Looking to volunteer in Singapore? We’ve rounded up different charities in Singapore with volunteering programmes with a special mention of the charities that allow you to volunteer with kids
There are more than 2,000 charities in Singapore, so if you’re overwhelmed of where to begin if you want to volunteer in Singapore – we’re here to help! We’ve outlined lots of charities within Singapore where you can volunteer your time with a special call out to those that accept kids on their volunteering programmes. We’ve grouped the charities by cause – from volunteering opportunities with disadvantaged communities to volunteering with kids in need (for this sensitive group it’s unlikely there are volunteering opportunities to do with your kids), to volunteering with animals and more. Once you’ve picked your charity of choice, learn about these 5 things to consider BEFORE you volunteer. And if you don’t have time to commit to volunteering, but still want to do some good you can donate pre-loved toys, books and more to lend a helping hand.
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Giving.sg: One-stop volunteering platform
Making volunteering and donating easy and seamless, Giving.sg is an all-encompassing platform that supports 640 registered charities; offering a wide range of volunteering opportunities from these organisations.
How You Can Help: From a skill-based volunteer at the Salvation Army to an Outreach volunteer at SG Cares Volunteer Centre, volunteers in Singapore can browse through the extensive list of volunteering opportunities available on the Giving.sg website and pick the organisation and role where you feel you can help best!
Can Kids Volunteer? It depends! With every organisation, there is a different age limit for the various volunteering opportunities. Do check the individual listings to see if kids can lend a hand.
Volunteering with disadvantaged communities:
The Boys Brigade
The Boys Brigade is a uniformed youth organisation for boys aged 5 and upwards and their BB Share-a-Gift Project is usually held at the end of the year. This year it’s their 35th year anniversary, and they plan to bring festive joy and cheer to a total of 43,296 beneficiaries across Singapore! You can help by donating food supplies (either in person or online), or personally delivering BBSG food hampers to the doorsteps of those in need all across Singapore during the Christmas season. BBSG is a great opportunity for families to do hands-on charity work and spend quality time together on a meaningful activity, while also getting the unique opportunity to interact face-to-face with beneficiaries (including low-income families and individuals, and vulnerable children in the KIDstart Programme).
How you can help: Delivery of BBSG Food Hampers starts from 5 December to 28 December 2022 (excluding eve of and on Public Holidays). There will be three sessions daily, at 10-11am, 12-1pm, and 2-3pm. Volunteers can drive their own vehicles, or borrow one for a few hours to help deliver the BBSG Food Hampers. Register here!
Can Kids Volunteer? Yes!
ONE Singapore: Volunteer to help end poverty
Dedicated to raising public awareness about poverty, ONE Singapore links corporate and non-profit partners in a variety of projects that support their ultimate goal of putting an end to poverty and inequality.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can help out with fundraising, fund management, grocery delivery and more. ONE is constantly looking for volunteers for a range of different roles (with varying levels of commitment depending on how much free time you’ve got on your hands).
Can Kids Volunteer? Yes! There is no age limit.
ONE Singapore, 218 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128408, www.onesingapore.org
Willing Hearts: Volunteer at a soup kitchen
A secular, non-affiliated charity, Willing Hearts is largely run by volunteers. It operates a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 11,000 daily meals to over 70 locations island wide, 365 days a year. There are four volunteer slots per day, and you can find the timings and registration details on the Willing Hearts website.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can go in and help prepare ingredients for the soup kitchen (chopping vegetables, and other kitchen tasks), packing lunch boxes, cleaning and washing up (much needed).
Can Kids Volunteer? Willing Hearts encourages families with kids to volunteer as a unit with open arms and there is no age limit. However as it is still a kitchen job, the safety and well-being of kids are of utmost importance and parents are responsible for their kids especially those aged below 16.
Willing Hearts, 1 Lor J Telok Kurau, Singapore 425792, Tel: (+65) 6476 5822, www.willinghearts.org.sg
Free Food for All Singapore: Volunteering for a committed timing
Free Food for All is a registered charity in Singapore that aims to provide halal meals to those in need while minimising food waste. They first started distributing food twice weekly at Darul Aman Mosque in 2014, and soon word of their charity work spread to communities all over Singapore. They now run several programmes across a spectrum of communities in Singapore addressing food insecurity and food waste.
