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 organisations 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 1.33 million volunteers coming from over 3883 organisations of all kinds joined the Movement as of December 2019. In 2018, more than 25.8 million of volunteer service hours were delivered to those in need in our society. Volunteer Movement website also provides you with volunteer service information and resources as well as services such as joining volunteering, matching with service opportunities and registration as Volunteer Movement Participating Organisations.
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