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How was HandsOn Hong Kong (HOHK) started?
HOHK was founded in 2007 by Shaun Bernier, who is still the Chair of our NGO. Shaun moved to Hong Kong from the US, where she had been involved with affiliates of the HandsOn Network – a global network of local people serving local causes by volunteering. One of the network’s USPs is to offer accessible and flexible volunteer opportunities without the need for regular commitment. Seeing that there was no similar model in Hong Kong, Shaun started up HandsOn Hong Kong.
What is the mission of HOHK?
HandsOn Hong Kong’s mission is to mobilise and empower our community to meet pressing social need in Hong Kong through volunteer services.
What is HOHK’s geographical focus?
HandsOn Hong Kong serves on grassroots needs in Hong Kong.
What are HOHK‘s goals for Hong Kong specifically?
Our vision is a caring community that gives its time and talent to transform Hong Kong. HandsOn Hong Kong fills a gap by getting volunteers to the local causes that so desperately need them, and makes it easy for volunteers to get involved and give back to the community. We strive to be the first point of contact for individuals in Hong Kong who want to be involved in community service, and actively recruit, train, and manages volunteers to participate in volunteer activities operated by local charities. The groups and causes we serve include underprivileged children, the elderly, migrants, people with disabilities, the environment and much more.
How can Hong Kongers get involved with HOHK?
Be the change and volunteer! On our site you will find our calendar of volunteer events – register as a volunteer, and you’ll then be able to sign up to join our activities.
What are some of your favorite charities, other than HOHK of course?
All our charity partners are dear to our heart. For example, we partner with many grassroots community centres serving the local elderly and underprivileged children in their districts, and schools serving children with special needs – there are too many to name here!
All photos courtesy of HandsOn Hong Kong.