Contributing to the community is a great way to know Singapore better. Pick a cause you are passionate about, and expand your social circle meeting like-minded people.
These suggestions are just a starting point — for more ideas, visit volunteer portal Giving.sg for more volunteer and giving opportunities. You can also help plant the seed of giving at your workplace through Company of Good, a programme that runs events and seminars to help companies contribute to the community.
Share your skills
There’s always something to be done! Put your skills to work in different areas, such as in languages, IT, accounting or public outreach.
Sign up as a volunteer with the kidsREAD programme, which aims to promote the love of reading and cultivate good reading habits among young Singaporeans, or tutoring students from less privileged backgrounds with the Self Help Groups - Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC), Yayasan MENDAKI, Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), and the Eurasian Association (EA). If you’re trained in a specific area such as cooking, handicrafts or music, assist in weekly classes or conduct workshops at voluntary welfare organisations like the Movement For The Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), which aims to empower persons with intellectual disability.
For the love of Nature
Do your bit for the environment by taking part in a coastal cleanup, which tackles marine trash on the beaches and mangroves of Singapore. The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) is an annual exercise held on the third Saturday of September of each year, and independent volunteers are welcome. Alternatively, organise a cleanup for your school or company at any time of year, which ICCS can support and advise.
Interested to play a part in making Singapore our garden? Sign up with National Parks Singapore, which runs programmes such as outreach, gardening and conservation.
Have a willing Heart
Volunteer at Willing Hearts soup kitchen, where you can help beneficiaries such as the elderly, disabled or low-income families receive three meals a day. Willing Hearts operates daily, year-round, and welcomes volunteers for various roles such as food preparation, cooking, cleaning and delivery. Families can volunteer together, making this a good introduction to community service for the little ones — although parents should be responsible for children younger than 16.
In your neighbourhood
Volunteering in your neighbourhood is a great way to get to know more people, especially when you’re settling down in Singapore. The People’s Association has various Grassroots Organisations, which organise everything from community sports to education and enrichment courses — so there’s a way for everyone to contribute, no matter where your interests or background lies.
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