Volunteering in Singapore

As seen on my Facebook Notes published 21st March 2014. Sharing it here as I find it useful.

Photo taken 20th March 2014 at Bottle Tree Park.

Photo taken 20th March 2014 at Bottle Tree Park.

On 20th March 2014, as part of an upcoming programme WOW Kampung was involved in the week after, Chia Chia and I went around Singapore to visit some of the Volunteer Welfare Organisations (VWO)/ Youth Service Organisations (YSO) in Singapore. This list was part of work stuff, but I am sharing anyway so people not involved in this programme can still know more and potentially volunteer at these places.

Going to share the list of places we visited, and some brief information about them. Do check the respective websites for details. I personally feel it is always easier to contribute by donating monies to such organisation. However, it would be more meaningful if you can contribute by volunteering your time and energy there; know their cause and volunteer their regularly.

Do you know these places? Do you want to find out more? Do you want to help them out?

In order of visit:

 

1) Willing Hearts http://www.willinghearts.org.sg/

Address: 50 Genting Lane,#04-06 Cideco Building, Singapore 349558

What: Willing Hearts is a 100% volunteer-run, non-profit organisation set up to help provide for the needy in Singapore, regardless of race or creed. They operate a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 3,000 daily meals to the needy including the elderly, adults and children in Singapore.

How you can help: Come to the soup kitchen and help to prepare, pack and deliver meals to one of the many locations. You can also donate food items and non-food items.

 

2) Food Bank http://www.foodbank.sg/

Address: The FoodBank Singapore Ltd: 39 Keppel Road #01-02/04, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065 (Warehouse is on 3rd floor).

What: The Food Bank Singapore strives to bridge the gap in the market by collecting the surplus foods in the market and providing them to organisations and people in need of food.

How you can help: Be a donor- deposit your excess food, host a food drive, adopt a bank box, purchase food bundles, write a cheque. Be a service partner. Be a volunteer- drivers, delivery assistants, warehouse assistants, event planners, food sourcing assistant.

 

3) Waterways Watch Society http://www.wws.org.sg/index.php

Address: 4876 Beach Road Singapore 199587 (Under Nicoll Highway, and next to PA-Water Venture Kallang)

What: Waterways Watch Society (WWS) is a volunteer society, formed since 1997. As an NGO, our society has been working very closely with government agencies like PUB, NEA and most recently NParks in the engagement and education of people on the need to keep our waterways clean and litter free.

How you can help: Volunteer as facilitators for the annual June and December Enviro-Awareness Camps. Sponsor the building of  Edu-Boat (Single Deck). Donate monies to maintain WWS operations and spread awareness to schools and the public sector. Partner WWS.

 

4) Lee Ah Moi Old Age Home http://www.leeahmooi.com/

Address: Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home1 Thomson Lane Singapore 297728

What: We are a private nursing home that caters to low and middle income families with 110 aged residents in their twilight years. We strive to carry on the legacy of Madame Lee Ah Mooi in providing affordable and quality nursing care services to Singaporeans.

How you can help: They don’t state it on the website. But the average age of residents there are probably 80-90 years old, with some living there for about 40 years and having no family members visiting them. You can come in during visiting hours 12pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm and interact with the patients. Also, their fees are approximately 30% lesser than other local nursing homes, and there are cases where patients are unable to pay this minimal cost. Your financial donations can help maintain their care and the home’s operating cost.

 

5) Social Creatives http://www.socialcreatives.com/

Administrative Address: Void Deck At Gallery at Macpherson

What: Social Creatives is a non-profit arts enterprise that aims to promote art with a purpose. We are a registered Institute of Public Character and we do community art. We believe Against artistic dilution. We are Balanced in our approach. We Connect people as an asset and feels that Discrimination is a no no. We hope to make Singapore and society colourful both visually but more importantly emotionally. Through promoting public arts appreciation and a collective effort in addressing the gaps of society.

How you can help: Join the public mural sessions or void deck galleries. Be a project partner- mentor artist, budding artists or non-artists.

 

6) Kampung Senang http://www.kg-senang.org.sg/

Address: Blk 106 Aljunied Crescent, #01-205, Singapore 380106

What: Long-term mission of is to create a beautiful world that is full of respect for life, respect for nature, filled with gratitude and unconditional love as one big family. The charity runs Mobility aids services and training centre, Holistic support for people affected by cancer, Elderly day care centre, Holistic wellnes centre, and Neurofeedback therapy.

