Volunteer

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Starting out as a small group of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students, Kechara Soup Kitchen quickly grew via word-of-mouth. The group today is formed by volunteers of all ages, coming from all walks of life, faiths, cultures and backgrounds.

Come rain or shine, our volunteers are out there bringing food and comfort to the people that society forgets. We are also in need of volunteers with specialized skills, particularly counsellors, trainers and medically-trained personnel and are also seeking companies who may have job vacancies for our clients.


Food Distribution

Our Food Distribution Schedule as follows:

KUALA LUMPUR

Week Days (Monday – Friday)

Activity: Distribution from our KL Soup Kitchen

Location: Kechara Soup Kitchen, (17, Jalan Barat, Off Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur)

Schedule: 11am – 1pm

Volunteering time: 10.00am to 1pm

Contact: Register @ +603 2141 6046 or email to ksk@kechara.com

Nature of activity: Volunteers will be involved in packing cooked food into paper wrappers before being distributed from the kitchen counter for the walk-in clients to collect. Volunteers can help our kitchen supervisor to clean dishes and clean the kitchen after the busy distribution period. No cooking is done in the kitchen. All necessary equipment will be provided.

Age Limit: Minimum age of 12 and above. Underaged volunteers to be always accompanied by their guardian(s).

Weekends (Saturdays)

Activity: Distribution onto the streets of KL

Location: Assemble in Kechara Soup Kitchen (KL) prior to start of rounds.

Schedule: 10.00pm – approx. midnight. First time volunteers to be at our soup kitchen by7.30pm for a one time compulsory orientation. Briefing ends by 9.00pm and announcement of team roster by 9.30pm before everyone head off to the streets at 10pm.

(Optional: 7pm towards 10.00pm to help with food packing, sorting of clothes, logistics etc. One does not need to sit in for the orientation if volunteer is not joining the distribution rounds on the streets).

Nature of activity: Volunteers will be assigned into teams heading to designated locations within the city. Task is to locate and distribute food to the homeless and urban poor clients. Volunteers to car pool and will be lead by our experienced volunteers. If you are coming with a group of friends or colleagues, please pre-group your friends in cars of four with at least a male in each car. The list of attending volunteers to be submitted to the coordinator at the time of registration for easy planning best by email to ksk@kechara.com.

Contact: Register with Mimi via SMS / Whatsapp stating the full names of the participating volunteers and the date of the Saturday you are joining.  Only register your participation on the week of the Saturday that you are joining. Registration closes by Friday 6pm. For group bookings (more than 10 volunteers), you can register earlier to lock your preferred date.

Age Limit: Minimum age to volunteer is 18 and above. No underage volunteers will be allowed.

Weekends (Sunday)

Activity: Distribution onto the streets of PJ

Location: All registered volunteers will assemble in front of Hong Leong Bank, Jalan 1/14, PJ Old Town before heading off to respective routes.

Schedule: 5.30pm – 7pm.

Nature of activity: Volunteers will be assigned into different teams heading to designated locations within the city. Task is to locate and distribute food to the homeless and urban poor clients. Volunteers to car pool and will be lead by experienced volunteers.

Number of volunteers required: Participation is only limited to individuals as activity is of smaller scale. Minimum age to volunteer is 18 and above. No underage volunteers will be allowed.

Contact: Register with Mr Justin Cheah @ 010 333 3260 via SMS or Whatsapp stating the full names of the participating volunteers and the date of the Sunday you are joining.

Age Limit: Minimum age to volunteer is 18 and above. No underage volunteers will be allowed.

PENANG

Week Days (Tuesday -Thursday)

Activity: Distribution from our Penang Soup Kitchen

Location: Kechara Soup Kitchen, Penang. (6, Halaman Ariffin (off Jalan Burmah), 10400 Penang)

Schedule: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Nature of activity: Vegetarian meals are served from the kitchen.  Work flow similar with soup kitchen distribution in KL.

Contact: Register with Centre Director Ms Patsy Gooi @ 012-4022 992 via SMS or Whatsapp stating the full names of the participating volunteers. For group bookings (more than 10 volunteers), you can register earlier to lock your preferred date.

Age Limit: Minimum age of 12 and above. Underaged volunteers to be always accompanied by their guardian(s).

Week Days (Monday)

Activity: Distribution onto the streets of Georgetown, Penang.

