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Where to Volunteer in Singapore: Charities, Welfare Groups & NGOs

Volunteer in Singapore
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Looking to volunteer in Singapore? We’ve rounded up different charities in Singapore with volunteering programmes to suit every interest

There are more than 2,000 charities in Singapore, so it’s alright if you’re overwhelmed and unsure where to begin if you want to volunteer in Singapore. The easiest way to get started? First, know that being a volunteer in Singapore isn’t easy work, so be sure to learn everything you need know about volunteering in Singapore first. Then, sign up to volunteer at these charitable organisations and NGOs, all of which are doing some wonderful things for the elderly, children, women at risk and animals – all of them will undoubtedly be very happy to hear from you and benefit from your time and talents.

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Volunteering with children
Volunteering with the disabled community in Singapore
Volunteering with elderly/senior citizens
Volunteering with migrant workers/foreign domestic helpers
Volunteering with disadvantaged women and families
Volunteering with animal welfare associations

Volunteering with children

The Children’s Charities Association Of Singapore

This organisation highlights six different charities for children in Singapore. These include the Association for Persons with Special Needs, Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore, St Andrew’s Mission Hospital, The Singapore Association for the Deaf, Singapore Children’s Society and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore. Call or email to enquire how you can volunteer in Singapore.
The Children’s Charities Association Of Singapore, Block 18 Holland Drive #01-01, Singapore 271018, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6773 2561, www.childrenscharities.org.sg

Volunteer in Singapore - Club Rainbow

Club Rainbow

Club Rainbow provides holistic services to children with chronic illness and to their families. You can volunteer at Club Rainbow to be a Camp Befriender, tutor, event support and more. Visit the website for further requirements.
Club Rainbow, Block 538 Upper Cross Street, #05-263/269, Singapore 050538, Tel: (+65) 6377 1789, www.clubrainbow.org

Make-A-Wish Singapore

Make-A-Wish Singapore grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Work with the team to grant wishes or create a memorable experience for those in need, or be a skills-based volunteer (art and design, photography, videography and more).
Make-A-Wish Singapore, 1 Coleman Street, #04-18 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803, Tel: (+65) 6334-WISH (9474), www.makeawish.org.sg

Volunteer in Singapore - New Life Stories

New Life Stories

New Life Stories supports preschool education for the children of incarcerated mothers. Volunteers will help provide children with essential educational skills namely reading and pro‐social skills to ensure they are not left behind in the crucial early years of their development.
New Life Stories, 1, Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, Level 7, Braddell House, Singapore 319637, Tel: (+65) 6386 7688, www.newlifestories.org.sg

Volunteer in Singapore - The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil helps children, and adults, to cope with emotional trauma through art therapy and partners with hospitals, family centres, homes, shelters and schools. Volunteers in Singapore will help with events, reach out to the community for fundraising and help spread awareness about the organisation.
The Red Pencil, 30 Merchant Road, #04-17 Riverside Point, Singapore 058282, Tel: (+65) 6221 2217, www.redpencil.org/singapore

Volunteering with the disabled community in Singapore

Volunteer in Singapore - Dignity Kitchen

Dignity Kitchen

This unique project is a hawker training school for disabled and disadvantaged people. They provide on-the-job training and place graduates in jobs so they have hope for better futures, better lives and better opportunities to be successful in their own right. The centre operates a fully functional food court open to the public and intends for the interactive experience between the public and its students to provide real and practical training. While you’ll have to pay to experience its programmes, the affordable prices are well worth it.
Dignity Kitchen, Block 267, Serangoon Avenue 3, #02-02, Singapore 550267, projectdignity.sg

Volunteer in Singapore - MINDS

The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)

MINDS aims to provide equal opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities to receive education and later, to be integrated as contributing and responsible citizens in Singapore. They run four Special Education Schools; three Employment Development Centres (EDCs); five Training and Development Centres (TDCs); two Homes (one for adults, one for children); one Hostel (for adults); and a Caregivers Support Centre and home-based care services to cater to the educational, vocational, social and welfare needs of people with intellectual disability. You can either volunteer in Singapore as an individual, or as part of your company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives – get in touch with the MINDS team to see how you can contribute.
MINDS, www.minds.org.sg

Volunteering with the elderly/senior citizens

Volunteer in Singapore - Touch Community Services

Touch Community Services

Touch Community Services is constantly on the lookout for volunteers who are comfortable with interacting with the elderly to accompany clients, usually wheelchair-bound, for their hospital check-ups and ferrying them to the different parts of the hospital. You can view the available services and register to fill a need on the website.
Touch Community Services, Block 162 Bukit Merah Central, #05-3545 Singapore 150162, Tel: (+65) 6377 0122, www.touch.org.sg

Thye Hwa Kwan Moral Charities

Its Seniors Activity Centres (SACs) are day centres for needy and vulnerable seniors. Currently, THK has 14 SACs across the island. These provide activities for seniors, keeping them active and socially integrated. THK SACs also provide support services to frail and homebound elderly through befriending services, emergency alert response calls, information and referrals for eldercare related matters. Volunteers in Singapore can spread a little goodwill through befriending the elderly, chaperoning outings, fundraising assistance, and through programme support.
Thye Hwa Kwan Moral Charities, 1 North Bridge Road, #03-33, High Street Centre, Singapore 179094, Tel: (+65) 6337 1201, www.thkmc.org.sg

