The mission of the EMQ Guild is to raise money for EMQ FamiliesFirst, a private social services agency based in California, through the operation of the Happy Dragon Thrift Shop.
Founded in 1958, the Happy Dragon Thrift Shop is run by volunteers who sell clothing, books, jewelry, household goods and electronics that are donated by members of our community.
Our founders first banded together to raise money to renovate and repair the Ming Quong orphanage in the Los Gatos hills. The Ming Quong was established in the 1930's by Donaldina Cameron on donated land.
Over time Ming Quong merged with the Eastfield orphanage in San Jose, Hollygrove in Los Angeles, and finally Families First based in Davis. EMQ FamiliesFirst has also expanded its mission and services, and offers an array of programs aimed at treating children in crisis and their families.
Through a rummage sale and donations of green and blue stamps from around the nation the ladies of the Ming Quong Guild raised enough money for a down payment on the building we still operate out of today.
Volunteers at Happy Dragon join a proud tradition of service to our community and work for a better future for all children.
by Linda S. from San Jose, CA
I started volunteering at The Happy Dragon in October 2013 because I feel that the program it supports, treating children in crisis as well as their families, is extremely important for our society. I have volunteered for many organizations in different states, and I am quite impressed with the community's support of The Happy Dragon and its mission. Through their donations of items to be sold as well as their purchases in the store, The Happy Dragon is able to offer substantial financial support to EMQ FamiliesFirst. The volunteers with whom I work are friendly and hard-working and of all ages, and I enjoy the camaraderie as well as the knowledge that I am helping to make a difference in the community. I would definitely recommend this organization to anyone who is looking for a volunteer opportunity.
I have been volunteering in this store for almost two months and so far I have had a great time doing so. Interacting with people from all walks of life was my favorite part. Besides, working with the other volunteers active there have improved my group related skills. On the other hand working at Happy Dragon has been beneficial for my cash handling skills. Some may feel concerned that it might be a little bit hard to get along with all the old ladies there but the friendly environment of the first day broke all my concerns. The store itself is a famous Thrift shop in the area so you will see lots of regular costumers who you'll get to knew and benefit from their experiences. Though if you are one of the LGBTQQIPA community you may prefer to keep it low. As a gay myself I have come out to just one of the members who I knew was open-minded about the topic but not all OLD generation may accept the idea. Overall I would definitely recommend this volunteer job for those who are seeking.