How You Can Help: FFFA is expanding services rendered and seeking volunteers who are able to commit time and resources to their various programmes. Whether you’d like to help with photography, videography or social media, just sign up using their volunteer form to show your interest.
Can Kids Volunteer in Singapore Here? Yes! There is no age limit, parents will just have to sign a consent form and kids will then be able to volunteer.
Free Food For All Singapore, 28 Senang Crescent, Bizhub, #02-09, Singapore 416601, www.freefood.org.sg
Food From The Heart: Volunteering to feed others
Food from the Heart is an independent non-profit Singapore Food Charity that was established in 2003 to alleviate hunger through the efficient distribution of food. Today over 10,000 volunteers help reach 59,500 beneficiaries – including low-income families and individuals – across Singapore.
How You Can Help: Food from the Heart offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. You can volunteer your time to pack and sort items on the weekends at their warehouse, collect bread from hotels and bakeries; help out in a professional capacity, such as with administrative tasks or logistics; and of course donating food, money or goods to initiatives like the annual toy buffet and the School Goodie Bag programme.
Can Kids Volunteer? Not in person, but your kids can help organise their own food donation drives /fundraising campaigns for Food from the Heart.
Food From The Heart, 130 Joo Seng Road, #03-01, Singapore 368357, Tel: (+65) 6280 4483, www.foodfromtheheart.sg
The Food Bank Singapore: Volunteer at a food bank
Founded in 2012 by our That Mama Nichol Ng who is also a mum of four, The Food Bank Singapore strives to collect surplus food and deliver it to organisations and people in need to reduce food wastage and help those less fortunate. Collecting donated food from farms, distributors, retail stores, restaurants and more, The Food Bank Singapore strives to end food insecurity in Singapore.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can head down to their warehouse on one of their two volunteering slots (available from Monday to Saturday) and help to take stock, pack and take inventory of the food donations. You can also volunteer your skills as a delivery driver, marketing/ social media volunteer, admin volunteer and as an event volunteer. The Food Bank Singapore is also taking food donations via food bank boxes islandwide.
Can Kids Volunteer in Singapore Here? Yes! Junior Foodbankers will get the chance (usually about three times a year) to visit the warehouse, participate in various hands-on activities like packing food hampers, and attend excursions and events organised by The Food Bank Singapore. Sign up for their newsletter to be notified of the next Junior Foodbanker volunteering opportunity.
The Food Bank Singapore, 218 Pandan Loop, XPACE, Singapore 128408, Tel: (+65) 9855 4805, www.foodbank.sg
Habitat for Humanity Singapore: Volunteer to build homes
A non-profit housing organisation that operates with the ultimate goal to eliminate housing poverty by building simple, decent houses for in-need families, Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer programmes offer a series of short-term trips ranging from one day to two weeks for you to get involved in.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can volunteer their skills or you can volunteer at one of their activities, including Project HomeWorks where you will get to transform the homes of vulnerable persons and families.
Can Kids Volunteer in Singapore Here? It depends! Each programme will have its own age limit so be sure to check before you sign up with your kiddos.
Habitat for Humanity Singapore, 56 Lor 23 Geylang, #05-00 Century Technology Building, Singapore 388381, www.habitat.org.sg
Blessings in a Bag: Volunteer with underprivileged families
Blessings in a Bag is a volunteer-powered community that strives to provide every child and their family – in emergency or challenging situations – with the essentials they need to thrive and to feel safe, be valued and experience joy. They partner with social-service organisations and help communities receive items they need at no cost or through incentivised programs that enable them to take ownership of their situations.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can join their Dream Team where you will help connect with, support and lead the community of volunteers at Blessing in a Bag. Please note that volunteers will need to commit to a minimum of six months to be a part of the Dream Team.
Can Kids Volunteer? Volunteers in Singapore can email in to check if children are allowed to volunteer depending on how you will be supporting this organisation.
