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Pledge To Act And Make A Difference: Get Involved With These Do-Good Teams

It’s all well and good to explore the inner sanctification part for yourself, but how about some world-changing action and commitment as well? You might consider pledging the simple act of volunteering and helping throughout the year even after the summer holidays pass.  Here are a few organizations and foundations that continue to actively make an impact in our society nationwide.


Operation Blessing

One of the smaller relief organizations often quick to respond to a social need when it arises is Operation Blessing.  Through their efforts close to 1 million people’s lives have been changed throughout the country through the supply of disaster relief, trauma counseling, and teaching.  Volunteer opportunities include being a medical worker, teacher, counselor, fundraiser photographer, writer, registration personnel, encoder, all-around assistant or any other service you might benefit their programs with.  Among the trustees on board are a few familiar faces like Angeli P. Valenciano, the wife of performing artist, Gary Valenciano, and Pastor Peter Kairuz of 700 Club Philippines. 


Address: C5 Road corner Retelco Drive, Bagong Ilog, Pasig City, Pasig, 1600 Metro Manila
Contact: (+632) 477-7802 to 06


Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Well-known for helping our animal friends nationwide, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a popular group committed to upholding the protection and humane treatment of all animals.  When abused or homeless animals are discovered, following proper treatment PAWS helps place them with owners capable of providing shelter, care, and proper rehabilitation.  PAWS also actively campaigns against animals being held captive for illegal fighting, and the inhumane use of animals for entertainment.  Among the active advocacy campaigns of PAWS are: Spay/Neuter your dogs, see beauty beyond the breed, Aspin & Puspins 100% beautiful, NO to greyhound racing and NO to dolphin shows.





SWEETEST DREAMS.?? Former foster cat Kinley now has the comfiest naps in her forever home after she got adopted two years ago. A far cry from when she was first rescued as an abused and scared kitten in the McKinley Hill area in Taguig. Just like Kinley, we want our more than 300 rescued animals to find good homes or fosterers so they can have a chance at know what it feels like to live a happy and safe life. Help us save more lives by donating to our cause or considering adoption instead of buying from pet shops and breeders. Visit our website for complete details on how to apply at Good night and sweetest of dreams PAWS friends!?????? #AdoptDontShop #iSupportPAWS #puspin #animalshelter #animalwelfare #animallover #catlover #manila #asia #advocacy #NGO #philippines #PAWSphilippines

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Address: PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC), Aurora Boulevard, Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City (beside Superlines).
Contact: (02) 475-1688


Hands on Manila

Mobilizing people to get involved onsite in terms of volunteer action isn’t easy.  Hands on Manila has made it their mission to motivate people to dedicate time and action towards educational, environmental, and socially relevant programs.  The Hands on Manila team believes that the key force in creating change is found in the merged commitment of willing volunteers.  Educational, environmental, and livelihood-related programs are created every month to help benefit communities that need them.



Address: Unit 211, La Fueza Plaza Bldg., 2241 Chino Roces Avenue,, Makati, 1231 Metro Manila


Friends of Hope

If you’re familiar with the mineral water sold named “Hope in a Bottle” Friends of Hope is the team that spearheads nation-building programs behind that profit-generating enterprise.  Friends of Hope has two programs; classroom building and giving farmers a boost by helping make higher income possible. They’ve recognized the dire need given the nationwide classroom shortage.  Daily, thousands of Filipino students go to school without a proper classroom to shelter their learning.  In the area of agriculture, Friends of Hope’s goal is to increase the incomes of small holder coconut farmers so that Filipino families and communities can prosper.  Help them achieve their vision by purchasing the products that they sell like Hope in Bottle water and Vita Coco.




“In our case, we try to attract talents from schools across the country, many of them leading schools here in Metro Manila.” Gretchen Phillips, CEO of Friends of Hope shares how bringing in young people into the enterprise teaches them about social change through business. “What we want to do is bring in every year a class of like young students or graduates that are deeply committed to driving social change but may not yet have the skills or experience to do that.”

