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Transforming the City, One Life at a Time 

English Carnival at YWCA

Laughter and learning were the order of the day at a community English Carnival on April 18. Twenty-five BofAML volunteers descended on the YWCA just after lunch, arms loaded with English game materials and a dazzling assortment of prizes. The carnival participants were 35 kids from low-income families, some of them from Hope of the City sponsored after-school English classes. From Pictionary to spelling games to the story corner, each of the four learning stations provided the children with the opportunity to stretch their English skills, interact with English speakers and win prizes for their efforts. Juice and snacks were provided, but the real treat of the day was the armloads of stationery, English picture books and sweets that the kids earned throughout the afternoon. It was an experience they won’t soon forget. Thank you so much, BofAML! 

Volunteer Opportunities

Hope of the City is now recruiting volunteers for the following events:

Jun 13 Dragon Boat Festival Home Visits
Sat, 2 - 5pm, Cheung Sha Wan
 
Jun 18 Delivering Rice Dumplings to the Homeless
Thu, 7:30-10pm, Sham Shui Po
**Requires Christian volunteers
 
Jun 27 St. James' Settlement Flag Selling
Sat, 9:30 -10:30am, Kowloon
 
Jul 13 - 31 Teaching assistants for Summer Program
Weekdays, 9am - 12pm / 1 - 4pm, Sham Shui Po
** Requires students aged 16 -21

On-going Opportunities:
Jul - Dec 2015
Monthly Home Visits to Elderly
Sat, 11:30am -12:30pm, Shek Kip Mei

Sep 2015 - Feb 2016
Monthly Home Visits to Elderly ( East Kln)

Sat, 10:30am - 12:30pm, Kowloon Bay

Please click here for the full list of volunteer opportunities and registration.
May 2015 - Hope of the City Newsletter

Hope of the City’s volunteers were kept hopping over the past two months, teaming up with 10 local organizations for 14 events. From a youth Gospel Camp in Sai Kung to a Career Day for secondary students at Bank of America to a Mother’s Day charity walkathon at the Peak, these events brought opportunities for learning and meaningful engagement to low-income families, kids, teenagers, the elderly and people with disabilities.

Highlights included an English Day Camp on April 4, when volunteers from Island ECC's Youth Ministry team invited 17 Sham Shui Po youth out for a day of crazy fun - with the chance to play Giant Bubble Soccer - at Lei Yue Mun Park & Holiday Village in Chai Wan. This was the first English-speaking camp these local kids had ever participated in. Other memorable events were a Light Painting Photo Workshop at The Hub in Sham Shui Po on April 26 – how cool is that? – and an afternoon of games and laughter at IDEAL’s birthday party for people with intellectual challenges on April 25. We just can’t thank our volunteers enough for their ever-enthusiastic support! 

St. Barnabas Society Children's Cooking Program

On April 12, Hope of the City recruited nine volunteers from Island ECC to help teach a children’s cooking class as the final event in the St. Barnabas Society’s Easter Program, which ran from April 8-12. Twenty-four mini-cooks were paired up with adult volunteers (including some professional chefs) in three teams, for a 1-hour session of baking and decorating Fruit Pizzas.  At the end of the day, the children happily shared their unique creations with their families as part of the finale dinner. Yum!

Discovering U Gospel Camp

Hope of the City sponsored 150 students from low-income families to join the Discovering U Gospel Camp from April 17-18. Organized by United Christian College, this camp provided an excellent opportunity for these young people to explore their uniqueness and recognize their strengths. A key part of the camp was a Talent Show, requiring students to work together to develop a group performance in something they had never done before – a dance routine, magic show, skipping demonstration, cartoon dubbing, martial arts, paper cutting etc. - in just 1 hour!  A gifted Hope volunteer, Kathy, also joined the camp to help train one of the groups in a new talent.

Door-to-Door Outreach in North Point

On May 7, Hope of the City volunteers teamed up with social workers for an evening of door-to-door outreach in North Point. The teams knocked on doors to let residents know about the Family Fun Day on May 9, put on by the North Point Family Welfare Center, and to inform them of the variety of services available to them through the center.

Farm Outing for North Point Families

Neither wind nor rain nor gloomy skies could keep Hope of the City’s volunteers from accompanying North Point SEN children and their families out to the Our Hands Farm in the New Territories for a brief escape from the city on April 11. Along with a group of elderly from our monthly home visit program, they spent the day learning basic farming techniques like planting tomatoes. They also learned how to make mosquito repellent from tea tree oil. Before leaving the countryside, they took a turn in the farm kitchen, making veggie dumplings and rolled sesame desserts. Who says you can’t have a great time in the rain?

YWCA Family Outing

Megabox was the scene of a mega-fun playdate on May 9 for our Sham Shui Po home visit volunteers and the families they visit each month. The giant Playhouse indoor playground provided hours of excitement, with its trampoline, high slides, ball room, putting green, princess room and car racing zone. Then it was just a hop and a skip over to IKEA for lunch, a special experience in itself for these kids as they seldom get such family outings.

Story Time with Reading Buddies

In partnership with Kids4Kids, Hope of the City sent six volunteers from Island ECC to read storybooks to children in Kowloon City as part of this NGO’s Reading Buddy program. Each volunteer undergoes a 2-hour training session before participating in the program. During the actual reading session, the volunteers not only read to the children but also help lead ice-breaking games and activities to stimulate the children’s reading abilities. If you want to be involved in future Reading Buddy events, click here.

Mailing Address:
Hope of the City Foundation 
8/F, 633 King's Road
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
+852 3470 3000