Blessings in a Bag, 315 Outram Road, #08-06A Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074, www.blessingsinabag.co
Jamiyah Singapore: Volunteer to provide welfare services
Jamiyah Singapore, also known as Muslim Missionary Society Singapore, was established in 1932 to provide welfare services to the less privileged and disadvantaged, regardless of their race or faith. They currently manage two Welfare Homes, six Education Centres and a nursing home while providing basic needs such as food ration distributions through their FoodBank programme and Free Medical, Legal and Counselling services for those in need.
How You Can Help: Jamiyah encourages people of all backgrounds to sign up and be a volunteer! There are several areas in which you can contribute your time and expertise to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged in society such as at their FoodBank, Children’s Home, Halfway House, Nursing Home and Home For The Aged.
Can Kids Volunteer?: Volunteers have to be 18 years and above.
Jamiyah Singapore, www.jamiyah.org.sg
Caring for Cambodia: Volunteer for Cambodian communities
This non-for-profit organisation works tirelessly to secure a better future for children in Cambodia through education, health care and general wellness programmes, and they always welcome enthusiastic volunteers of any background to join them in their efforts.
How You Can Help: From planning events to personal fundraising and helping with social media, volunteers in Singapore can help out in many ways.
Can Kids Volunteer in Singapore Here? Yes! Kids as young as kindergarteners are allowed to volunteer.
Caring for Cambodia, 1 Scotts Road, #24-10, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208, www.caringforcambodia.org
Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN)
The Association for Persons with Special Needs provides educational, training and support services for people with special needs.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore help in the running of their daily school and ad hoc activities (such as administration support or as guides during educational field trips).
Can Kids Volunteer? Volunteers will have to be 14 years old and above.
Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), 11 Jalan Ubi, Block 2 #02-12, Singapore 409074, www.apsn.org.sg
AWARE: Volunteer to help empower others
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.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can serve as skill-based volunteers, where you will be contacted when your expertise on a specific skill is needed and the work can be done remotely/ in-person with flexible commitment hours or you can volunteer as a service-based volunteer where you will undergo training and volunteer for a set amount of times, in shifts. Click here to find out more.
Can Kids Volunteer? No.
AWARE, Block 5 Dover Crescent #01-22, Singapore 130005, Tel: (+65) 6779 7137, www.aware.org.sg
AWWA: Volunteer as a game buddy or tutor
Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) is a charity providing services to children with special needs, the elderly and their caregivers, as well as underprivileged families. This voluntary welfare organisation is regularly on the look out for extra hands to help with various activities!
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can take on the roles of game buddies (where you will play games with seniors), tutors, medical escorts and Befrienders, with each role supporting seniors and students in need.
Can Kids Volunteer? Do email them to check if you can volunteer with your kids.
AWWA, 9 Lorong Napiri, Singapore 547531, www.awwa.org.sg
Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore for those with disabilities
RDA provides free, therapeutic horse riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities, and they welcome volunteers to help with their horse-riding therapy lessons.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can assist as side-walkers, no horse experience is necessary, as the main job is to walk beside the horse, guiding and motivating the rider to achieve the tasks and activities set by the instructor. You can also help with therapy sessions, barn work fundraising and more.
Can Kids Volunteer? Volunteers will have to be at least 16 years old.
Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore, 5 Jalan Mashhor, Singapore 299174, www.rdasingapore.org
Touch Community Services: Volunteer with elderly
Touch Community Services offers a wide range of services including the Touch Elderly Group where seniors are given a variety of resources to help them stay physically and mentally fit. There is also a Rehabilitation Centre for the elderly and a newly opened clinic at Ang Mo Kio.
How You Can Help: 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 here.
Can Kids Volunteer?: No, volunteers in Singapore have to be at least 15 years old.
Touch Community Services, Block 162 Bukit Merah Central, #05-3545 Singapore 150162, Tel: (+65) 6377 0122, www.touch.org.sg
Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities: Volunteer with seniors
Its Seniors Activity Centres (SACs) are day centres for needy and vulnerable seniors. Currently, THK has 17 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.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can spread a little goodwill through befriending the elderly, events support, fundraising assistance, and through programme support.
Can Kids Volunteer? Children under 16 must have parental consent to volunteer and be accompanied by a parent.
Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities, 1 North Bridge Road, #03-33, High Street Centre, Singapore 179094, Tel: (+65) 6337 1201, www.thkmc.org.sg
Dress for Success Singapore: Volunteer to empower women
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.
How You Can Help: 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.
Can Kids Volunteer? No.
Dress for Success Singapore, 6 Ubi Road 1, #04-11 Wintech Centre, Singapore 408726, Tel: (+65) 6747 6510, singapore.dressforsuccess.org
UN Women Singapore: Volunteer for gender equality
If you’re passionate about gender equality and female empowerment, and have the right skill set (and passion!) to support the Singapore Committee for UN Women’s goals, then definitely consider dropping them a note — their volunteers are an important part in the success of their campaigns.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore will be added to the volunteer bulletin where volunteering opportunities will be sent to them every month.
Can Kids Volunteer? Yes! Kids will be given tasks that they can manage, as such volunteering opportunities might be slightly limited.
UN Women Singapore, 352 Tanglin Road, #01-09/10, Tanglin International Centre, Singapore 247671, ww.uws.org.sg
Volunteering with kids in Singapore:
Make-A-Wish Singapore: Volunteer to help grant a wish
A part of the world’s largest wish-granting organisation, Make-A-Wish Singapore grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. From meeting Elsa to interacting with horses and learning how to be a guitarist, these are some of the many wishes that Make-A-Wish has granted.
How You Can Help: 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).
Can Kids Volunteer in Singapore Here?: No, volunteers have to be 21 years old.
Make-A-Wish Singapore, 1 Coleman Street, #04-18 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803, Tel: (+65) 6334-WISH (9474), www.makeawish.org.sg
Club Rainbow: Volunteer with kids battling chronic illnesses
Club Rainbow provides holistic services to children with chronic illnesses and to their families. Helping over 1000 families with their range of free services, Club Rainbow provides psychosocial, educational, and social support to its beneficiaries.
How You Can Help: You can volunteer at Club Rainbow to be a Camp Befriender, tutor, event support, a skill-based volunteer (photography, videography etc.) and more.
Can Kids Volunteer? No, volunteers need to be 18 years old and above to volunteer here.
Club Rainbow, Block 538 Upper Cross Street, #05-263/269, Singapore 050538, Tel: (+65) 6377 1789, www.clubrainbow.org
AMP Singapore: Volunteer as a mentor to kids
Founded in 1991, AMP is a non-profit organisation that serves the Muslim community with programmes such as education, research and more.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can sign up to be a Youth Enrichment Programme Mentor where you will provide academic guidance (in English and Math), conduct personal development activities, be a role model and more. Click here to sign up.
Can Kids Volunteer? No, volunteers will have to be 18 years old and above.
AMP Singapore, 1 Pasir Ris Drive 4, #05-11, Singapore 519457, www.amp.org.sg
The Children’s Charities Association Of Singapore
This organisation highlights six different charities for children with disabilities 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.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can participate in events such as the Flag Day event, where you will gather donations for the charities.
Can Kids Volunteer?: No, volunteers will have to be 18 years old and above.
The Children’s Charities Association Of Singapore, Block 18 Holland Drive #01-01, Singapore 271018, Tel: (+65) 6773 2561, www.childrenscharities.org.sg
Children’s Wishing Well: Volunteering with kids
Founded in 2002, Children’s Wishing Well provides support to children with disadvantaged backgrounds. With the Children Enrichment programmes, kids are able to enjoy hot lunches at the centre, receive academic support, counselling and more.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can help with deliveries, help out at the centre, chaperone, tutor and more. Click here for the full list of volunteering opportunities.
Can Kids Volunteer in Singapore Here?: No, volunteers have to be 18 years old. However, you can gather household items and items for birthdays and festive events with your kids before dropping them off at Children’s Wishing Well as a donation.
Children’s Wishing Well, 365 Clementi Avenue 2, #01-503, Singapore 120365, www.wishingwell.org.sg
New Life Stories: Volunteer to prevent intergenerational incarceration
With 455 service users in their programmes, New Life Stories was established in 2014 to prevent intergenerational incarceration. Supporting preschool education for the children of incarcerated mothers, this organisation aims to improve the quality of life for these families.
