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Johannesburg is blessed with a large corps of people ready to give their time and energy to make the city a better place.

This section offers a guide to where to get help for problems ranging from addiction to alcohol or narcotics, to reporting cases of animal cruelty, or making your neighbourhood safer from crime. It's also the place to find how you can do your bit to help your fellow Joburgers to enrich their lives.

More categories will be added in the coming months, and more organisations listed. If you would like your organisation profiled, email the webmaster with contact details.


Voluntary organisations:
Community Policing Forums
Animal welfare and wildlife rehabilitation
Groups that help addicts
Organisations that look after street children, abandoned babies, or children with HIV/Aids.

Door of Hope

The Door of Hope was established in 1999 by a Baptist Church pastor, Sister Cheryl Allen. She looked after babies who were abandoned in the city's parks and hospitals. The aim of the home is to find the biological or foster parents for the babies. The Door of Hope has three homes in Glenvista, Yeoville and Berea.
Contact person: Oliver Quambusch
Address: 15 Barbra Road, Glenvista
Tel: 011 432 2913


Cotlands is a non-profit South African organisation that provides for orphaned and vulnerable children’s needs. Cotlands is currently active in six provinces, providing a full continuum of care to over 8 000 beneficiaries. Projects offer services ranging from community-based care through to residential care of vulnerable children between the ages of 0 and 12 years. Most of the children received have been neglected, abused, abandoned or are suffering from a life-threatening illness. Programmes include home-based care, early childhood development centres, toy libraries, food gardens, counselling, places of safety and end-stage palliative care for children with AIDS. The focus is to develop each child holistically, focusing on their health, educational and psychosocial needs.

Contact Person: Dionne Jacobs
Address: 134 Stanton Street, Turffontein
Tel: 011 683 7200
Fax: 011 683 6688
Eldorado Park Early Development Centre

Contact person: Karin Mateman

Hearts of Hope

Hearts of Hope is a voluntary organisation that was started in 2001 by various Christian organisations and individuals. The organisation is aimed at giving hope to HIV/Aids orphans and vulnerable children. Hearts of Hope also has a family-based care programme which operates through schools, community support groups and individuals. The organisation aims to facilitate adoption into families and to source foster parents.
Contact person: Deborah van Dongen
Address: PO Box 742, Fourways
Cel: 082 458 2677
Email: Website:

Nkosi's Haven looks after 69 children and 17 mothers
Nkosi's Haven looks after 69 children and 17 mothers
Nkosi's Haven

Contact person: Oscar Martin-Ngwenya
Address: Head Office: 34 Vereeniging Service Street, Alan-Manor
Johannesburg Branch: 23 Mitchell Street, Berea
Head Office:
Tel: 011 942 5580
Fax: 011 941 1408
Johannesburg Branch:
Tel: 011 642 1733
Fax: 011 642 0793
Email: Website:

Application to join EMS as a Volunteer

The Joburg Emergency Services is looking for volunteers. Volunteers are required to work at least 12 hours a month, and candidates with some form of related qualification are preferred. Volunteers perform amongst other things the following duties:

Fire fighting and rescue
Ambulance duties
Control room duties
Life and medical insurance is provided while the volunteer is on duty. Volunteers are particularly needed in Randburg, Roosevelt Park, Turffontein, Kibler Park, and Rosebank.

Download the application form[Acrobat format]
For more information contact Divisional Chief, Etienne du Toit on Or send your completed form to him.