If you’re looking to volunteer and connect with your community, check out our handy list of charities in Singapore with a worthy cause.
There’s no shortage of free things to do in the Lion City, and that includes helping out those in need. If you’re thinking of ways to volunteer in Singapore (beyond donating pre-loved goods), share your time and effort for a great cause. Whatever your choice of charity, you can help people living in challenging circumstances or underprivileged homes, do your part for animal welfare, and support the LGBTQ+ community. Lend a hand at these volunteer opportunities in Singapore and earn some good karma points.
Where to do volunteer work at charities in Singapore
The opportunities are endless – volunteers of all ages can help beneficiaries and causes you’re passionate about. Join the delivery assistant programme to deliver food rations or choose the kids’ tutoring initiative to assist little ones in activities. There’s something to give to everyone!
2. Trash Hero Singapore
Be a trash hero and contribute to keeping our environment a clean and safe space. Do your part by cleaning up beaches in Singapore. Learn about the impact of pollution caused by trash and how we can do our part in promoting a toxic waste-free community. There’ll be guides to assist you and even gloves and garbage bags provided, so all you have to do is show up for a good cause!
Trash Hero Singapore
3. Habitat for Humanity
Help create a stable home for the less fortunate with Habitat for Humanity’s Project HomeWorks. This initiative may be more laborious than others (the cleaning can get pretty intense), but you’ll be giving the elderly, low-income families and those with disabilities a safe and sanitary home. Planning to volunteer with the family? Join the UnLitter Red Dot programme for a clean-up in your neighbourhood.
Habitat for Humanity, #05-00, Century Technology Building, 56 Lorong 23 Geylang, Singapore 388381
4. Ray of Hope
This non-profit organisation is a little different from your usual charity. It shines a light on various individuals who don’t have the means to help themselves. Through its crowdfunding platform, you can alleviate their plight by donating money. All the beneficiaries listed undergo a strict verification process and the case managers will ensure your donations are used appropriately.
Ray of Hope, #24-01/02, 152 Beach Road, Singapore 189721
5. Very Special Arts Singapore
The team has been running successful art programmes, workshops and art exhibitions for disabled children and adults for over 25 years. Have a skill you’d like to share? Try volunteering for dance, music, singing and drama classes, and watch your students shine at respective exhibitions and performances.
Very Special Arts Singapore, multiple locations including Bedok and Changi
6. Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore
Love horses and helping out? Combine the best of both worlds at Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Singapore. This amazing initiative provides hippotherapy (horse-riding therapy) to physically and mentally challenged children and adults – and we can’t think of a better place to volunteer. Don’t fret if you don’t have any prior horse-riding experience, ’cause on-the-job training is provided. Group and individual volunteers above 16 are welcome to join.
RDA Centre, 5 Jalan Mashhor, Singapore 299174
7. Action for AIDS
HIV and AIDS are still controversial topics in Singapore, but you have the power to challenge the status quo. A volunteer at Action for AIDS begins with an outreach programme and can advance to a testing counsellor for the anonymous testing services. You can also turn your meaningful work into a career – just head to the job board for more information.
Action for AIDS, #03-01, 9 Kelantan Lane, Singapore 208628
8. Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association
Lend a helping hand to recovering drug users through the volunteer programmes: Para-counsellors and Outreach Ambassadors. For the former, you’ll be helping ex-offenders and their families come up with an action plan for their future goals. For the latter, you’ll assist in events for drug addiction awareness and conduct house visits.
Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association, #05-01, Sengkang Community Hub, 2 Sengkang Square, Singapore 545025
9. Beyond Social Services
Want to play a part in breaking the poverty cycle of underprivileged children and youth? Register yourself (or get your mates on board) and make someone’s day by running an activity for the kids, sharing a skill or hobby, hosting an event or simply providing a listening ear. Beyond Social Services is open to other ideas as well – have a chat with the friendly team if you’ve got something else in mind.
Beyond Social Services, #01-42/52, 26 Jalan Klinik, Singapore 160026
10. Touch Community Services
What started out as an initiative to help at-risk children has now spawned a multi-service organisation that serves the disadvantaged – from the elderly to people with special needs or disabilities. Interested to do your part? Check out the volunteering opportunities. Programmes include accompanying the elderly to their weekly medical appointments and delivering food to the homebound elderly via Meals-on-Wheels.
