Do some good for the city! These are the groups that give back to the community, helping the destitute, the disadvantaged and the infirm.
Stepping Stones is one of the most established expat nonprofits in Shanghai. They've been around for over 10 years and they are one of the only volunteer organizations for expats that has non-profit status in the city. They work with migrant children who don't have access to the same level of education as urban kids.
DOGether is a nationwide pet adoption platform where individual rescuers and shelters can post pictures and profiles of rescued animals allowing them find new homes. Launched in 2018, DOGether has nearly 10,000 users on their platform and share the all kinds of animal profiles, not just dogs. They also have their own community WeChat group.
Poppie's Garden is an animal rescue group founded in June 2016. It has two regular donor groups, one in Chinese and one in English. Poppies Garden usually has around 30 dogs waiting to be adopted and are always happy to accept volunteers.
Heart to Heart is a Shanghai-based charity which provides corrective surgery for Chinese children from all over China with congenital heart defects (CHD) whose parents are unable to afford the surgery. They have sponsored over 1,332 children for heart surgery. They have zero operating budget which means that 100% of donations are spent for surgeries. Sponsors are given documentation on where their donations were spent and can also visit the children while the children are in the hospital for their surgery.
The Renewal Center provides residents with a place to stay, changes of clothing, showers, English lessons, job skills training, and basic assistance for those who do not have a home of their own. The center works with local businesses to help them secure jobs. More importantly, the shelter seeks to create avenues out of poverty for their residents.
PPAR is a Shanghai-based shelter founded in 2007 by a group of individual animal rescuers that did not have a safe place to keep their rescued cats while they looked for good people to adopt them. The creation of the shelter allowed the rescuers to help even more animals in need, and has since led to permanent efforts to keep and expand the space, comfort and tranquility of the shelter for all rescued cats and kittens. Looking for volunteers.
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 after graduation. Disadvantaged young adults who had to drop out of school because of their family situation could join SYB to become professional bakers. SYB students follow a one-year training where they learn valuable skills such as French bakery and pastry, Chinese bakery, life skills and English, combined with practical internships at 5-star hotels. Due to the high demand of qualified bakers on the Chinese market, 30 students each year start a new life as bakers or pastry chefs and are able to support themselves and their families. You could buy their bakery made by students.
Shanghai Sunrise is a local charity group under Shanghai Charity Foundation with the mission to empower underprivileged youth through education. Since 1996, Shanghai Sunrise has raised over RMB 30 million and helped near 3,000 students. Besides giving 100% of the scholarships to the students, Shanghai Sunrise also helps the sponsored students to build skills and confidence as well as a life-long relationship with their sponsors.
Shanghai Animal Rescue is a local dog rescue group. They welcome people to adopt, sponsor and/or donate travel kennels and cages: finding adoption homes for shelter dogs with owners in Europe and the USA is one of their key focuses. They also maintain a Shanghai pet directory on their official website.
Shanghai Healing Home assists local Chinese Children Welfare Institutes by providing pre and post-surgical care to abandoned Chinese orphan babies with surgically correctable deformities. They also provide a home-like environment that meets not only the babies' physical needs but also their emotional and developmental needs.
This is a non-profit animal rescue group created in 2011. All the founder wanted was to give rescued animals a temporary, safe and loving home, and then find a true forever family for each of them. Since then more than a hundred animals have been send to new adoptive families. Currently there are about 50 rescued dogs and 30 rescued cats in the 107 Shelter.
Baby’s Home is a grassroots non-profit organization founded by a group of mothers who saw the need to give orphaned children access to surgery, as well as a caring environment to heal in.
Best Friends is an animal rescue community. They don't ask for monetary donations and are completely driven by volunteers. Most of their time is spent on finding homes for animals rescued by local cat ladies and dog uncles, through adoption days, occasional fundraising events for private shelters, and maintaining a foster network.
Hongkou House of Hope (HHH) is a small Chinese non-profit organisation located in Hongkou. Their mission is to improve the lives and wellbeing of adults with disabilities in China. Their funding comes from fundraising events organised by themselves, and sponsorship from individuals and companies.
A peer-consultation group founded in May 2016 in Taiwan that brings people together to talk and share their stories. Their monthly events in Shanghai include movie discussions, workshops, book sharing and others. All free. Activity informtion is listed on official WeChat account.