LIST: Volunteer Organizations in the Manila Where You Can Join
Having lived in the Philippines for some time now, you may have already fallen in love with this country whose tropical climate is as warm and sunny as its people. You now find yourself in close affinity with them that you somehow feel one with them at heart. You share their dreams, like their culture, appreciate their uniqueness, enjoy their humour, love their food, empathize with their struggles, accept their flaws, and value them as a people who have welcomed you among them with wide open arms.
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We couldn’t blame you though because despite their imperfections, the Filipinos are a warm, hospitable, friendly bunch of people you can’t help but love.
And then, you learn that behind their laughter and never-say-die spirit, some Filipinos actually endure some struggles you knew nothing of. While some live comfortable lives, others live off on a $2 a day, barely-able-to-make-ends-meet way. You learn about the plight of the unschooled children and impoverished families in some depressed areas, and you can’t help but want to do something to help them. You may be surrounded by all the ritzy things the city can offer, but in your heart you feel that you want to live beyond your comfortable world, reach out, and help make a change in these people’s lives, in some way.
And so to help you carry out this desire to help, we have listed here some organizations in the Philippines that actively seek to improve the lives of the underprivileged and help protect the world they live in. Remember, there are still a lot out there that you can support so feel free to expand your search. Most of them do not simply provide dole-outs to their beneficiaries but create ways to help them live sustainable lives on their own. There are groups that share your personal advocacy be it livelihood, education, healthcare, nation building or environment.
Also read: LIST: Orphan Care Centers in Metro Manila
You can very well share and volunteer your time, talent or resource and be a part of something that can outlive you. You can help change some lives or help make this world a better place, hopefully stop the cycle of poverty, sickness, and risks through education, livelihood, healthcare and community building efforts by working with others as one. Because at the end of the day, our purpose is not simply to enjoy life but to help effect a positive change around us, in our own little ways. So find an org to support, sign up now, and help uplift someone’s life and countenance. You’ll be glad you did!
Greenpeace Philippines is an active volunteer organization that campaigns for their mission to save the environment. Some of their campaigns include stopping climate change, saying no to genetic engineering, and defending the ocean.
Office: 302 JGS Building, Tuason Street, Corner Dr. Lazcano, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Haribon Foundation is an organization built in 1972 that commits to helping through nature conservation. The organization is known with their services such as conserving sites and habitats, saving species, encouraging sustainability, and empowering people.
Office: 2/F Santos & Sons Building, 973 Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City
Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
PAWS is a registered nonprofit organization which is dedicated to protect and promote humane treatment of all animals. The organization helps rehabilitate animals by finding them new homes. It also actively campaigns against animal fights and using animals for entertainment.
Office: PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC), Aurora Boulevard, Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City (beside Superlines).
World Wildlife Fund Philippines (WWF)
Focusing on nature, World Wide Fund for Nature – Philippines (WWF-Philippines) is focused on addressing the issues on the Philippine environment as they also want to live in harmony with nature. Aside from this, they also have a mission on addressing the problems on the climate, the oceans, species, food, and water.
Office: 4th Floor JBD Plaza #65 Mindanao Avenue Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City 1105 Philippines
Tel: 02-920-79 23/26/31
WWF–Philippines Satellite Office (Marketing and Corporate Relations)
Office: Unit 1702 88 Corporate Center corner Valero and Sedeño Streets Makati City, 1228, Philippines
Tel: 02-556-2597; 02-822-2568
Philippine Red Cross
One of the most popular volunteer organizations in the Philippines, Red Cross aims to help people through its different services. Some of these include national blood, disaster management, safety, health, social, and youth services.
Office: G/F PRC Building, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila
Tel: 02-527-0000 loc 134 (Staff), 132 (Manager), 133 (Radio Room)
Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health-Philippines
VYLH Philippines is a service-oriented organization that aims to empower the Filipino Youth for health. It was established in July 2009 that promotes awareness on the prevention of birth defects, awareness on newborn screening, and support for orphan disorders.
Office: Institute of Human Genetics P.O. Box 297 (Manila Central Post Office) Manila
United Nations World Food Programme
World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization which addresses the issue of hunger. Yearly since its establishing in 1961, WFP is helping 80 million people in about 80 countries. Aside from alleviating hunger, they also focus on other issues including: climate action, disaster risk reduction, gender equality, nutrition, and more.
Office: 17th Floor RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th & 25th Streets, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1634 Philippines
Tel: 02-833 6229
Fax: 02-823 1485
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Love Yourself Inc. is a volunteer organization for the youth and the LGBT-MSM that aims to promote loving oneself. Also, it aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among the youth through counseling, awareness, and education.
Office: 715A 3/F Room 5 Loveyourself Anglo Building, Taguig
Tel: 0917-628-8743; 0998-563-7307
World Vision Philippines
Improving the lives of more than 120,000 children in the Philippines, World Vision aims to help Filipino youth through health and nutrition, child participation, education, livelihood, disaster response, and values formation. It is a Christian humanitarian org that helps children, families and communities to alleviate poverty and social injustices.
Office: 389 Quezon Avenue corner West 6th St. West Triangle, Quezon City
Tel: 02-374-7618 to 28
Gentle Hands Inc. is an established child and youth welfare agency as the front lines of rescue and rehabilitation of the medical, social and educational needs of at-risk children and youth. At present, Gentle Hands has over 65 babies and children in stages of rehabilitation, adoption, and reunification.
Office: 27 F. Castillo Street, Project 4 Cubao, Quezon City
Amnesty International Philippines (AIPh) is a non-profit organization with a global movement to let all people enjoy human rights. It has programs for Human Rights Education and Activism and Mobilization for its activist members.
Office: 18 A Marunong St., Brgy. Central, Quezon City
Empowered by people who are driven by faith and poverty, Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation,In. (GK) is a movement whose mission is to eradicate poverty for 5 millions families, and restoring the human dignity of the poor. Their road to eradicating poverty is in three steps: Social Justice, Social Artistry, and Social Progress.
Office: 2nd Floor, Cheng Building, 212 Haig Street, Brgy. Daang-Bakal, Mandaluyong City, Philippines 1552
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity, a leader in answering the issues of poverty in over 70 countries, has “helped more than 6.8 million people find strength, stability, and independence through safe, decent, and affordable shelter.”
Office: 111 Paseo de Roxas Condominium Building, Tower I Makati City
Tel: 02-846 2177
Established in 1992 by Dominique Lemay, Virlanie Foundation is one that cares for children who needs special protection. This includes those who are among the poor, the abandoned, the abused, exploited, neglected, and orphaned. Some of the programs they have are: Residential Programs, Support Programs, Support Services, Outreach Programs, Sustainability Projects.
Office: 4055 Yague St., Brgy. Singkamas, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1204
“ChildHope Philippines is a non-profit, non-political, non-sectaria organization who advocates for the cause of the street children in the country.” Its programs include the Baranggay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) and the Street Education Program.
Office: 1210 Penafrancia Ext., Paco Manila Philippines 1007
Tel: 02-563-4647; 02-561-7118
PinoyME Foundation started out as a social consortium to support the growth of Microfinance Institution (MFIs) before becoming a social investment banker for microentrepreneurs. Their strategies include Enterprise Development and Financial Services.
Office: Unit 202, Manila Luxury Condominium Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City Metro Manila 1605
Tel: 02-635-6387; 02-638-2851; 02-470-3197
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