Touch Community Services, #05-3545, 162 Bukit Merah Central, Singapore 150162
11. Movement For The Intellectually Disabled of Singapore
Voluntary welfare organisation Minds aims to empower people with intellectual disabilities and aid their integration into society. How can you help? If you’ve got a handy skill to impart (art, music or swimming), you can volunteer as an assistant teacher or support behind-the-scenes work such as administration. Better yet, if you’re in a position to hire, you can offer employment opportunities. Alternatively, donate your pre-loved items to its thrift shop for a good cause.
Minds, 800 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149310
12. Singapore Red Cross Society
With a mission to alleviate human suffering, the Singapore Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, ambulance services, blood donation drives, and Red Cross Home for the Disabled – Day Activity Centre, where it offers recreational activities for people with disabilities. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, as it supports other humanitarian causes as well.
Singapore Red Cross Society, Level 3, Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486
13. Yellow Ribbon Singapore
Ex-offenders might’ve done their time, but that doesn’t mean life is any easier for them as they re-enter society. Your support is vital to fight the stigma associated with them, so sign up as a volunteer or donate to the Yellow Ribbon Fund. If you’re an employer, take it one step further and register for an account on the online job portal so they don’t miss out on available employment opportunities.
Yellow Ribbon Singapore, #02-19, Block B, 980 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507708
14. Willing Hearts
Are you a budding chef in the making, or simply interested in cooking and preparing meals, especially if it’s for a good cause? Willing Hearts is the soup kitchen where you can lend a hand. It’s open daily and welcomes all who wish to help, be it through ingredient preparation, packing food items, cleaning or washing up.
Willing Hearts, #01-51, Block 6, Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub, 11 Jalan Ubi, Singapore 409074
15. Salvation Army
Aside from openings as kettle bell-ringers during Christmas, the Salvation Army has tons of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved. Fundraising campaigns, donation drives, workshops, academic mentoring, and organising field trips for various beneficiaries – the sky’s the limit.
Salvation Army, multiple locations
16. Food from the Heart
Donate meals to the needy and make their day! You can join the Bread Programme by collecting bread from various bakeries islandwide and distributing these goods to beneficiaries. Looking to do more? Participate in toy drives to help collate and distribute toys to children (currently unavailable in 2021).
Food from the Heart, #03-01, 130 Joo Seng Road, Singapore 368357
17. Asian Women’s Welfare Association
With an aim to help the disadvantaged from infancy to old age, this organisation has many opportunities for you to contribute to the community. You can work with the elderly, children with special needs, or help out administratively.
Asian Women’s Welfare Association, multiple locations
18. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Arguably the most prominent animal welfare charity and adoption centre in Singapore, SPCA provides a multitude of services such as 24-hour emergency animal rescue, foster care for young animals, and educational talks, seminars and workshops. Check out the volunteer roles available (there are heaps!) to see how you can chip in.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 50 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699012
19. Make A Wish Foundation
Making someone’s dream come true is easier than you think. Help Make a Wish Foundation grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions by donating, volunteering to be a Wish Granter, or assisting with the foundation’s administrative work.
Make a Wish Foundation, #04-18, The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, Singapore 179803
20. Association of Women for Action and Research
Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group Aware is always on the lookout for volunteers to help with anything from manning crisis hotlines to offering legal aid. Need a little flexibility on volunteering hours? This one’s for you. Utilise your skills or expertise in areas like providing legal support for women in need, writing articles, and contributing work or graphic designs for brochures and posters.
Aware, #01-22, Block 5 Dover Crescent, Singapore 130005
Oogachaga is a non-profit organisation that works closely with the LGBTQ+ community. From offering counselling services to organising outreach programmes (such as support groups and workshops) to developing information resources for the queer community, there are plenty of opportunities to help.
Oogachaga, 57B Pagoda Street, Singapore 059216
22. Club Rainbow
There’s nothing more rewarding than uplifting children. Be part of Club Rainbow and bring joy to the lives of terminally ill kids through donations or sign up as a volunteer. But be prepared: you’ll be regarded as a mentor to these little ones and it requires a high commitment on your part. Alternatively, volunteers are relied on to help run various fundraising events and support programmes.
