Shanghai Charitable Organizations Round Up

Did you know that March 5th is officially known as “Learn from Lei Feng Day” (Chinese: 学雷锋日; pinyin: Xué Léi Fēng Rì)? Chinese leaders have praised Lei Feng as the personification of altruism, selflessness, and moral character for his revolutionary sacrifices… so in the spirit of Lei Feng, we have compiled a list of organizations that are doing charitable work to help others in the community. We’ve recently reached out to all of them to ask what kind of help and support they need and they have answered the call with ways you can help. We know there is a deep well of untapped talent in the international community so please reach out directly to these organizations to offer your time and talents.

Learn more about Lei Feng here:


Shanghai Sunrise is a non-profit organization creating access to education for underprivileged Shanghai youth.

Established in 1996, Shanghai Sunrise’s scholarship programs have provided 3,300 students with education and mentorship – tools that help create a brighter future. Graduates are able to realize fulfilling careers and become a positive force in the community.

Shanghai Sunrise partners with corporations, international associations and philanthropic individuals to achieve its mission. Since its inception, RMB 35 million have been raised for high school and university students.


How Can You Help


Shanghai Sunrise is looking for an Administration & Sponsor Relations Manager. This is a fulltime paid position located in Shanghai, Jing’an. The candidate needs to be fluent in both Chinese and English.



As a volunteer-led charity, Shanghai Sunrise relies on dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to achieve our mission. If you believe in the power of education and have free time – ideally a few hours a week for at least 3-6 months – join our team!

Volunteering is an opportunity to share your capabilities and experience, develop new skills, build a network and to make new connections.

You could get involved as:

  • Executive Director
  • Fundraising
  • Sponsor Relations
  • Community Outreach
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Graphic design
  • Webmaster
  • Event Management
  • Volunteer Management


Heart to Heart Shanghai is a special fund of Rende Foundation. We provide financial assistance to Chinese children from low income families whose parents can’t afford the surgery for congenital heart disease that the children require. We provide that heart surgery so they can survive and go on to live long, healthy lives.


How Can You Help


We would love to have your help sponsoring children for heart surgery. This can be done at any time by contacting or (WeChat) Karen-H2H for more information.

We are a 100% volunteer organization. Thus, we always have volunteering opportunities. We have numerous teams and projects that you can join. Just check on our website for what volunteers can do and fill out an application. We’d love to have you volunteer with us.




Home Sweet Home helps with the basic needs of homeless people and provides a loving home environment, training and a job to help them develop themselves.


How Can You Help


Join a Care Day at our center, teach English or share your skills with our organization and our trainees through customized workshops or training sessions. Click here for more details about how you can get involved.




“Improving the Condition of Special Education in China for Chinese People”

Established in 2014, Xiersen is a NGO officially registered in Shanghai. Xiersen’s goal is to ensure that more people with developmental challenges and their families can thrive with a focus on inclusion and special education training.

Our latest AWARE campaign – Special Slices, focuses on building awareness, creating acceptance and opening opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities through the power of manga storytelling!


How Can You Help


We are the selected charity for British Chamber’s St Andrew’s Ball 2022! Join us for an evening of fun and learn more about our impactful awareness project – Special Slices. We need your support.


Registrations are still open.

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There is always something you can do to help support our cause:

  • Introductions to corporates/businesses interested in hiring adults with special needs
  • Venue and merchandise sponsorship for events
  • Translation and proofreading support
  • Photographers
  • Graphic designers
  • Bilingual copywriter
  • Adhoc volunteers for events

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Initiated by Community Center Shanghai, the Giving Tree program is to help children in need across China, inspire them to learn and give back, and to build a socially responsible community in Shanghai. Since 2003, Giving Tree has helped over 135,000 children in need. Donors fill personalized gift bags with essential items, which are then hand-delivered to underprivilieged children across China.


How Can You Help


Support Giving Tree by purchasing a set of Giving Tree Greeting Cards. Each of these beautifully illustrated cards was hand drawn by a Giving Tree recipient and represents a unique story. The cards can be purchased directly from CCS Pudong (3/F, Tower A, 1146 Biyun Road, Jinqiao) and Minhang (2/F, 360 XingLe Road, HuaCao Town) offices or by emailing Price is only 50RMB per set with all proceeds going towards the Giving Tree program.


If you’d like to paticipate in Giving Tree 2022, please email our chairty manager Shaine Wang via for more details.

Scan the QR code below to watch a brief video-recap of the 2021 Giving Tree program:


Stepping Stones is a not-for-profit volunteering organization registered in Shanghai with a mission to improve the education and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China. Stepping Stones recruits, trains, coordinates, and supports hundreds of volunteers to teach English and digital literacy to thousands of students in more than 20 migrant schools and community centers in Shanghai. Over the years, the program has expanded to rural area of China via online teaching platform for migrant and left-behind children.


How Can You Help


We are now looking for volunteers for our English Teaching Program and Computer Program during our Spring semester!