Gretchen goes on further to explain “What we try to do is give them emergence in business for good.So we will bring them in a sales role or marketing role, you know they will get mentorship from our team, training programs that we run internally, and our hope is that many of our staff stay with us forever.  We know that many young people these days want to go on and start their own business or do things.  We cheer them on that but we hope that Friends of Hope makes its imprint on their world view.” 

Office Address: 38 Pili Avenue, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila
Mail Address: P.O. Box 4055, Makati Central Post Office
Contact: (02) 843 8748-49/ Alexi Bautista, Marketing Manager

Love Yourself

Love Yourself Inc. is a volunteer organization for the youth and the LGBT-MSM that aims to promote self-love, HIV awareness, and the open vibe and importance of getting tested.  Love Yourself wants to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among the youth through the aid of counseling and education.  Be aware that applications are screened during the first quarter (February-March), middle of the year (May-June) and towards the end of the year (August-September).


Address: 715A 3/F Room 5 Loveyourself Anglo Building, Taguig
Contact: 0917-628-8743; 0998-563-7307

Gentle Hands

At Gentle Hands, children come first.  A lot of them, from birth to their tender years, experience trauma and abuse in ways that seem irreparable, but with the help of this established welfare agency children have a chance.  Gentle Hands Inc. engages in the rescue and rehabilitation of at-risk children and youth and at present have over 65 who are in preparation for rehabilitation, adoption, or reunification.  Do you have a heart for children in need?  You may opt to volunteer with Gentle Hands to serve part-time or more regularly if you so choose.  Volunteering for Gentle Hands may prove to be a more challenging task versus working with other social welfare groups but it’s working with kids in need that will make all the difference in your own life, not just theirs.   



Address: 27 F. Castillo Street, Project 4 Cubao, Quezon City, Contact: (02)-913-5540



Gawad Kalinga

Gawad Kalinga is a movement against poverty which also aims to provide livelihood and housing opportunities for millions of families.  Part of their mission is to restore the dignity of the impoverished. Their path to tackling poverty first involves three steps: Social Justice, Social Artistry, and Social Progress.



#Repost @iamhearte (@get_repost) ··· Here I am with the wonderful people behind Kusina ng Kalinga. This initiative by Gawad Kalinga has kitchens all over the country that feed more than 500 kids a day. None of this would be possible without the generosity and warmth of their volunteers! You can head over to their website to see if there's a kitchen near you and find out how you can volunteer too ?? #mahalkongsorsogon . Thank you for sharing #KalingaMoments with us, Heart! You just made hundreds of hearts smile today. May you continue to be a message of love. . Get a glimpse of Heart's Kusina experience, view our Instagram Stories. For those who want to volunteer, please email Hunger ends where caring begins:

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Outreach programs like house building and Kusina ng Kalinga where you prepare hearty lunch meals for the children everyday are open for volunteers. Gawad Kalinga also has an ongoing program called Bayanihan Race 2018, which is considered as the first-ever national running event to promote wellness and camaraderie across the Philippine archipelago; you run for fitness and you also run for the community.



#Repost @iamhearte (@get_repost) ··· Yesterday I learned a new dish! I don't usually cook but the "Kusina ng Kalinga" team was kind enough to teach me their recipe. To everyone who's worried they might not have the right skills to volunteer, you're wrong! The only thing you need to bring is yourself and a positive attitude. ? Visit the Gawad Kalinga Facebook page to see how you can help! . Ditch the tie and wear the apron of kalinga! Like Heart, YOU can also make a difference. Help us get to our goal of collecting thousands of smiles. Learn how you can be part of this, go to . For those who want to volunteer, sign up at Hunger ends where caring begins:

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Address: 2nd Floor, Cheng Building, 212 Haig Street, Brgy. Daang-Bakal, Mandaluyong City, Philippines 1552
Contact: (02) 533-2217