How you can help: Make a donation. Be a volunteer- Elder Care Provider, Holistic Support for Cancer Affected Families Volunteer, Fund Raiser, Illness Prevention Educator, Environmentalist, City Farmer, Educator, Communicator, Housekeeper, Facilities Maintenance, Eco-Kitchen Helper.

+ Apparently a group of girls from a neaby Junior College made spending time at Kampung Senang once a week as their Co-Curricular Activity. Great way to incorporate volunteering as part as their curriculum!

 

7) Crist Church Secondary- Restroom Association’s Happy Toilet School Education Programme

What: The Happy Toilet School Education (HTSE) programme is an ongoing fun educational initiative that is set out to achieve the following objectives: Inculcate Good Toilet Etiquette, Personal Hygiene Habits and Social Responsibility in the Students. Raise the Cleanliness Standards and Overall Image of School Toilets. Support the ‘Singapore’s OK’ Programme for Schools.

*The S.T.A.R. (Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms) Awards Programme for pre primary, primary and secondary schools is the next evolution of restroom and hygiene education in schools. The new programme adopts a more holistic approach that replaces the previous Happy Toilet School Education programme.

How you can help: Adopt this S.T.A.R programme in your school! Students would engage in projects such as decorating their school toilets, staging exhibitions or presentations, adopt a Welfare Association or coffee shop outside of school to promote restroom cleanliness and / or create games, sketches, educational material, etc. Undertake the various projects here http://www.toilet.org.sg/projects1_2.html

 

8) SWAMI Home (Sunshine Welfare Action Mission) http://www.swami.org.sg/index.php

Address: No.5 Sembawang Walk, Singapore 757717

What: Mission- To provide holistic quality care with love and dedication for the elderly and needy driven by teamwork and professionalism.

How you can help: You can do your part for SWAMI in many ways- Hosting meals, befriending, sewing, editorial and publication, handicraft making, entertainment, graphic art, light exercise, photography/ video, gardening, housekeeping, home mainenance, professional skill, provide transport, personal grooming and organising activities/ outing.

 

9) Neigbourhood– Chong Pang Market + Khatib Central

What: Your own neighbourhood. Go out and get to know your community. Introduce yourself and find out their stories. Sounds simple? Have you done it?

How you can help: Do you know the social issues surrounding your community? What can you do to help them?

 

10) Ground-Up Initiative at Bottle Tree Park http://facebook.com/groundupinitiative

Address: Bottle Tree Park, Yishun, 81 Lorong Chencharu

What: Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) [pronounced Gee-U-Aye]《聚友爱》is a volunteer-driven non-profit community that values connecting with the land for the many things it teaches us.

How you can help: For a start, check out the Balik Kampung programmehttps://www.facebook.com/groundupinitiative/app_208195102528120 Come join our Kampung community as we engage in farming, building and meal preparation.

 

(Updated 25th March 2014 on Facebook Notes)

Photo taken 16th March 2014 at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Photo taken 16th March 2014 at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

On Friday and Saturday, Chia Chia visited five more sites.

 

11) Bizlink http://www.bizlink.org.sg/

Address: Blk 512, #01-09, Chai Chee Lane, Bedok Industrial Estate, Singapore 469028

What: Bizlink Centre is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive employment services for disadvantaged people, especially the disabled. In particular for people with disabilities (PWDs), Bizlink provides one-stop employment and job assessment services. Bizlink acts as a bridge to connect people with disabilities to potential employers and businesses

How you can help: As an individual, you can help out in specific projects, public education, editorial support, become a Bizlink ambassador or refer a beneficiary. As a corporate organisation, you can refer a job, outsource your jobs, buy a gift or organiser a CSR visit. As a school or insitution, you can organise a visit.

 

12) Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve https://www.sbwr.org.sg/

Address: 301 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718925

What: On 1 Jan 2002, 130-ha of Sungei Buloh was officially gazetted as a nature reserve and renamed as Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve to better reflect its status. In the same year, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve was recognized as a site of international importance for migratory birds. Sungei Buloh became Singapore’s first ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003.

How you can help: This is one of the organisations with clear volunteer policy and detailed sign up. Do check out the Friends of Wetland tab for more info. There are various roles you can take up- Guiding, Photography, Art, Publications, Video, Website, Outreach, Conservation and Translator.

