Sharing your blessing with the underprivileged through volunteering

In our own busy lives many of us forget that we don't need a specific date to thank the lord/ the supreme being, universe, destiny or whatever it is that you believe in for the privileges that we have. There are many out there, for whom life is not a celebration but a succession of struggles. Thankfully, there are various big and small charitable institutions that work tirelessly to make life better for them.

With the World Poverty Eradication day upon us and the Thanksgiving season around the corner, lets all resolve to share a slice of our good fortune by supporting one of the many small lessor known neighborhood charities we have listed below, most of which are on HK Island.

You can donate money or give a helping hand in any of these charities. These are fueled purely by the passion and efforts of a few individuals and would definitely benefit from your support.

Saint Barnabas Society & Home: Saint Barnabas acts as a friend and a companion to the "homeless," reaching out to them and walking with them, with love and without judgement, through their bumpy lives. It aims to create a caring community where there is opportunity for fellowship. At the center, those in need can receive food, shelter, and counselling assistance.

If you wish to donate any items, please give them a call or email to arrange a pick-up or drop-off time. They currently especially need: Men's pants (S,L or XL) / Canned Food ( fish, chicken, pork, beef, beans) / Biscuits. If you wish to give Monetary Donations, please send a crossed cheque payable to "Saint Barnabas' Society and Home" to: P.O. Box 3681/ General Post Office/ Central/Hong Kong.

For more information: http://www.sbsh.org.hk

Contact: enquiries@sbsh.org.hk; Tel: 2548 9056

Food Angel: Food Angel is a food rescue and food assistance program with the mission of "Waste Not, Hunger Not, With Love". The program rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Following strict safety protocols, the rescued food items will then be prepared as nutritious hot meals in our central kitchens and be redistributed to serve the underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.

Food Angel is a food rescue and food assistance program, rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Following strict safety protocols, the rescued food items is then prepared as nutritious hot meals and redistributed to serve the underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.

For more information: http://www.foodangel.org.h

Contact: info@foodangel.org.hk/+852 3575 8894/+852 2801 5333

Inspiring HK sports foundation: InspiringHK Sports Foundation is a charity with a vision of developing better youths through sports. It mainly serves underprivileged youth (5-18 years old), youth with Special Educational Needs or non-ethnic Chinese youth.

It's mission is to promote social mobility, gender equality, social inclusion and healthy lifestyle through sports. It carries out it's mission through professional sports training, learning experience activities and advocacy activities. It has served 5000+ unique beneficiaries since 2013.

For more information: http://www.inspiringhk.org/

Contact: Hotline: +852 560 560 13

Bring me a book: For lover of books there is Bring Me a Book HK. It is an NGO affiliated to Bring Me A Book Foundation, USA. It is the leading advocate for family literacy in Hong Kong. It's mission is to have a Hong Kong in which every child is read to, strengthening family and community bonds, and creating a love of learning.

Bring me a book provides:

- Transformational trainings for parents and educators,

- The best Chinese and English children’s books to children

- Quality programs to access authors and literacy experts

The volunteers can do diverse tasks as wraping books, reading books to the community etc..

For more information: https://www.bringmeabook.org.hk/

Contact: info@bringmeabook.org.hk/(852) 2127 4533

Tree of Life: The purpose of this charity is to serve the poor and the marginalized (drug addicts, prostitutes..) through their community center that is full of compassion for people in need from the lower income groups. Presently, they are focusing on soup kitchen and intimate outreach program. Soup kitchen is every Tuesday @ 7pm where everyone is welcome to join.

For more information: http://www.treeoflifehk.com/charity

Contact: WhatsApp 92200803 for more info or to volunteer

Refugee Union: Refugees in Hong Kong are not often in the news. They reside in precarious situations facing multiple challenges of daily survival. Refugee Union (RF) operating from its discreet office in Sai Ying Pun, endeavors to be the union of protection claimants in Hong Kong with the aim of safeguarding refugee rights and improving the protection, well-being and future prospect of all refugees. RF prides itself at being Hong Kong’s first refugee-led registered society.

RU gladly accepts all kinds of stuff mostly for kids/baby: milk, diaper as well as clothes for kids/adult. Monetary Donations are also welcome. Donors may bring donations to RU headquarters during the week.

For more information: http://refugeeunion.org/

Contact: info@refugeeunion.org/ WhatsApp: 98287176

Changing Young Lives Foundation: CYLF serves underprivileged children and marginalized youth in Hong Kong and the Mainland every year by providing them with 100% free of charge center-based and outreach programs in education, talent development and self-empowerment.

One can get involved with CNL either as by donating money, participating & supporting their events/activities or organising a fundraising for CNL in your personal circle or beyond.

For more info: https://www.changingyounglives.org.hk/support-us/

Contact: enquiries@cylf.org.hk; Tel: (852) 2511 0505

Happy Volunteering 🦃🙏 from all of us at Localhood !

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