Club Rainbow, #05-263/269, Block 538, Upper Cross Street, Singapore 050538
23. Animal Concerns Research and Education Society
An animal protection organisation driven by its concern for the better treatment of animals, Acres’ focus areas include tackling the wildlife trade, rescue and rehabilitation, community outreach, and education to raise awareness about animal welfare. Go on a rescue mission to save wild animals or look after daily tasks to ensure rescued animals are happy and healthy. From birds and monkeys to sugar gliders and snakes, Acres aims to leave no animal behind.
Animal Concerns Research and Education Society, 91 Jalan Lekar, Singapore 698917
24. Love Kuching Project
This community-based cat rescue group has a strong following on social media and is very passionate about its cases. Its main focus is on rehabilitating stray cats that are injured or critically ill. Besides vet care, it also believes in holistic care through the use of supplements, essential oils and creating a good environment so the cats feel comfortable. Follow the project on Instagram to keep track of the cases!
Love Kuching Project, 216 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427483
25. The T Project
This is Singapore’s first and only social service that meets the needs of the transgender community. The T Project runs a shelter for transgender women and The Alicia Community Centre, which caters for the LGBTQ+ community with counselling and trans reading resources. To learn more, visit its exhibition spotlighting the history of the transgender community in Singapore. Want to get involved? Reach out to the project or donate food, which will aid them in food ration distribution.
The T Project, #03-01, 7 Race Course Lane, Singapore 218743
26. Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics
Migrant workers in Singapore face many pressing issues, some of which you can help alleviate. Show your support by volunteering at Home, where you can raise funds or simply befriend a migrant worker to build a budding friendship.
Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics, multiple locations
Want to help improve the lives of foreign domestic workers and low-income women via greater financial literacy? Aidha provides classes in money management, computer literacy and more. You can volunteer to mentor Aidha’s Sunday classes and empower the lives of these students.
Aidha, 748A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198716
28. Transient Workers Count Too
The Cuff Road Project (a free meal program for out-of-job workers) is just one of the many initiatives by TWC2. It advocates for the equitable treatment of migrant workers, and you can be part of it by volunteering in various departments, from casework support to translation assistance.
Transient Workers Count Too, #09-86, Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Road, Singapore 199588
29. Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter
Oasis is a charity and non-profit dog shelter in Pasir Ris that has been in existence since 2006. All dogs in the shelter are mongrels rescued from the streets or from being culled. The place is almost entirely managed by volunteers, and everyone is welcome to help.
Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter, #01-33, The Animal Lodge, 59 Sungei Tengah Road, Block R, Singapore 699014
30. Migrant Workers’ Centre
Adhering to four mission pillars – fairness, assistance, integration and representation – the non-government organisation works towards ensuring the wellbeing of migrant workers in Singapore. It also provides support in migrant workers’ employment rights by assisting in areas such as work injury compensation and employment contracts. You can help with monetary donations or go the extra mile by volunteering directly.
Migrant Workers’ Centre, 579 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218193
31. Nature Society
Be one with nature! Strap on your boots and embark on a horseshoe crab rescue and research project at Mandai mudflats, or get down and dirty to clear the aquatic vegetation at Kranji Marshes. No time to spare? Contribute to the feeding records of butterflies and report feeding behaviours whenever you spot one at your nearest park.
Nature Society, #02-05, The Sunflower, 510 Geylang Road, Singapore 389466
32. Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations
Join the SCWO as a volunteer across various scopes, including helping out at the Star Shelter, a temporary refuge for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. You can offer tutoring services, childcare support and more. Or volunteer with the New2U Thrift Shop, which aims to raise funds through retail to support the shelter and other initiatives. Other ad-hoc opportunities are also available for those who prefer administrative duties.
Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967
33. kidsREAD Clubs by National Library of Singapore
Got a love for the written word? Storytellers can put your oratory skills to good use by volunteering as readers to underprivileged children at public libraries and community clubs around Singapore through the kidsREAD Clubs.
kidsREAD Clubs, multiple locations
34. Action for Singapore Dogs
Giving stray and abandoned dogs a second chance at life, this group is always in need of volunteers to help out with various activities and tasks like walking the dogs, cleaning their living areas and grooming them.
Action For Singapore Dogs, 80 Lim Chu Kang Lane 1, Singapore 718911
Here’s another wonderful cause that aims to promote reading and writing amongst kids. Volunteer with the ReadAble community, which champions literacy for children through weekly reading and language arts classes. There are classes teaching functional English to the predominantly migrant mothers of their students to help navigate living in Singapore. You can contribute as a teacher or simply sponsor items to facilitate classroom sessions and excursions.
Pregnancy is life-changing, especially so if you’re young and uncertain about the future. Volunteer at Babes, a service that provides support to pregnant teenagers. You can be involved in ad-hoc duties, organise fundraising activities, or simply befriend these girls.
Babes, #01-42/52, Block 26, Jalan Klinik, Singapore 160026
37. One Singapore
If you’re dedicated to eradicating poverty, championing migrant rights, empowering women, and combating climate change, this cause is for you. There are many ways you can contribute to One Singapore: from donations to signing petitions and sponsoring a child’s education to ad hoc volunteering.
One Singapore, 218 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128408
38. Pink Dot
If you’re a big believer that love is love, join this non-profit movement that supports the LGBTQ+ community. The annual event, Pink Dot, grows larger each year and extra pairs of helping hands are always in need to spread the message of love.
39. Animal Lovers League
A registered no-kill shelter, Animal Lovers League is one of the largest and longest-running animal welfare groups in Singapore. It has rescued over 700 cats and dogs, and it constantly seeks the support of the public to keep the charity running. Volunteers who can commit on a long-term basis (especially on weekdays) are needed.
Animal Lovers League, #01-29, Block Q, The Animal Lodge, 59 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699014
40. Singapore Children’s Society
With 11 service centres across the island, Singapore Children’s Society offers help and services to children and families in need. Volunteer at one of the service centres with ad-hoc programmes from giving weekly tuition sessions to assisting with talks and workshops.
Singapore Children’s Society, various locations
41. Breast Cancer Foundation
Rock that iconic pink pin and be a part of a movement to eradicate breast cancer – the most common life-threatening disease amongst women in Singapore. There are plenty of volunteering opportunities to choose from, as BCF relies on volunteers to carry out campaigns, events and educational seminars to spread awareness about the importance of early detection.
Breast Cancer Foundation, #01-417, Block 441, Sin Ming Avenue, Singapore 570441
42. Pathlight School
As Singapore’s first autism-focused school, Pathlight combines a mainstream academic curriculum with life readiness skills. This one’s a long-term commitment, as the school looks for regular volunteers to help out with organising events for the kids, fundraisers and library assistance.
Pathlight School, 6 Ang Mo Kio Street 44, Singapore 569253
43. Rainbow Centre
Established in 1987, Rainbow Centre supports children with special needs, and you can do the same by volunteering as classroom support or taking the kids out on weekly outings. Those with professional expertise are welcome to provide their services, such as helping to run medical check-ups or conducting therapy sessions.
Rainbow Centre, multiple locations
44. Cat Welfare Society
If you’re a cat lover, you’ll know this amazing charity for its efforts in promoting humane and responsible actions towards domestic and community felines through various campaigns, classes and workshops. Cat Welfare Society is run by a team of volunteers who dedicate their free time outside day jobs to manage the initiative. These folks are always on the lookout for more volunteers and fresh ideas, so if you think you have something to offer, get involved and join the fight for a better future for all cats.
Cat Welfare Society
45. Fei Yue
Volunteer with Fei Yue, a not-for-profit welfare organisation, to help the elderly in Singapore. Befriend them through home visits, join them in outdoor activities, or help to pack and distribute rations. Ad-hoc volunteering opportunities in administrative work are also available for those who prefer to work behind the scenes.
Fei Yue, multiple locations
46. HCA Hospice
At Singapore’s largest home hospice care provider, there are many ways you can volunteer, including befriending the patients, accompanying them to medical appointments, helping out with game and therapy sessions, and organising events for them and their families. Fill up the volunteer application before contacting the volunteer coordinator who will arrange for a chat, followed by an orientation and training programme.
HCA Hospice, #03-01, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, Block A, 705 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328127
Lend a helping hand and volunteer at these charities in Singapore!