 

13) Christalite Methodist Home http://www.mws.org.sg/Dispatcher?action=GetCtrInfo&id=C9b7828687fa019

Address: Christalite Methodist Home, 51 Marsiling Drive 739297

What: CMH saw an average of 200 residents, approximately 70% of whom are aged 70 years and above. About 43% of the residents suffer from psychiatric illness including dementia, and about 15% are wheelchair bound, requiring special care with their diet and additional nursing care.

How you can help: We welcome volunteers to befriend, care and support our residents in their daily activities. Many of our lonely elderly residents would benefit from activities, and we also welcome opportunities for them to go out to places of interest. You may also wish to support and join the Christalite Heartwarmers, a group of about 20 young volunteers who volunteer every Saturday to serve sponsored meals and befriend our residents by engaging them in activities, games as well as celebrating special occasions.

 

14) Beat’abox http://beatabox.com.sg/

Address: 2 Orchard Link, *SCAPE #03-08, Singapore 237978

What: BEAT’ABOX GROUP is Singapore’s leading cajon group. We are a professional training and solution provider that specialise in cajons. Our main operations are in Singapore and Philippines. Headquarterd in Singapore, BEAT’ABOX has played a pivotal role in our local music scene, by creating a vibrant and creative approach to appreciate music. Today, we continue to lead and shape a new approach to creating music, using our cajons.

How you can help: Not stated on the website, but a check with SE Association states that voluntary works consists of engaging youth-at-risk individuals and creating an integration between two genrations such as the “Youth and Elderly” with the Cajons.

 

15) Blossom World Society http://www.blossomworld.sg/

Address: 15 Lor 29 Geylang, #05-01 PTH Building, Singapore 388069

What: Established in August 2008, this non-profit society formed by a group of professionals, comprising of teachers, entrepreneurs, engineers, IT professionals and a psychologist, hopes to act as a bridge between government and community to benefit people of all levels and backgrounds. It actively cooperates with government bodies, private sectors, educational and charity organizations to provide lifelong improvement courses and activities.

How you can help: There is a tab for volunteer registration.. but there is no clear volunteer roles stated. A check on their Facebook showed they do have volunteer training program, CIP activities, and Leaders Camp. If you’re keen on exploring impoving yourself, contact them directly for details 🙂

 

Add-on 25th March

Suggestions by friends to add more to the list.

Photo taken 14th February 2013 at Bukit Brown Cemetery.

Photo taken 14th February 2013 at Bukit Brown Cemetery.

 

16) Blue Cross Thong Kheng Home http://www.thongkheng.org.sg/

Suggested by Yi Han

Address: 201, Jurong East Avenue 1, Singapore 609791

What: The Home is operated by Thong Kheng Welfare Services Society, which is the welfare arm of Thong Kheng Charitable Institution. To provide shelter and care to healthy adults with disabilities who are in need of such services, without discrimination as to race, language and religion, to give these people a better quality of life and to relieve the caring burden on their family members. Our Home can accommodate 116 full-time residents and 50 day-care clients.

How you can help: Similar to what was listed for Lee Ah Moi Old Age Home, Kampung Senang, SWAMI Home, Christalite Methodist Home, you can become a befriender to the elderly or volunteer specific skills such as writing, or donating to help maintain operations.

 

17) All Things Bukit Brown http://bukitbrown.com/main/

Suggested by Peter

Address: Singapore

What: a.t. Bukit Brown, all things Bukit Brown, is a labour of love born out of the twin desire to record history and, in a nod to our pioneers, contribute to education by sharing what we learn and find. “We” are  a loose  group of strangers who became friends on the Facebook page, Heritage Singapore – Bukit Brown Cemetery.  As we interacted organically, we began to have extraordinary experiences in finding our roots  – of Singapore,  our own families and the rich eco systemwhich  is flourishing  in Bukit Brown.  And those experiences deepened exponentially when shared, even reaching out to  the Singaporean diaspora and touching regional connections.

How you can help: Be a volunteer guide, keyboard activist.. people who are economist/ sociologist/ architect/ civil engineer/ environmental engineer etc, and are willing & able to do a pro bono public cost-benefit analysis. Researchers. Keep yourself updated through the active Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/bukitbrown/

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