization puts on workshops and organizes activities for the community...by kids, for kids. www.kids4kids.org.hk
Society for Community Organization (SOCO)
This organization helps those in need, from refugees and ethnic minorities, boat dwellers, squatters to those who live in cubicle and cage homes.
www.soco.org.hk, +852 2713 9165
Sai Kung Stray Friends
Find a furry addition to your family from this Saikung-based animal organization that also advocates kindness towards animals and de-sexing pets.
www.saikungstrayfriends.com, +852 6141 3575/+852 9199 2340
An independent NGO that's active in bringing together individuals, organizations and groups dedicated to improving Hong Kong's air quality.
www.hongkongcan.org, +852 3971 0106
Clear The Air
Clear the Air is proactively trying to reduce air pollution in Hong Kong through public awareness campaigns, such as smoky vehicle fines and maintaining smoke-free workplaces.
www.cleartheair.org.hk, +852 2579 9398
Providing humanitarian relief worldwide, Red Cross also operates blood donor clinics in Hong Kong.
www.redcross.org.hk, +852 2710 1234
Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association
HKJDA believes raises public awareness in the community through activities for both children affected by Diabetes and their parents.
www.hkjda.org, +852 2544 3263
This global organization is dedicated to healing childrens smiles and transforming lives across the globe. Donate, volunteer, or enroll your teens in the student programs. www.operationsmile.org.hk
Offering a 24-hour crisis hotline for distressed and suicidal callers—counsellors are present to listen and offer confidential, unconditional emotional support.
www.samaritans.org.hk, 24-hour hotline: +852 2896 0000
The Society for AIDS Care
The Society for AIDS Care provides direct patient rehabilitation care and mother-to-child transmission intervention for HIV positive pregnant women.
www.aidscare.com.hk, +852 2559 2006