Gingko House, www.love.org.hk
Gingko House supports underprivileged and vulnerable groups, particularly the elderly, by providing them with food and a place to spend time. As a social enterprise restaurant (now with four branches, all staffed by senior citizens), it provides free meals to people in need. Gingko House has a catering division and an organic farm.
Where you come in: You can donate money. You can pay for a meal and have it delivered to those in need. You can donate non-perishable items and have them delivered to a Gingko House restaurant. You can volunteer to deliver lunch boxes to those who need them. You can donate masks, disinfectants, rapid antigen test kits and new warm clothing. Visit www.love.org.hk.
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, www.habitat.org.hk
Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to improving the living conditions of old people, people with disabilities and low-income families, who live in sub-standard housing. It recruits student and corporate volunteers to help build and repair homes, and it is currently recruiting volunteers to help elderly people deep-clean their homes.
Where you come in: You can donate money. You can donate hygiene packs comprising face masks, hand sanitisers and rapid antigen test kits. You can volunteer to help repair or deep-clean someone’s home. Visit www.habitat.org.hk.
Helping Hand, www.helpinghand.org.hk
Helping Hand is dedicated to serving elderly people who are in need. Established in 1978 to rehouse old people living in cage homes, it runs six old people’s homes plus the only holiday centre for the elderly in Hong Kong. In addition to providing quality residential, rehabilitation and dementia care services, the team provides community support services and programmes for other seniors and their carers.
Where you come in: You can donate money. You can volunteer to visit the elderly. You can organise a fundraiser. You can have a Will drawn up. Yes, you read that right. From now until April 30, the lawyers at Oldham, Lie and Nie (www.oln-law.com) have pledged to prepare a simple Will for anyone who contributes HK$2,900 to Helping Hand. Funds raised will go towards providing elderly people in need with food and daily essentials. Visit www.helpinghand.org.hk.