What do you give the person who has everything?

Hong Konger Yi Li first visited our site as a secondary student, on an educational trip with her school. When she was working for the W Hotel, she thought of Crossroads again, organising a company team-building day volunteering with us. This year, when her birthday rolled around, Yi Li knew just what she wanted as a birthday gift from her friends: a day together, volunteering with us!

“Usually for a birthday celebration, you go out and spend a lot of money,” said Yi Li. “I just wanted to share something more meaningful with my friends. I asked for their time, instead of spending money on dinner or stuff that you don’t use.” Yi Li and eleven of her friends worked in different departments at Crossroads, putting their energy and perspiration into our electrical, computers and incoming goods departments. “It’s tiring and sweaty work,” said one friend, Claudia, “but it’s a good way to spend time together and doing something meaningful. I will come back if I can!”

It’s not every birthday girl who would opt out of presents in favour of giving back to people in need. Yi Li’s friends know she’s a pretty special person! “I have never seen anyone with a big heart like her!” said another friend, Beverly. “She’s someone who is always doing things differently and she makes sure there is meaning behind what she does,” commented another. We love champions like Yi Li, who don’t just put their own hand up to help, but spread the enthusiasm and passion for helping throughout their community. What a gift!

If you want to share the volunteering love, whether with families, friends, work colleagues or a community group, get in touch! We would love to help you bring a group to Crossroads for a day that changes lives. Email volunteer@crossroads.org.hk

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It’s a nice problem to have. Our phones run hot and our email boxes burst with new messages as Hong Kong people generously offer goods to us each day. The people of Hong Kong love to give.

So, yes, a nice problem to have, but a problem, of sorts, nonetheless. With phone calls numbering 60, 70, or more, every day, it can be hard for even our dedicated team of volunteers to keep up.  They were sometimes overwhelmed. So was the system they were using. It was designed for an earlier time in Crossroads’ history. It worked fine, back then, but could not meet today’s demand. Nor, from what we could see, would it meet tomorrow’s.

Microsoft2When Microsoft first contacted Crossroads, it was to arrange a day of corporate volunteering and simulations. But after a day serving at our Crossroads’ site and experiencing a taste of poverty through the Struggle for Survival simulation, they were inspired to do more than just use their muscles!

Microsoft worked with Crossroads to come up with a partnership that truly used their core strengths, and solved our incoming phone calls dilemma.They donated and hosted a brand new IT system which is far better suited for handling the generosity of Hong Kong’s wonderful community.

“The most immediate benefit is that we have more visibility of our donation pipeline so that we will be able to match more donations to more needs and deliver relief faster. That means we will be saying ‘no’ [to donations] less often!” said Matthew Gow, Crossroads’ CTO.

With Microsoft’s partnership, it’s a joy to be saying ‘yes’ to more lives changed!

We can help your company engage with development issues

Crossroads has helped hundreds of companies, including some of the world’s biggest brand names, find ways they can develop their CSR programmes and serve the poor, through volunteer days, finding NGOs to partner with around the world, taking part in simulations, and much more.

Contact us today at enquiries@crossroads.org.hk to start talking about how we can help!

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