Over 70 volunteers from 16 universities came together to pack 1325 kgs of rice that was distributed to families in need in Sham Shui Po by J Life Foundation. Volunteers packed, weighed and sealed bags of rice that were donated by the the Foundation. Special thanks to the Boy Scouts for providing much needed help moving the bags of rice!
The Foundation invited children, from the St. James’ Settlement Jockey Club Chai Wan Integrated Services Centre, to come to the Country Club for a day long Olympics-themed Adventure Day! The children played games, tried indoor rock climbing, made some crafts and capped off the day with pizza. It was a memorable day for all!
The Foundation called for donation of canned food to alleviate food insecurity in Hong Kong. We have collected over 35 kg food and delivered it to the most needy in Hong Kong through our NGO partner, Feeding Hong Kong.
Plastics are choking our oceans, coasts and trails at an alarming rate and this event encouraged participants to arouse their creativity, embrace “green” design and raise awareness of environmental protection needs. Volunteers spent two hours at the St James' Settlement - Jockey Club Upcycling Centre in Wan Chai creating unique upcycled coasters made from recycled plastic bottles and other leftovers donated by corporations and other organizations.
The ocean is home to about a million species of animals. By protecting our ocean, we protect these animals, the climate and our future. We called on members of the Club to conduct their own individual beach clean ups in June to celebrate World Ocean Day.
On Saturday, 5 June, 2021 our speaker, Mark Winstanley from Hong Kong Cleanup, delivered a talk providing current facts and figures about this global crisis. Participants also learned how they can tip the scales and save our seas. At current rates, plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050!
On Tuesday, 18 May, 2021 the Foundation and the American Club collaborated on the kick off of the Sustainability Series of events at the Club. Four experts on sustainability issues shared their insights on energy efficiency, food sourcing and heritage sustainability. Participants also enjoyed closed-loop spirits and delectable treats from eco-friendly chocolate brand Cacao.
On Saturday, 8 May, 2021 our dedicated volunteers delivered care packages to 25 elderly people in Upper Ngau Tau Kok Estate. Many of these elderlies are over 75 years old and live alone, but they are super cheerful and friendly! They were very excited to meet new faces from The American Club Foundation, and our volunteers went home feeling they understood the needs of this city a little bit more.
On Saturday, 30 January, 2021 volunteers and American Club staff helped the ACF pack 500kg of rice into 1kg bags to be handed out to underprivileged elderly in Sham Shui Po. Our partner, J Life Foundation, runs an amazing food hand-out program that supports 160 elderly and 500 impoverished families each week. Thank you to everyone who helped us pack rice in January. Your efforts made a difference!
Over four weekends in February and March 33 volunteers read books over Zoom to 13 underprivileged children in a program co-sponsored by Bring Me A Book and the St. James Settlement Jockey Club Chai Wan Integrated Services Centre. Thank you to all our volunteers for giving their time to work with children who do not normally get a chance to listen to books being read to them in English. Jaiden Poon is a HKIS High School student who has volunteered a number of times with this reading program. Jaiden says “I feel very strongly that a responsible citizen of the community should give back to society, and it’s great that through this program I can give back in a way which I really enjoy.” We are so glad that all our volunteers have had such a great experience with this program!
The ACF continued its partnership with Bring Me A Book Hong Kong and held an in-person Easter Reading Party at the St. James’ Settlement Jockey Club Chai Wan Integrated Services Centre on 3 April 2021. Fourteen ACF volunteers and 15 beneficiary children came together to read Easter-themed stories, play games, have an Easter egg hunt and decorate Easter eggs. Everyone had a great time and it gave the children an opportunity to practice their English.
Volunteers packed 400 parcels of food with Feeding Hong Kong on Good Friday, 19 April 2021 in an effort to fight food waste and hunger in Hong Kong. The food parcels contained items ranging from oil to noodles to rice to canned foods to drinks to oatmeal and were delivered to five NGO partners of Feeding Hong Kong for distribution to the communities that each NGO serves.
At the end of April, over 40 volunteers and Board Members of the American Club and ACF came together to pack 660 kgs of rice that was distributed to families in need in Sham Shui Po by J Life Foundation. Volunteers packed, weighed and sealed bags of rice that were donated by the ACF. Special thanks to the Boy Scouts for providing much needed help moving the bags of rice!
Over the course of 6 sessions in April and May 2021, ACF volunteers mentored children of various ages at the St. James’ Settlement Jockey Club Chai Wan Integrated Services Centre. Participants played various games such as “Mad Octopus” and even an Escape Room so that beneficiary children could practice their English. Family volunteers joined in on the fun and were able to learn about the importance of service.
