Christmas isn’t just about crass consumerism and revelry – it’s also a time of giving. If you’re looking to spread some festive cheer by giving back to those in need, here’s where you can do it this holiday:
Movement For The Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
Voluntary welfare organisation MINDS aims to empower persons with intellectual disability and aid their integration into society. How can you help? Through various means: if you’ve got a handy skill to impart (art, music, swimming, etc.), you can volunteer as an assistant teacher to those with disabilities or assist in behind-the-scenes work such as administration. Better yet, if you’re in a position to hire, you can offer employment opportunities.
You may have just missed your chance to be a Christmas kettle bell-ringer but the Salvation Army has tons of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved. Fundraising, donation drives, workshops, academic mentoring, and organising field trips for various beneficiaries; the sky’s the limit.
Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA)
Aimed at helping out the disadvantaged from infancy to old age, the AWWA has many opportunities for you to help out: you can work with the elderly, children with special needs or even help out administratively. We’ve previously volunteered with the AWWA School as teaching assistants, working with children with autism and count it as one of the most rewarding volunteer experience ever.
Make A Wish Foundation
Making someone’s wish come true is easier than you think. Make a Wish Foundation grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and is the perfect way for you to spread some joy this festive season. You can give back by donating, volunteering to be a Wish Granter or helping out the foundation administratively. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)
Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group AWARE is always on the lookout for more volunteers to do anything from manning crisis hotlines to dishing out legal aid. For those who need a little flexibility on volunteering hours, this one’s for you. You can choose to volunteer from home, do part-time or even full-time work.
Animal Welfare Shelters/Animal Welfare Advocacy Groups
We’ll admit: volunteering with animals isn’t the most glamorous job, but there are plenty of furry/feathered/scaly friends who will be thankful. Animal lovers, time to roll up those sleeves and take your pick from the myriad animal welfare causes around.
If you adore both, hit up SPCA, Animal Lovers League or consider joining ACRES as a volunteer. Opportunities include rescuing wild or abandoned animals, fundraising, stray feeding, or helping out at public outreach programs.
Migrant workers in SIngapore face many pressing issues, which you can help alleviate. Show your support by volunteering for ongoing projects like The Cuff Road Project (a free meal program for out-of-job workers), fundraising, lending legal aid, or working with various outreach programmes. Volunteer with TWC2 or HOME.
kidsREAD Clubs (National Library of Singapore)
Got a love for the written word? Storytellers can put those oratory skills to good use by volunteering as readers to underprivileged children at public libraries and community clubs around Singapore through the kidsREAD Clubs. Email kidsREAD@nlb.gov.sg for more details.
If you’re dedicated to eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, empowering women, and combating HIV/AIDS, this cause is for you. There are many ways you can contribute to the ONE Singapore causes: from donations to signing petitions, sponsoring a child’s education, and ad hoc volunteering.
Top image: MINDS