Stepping Stones offers classes every day of the week at locations in and outside of Shanghai. For the majority of our programs (especially our teaching programs), we ask for our volunteers to commit at least once a week and a minimum of one school term (3-4 months). Volunteer requirements and details are listed on our website. Before participating, volunteers are provided with an orientation and training to prepare them for their volunteer role.

Click here to learn more about our various programs.



Becoming a volunteer at Stepping Stones is an awarding experience and spending just one day teaching these children will have a lasting impact on their education and future!


A Pleines Mains (APM) is a charity which aims to help Chinese people in need through material & financial donations.


How Can You Help


We regularly organize charity sales in which you can buy clothes, toys, fashion accessories, kitchenware and books. All the profit collected goes to charity to help Chinese families and children in need!

We also have several book corners in Shanghai where you can find French, German & English books. The profit collected from these books help to fund libraries in rural China.



Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB) is a charity program providing free training in French bakery to marginalised Chinese youth aged 17 to 23, enabling them to find qualified jobs and lead independent lives after graduation.

SYB empowers disadvantaged young adults who had to drop out of school because of their family situation (parents’ death, sickness, disability or imprisonment) and are excluded from stable employment.


How Can You Help



Graduation Ceremony is the largest event that SYB organizes every year. It is the time for us to celebrate the graduates’ completion of their program through hard work and their success in landing job offers in the industry. We also thank the teachers, staff members, supporters, sponsors and everyone else who have supported our program and students along the way.



In the evening of the event, we invite our family, friends and community members as well as our sponsors and partners to attend the ceremony. Students will receive their diploma one by one, perform on stage and there will be speakers from the relevant charity foundations and the French consulate. Students will have prepared a grand feast for guests to enjoy.

Volunteers can help us with a range of activites at the graduation ceremony, including registering guests, arranging the set-up of the room, helping with serving food and drinks and other ad-hoc tasks.



SYB is always on the lookout for volunteers to help manage its market booth on weekends to promote the organisation and its programme. Other opportunities include everything from translating and troubleshooting to fundraising and graphic design. Anyone older than ten years old is welcome, although youngsters under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.



To learn more, follow us on WeChat and attend one of our bi-monthly volunteer meetings by adding ‘shanghaiyoungbakers’ on WeChat or contact us at


Paw Pals Animal Rescue (PPAR) is a non-profit animal rescue group founded by rescuers and volunteers. It was established in 2007 in the city of Shanghai. Our mission is to provide assistance, shelter, care, rehabilitation and forever loving homes to rescued pets, promoting education and understanding of animal welfare among the public.


How Can You Help


Rescue cats are often fearful, shy, and nervous around humans, but they can warm up quickly when they have a chance to be around kind and gentle people. Spending time helping to socialize cats is a great way to help the pet have a smooth transition from the PPAR shelter to their forever loving home, and is a key aspect of making an adoption successful.



If you would like to help socialize future pets, please let PPAR know when you are available for a shelter tour, an introduction for the volunteer role and a chance to meet some of the adorable furry residents. Socialization volunteers are welcome daily on weekdays and weekends and hours are from 9am-3pm (please arrive the latest by 1pm). The shelter location is in the Minhang District.



In addition to pet socialization volunteers, PPAR also needs other volunteers with other skills:

  • Photographerts who can take high quality, colorful, and fun images of rescue cats living in the PPAR shelter
  • Volunteers who can represent PPAR at seasonal markets and events. This involves sitting at a table and talking with those in the community about rescue animal adoption and shelter support.
  • Advocating for ethical animal treatment and sharing information about PPAR rescue cats available for adoption on social media



We’re also open for creative ideas about how to help rescued cats. If you wish to get in touch please reach out via



“Support disadvantaged children while having fun & taking care of the environment!”

Clara Non-profit DIY uses donated disused material from industry or commerce & “waste” from daily life to do DIY, aiming to maximize utilization of existing resources and minimize pollution to the environment.

While turning “waste” into handicrafts, the organization raises fund through charity sales, rental of big scale handicrafts for exhibition or providing commercial DIY events.

From 2018 to 2021, more than RMB 370K has been donated to support 196 children from Yunnan province through Children’s hope foundation.


How Can You Help


Join us at our volunteers DIY events. The coming event will be a crochet workshop held on March 9, 10am – 1pm. The project teaches beginner volunteers DIY for free in exchange of their long term contribution, experienced DIY volunteers exchange skills and learn from each others.



You can also help as a Charity sale voluneer. We will be at the Commune Market at the weekend of March 19-20. Pre-training is needed for all charity sale volunteers. To sign up, pls contact Clara (WeChat ID: clarayanhuang).



In addition to DIY volunteers and charity sale volunteers, we also need volunteers with other skills:

  • Marketing
  • Photo/video shooting and articles writing for promotion purpose
  • Sorting material donated


If you’re a company/organization, you can help by:

  • Purchasing of handicrafts as souvenirs and of DIY events for customers /team building, renting big scale handicrafts for exhibition
  • Providing free volunteer DIY event venue or warehouse to store donated material in location with convenient transportation



There are over 30 ways how you can help us online and offline. Please refer to the end of the introduction below for more details.


If you’d like to be listed in the future, you can send us your information via the QR below: