Can you introduce yourself, and tell us what are you doing currently?
My name is Rebecca. I was previously working in finance, and am currently waiting for my MBA program to start in September. During this free period, I am enjoying my volunteer work at HandsOn Hong Kong.
How did you get in touch with HandsOn Hong Kong?
I was looking for ways to get involved with the community and found HandsOn Hong Kong online. The website is very user-friendly, and HandsOn Hong Kong makes it very easy for volunteers to get involved in various projects.
What drives you to provide volunteer service to the community?
I am always eager to make a difference in the world, and volunteering is an easy step towards that goal, even with busy day-to-day life. Also, volunteering reminds me of what's truly important in life, which can be easily forgotten in the daily grind.
What is the outcome of your volunteer work?
Given the scope of projects available at HandsOn Hong Kong, the impact one can have as a volunteer is extensive. I lead the community kitchen project, providing meals to the underprivileged. Sometimes I make crafts with unemployed domestic helpers, and the crafts help fund some of their basic necessities. I've also served ethnic minority children, elders, and the disabled through various projects.
If you would need to recommend others to join HandsOn Hong Kong, what are the reasons?
HandsOn Hong Kong makes it so easy for people to get involved, with very simple steps for signing up. There are various types of projects available, so you are sure to always find something of your interest, to benefit a cause you are passionate about.
Any interesting stories or touching experiences with HandsOn Hong Kong?
Once I volunteered at a storytelling program for children. At first, I struggled to keep the kids interested in the books, and so I needed to be creative. It was a very tiring morning working with children, but by the end of the session, they really warmed up to me and offered me big hugs before leaving. That really made me felt my effort was worth spending.
Any other suggestions you want to share with our HandsOn Hong Kong volunteers or new subscribers?
Find projects that you would be excited to participate in, and commit to projects you have signed up for. Sometimes volunteers take attendance lightly, cancelling last minute or failing to show up. But remember this: your presence really makes a difference! It might feel like a hassle making your way over to the project site, but the feeling you'll have after you participate will make it all worth it!