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Volunteering initiatives to join this April

Gain new experiences and give back to the community through volunteering.

Effie Tan

In love with skies and spicy food.


Published: 12 April 2021, 6:10 PM

Are you looking for meaningful activities to indulge in this month? You can meet new people and learn new skills through volunteering. 

If you’re willing to lend a helping hand and make a positive difference to the community, check out these five volunteer opportunities you can take part in this April.

1. Food From The Heart

Food From The Heart is an independent non-profit organisation that reaches out to their beneficiaries through a variety of programmes and events.

 

Food From The Heart was founded by a Singapore based Austrian couple when they first read about bakeries discarding unsold bread. PHOTO CREDIT: FOOD FROM THE HEART

 

From reducing food wastage by feeding the needy to donating new and used toys, Food From The Heart aims to help the less fortunate in Singapore. 

Volunteers can help out with their events and warehouse logistics whenever help is needed. 

You can sign up as a volunteer to help out with their programmes here

2. Team Nila x YMCA - Bowling Inclusive Sport Programme

From Apr 7 to Jun 30, Team Nila and YMCA will be organising bowling sessions for youths with special needs in hopes to encourage them to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. 

The bowling sessions will be held at National Service Resort & Country Club and 10 to 15 volunteers are needed for two hours every Wednesday, excluding public holidays. 

Volunteers will have to take on the responsibility of befriending, guiding and ensuring the safety of all beneficiaries during the bowling sessions. 

Compulsory training will also be held for all interested volunteers before the programme.

3. Willing Hearts

Managed by volunteers and staffs, Willing Hearts operates a soup kitchen that cooks and distributes about 9,500 daily meals to more than 40 locations throughout the year. 

 

Willing Hearts extends services for their beneficiaries to dental care, traditional Chinese medicine treatments, optical care and bereavement care. PHOTO CREDIT: WILLING HEARTS

 

Volunteers will have various roles to take on, including the preparation of ingredients, packing of lunch boxes, washing of dishes and general help. 

The Soup Kitchen operates from 5am to 4pm daily and they have four different time slots available for volunteers to choose from. 

You can register as a volunteer to help out at The Soup Kitchen here.

4. ItsRainingRaincoats

Started by founder Dipan Swaminathan, ItsRainingRaincoats is an initiative where they aim to improve the lives of migrant workers in Singapore. 

You can be a volunteer from home by donating your Singapore REdiscovery vouchers for the migrant workers to enjoy bus rides and the Singapore Flyer tours here.

 

This initiative started after founder Dipan Swaminathan encountered a hopeless migrant worker with unpaid wages. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/ITSRAININGRAINCOATS

 

Occasionally when help is needed to distribute daily essentials to the migrant workers, ItsRainingRaincoats will update on their Facebook and request for volunteers’ help. 

Be part of ItsRainingRaincoats’ volunteers and join their Whatsapp group chat here.

5. Lions Befriender

Lions Befriender Service Association is a social service agency formed to provide friendship and care for the elderly and allow them to enjoy their golden years. 

 

Lions Befrienders provides community support to encourage seniors to age in place. PHOTO CREDIT: LION BEFRIENDERS

 

Through weekly home visits, interested volunteers can forge meaningful friendships with seniors aged 65 and above that have limited or no family support. 

If you’re unfamiliar with volunteering, online orientation training will be held from Mar 15 to May 31 to align your volunteer experience. 

Register as a befriender volunteer here

Reach out to any of these volunteer initiatives and spread some love to feel a sense of achievement this April!


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