Our dedicated volunteers spent the morning of May 8th packing and delivering care packages to 25 elderly people in Upper Ngau Tau Kok Estate. Many of these elderlies are over 75 years old and live alone, but they are super cheerful and friendly! They were very excited to meet new faces from The American Club Foundation, and our volunteers went home feeling they understood the needs of this city a little bit more.
Plastics are choking our oceans, coasts and trails at an alarming rate and this event encourages participants to arouse their creativity, embrace “green” design and raise awareness of environmental protection needs. Volunteers spent two hours on June 19th creating unique upcycled coasters made from recycled plastic bottles and other leftovers donated by corporations and other organizations at the St James' Settlement - Jockey Club Upcycling Centre in Wan Chai.
The ACF would like to thank all volunteers and American Club members who supported our Season of Giving Events in December. Members and their children helped us write over 300 Christmas cards that were included in food packs given to the underprivileged in collaboration with Feeding Hong Kong. We also participated in a successful virtual Christmas reading party for the underprivileged in collaboration with Bring Me A Book and the St. James Settlement Jockey Club Chai Wan Integrated Services Centre. We also want to give a special thanks to the Girl Scouts who wrote 200 Christmas cards to include in our Feeding Hong Kong food packs and also to Club members who donated Christmas gifts for our Christmas reading party with underprivileged children.
The American Club Foundation continued its partnership with HandsOn Hong Kong by participating in their annual Serve-A-Thon on September 26th. Thirty-one volunteers made two packets of hand sanitizer, lotion and wrote cards for the elderly community at the United Christian Nethersole Community Health Service - Good Neighbour Network in San Mau Ping.
In April 2020 the ACF and the Club’s personal trainers started a partnership with the charity Health In Action (HIA) to develop online exercise content and produce videos for HIA’s YouTube channel to keep those in HIA’s network healthy and active while at home during the COVID-19 crisis.
The American Club Foundation collected tablets for underprivileged families to be able to get online and participate in online learning
The American Club Foundation collected masks, canned food and hand sanitizer for the elderly to stay safe and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Picture of Vanessa dropping off donations at Harmony House.
J Life Foundation Day Camp at the Country Club
On January 2, 2020, the ACF invited 20 children, whose families are members of J Life Foundation, an NGO which serves low income families in Sham Shui Po, to come to the Country Club for a day long fun camp. The Fitness & Recreation team did a fantastic job organizing a fun day long program at the Country Club. Activities for the children included rock climbing, tennis, basketball, hula hoop games and playing in the bouncy castle. Many of the children had never been on the southside of Hong Kong. It was a memorable day for all with one child asking to come back before it was even over!
ACF members joined Jeff Rotmeyer, the founder of ImpactHK, on kindness walks in October and November 2019 to learn about the homelessness situation in Hong Kong. This volunteer opportunity not only educated volunteers on the homelessness situation, but also is the perfect example of how simple acts of kindness can have an impact on someone's life.
ACF members joined the Kids4Kids' Buddy Reading program in October and November 2019 to share their love for reading with kids from low income families. The goal of the program is to provide local children with fun reading sessions to improve their English ability and nurture their creativity and love for reading and storytelling.
SOW Asia and J Life Foundation joined the American Club Foundation and over 70 guests at the American Club Town Club on October 29, 2019 to talk about their work and impact in the community. This was the first talk in the Your_Voice speaker series aimed to help ACF members learn about local community issues and how we can engage.
In the spirit of giving, the ACF organized the second talk in its Your Voice series at the end of November 2019. Jeff Rotmeyer, from ImpactHK, talked to kids and adults about the work ImpactHK does with the homeless. He shared the importance of showing kindness, how his work has made a difference and how we can engage. After the presentation, participants helped to prepare gifts for the homeless which Jeff and ACF members distributed during a volunteer event with ImpactHK on November 30, 2019.
Professional Skills Based Volunteering with Asian Charity Services (ACS)
On September 28, 2019 members of the ACF volunteered to mentor NGOs at the Asian Charity Services Sprint Hackathon. ACF members partnered with NGOs to learn about the concept of design thinking and helped the NGOs innovate and improve on their programming.
On a beautiful evening on June 6, 2019 the American Club Foundation held its first event on the North Lawn of the Country Club. Leontine Chuang, CEO of the ACF, as well as members of the ACF Board, met and mingled with Club members in order to share ideas that support the mission of the Foundation.