Five volunteering opportunities in January 2022

Start your 2022 right by giving back to the community.

Naren Sankar

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Published: 11 January 2022, 4:50 PM

Volunteering allows you to pick up new skills as well as meet new people but most importantly, it lets you give back to the community.

Here are five volunteer opportunities available in January 2022.

1. Inter-generational Learning Programme by En Community Services Society

En Community Services Society is running several inter-generation learning programmes. As part of the programme, volunteers will engage a small group of seniors with cultural or musical-themed activities and conversations.

One of the programmes, The Chopsticks People, will see volunteers engage seniors and learn about the history and culture of chopsticks through fun and interactive activities. These activities include storytelling, music, role-playing and games.

The Chopsticks People will be held on Jan 14 between 12.30pm and 4.30pm at the CT Hub, or online.

The activities are organised by En Community Services Society, a non-profit organisation established in 2003. PHOTO CREDIT: EN COMMUNITY SERVICES SOCIETY

Another programme, Striking The Same Chord, will be held on Jan 21 between 12.30pm and 4.30pm. Seniors and youth will get to jam together, taking turns to exchange their tips, challenges and joys about instrumental playing techniques and learning how to play new music pieces from each other.

Volunteers will also get to learn how to play ukulele, percussions, and jam a medley of modern pop songs and oldies.

Volunteers have to be between 10 to 35 years old, able to speak Chinese, and want to befriend seniors.

Only 10 slots each for volunteers are available for both activities.

Register for the activities here.

2. #SeasTheDay by Youth Corps Singapore Sustainability Cluster

#SeasTheDay is a beach clean up happening at Pasir Ris Beach to clear the debris and flotsam that was brought onto the beach’s shore.

It is next taking place on Jan 15, with registration closing once all the slots are full. It will be the last session of this run of the programme.

Youth Corps Singapore seeks to empower youth eager to serve the community by providing them opportunities through ad-hoc, regular and project-based service projects. PHOTO CREDIT: SG CARES

The clean up takes place from 9am to 11am. Volunteers will have to get to the beach 10 minutes before 9am on the event day and be fully vaccinated.

Volunteers will also get to learn about marine debris, its effect on marine life, and the environment as they clean the beach.

Those interested can register for the upcoming session via this link.

3. The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army features an array of volunteering opportunities such as coaching children and youth in their schoolwork, providing a service like career advice, sorting of donations in-kind among others.

The Salvation Army was established in Singapore in 1935 and is committed to serving the underprivileged in the community. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/THE SALVATION ARMY SINGAPORE

Volunteers can also initiate a new project for the Salvation Army’s beneficiaries.

To volunteer with the Salvation Army, click here.

4. CDC Vouchers Support at Woodlands Community Club

The Government announced on Dec 13, 2021 that each Singaporean household would be eligible to redeem $100 worth of vouchers from Community Development Councils (CDCs).

This was to thank Singaporeans for supporting local hawkers and merchants during the pandemic and to encourage them to keep doing so.

The Woodlands Community Club is recruiting volunteers between Jan 10 and Jan 16 to provide support to individuals and seniors who are not digitally savvy to help them redeem their vouchers.

Each shift is four hours and is from 10am to 2pm or 2pm to 6pm.

Over 11,000 vendors accept the vouchers currently. PHOTO CREDIT: GIVING.SG

Volunteers will assist seniors and persons having difficulties to guide them to redeem the vouchers from the website on their phones and guide them on where and how to use the vouchers. They also need to assist them on queries and help with crowd control.

Volunteers must be able to speak English and a mother tongue like Chinese, dialects, Malay and/or Tamil in order to communicate with seniors and persons who are non-digitally savvy and/or poor in English.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and fully vaccinated. They need to report 15 minutes before their shift begins for familiarisation of the role.

The attire to wear is casual with covered shoes. Volunteers should also bring along a water bottle.

Register to volunteer here.

5. East Youths food distribution

East Youths has multiple volunteer programmes by youth for youth. One of these initiatives is their monthly food distribution campaign.

The initiative is for ad hoc volunteers to attend, who will collect, pack and distribute the food to the less fortunate in one day.

No prior skills are required to volunteer but you must be 18 and above.

The organisation is entirely volunteer-run by youth. PHOTO CREDIT: EAST YOUTHS

For those who want to volunteer on a regular basis, you can register to be an East Youths group member.

Members have first priority access to activities compared to volunteers and a minimum commitment level of at least one activity every two months is required. If you need to take short term leave for work or studies however, arrangements can be made.

Visit this website to volunteer for East Youths initiatives.

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