Location: To assemble in Kechara Soup Kitchen (Penang), (6, Halaman Ariffin (off Jalan Burmah), 10400 Penang)

Schedule: 10.30pm – 12.00 midnight

Nature of activity: Vegetarian meals are packed in the kitchen and distributed in and around Georgetown area.

Contact : Register with Centre Director Ms Patsy Gooi @ 012-4022 992 via SMS or Whatsapp stating the full names of the participating volunteers and the date of the Monday night you are joining. Cut off date and time for registration is Sunday 6pm. For group bookings (more than 10 volunteers), you can register earlier to lock your preferred date.

Age Limit: Minimum age to volunteer is 18 and above. No underage volunteers will be allowed

JOHOR BAHRU

Weekends (Saturday)

Activity: Distribution onto the streets of Johor Bahru.

Location: Registered volunteers to assemble at KTM Loading Bay, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.

Schedule: 10.15pm – 12.30am

Nature of Activity: Vegetarian food packs are distributed in and around Johor Bahru city center. Gathering point is at KTM Loading Bay situated opposite of JB City Square and next to CIQ JB Sentral (right next to the 2nd pedestrian bridge). Food will be sorted out according to the routes and new volunteers will be briefed before teams heading off to designated routes.

Contact: Register with Project Director Justin Cheah @ 010-3333 260 via SMS or Whatsapp stating the full names of the participating volunteers and the date of the Saturday you are joining. Cut off date and time for registration is Friday 6pm. For group bookings (more than 10 volunteers), you can register earlier to lock your preferred date.

Age Limit: Minimum age to volunteer is 18 and above. No underage volunteers will be allowed

FOOD BANK ACTIVITY

Mondays to Saturdays (Subject to availability)

Activity: Food Bank (dry provisions) delivery to the poor families.

Schedules: Weekdays 2pm to 6pm. Saturdays 10am to 2pm. Usually takes up to maximum 4 hours inclusive of packing, organizing, traveling and delivering.

Location of activity: Assemble in the soup kitchen premises (No.17 Jalan Barat, Off Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur) first for packing before heading out to deliver the packed groceries to designated poor families.

Nature of activity: Volunteers will be involved in packing of dry food provisions into boxes and to be distributed to the poor families directly to their door step. A list of poor families consisting their addresses and contact numbers will also be provided for contact before volunteers embark on their journey to deliver the provisions over.

Number of volunteers required: Volunteers help in this activity is particularly welcomed. This activity is very suitable for corporate companies or big group bookings.

How to register your participation?

Register with Ms Mimi @ 03-2141 6046 or +6010 3333 260.

Age Limit: Minimum age of 12 and above. Underaged volunteers to be always accompanied by their guardian(s).

Other Volunteering opportunities

Doctors/Nurses/Medical Personnel

Our clients often need medical help, but it is usually difficult for them to get medical assistance, primarily due to a lack of funds or missing identification documents. We are appealing for medically-trained people to join us on our rounds, to help advise on any medical treatment required should the need arise.

Nature of Activity: We welcome doctors, nurses or medical personnel to volunteer their services to help treat sick clients during the distribution rounds. Schedules are all mentioned above.

How to register your participation?

Register with Ms Mimi @ +6010 3333 260 or +603 2141 6046. For enquiries, email to ksk@kechara.com.

Counsellors

Imagine waking up every morning cold, stiff and sore because you have just spent yet another night in a doorway or on a hard bench, exposed to the elements. Imagine looking into your child’s eyes, wracked with hunger, and the intense feeling of helplessness for being unable to do much about it.

Imagine living like this every single day for years.

It takes a great amount of mental fortitude to deal with circumstances like this, and there comes a time when everyone needs a little help. We are looking for trained counsellors who would like to help comfort the minds of our city’s least fortunate, whilst helping to ease the ache of their empty stomachs.

Schedules: Any of the stated above.

How to register your participation?

Register with Ms Mimi @ +6010 3333 260 or 03-2141 6046. For further enquiries, kindly email to ksk@kechara.com

Office Admin Work

Schedules: Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 4pm.

Nature of activity: Volunteers will be helping us with various tasks such as data entry, inventory stock take as well as filing work.

Location of activity: Our address is No.17 Jalan Barat, Off Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Number of volunteers required: We welcome school leavers, individuals in between jobs, internship programmes or college groups assignments.

