The 7,107 islands of the Pearl of the Orient Seas boast of cultures, language, sounds, and sights that are as lively as its people
Heroes aren’t just in capes guarding the planet against monsters that want to rule the world. The most powerful heroes we know today work in medical facilities, schools, farmlands, newsrooms, and non-profit organizations. Forget crazy cosmic superpowers. A few hours and the willingness to serve are more than enough to help people in need. Here are organizations around Manila where you can be a hero and effect change in the community.
Being a fur parent is a big responsibility. Unfortunately, many of our furry friends still get abandoned. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a non-government organization (NGO) that supports the welfare of more than 300 cats and dogs. Volunteers can shower these cute animals with the love they deserve by devoting at least eight hours a month to help in legal work, clinical duties, foster care, and many more.
Aurora Blvd, Quezon City, 1108 Metro Manila, Philippines
The Philippine Archipelago is full of mountains, lush woodlands, and flowing waters. Climate change lurks around the corner, but you can do your part to protect the environment with the Haribon Foundation. This NGO lets you take part in different volunteering opportunities like tree planting, monitoring birds' activities, or facilitating the website. Thanks to its remote volunteering program, nature warriors can also do tasks in the comfort of their homes.
100 A. De Legaspi Street, Project 4, Lungsod Quezon, 1800 Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
Members of this humanitarian organization are among the country's first responders whenever a calamity hits. The Red Cross 143 Program is open for people who want to help in preparing for natural disasters and reaching out to neighborhoods that need support. The program may seem a little daunting, but don't worry, applicants will undergo a Basic Volunteer Orientation Course before anything else.
Victoria St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
This NGO strives to help build more sustainable homes for people in need. TAO Pilipinas' volunteer program is open for people in the architectural and engineering spectrum. Volunteers will be tasked to create training tools or host fundraising activities for TAO communities. Let your skills help eradicate homelessness and create a better living environment.
27-A Matiyaga, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, 1100 Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
Every child deserves a bright future, and this is what ChildHope Asia Philippines strives to accomplish by supporting children living on the streets across urban areas. As one of their volunteers, you'll take part in programs like KalyEskwela, a learning program that holds basic classes for street children. ChildHope also gives food packages to families and operates a mobile clinic called KliniKalye for medical services.
1210 Peñafrancia Street cor. San Gregorio Sreet, Paco 1007, Paco, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
The love for animals is what drives Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) to emphasize the importance of responsible pet ownership to all fur parents. CARA volunteers will need to dedicate 20 hours per quarter and be an active volunteer as much as possible. CARA has a committee for animal monitoring, events, workshops, and media, so you're free to pick a team that best suits you.
175 Lopez-Rizal corner Samat, Mandaluyong, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
Since 1987, Bahay Tuluyan has been helping street children through different programs that center on child protection, street education, and youth empowerment. Free up your schedule before signing up for their volunteer program. You'll be required to stay in Bahay Tuluyan's headquarters for a minimum of four weeks, assisting the staff in developing business plans, learning modules, and other special projects. Bahay Tuluyan will cover some of basic necessities, but it's highly encouraged to bring your own essentials.
Leveriza St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines
Sessionista's Charity proves that music has the power to change lives. Through earnings from their local gigs, monthly outreach programs are held to provide aid for poverty-stricken communities. If you have any musical talent, now is the time to be part of Sessionista Charity's army of volunteers. For people outside the music field, they can still join other teams that focus on food distribution, preparing media materials, and supervising donations.
49 A Carnation Street Bautista Ville Subdivision, Pasig, 1604 Metro Manila, Philippines
Focused on creating a better future for children, Pangarap Foundation, Inc regularly holds community outreach activities and provides a home for children on the streets. If you're always busy, fret not, Pangarap Foundation, Inc offers a flexible volunteering schedule for its applicants. The organization also offers medical services and educational programs. Truly an NGO that deserves all the support!
2503 Taft Ave, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines