There’s nothing more fulfilling than doing what you love and giving back to society at the same time. If you don’t know where/how to start, take a look at these fun volunteering opportunities below! For those who find it hard to put aside some time, we’ve included alternative ways you can give back as well.
#1 SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)Image Credit: Channel News Asia
If you’re an animal lover, this is perfect for you. SPCA advocates strongly for the welfare of animals by facilitating rehabilitation treatments and finding new homes for animals. You can sign up as a cat companion or a dog walker and give the animals some much needed care and love, or put your people skills to use by managing merchandise sales and manning the reception area.
Alternative: Instead of buying a pet from the pet store, opt to give an abandoned pet a new home. #AdoptDontBuy
#2 Singapore Red CrossImage Credit: Singapore Red Cross
As long as you have a willing heart, anyone can volunteer with the Singapore Red Cross! Duties include administrative and logistical assistance, as well as helping out in Singapore Red Cross events such as World Blood Donor Day and Flag Day. If you would like to be more involved in the cause, you can sign up to be a member and go for basic training where you can hone your leadership skills.
Alternative: Check out their blood donation banks and save lives by donating your own blood! The whole process is pretty painless but yet immensely rewarding.
#3 One SingaporeImage Credit: One Singapore
One Singapore aims to eradicate poverty by promoting fair trade, fighting corruption and advocating for basic needs such as education, clean water and healthcare. It is a 100% volunteer run organisation and duties are both ongoing and ad hoc. Roles include promotion volunteers, editors, writers, reporters, volunteer coordinators and event pack packers.
Alternative: Head down and support the Make Poverty History Concert happening on 24 September.
#4 World VisionImage Credit: World Vision
Dedicated to working with families, children and their communities, World Vision is a global organisation that aims to transform people to reach their full potential and provide relief in disaster struck areas. Tell their story as a videographer, raise awareness as a graphic designer or perform through arts and magic shows at events such as the 30-Hour Famine Camp.
Alternative: Sponsor a child for just $45/month and provide him/her with basic needs such as food, water and sanitation.
#5 Singapore International VolunteersImage Credit: Singapore International Volunteers
What better way to make a difference and see the world at the same time? Singapore International Volunteers are a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to improving the lives of others overseas by putting their skills to good use. Opportunities include teaching English in Laos, providing water access to children and adults in Indonesia and nurturing good public reading habits in Vietnam.
#6 Wild SingaporeImage Credit: Habitat News
Attention all nature lovers! Put your passion into practice as a nature guide by sharing and introducing others to Singapore’s flora and fauna. Training involves field trips with people who also love nature and interacting with nature experts. You can also help out with design, photography and writing, as well as event organisation and biodiversity surveys.
Alternative: If you can’t volunteer then be an explorer for a day! Your visitor-ship supports these wild places.
#7 Youth CorpsImage Credit: Youth Corps
Join other passionate youths in giving back to the community in the Youth Corps. You’ll get a chance to be a part of major community service events – such as reforestation at Pulau Ubin and the ASEAN Para Games Final Countdown – and volunteering programmes, where you can make friends with the elderly and gain life skills by engaging with them.
#8 TWC2 (Transient Workers Count Too)Image Credit: TWC2
Often under appreciated and taken for granted, migrant workers make up one fifth of Singapore’s population. They have contributed immensely to our economy and growth, so why not show your appreciation by volunteering with TWC2? TWC2 is committed to improving the lives of low-wage migrant workers through outreach and public engagement.
Alternative: Donations are always appreciated.
#9 Make-A-Wish FoundationImage Credit: Giving.sg
Make-A-Wish Foundation aims to give hope and strength to children with life-threatening illnesses. Volunteering at Make-A-Wish Foundation reminds us of being a little bit like a fairy godmother – because you’ll be helping to grant the wishes of children, bringing them lots of joy and good memories! Previous wishes that have been granted include meeting Metallica, being a scientist for a day and going to Disneyland.
Alternative: Donate new or collectible items such as electronics, branded bags, mobile phones etc as they hold fundraising events same with both auctions and lucky draws.
#10 Yellow Ribbon ProjectImage Credit: Yellow Ribbon Project
Help in changing societal attitudes towards ex-offenders and raise awareness for the need to give ex-offenders a second chance as a Yellow Ribbon Youth Advocate. You will be part of the incredibly meaningful fund-raisers and awareness activities to support the Yellow Ribbon Fund.
Alternative: Order from SCORE Catering the next time you have a party/gathering. By doing this, you help support inmates by giving them marketable skills to reintegrate and contribute back to the workforce upon their release.
For more volunteer and donation opportunities, check out Giving.sg