How to register your participation?

Register with Ms Mimi @ +6010 3333 260 or 03-2141 6046. For further enquiries, kindly email to ksk@kechara.com.


General Guidelines

Age Restrictions

For Saturday rounds, the minimum age requirement for volunteers is 18 years old and above due to safety concerns. However, there is no age limit to volunteer in the kitchen during the weekdays.

Registration/Briefing

First time volunteers are required to attend a compulsory orientation briefing before being allowed to join the rounds. Please be punctual for the briefing at the time stated above. The briefing will give you a clear explanation on safety precautions as well as rules and regulations.

Dress Code / Attire

To participate, we strongly encourage our volunteers to wear our KSK T-shirts for safety reasons and uniformity. It is also easier for our team to identify you on the streets in case of emergency. Our KSK t-shirts are available for every donation of RM35 per piece.

The recommended dress code for all our activities KSK T-Shirts, Jeans/Pants/Bermuda shorts and covered/sport shoes. Kindly refrain from wearing any jewellery and inappropriate clothing (example: skimpy shorts, tight and low cut/revealing tops, high heels).

Transportation / Location / Parking

Kindly make your own transportation arrangements to and from the activity location as transportation is not provided. Do bear in mind that certain of our rounds may last till pastmidnight where public transportation will no longer be available. However, the transportation during the rounds will be allocated by the respective Team Leaders as we normally practice car-pools.

If you are coming in a group, kindly car-pool and pre-arrange your own groupings as you will know your group better. Do ensure that there is at least one male volunteer in each car for safety reasons. This pre-arranged grouping by you shall be fixed throughout the rounds and allocated routes for the night. For Saturday night volunteering, please be at our soup kitchen by 7.30pm.

Do refer to our website for the location map for you to plan your trip down to the activity location as traffic can be quite hazardous especially on a Saturday night. For activities in KL, do try to car-pool as parking around the activity location can be rather limited and is on a first-come-first serve basis.

Donations

For food donation, please contact with our Project Director, Justin or Mimi directly at 03-21416046 or 010-3333260 or via email ksk@kechara.com. Do take note that we only distribute vegetarian (no meat) food items/meals to cater to our multi-racial clients. However, onions or eggs are fine. We do not encourage usage of styrofoam boxes for environmental friendly reasons.

For monetary donation, please be informed that we accept cash, cheques and electronic transfers. Please insist for a receipt whenever making a cash or cheque donations.

For cheque donations, kindly issue cheques payable to “Kechara Soup Kitchen Society“.

Enclosed is our bank in details are as follows:

Name: Kechara Soup Kitchen Society

Bank: Malayan Banking Berhad

Account No: 5122-3133-4874

Swift Code: MBBEMYKL

Branch: SS2/63

Branch Address: 8 & 10, Jalan SS 2/63, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul

Ehsan Malaysia.

Please also find our wish list items at the following

link: http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/get-involved/wish-list/

Others

Each route will be headed by an experienced Team Leader and an assistant. Thus be rest assured that you and your group will be in good hands while volunteering on the streets. Please adhere to the instructions and guidance given for your own safety.

We welcome volunteers from all walks of life regardless of race, religion nor creed hence our motto “Hunger Knows No Barriers“.

Volunteers are advised NOT to preach nor discuss about religion and politics during activities with Kechara Soup Kitchen.

Should you have further queries, kindly log onto this link for more information: http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/faqs/faqs/

We look forward to welcoming you to join us in making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate and urban poor!

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49 Responses to Volunteer

  1. I was just wondering if there is a good doctor who would be kind enough to give a hands-on talk on applying basic first-aid so that regular KSK volunteers could attend to minor ailments face by the homeless they encounter on their rounds.

    In a previous posting today, I suggested first-aid kits to be available in all vehicles plying their route. Ok, so Muniady fell and sustained minor abrasion and superficial cuts on her elbow when she tried to break her fall on the pavement. So what are you gonna do? Well if you have the kit, you could wash her wounds with saline solution or surgical spirits, apply a little antibiotic cream after that and then cover the part with Hansaplast or a dressing. No need to call up KSK admin or look for a clinic, ya? What if you don’t have the Kit? Tell Muniady that you’ll call someone to come to give her a bandage or maybe go search for a clinic if the wound is pretty bad and tell the other homeless people that you’ll come back as soon as possible to give them their food?

