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.