COVID-19 has literally put a stop to most of our lives, #WFH has become the new norm and food delivery our new go-to for all our cravings. Life isn’t all that bad, especially when we have Netflix to entertain ourselves when we’re ‘bored in the house bored’, as the TikTok trend goes.
But this isn’t the case for the lesser privileged. Circuit Breaker has made it close to impossible for charities to run their usual programmes and for volunteers to give aid.
With the new phases we’re easing into and hopefully the beginning of getting some normality back, volunteers for different causes are needed more than ever.
We’ve collated different organisations that need help. Find a cause that you feel passionate about and see how you can meaningfully volunteer your time. Some charities are only accepting volunteers depending on the delicate situation now, while some could use your help today. Even then, monetary or even food donations are also always welcome!
What you can do now:
The need for blood hasn’t stopped even if life as per normal has. If anything, blood donors are needed now more than ever as social distancing has made it harder for people to come down to donate.
Right now, donating your blood could mean saving a life. You can find out all the information you need on donating blood and checking your eligibility here.
Once you’re eligible, book an appointment here.
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The pandemic has left many vulnerable and at-risk individuals to fend for themselves. Much needed protection like masks and hand sanitisers, gear that we take for granted, could be unobtainable for some. Leaving them at higher risk of contacting COVID-19.
Visit Contribute.sg to see how you can help or donate these materials to those that need it the most. They’ll facilitate the distribution and make sure that those that need protecting, get protected, all thanks to you.
Charities and organisations to volunteer at:
Here’s a creative way to support a local charity: Purchase a handmade, one-of-a-kind pottery piece made by individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Craft of Hope is a campaign by THK Group of Charities, and it celebrates the creative abilities of the intellectually disabled through pottery making. The pieces produced by these individuals are all different. You’ll be able to catch a glimpse of their unique personalities in each of the pieces.
Often overlooked by society, these individuals are limited by their lack of confidence in themselves. It takes four pottery sessions (over a month) for them to craft a piece. At the same time, they pick up valuable lessons like self-love and confidence.
So to show your support, head on over to dedicate a piece to a loved one. For sales enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foodbank’s motto is to end food insecurity in all its forms in Singapore. Even in the midst of the circuit breaker, food deliveries continued.
Some of Foodbank’s beneficiaries are Senior Activity Centres (SACs), children’s homes, halfway houses and registered charities.
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If you care for people with dementia, their caregivers and their families, sign up as a volunteer at this organisation.
Opportunities include supporting staff at one of the day care centres, acting as a guardian to the elderly during outings or get involved in their in-house support services.
Best known as AWARE, this gender equality advocacy group has a range of volunteer opportunities available. And, best of all, there’s the flexibility of choosing tasks that are either on-site or can be done remotely.
Options include administrative tasks, manning helplines for women in distress and being a part of the Befrienders Service, which supports women who have been victims of domestic violence or have undergone psychological trauma.
You have to register on their website to be a volunteer or email email@example.com.
This organisation gives a helping hand to teenagers with unplanned pregnancies and you can be a part of this outreach too.
Be a befriender to these teens, provide pre- or post-natal care and advice, conduct programmes and workshops or even help with publicity for the organisation.
This organisation‘s main aim is to help children and youths from less privileged backgrounds to break out of the poverty cycle.
Check out their event calendar and sign up for any volunteering opportunities that interest you.
Register online as a volunteer to participate in its events and activities.
This community hospital serves needy patients who require immediate and long-term medical care and volunteers are considered an important part in their journey to recovery.
Regular volunteering activities include being a befriender, helping with patients’ physical activities, patient group activities, taking patients on sponsored outings and taking part in patients’ birthday celebrations.
Food from the Heart is a Singapore food charity that supported 40,300 beneficiaries with S$5.9 million worth of food on a consistent, sustainable basis in 2018.
You might’ve heard of them: They’ve had several notable projects this year that appeared in mainstream media, such as Project Belanja! (QR code redeems free hot meals) and a couple of Pop-Up Fresh Produce Markets (free fresh groceries).
The charity has quite a few projects in store, with everything is geared towards giving better to our beneficiaries, and helping more people out there.