    Maybe I’ll try to get the green light from the Soup Kitchen and try get enough donation to buy 10 First-Aid boxes complete with medication when I see Justin on my next round. We have seven or eight cars on the midnite round. With 10 kits box, we have a few as spare just in case someone forgot to put it back into his car after washing the car.

  2. Is there any voluntary activities in Subang area? I am currently staying in Subang but having transportation problem of travelling around.

  3. Dear Lau,
    Thank you for such encouraging words. We used to give Peanut butter too. Once we can find the sponsorship we will give them again.

    Justin will be handing out first aid kits to all team leaders starting this weekend.

  4. Dear Johnny,

    We had this first aid training for our volunteers in May 2009. However, our doctor friend has since been transferred to Ipoh. It would be good if we can have sessions like this periodically.
    Mean while if you have any doctor friends who can give talk on first aid or share some basic helpful tips, it would be very much appreciated. We can host another workshop on this.

    Justin will be handing out first aid kits to all team leaders starting this weekend.

  5. Dear May,
    Thank you so much for your concern. We are fully aware of the type of containers and plastic bags that are being used to distribute food. Unfortunately, we will have to continue with this due to budget constraints until we are able to get sponsorship for the environmental friendly types. Please help us to pass the word around to your friends who may know of a manufacturer or sponsor.

  6. Thank you Krista for your kind respond and your support. Thank you once again for a generous vote.

  7. Jayson Chia, my name is justine and when in town, i’ stay in subang too. i’m planning to volunteer on saturdays september onwards. i Could help u out with transport as i drive. my email is justinethong@gmail.com and u can find me on facebook. search vitreouszircon@hotmail.com

  8. i am a chef. i am now not working at the moment. i would like offer my help in the kitchen. i couldn’t find the details on the website. kindly do advise.

  9. I read often about Kechara happenings especially in Sunwaymas area and recently an opening at SS2 area and would like to contribute in whatever way I can to help. I am staying near Tropicana area.

    Currently, I am not working and please let me know in what area I can contribute to your centre. Previously I was attached to the secretarial/admin area.

    Thanks.

    • Dear Connie,

      Thank you for your support and offer of help! People like you are a treasure, and we really appreciate your stepping forward to help us with our cause. Kechara Soup Kitchen has recently moved to their permanent premises in the heart of KL, and they need all the help they can get. For more information on how to volunteer, please contact either Siong Woan (+6010 3333 260, siongwoan.chua@kechara.com). She will be more than happy to hear from you.

  10. Hi there, I’m interested in getting involved in volunteering esp. in food distribution and counselling… but the thing is as I’m back being a student, I have classes on weekends. I’m staying in Tropicana Selatan and do not possess own transportation.

    • Hi Florence,

      Thanks for leaving a comment, it’s nice to hear you’re interested in helping out :) KSK also do food distribution during the week where the clients go to the soup kitchen building, so you won’t miss out because you have weekend classes.

      KSK don’t provide transport for volunteers; it’s up to the members to arrange transport for themselves. But maybe if you contact them (http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/contact/), they might be able to put you in touch with someone who’s willing to carpool with you :)

  11. Would it be possible for students to participate in this event for 2 weeks if they study overseas and are returning just for holidays?

  12. Sorry for asking again but do we have to be Buddhist to volunteer?

    • Of course not! If we don’t discriminate who we give food to, how can we discriminate who is able to volunteer and provide help? ;) KSK will welcome you with open arms!

  13. Hi There

    I am fairly new in KL and am looking for some volunteer work I can do…I work fulltime but evenings and weekends are available to do whatever I can do to help out. Have own transport so no problem – living around Ampang area but working around Bukit Jalil

  14. Hello. I am interested in volunteering for KSK – food distribution. Could you please e-mail me the details for this food distribution events as I have transportation problems especially at late night because I stay in Nilai. Thanks.