Volunteering with migrant workers/foreign domestic helpers

Volunteer in Singapore - AIDHA

Aidha

Aidha offers financial literacy training, Basic English classes and self-development programmes to foreign domestic workers. Volunteers in Singapore can mentor weekend classes, support the Aidha campus management staff on weekdays and assist with fundraising and research work, too.
Aidha, 748A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198716, Tel: (+65) 6341 5287, www.aidha.org

Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME)

HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics) is an advocacy and awareness group which runs a range of programmes for migrant workers and provides assistance ranging from legal aid, counselling, a shelter, and women’s health programmes. Volunteers can assist with direct services, run programmes and activities, befriend the migrant workers and contribute to fund-raising activities.
HOME, www.home.org.sg

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2)

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) promotes equal treatment for migrant workers in Singapore by helping those in need and advocating for better policies. Their programmes include advocacy and public outreach, social work assistance, research, a food programme and direct services. There are several ways you can volunteer here: start by signing up for its training sessions to be a casework volunteer or help distribute flyers, meet with migrant workers, organise excursions and outings for workers and more.
TWC2, 5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, #09-86, Singapore 199588, Tel: (+65) 6247 7001, www.twc2.org.sg

Volunteering with disadvantaged women and families

AWARE

AWARE is Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group, focusing on the rights of women and men to make informed and responsible choices about their lives, have equal opportunities in education, marriage and employment, and women’s rights to control their own bodies, particularly with regard to sexual and reproductive rights. You can volunteer in Singapore either remotely or at the AWARE office. Visit the website to explore its various volunteering opportunities.
AWARE, Block 5 Dover Crescent #01-22, Singapore 130005, Tel: (+65) 6779 7137, www.aware.org.sg

Dress for Success Singapore

Dress for Success Singapore aims to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The organisation collects nearly new professional attire and provides career counselling and coaching. Volunteering opportunities include mentoring, public speaking and other support systems, career centre support and its suiting programme, where you’ll help candidates pick interview outfits to help them succeed.
Dress for Success Singapore, 6 Ubi Road 1, #04-11 Wintech Centre, Singapore 408726, Tel: (+65) 6747 6510, singapore.dressforsuccess.org

PAVE

PAVE aims is to promote a healthy community, free from violence through improvement, collaboration and advocacy. Contact PAVE directly to find out about volunteering opportunities in Singapore.
PAVE, [email protected], www.pave.org.sg

Willing Hearts

This soup kitchen is almost entirely run by volunteers, who help prepare, cook and distribute more than 5,o00 meals a day all through the year. There are four volunteer slots per day, and you can find the timings and registration details on the Willing Hearts website.
Willing Hearts, 11 Jalan Ubi, Block 6, #01-51 Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub, Singapore 409074,  Tel: (+65) 6743 0725 / (+65) 6743 0705 / (+65) 6476 5822, www.willinghearts.org.sg

Volunteering with animal welfare associations

Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre

Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre focuses on wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, zoo animal welfare, and community outreach and education for cruelty-free living for animals. While volunteering at the sanctuary is currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, you can consider sourcing for items the organisation needs, sponsoring an animal in need or and raising funds.
Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre, 91 Jalan Lekar, Singapore 698917, Tel: (+65) 9783 7782, www.acres.org.sg

Volunteer in Singapore

Animal Lovers League (ALL)

As one of the largest and longest serving animal welfare group in Singapore, ALL has rescued over 700 cats and dogs. ALL is a no-kill shelter and their quest is to control the stray population by sterilisation and not annihilation. Volunteering at ALL means committing on a regular basis, where you’ll clean shelter grounds, mix food, shower and walk the dogs and help fix facilities where needed.
Animal Lovers League, The Animal Lodge, 59 Sungei Tengah Road, Block Q #01-29, Singapore 699014, Tel: (+65) 9154 6422 (Whatsapp only), www.animalloversleague.com

Volunteer in Singapore - Cat Welfare Society

Cat Welfare Society

Made up entirely of caregivers and fosterers, the team here actively sterilises, rehomes and rehabilitates thousands of cats on the island. There are multiple roles for volunteers here, and you’ll be able to help with fundraising, build community relations and more. Volunteers in Singapore must commit to at least a year.
Cat Welfare Society, My Mail Box 880225, Singapore 919191, www.catwelfare.org

Exclusively Mongrels Limited

This non-profit organisation aims to raise awareness of the plight of Singapore Special dogs while also advocating for their adoption in Singapore by rescuing and rehoming them from shelters. Volunteers in Singapore can either opt to foster rescue dogs until they find their forever homes, or volunteer to assist at the monthly adoption drives.
Exclusively Mongrels Limited, www.exclusivelymongrels.org

Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD)

This dog shelter – one of the largest in Singapore – is entirely volunteer-run with a wide range of volunteer opportunities, from helping with social media, to dog walking and helping with transport.
Save Our Street Dogs, www.sosd.org.sg

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

Probably the most well-known of animal protection charities, this NGO aims to be the leading authority and advocates on animal welfare and cruelty issues in Singapore. Their focus is on promoting kindness and preventing cruelty to animals through education, advocacy and action.
SPCA, 50 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699012, Tel: (+65) 6287 5355, www.spca.org.sg

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Lead image from Pixabay Other images from Pexels, Cat Welfare Society, Club Rainbow, New Life Stories, The Red Pencil, Dignity Kitchen, MINDS, Dis.Is.Able, Touch Community Services, AIDHA,

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