With the mission of building Hong Kong into a more caring society, the Social Welfare Department (the Department) spearheaded a territory-wide 'Volunteer Movement' since 1998 to encourage more people from all sectors to take part in volunteering. A Steering Committee on Promotion of Volunteer Service (the Steering Committee) is thus formed to give directive and formulate overall strategies on the promotion of volunteering. Under the Steering Committee, four sub-committees each with focus on student and youth, corporations, community organizations and promotion and publicity are formed to devise action plans. Within the Department, the Central Office for Volunteer Service is set up as well to serve as the executive arm of the Steering Committee and its Sub-committees in promoting volunteerism. After a series of promotional programmes and with support and resources provided by the Steering Committee, more than 1.30 million volunteers coming from over 3178 organizations of all kinds joined the Movement as of May 2018. In 2017, more than 25.5 million of volunteer service hours were delivered to those in need in our society. The Central Office for Volunteer Service provides you with one-stop service such as joining volunteering, matching with service opportunities, giving advice on forming and training of staff/organization volunteer team, etc.
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