Through our volunteering experiences, we realised that we were not satisfied with just transactional activities – i,e . completion of task-based work without a deeper sense of achievement. Hence, we put a lot of thought into designing every volunteering event by injecting different synergistic elements so that our programmes would be purposefully promoting volunteer development as well as social development. With the above considerations in mind, we developed 3 different programmes targeting at different causes!
Let’s unlearn and relearn how to do purposeful volunteering together, and move away from pure transactional volunteering and towards transformative volunteering!
Project Home Sweet Home
In the past, the goodie bags distribution that we have done were exercises of packing and delivering to the families. Whilst we, as volunteers, gained an almost instant gratification of “doing good” when we hand over the goodie bags to the families personally, there were occasions that set us thinking if our good intentions had gone “bad”?
Sometimes we have residents who remind us that they are accumulating stacks of food in their homes that they do not need...
...due to the generous nature of both non-citizens and Singaporeans. Other times, we have residents who received the goodie bags with no exchange of any words.
We then realised that doing good through such social outreach requires a lot more interaction and patience to unearth a better picture of what is really needed and the residents who genuinely need help.
Hence, we decided to incorporate simple interactive activities into our goodie bag distribution to better engage our volunteers and residents. For example, the last pilot Project Home Sweet Home event required the younger residents to get involved in the distribution of goodie bags to the seniors to promote better bonding within the community. This not only gave the volunteers an opportunity to get to know the residents, but also gave the residents themselves an opportunity to give back to their community.
And the good does not just stop here – with the residents giving back to their community, they have unconsciously became role models to their children encouraging the young to do the same.
We hope through constant fine tuning and creative injection of synergistic elements into Project Home Sweet Home, we would strengthen our own social values and mindsets together and consequently influence those involved. A very ambitious project indeed but we will endeavour to do what we can with your support!
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As one of the fastest aging populations in Asia, did you know that 38% of Singapore’s population will be senior citizens by 2050? We always believe in the Chinese saying of “敬老尊賢” which translates to “respect the wise and venerate the worthy (idiom); to honor the great and the good”.
Singapore is what it is today because of all the hard work that our elders have contributed.
So we decided to take out of our own pockets to give our elderly a makan treat at least once every month (contributions are always welcome!) – afterall, “取諸社會，用諸社會” a.k.a. “what is taken from the community is to be used for the good of the community”!
Silver Moments is specially created to remind us to always “飲水思源” (lit. when you drink water, think of its source (idiom); gratitude for blessings and their well-spring).
We have dedicated this programme to the old folks in Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home, a nursing home that houses 110 residents.
And why Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home? Well, we really admire the philanthropic spirit of Lee Ah Mooi and strongly believe in her worthy cause!
Activities include serving tea (nostalgic foods that the old folks are used to but do not have easy access to), performing active and passive exercises on the old folks, bringing performances to the old folks, etc.
[AD·VEN·TURE] /ADˈVENCHƏR,ƏD-/ NOUN DEFINED AS AN UNUSUAL AND EXCITING, TYPICALLY HAZARDOUS, EXPERIENCE OR ACTIVITY.
+Venture is an activity-based volunteering programme that has been designed to enrich the life experiences of children through different hobbies and activities. Very often, the children that we work with do not have easy access to simple pleasures of modern life. For example, when the children are asked to write an essay about their favourite place, they are not able to write from their own experience as they do not have the luxury of exploring the different corners of Singapore.
Through +Venture, the children are given opportunities to experience activities previously not available to them which would help to improve their social skills and self confidence.
Activities can include photography, walking trails, dance, etc.
+Venture through photography is a 2-session programme that allows the child to explore different parts of Singapore through the camera lens. In the first session, the child is exposed to digital or film photography where they are entrusted with a loaned camera to take photos of places of interests along the carefully designed walking trails, accompanied by a volunteer.
To reinforce the child's learning, there will be a follow up session whereby the child will create a photo collage of the places that he/she visited in the first session, with the help of (preferably) same volunteer.