    • Hi Ashraf Norzaimi, the food distribution schedule is as follows: “On weekdays, we need volunteers who can help us to pack and distribute from our building (11am to 1pm) and our mobile soup kitchen (1:30pm to 2:30pm). Those who wish to join in the midnight and evening rounds should attend a compulsory orientation programme which takes place every Saturday, 8pm”

      Please register your name with the KSK team by Friday at 6pm. You can reach them by calling +603 2141 6046 :)

  15. I’m Sheen-Le from Wesley Methodist School’s Leo Club and the Leo Club is planning to volunteer and probably donate some goods. I’ve been trying to contact the Project Director, but could not get through at all. Is there someone else or another number that I can contact? Also, I was wondering, do we have to prepare the food and then bring it to the premise or do we pack the food provided there and distribute them? Besides that, is there anything that we have to do beforehand and are the distribution routes in a walking distance? Thank you! I would really appreciate to be given a number to contact as well.

    • Hi Sheen-Le, thank you for thinking of KSK :) Siong Woan can be reached at +603 2141 6046…I will also forward your query to her so she can contact you :)

  16. Hi, I cant seem to get through the Project Director. I think the phone is off… Is there another number I can call? Pls and thx :) I would like to contact her as soon as possible. :)

  17. Hi, just a question. Would you be conducting any simple medical check up any time soon?

  18. i like to join this…any recommend?

  19. Hello, I am interested to volunteer for food packing only. I am unable to volunteer for food distribution. Can I still volunteer? Thank you.

  20. hi there :) im a trained staff nurse. I’m interested in getting involved in volunteering in food distribution or help in medical treatment/assistance.

    • Hi PC, thank you so much for offering your help! If you don’t mind, I’d like to pass your details on to our KSK Project Directors so they can get in touch with you to find out more, and also to provide you with further details :)

  21. I’m from Penang island, read about your kitchen soup article recently, am very keen to volunteer with packing food or be kitchen helpers..currently available on Sundays only, working full-time..can i still help out? Tq!

  22. Hiya, i’m a student here. I would like to know if i am able to volunteer during weekdays. My lectures are only starting end of this month, so i will be free most of the weekdays. So what should i do if i want to help out?

    • Hi Amy, thanks for your enquiry! Best way for you to begin offering your volunteering services is by contacting the KSK administration directly (their contact details are here http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/contact/). They’ll be able to tell you how you can best lend your support to the cause; my guess is that your services will be very much appreciated on weekdays between 11am and 1pm, when the KSK team serve their clients from the KSK building itself!

  23. Hi, me and my friends from Taylor’s University are interested in helping out as part of our project for Moral Studies. We would like to know more on how we can get involved in your project. Do we have to contact the Project Director a few days earlier or there’s other alternatives? Thanks.=)

  24. Btw, do we have to do any registrations or any other things before volunteering ourself?=)

    • Hi Ed, yes please contact the Project Director before Friday at 6pm in order to volunteer on the Saturday night weekend rounds. Registration can be done on the night itself, at the briefing you need to attend before you’re allowed to join the rounds :)

  25. Hi,
    I am interested to be volunteer. Is there any volunteer need in Penang since i based in Penang? If yes, is there any specify requirement to be a volunteer? Do i need to fill in any form or provide any relevant documents?

    Appreciate your advices.

    Thank you very much.

  26. We would like to make a small item donation. Can we send the donated item to
    Kechara Soup Kitchen, 17 Jln Barat,
    (off jalan imbi),
    55100 KL. Malaysia.

  27. I would like to asked that is there any voluntary activities near maluri? As I stayed at maluri,I have the transportation problem to travelling around.. I wished can be participate as a volunteer to help..

  28. Hai!! Interested to join in the volunteer list for food distribution! :D
    Anyway as I don’t own a car having problem getting there..is there anyone who will be going from Klang or at least Subang? :)

  29. Hi i’m a student from Help university . I have an assignment that need us involve in voluntary activities at any organisation . So , i would like to become a volunteer in Kechara Soup Kitchen to lend a hand . So can i know who i should contact ?

  30. Hi, Im from Ipoh,read about your Kitchen Soup article today,me and my husband would like to volunteer to packing food and distribution food. We currently only available on Sunday,both of us working full time. Can i still help out?

  31. I would like to get involved in the food delivery during weekend.

  32. Hi, I am from Penang and would like to volunteer with my husband, twice a month on weekends as we are working. How do I go about this?

  33. Hi, I would like to get involved for the volunteer service as well as I am graduated now and are not working at the moment. My location is in Klang, may I know which is the closest area for the service? Any advice?

  34. NameKuanHoong

    family and I are planning to setup something similiar in Ipoh. Can u please help us on this?
    Or is there already an organisation which we can work with, or contribute our money to?

    Regards
    David L