A youth group is offering an online platform to help young people look for volunteer work.
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) launched Easyvolunteer.hk to match up volunteers and service providers. The site, in Chinese, lists government departments, NGOs and members of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Since its launch in January, up to 1,000 people have registered and more than 200 organisations have posted 300 jobs.
Users enter their job preferences, availability, preferred work locations and other details to find the right matches. If one is totally new to doing volunteer work, the website has an information archive that contains training materials for volunteers and an aptitude test to help one find out what type of volunteer work is suitable.
At the Easyvolunteer.hk launching ceremony held last Thursday, the guest-of-honour, Food and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man, said he hopes the new website will enhance the quality of volunteer service in Hong Kong.
"The website provides a lot of information on volunteer work and encourages volunteers to share their experiences. I think people will be more committed to volunteering," he said.
Ko also shared his volunteer experience during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. "I don't think one has to be in the medical profession to volunteer during a big disaster like this," he said. "We needed people to help with logistics and communication, all of which are important jobs, so people should not hesitate to volunteer regardless of their background."