Find out how you can help here.
Make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families in need with the Singapore Children’s Society, which lists specific volunteering opportunities, including duties such as giving tuition and helping out at fundraising events on its website.
Because of the stigma surrounding mental illness, patients at this psychiatric hospital often feel lonely as they don’t have contact with people apart from medical professionals. Volunteers help to normalise their lives, by making them feel that they are not forgotten by society.
If you choose to volunteer here, you’ll be taken through an orientation programme to prepare you for your activities.
You can plan outdoor activities, take them on outings, help in rehabilitative activities or simply keep them company and lend them a listening ear.
If you’ve always felt comfortable with elderly folk, Lions Befrienders is where you should volunteer. A befriender conducts weekly home visits, to help relieve the loneliness and isolation felt by seniors.
Or volunteer to teach skills to seniors at the centres – baking, simple exercise or crafts are just a few examples.
And if you really have time to spare, be a CAN (Caring Assistance from Neighbours) carer, where you’ll visit vulnerable seniors at their homes (up to three times a week) and work with staff to promote the overall well-being of seniors.
The only wish-granting foundation in Singapore, it helps children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.
Wish-granting volunteering opportunities are based on word-of-mouth recommendations but you can get involved in other ways – administrative support (during office hours) or help with transportation if you have a big car or van.
If you’re good at graphic design, you can also help with their publications and marketing collaterals.
This voluntary welfare organisation provides services to people with intellectual disabilities and works very closely with volunteers.
You can sign up as a regular or ad hoc volunteer and opportunities include teaching, training and administrative work.
They also need professionals to donate their skills in areas such as photography, food and nutrition, medicine and wellness therapies.
A perfect volunteering opportunity for bookworms, you’ll get to spread your love for books with children. Become a Friend of the Library and you’ll get to organise enriching programmes for the community or deliver books to those who are unable to visit libraries.
Or be a kidsREAD volunteer and get involved in reading sessions for underprivileged children.
You can assist in administrative or logistical duties, or at events such as blood donation drives and flag days.
A voluntary welfare organisation that helps offenders, ex-offenders and their families to get back on their feet, activities under their Volunteer After-Care Programme include befriending, as a support to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society successfully.
Note that you’ll have to go through an interview and training before you can get involved in their volunteer programme.
Having been in Singapore since 1935, this organisation reaches out to the needy in our society, such as children who need care, aged residents who need nursing care and families who need basic material things.
Even though it’s a Christian organisation, it helps people regardless of race or religion. As a volunteer, you can support one of their existing programmes or initiate a project that will benefit those under their care.
Opportunities include academic volunteering for children and raising funds or organising collection drives.
SANA has been fighting for the cause of preventing drug abuse since 1972 and you can join its journey to a drug-free Singapore.
The mission at Silver Ribbon Singapore is to instil a positive attitude towards mental health among the community.
If you want to do your bit for furry friends instead, become a volunteer at SPCA Singapore. Do note that volunteers have to commit for at least four consecutive months, on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
Clean the animal shelters, man the animal shelter office or simply walk the dogs – there are loads of duties to choose from.
Serving the needy and disadvantaged, Touch invites volunteers to see what a difference you can make to the community – and to yourself too.
Sign up and you could soon be involved in their Meals-on-Wheels food delivery programme or accompanying the elderly to hospital check-ups.
This is a non-profit organisation and you can make a difference in the lives of migrant workers by volunteering here.
Help with outreach by distributing flyers and surveys to foreign workers where they congregate on their days off, accompany injured and unpaid workers on fun days out or provide a friendly smile and a listening ear to injured workers and workers in salary disputes with their employers.
Or help with research, casework or at public engagements to bring more awareness to the organisation.
Operating a soup kitchen 365 days a year, Willing Hearts prepares, cooks and distributes about 5,000 meals to the needy every day.
Help them with the preparation of meals or with food collection or delivery duties.
With the goal of creating “25 million safer children globally by 2025”, Sanrakshan’s founder and team travel the world to teach children how to talk about and prevent abuse.
It welcomes collaborations with organisations and individuals, including long-term volunteering opportunities.
Submit a query on its site.