How You Can Help: Volunteers can sign up to be a Learning Friend, teaching children essential educational skills namely reading and pro‐social skills to ensure they are not left behind in the crucial early years of their development.
Can Kids Volunteer? No, volunteers will need to be 18 and above.
New Life Stories, 1, Lorong 2 Toa Payoh, Level 7, Braddell House, Singapore 319637, Tel: (+65) 6386 7688, www.newlifestories.org.sg
The Red Pencil: Volunteer as a fundraiser
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.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore will help with events, reach out to the community for fundraising and help spread awareness about the organisation. You will not be allowed to run counselling sessions as those are conducted by licensed individuals.
Can Kids Volunteer in Singapore Here? It depends on the event. If the volunteering event is age-appropriate for kids then they are more than welcome to join in.
The Red Pencil, 82 Redhill Ln, #01-69, Singapore 150082, Tel: (+65) 6221 2217, www.redpencil.org/singapore
MINDS: Volunteer to help provide equal opportunities
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (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); eight Training and Development Centres (TDCs); two Homes (one for adults, one for children); 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.
How You Can Help: You can volunteer in Singapore as an individual where you can help with programme planning, befriending beneficiaries, help out at the centre (distributing food, cleaning etc.) and more.
Can Kids Volunteer? No.
Volunteering with foreign workers:
Aidha: Volunteering to mentor classes for domestic workers
Aidha offers financial literacy training, Basic English classes and business programmes to foreign domestic workers, with new programmes available every month.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can mentor weekend classes, assist with fundraising, organise events and research work, too.
Can Kids Volunteer? No, it’s unlikely that kids are allowed to volunteer here.
Aidha, 748A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198716, Tel: (+65) 6341 5287, www.aidha.org
HOME: Volunteer to help migrant workers
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, shelter, and medical treatment.
How You Can Help: Volunteers can assist with casework and befriending work and will need to commit twice a week for at least six months. Due to the COVID-19 situation, there are limited volunteering opportunities at HOME and as of right now the volunteering spots are full. You can indicate your interest here and you will be contacted when opportunities open up.
Can Kids Volunteer?: Volunteers in Singapore have to be 18 years old and above to volunteer here.
ItsRainingRaincoats: Volunteer to support migrant workers
Formed in 2015, ItsRainingRaincoats aims to improve the lives of migrant workers in Singapore and connect them with fellow Singaporeans, making them feel welcome. Striving to be a support system for migrant workers, ItsRainingRaincoats has started a wide variety of programmes and activities to help gather donations to obtain items that will match the needs of the migrant workers in need.
How You Can Help: ItsRainingRaincoats has many initiatives that you can take part in. From Safety Shoes for Our Migrant Workers, where you can help purchase a pair of safety shoes to help our migrant workers stay safe on the job, to Makan With Our Migrant Workers, where you can bond with migrant workers over a meal together. You can also donate pre-loved items including household appliances, old bicycles or any other pre-loved item that you think can help improve the lives of migrant workers.
Can Kids Volunteer? Yes! Kids can volunteer but they must be accompanied by an adult.
ItsRainingRaincoats, 470 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534235, www.itsrainingraincoats.com
Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2): Help migrant workers
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.
How You Can Help: 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. Click here to get started.
Can Kids Volunteer in Singapore Here? Volunteers must be aged 21 and above.
TWC2, 5001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex, #09-86, Singapore 199588, Tel: (+65) 6247 7001, www.twc2.org.sg
Volunteering with animal charities:
Animal Lovers League (ALL): Volunteer at an animal shelter
As one of the largest and longest-serving animal welfare groups in Singapore, ALL has rescued over 500 cats and dogs. ALL is a no-kill shelter and its quest is to control the stray population by sterilisation and not annihilation.
How You Can Help: 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.
Can Kids Volunteer? No, volunteers in Singapore must be 18 and above.
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
Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre: Volunteer with animals
Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre focuses on wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, zoo animal welfare, and community outreach and education for cruelty-free living for animals.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can be a part of the Wildlife Sanctuary Team that helps with cleaning, food preparation and more or you can volunteer to be on the Urban Birds Ambassador Team where you will do on the ground advocacy work. Currently, the Wildlife Rescue volunteering opportunity is full and no training will be conducted due to COVID-19.
Can Kids Volunteer? No, Volunteers in Singapore need to be aged 17 and above.
Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre, 91 Jalan Lekar, Singapore 698917, Tel: (+65) 9783 7782, www.acres.org.sg
Cat Welfare Society: Volunteer with cats
Made up entirely of caregivers and fosterers, the team here actively sterilises, rehomes and rehabilitates thousands of cats on the island.
How You Can Help: There are multiple roles for volunteers here, and you’ll be able to help with fundraising, build community relations and more.
Can Kids Volunteer? As Cat Welfare Society does not run a shelter, there are no avenues for kids to volunteer here.
Cat Welfare Society, My Mail Box 880225, Singapore 919191, www.catwelfare.org
Exclusively Mongrels Limited: Volunteer with dogs
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.
How You Can Help: 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. You can also donate here to help with rescue, food and medical treatment for the rescue dogs.
Can Kids Volunteer? Volunteers in Singapore should fill in the contact form on the Exclusively Mongrels Limited’s website for enquiries on how kids can get involved with volunteering.
Exclusively Mongrels Limited, www.exclusivelymongrels.org
Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD): Volunteer with street dogs
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.
How You Can Help: There are many different roles that you can volunteer for at SOSD. From helping with rehoming dogs and transporting dogs to taking care of the dogs in the kennel, there are plenty of roles to take on. Click here for the full list. You can also donate here to help these furry friends in need.
Can Kids Volunteer? No, the minimum age is 18, however, you can donate to SOSD with your kids as that requires no age limit!
Save Our Street Dogs, www.sosd.org.sg
SPCA: Volunteer to protect animals
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals the SPCA is probably the most well-known of animal protection charities. This NGO aims to be the leading authority and advocate on animal welfare and cruelty issues in Singapore. Their focus is on promoting kindness and preventing cruelty to animals through education, advocacy and action.
How You Can Help: SPCA’s Flag Days require volunteers to help collect donations. You can sign up to volunteer or you can also help out by donating here.
Can Kids Volunteer? No, only kids aged 17 years and above are allowed to volunteer here.
SPCA, 50 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699012, Tel: (+65) 6287 5355, www.spca.org.sg
More volunteering in Singapore opportunities:
Singapore Red Cross Society: Humanitarian volunteering
Delivering first aid training courses, and other vital humanitarian services, Red Cross’ volunteers are trained with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver important services to the community (such as food aid, blood donation and much more!).
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore are grouped into three teams; General Volunteers (befriending, event ushers, administrative support etc.), Skilled Volunteers (photography, videography etc.) and Professional Volunteers (Doctors, Nurses etc.).
Can Kids Volunteer? Yes! Kids aged 9 years old and above are welcome to volunteer here.
Singapore Red Cross Society, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486, www.redcross.sg
Expatgiving: Volunteering in Singapore and abroad
Run by a team of dedicated female volunteers, Expatgiving is an online portal for expats living in Singapore to find volunteer opportunities that better the community.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can opt for volunteering opportunities from a wide variety of categories including, animals, environment, poverty and hunger and more. You can select if you would like to volunteer in Singapore or overseas too! Click here for the full list of volunteering opportunities.
Expatgiving, Chai Chee Lane, Singapore 469028, www.expatgiving.org
Friends of the Library: Volunteer with the library
Sign up as a volunteer with the National Library Board’s Friends of the Library programme! You’ll get a chance to participate in multiple activities across multiple library venues.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can provide event management support, library and patron support and more. You can also help with research, translation and transcription.
Can Kids Volunteer? Yes! Children under the age of 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult in order to volunteer.
Friends of the Library, multiple locations, www.nlb.gov.sg
Friends of the Museums: Volunteer at the museum
If you’re a closet art or history lover looking to join an active cultural volunteer organization, then definitely throw your hat in to help as part of the Friends of the Museum programme.
How You Can Help: Volunteers in Singapore can provide technical support, run the office, be a docent and more.
Can Kids Volunteer? Volunteers in Singapore should call ahead to ensure that kids are allowed to volunteer here.
Friends of the Museums, 61 Stamford Road, Singapore 178892, www.fom.sg