Want to be a good Samaritan and help those in need? Spread the love and volunteer at these beneficiaries in Singapore.
If you desire to give back to the Singapore society and have free time on your hands, volunteer work sounds like the job for you! Whether you want to help the elderly, kids or animals, here are some of the best charities you can go to volunteer in Singapore.
1. Dementia Singapore
Previously known as Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Dementia Singapore focuses on specialised dementia care, caregiver support, training, consultancy and advocacy. If you care for people with dementia, their caregivers and their families, sign up as a volunteer at this organisation. Opportunities include supporting staff at one of the daycare centres and acting as a guardian to the elderly during outings. Or get involved in their in-house support services!
Additionally virtual volunteering may be carried out for event-based/ad-hoc volunteering. Check out ADA’s Facebook page to see how some recent volunteer engagements have shifted online.
Address: 20 Bendemeer Rd., #01-02 BS Bendemeer Centre, 339914
Tel: 6293 9971
2. Association Of Women For Action & Research (AWARE)
Best known as AWARE, this gender equality advocacy group has a range of volunteer opportunities available. Also, there’s the flexibility of choosing tasks that are either on-site or can be done remotely. Options include administrative tasks, manning helplines for women in distress and being a part of their adhoc programmes.
Association Of Women For Action & Research (AWARE)
Address: Block 5 Dover Crescent, #01-22, 130005
Tel: 6779 7137
3. Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support
Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support gives a helping hand to teenagers aged 21 and below with unplanned and unsupported pregnancies. It takes on a “mother-centric” approach by supporting her choices and aiming to nurture long-term. Additionally, it encourages on-going support from family, friends, volunteers and the wider community.
So support these teens by providing pre or post-natal care and advice or conducting programmes and workshops. You can even help with publicity for the organisation! Also, Charity Sales are held to raise funds for needy beneficiaries on their Facebook page.
Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support Limited
Address: 26 Jalan Klinik, #01-42/52, 160026
Tel: 6664 8591
4. Beyond Social Services
Beyond Social Services’ main aim is to help less privileged youths break out of the poverty cycle. It believes in a future where every child in Singapore has the opportunity to refuse a lifestyle of delinquency and welfare dependency despite their disadvantaged background. Since Covid-19 hit our shores, this organisation has been providing food, financial, internet and employment assistance as part of their pandemic response. Check out their event calendar and sign up for any volunteering opportunities that interest you.
Beyond Social Services
Address: 26 Jalan Klinik, #01-42/52, 160026
Tel: 6375 2940
5. Bright Vision Hospital
Bright Vision Hospital serves needy patients who require immediate and long-term medical care. Volunteers are considered an important part of their journey to recovery. Some volunteering activities include being a befriender, helping with patients’ physical activities, patient group activities, taking patients on sponsored outings and taking part in patients’ birthday celebrations.
Bright Vision Hospital
Address: 5 Lorong Napiri, 547530
Tel: 6248 5755
6. Singapore Children’s Society
Make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families in need with Singapore Children’s Society. It lists specific volunteering opportunities, including duties such as giving tuition and helping out at fundraising events on its website.
Singapore Children’s Society
Address: Block 529 Bedok North St. 3, #01-570, 460529
Tel: 6448 6658
7. Food from the Heart
Help feed the needy by volunteering at this food charity in Singapore! Food from the Heart has supported 40,300 beneficiaries with $5.9 million worth of food on a consistent, sustainable basis since 2018. You might’ve heard of them: They’ve had several notable projects that appeared in mainstream media, such as Project Belanja! (QR code redeems free hot meals) and a couple of Pop-Up Fresh Produce Markets (free fresh groceries).
It has quite a few projects in store, with everything is geared towards giving better to our beneficiaries, and helping more people out there. Sign up as an individual volunteer, sort food donations from food donation drives and pack them into packs, or even assist in skill-based jobs like graphic design and videography.
Food from the Heart
Address: 130 Joo Seng Rd., #03-01, 368357
Tel: 6280 4483
8. Institute of Mental Health (IMH)
Due to the stigma surrounding mental illness, patients at IMH often feel lonely without any contact with people apart from medical professionals. Because of this, volunteers help to normalise their lives by making them feel included in society. If you choose to volunteer here, you’ll be taken through an orientation programme to prepare you for your activities. You can plan outdoor activities, take patients on outings, help in rehabilitative activities or simply keep them company and lend a listening ear.
Please note that individuals who can commit to at least 50-percent attendance over 6 months is preferred! The residents form very close bonds with the volunteers so if you’re unable to volunteer long-term, this volunteer opportunity may not be suitable for you.
Institute of Mental Health
Address: Buangkok Green Medical Park, 10 Buangkok View, 539747
Tel: 6389 2000
9. Lions Befrienders
If you’ve always felt comfortable with elderly folk, Lions Befrienders is where you should volunteer. A befriender conducts weekly home visits to help relieve the loneliness and isolation felt by seniors. Or, volunteer to teach skills to seniors at the centres – baking, simple exercise or crafts are just a few examples.
And if you really have time to spare, be a CAN (Caring Assistance from Neighbours) carer, where you’ll visit vulnerable seniors at their homes and work with staff to promote the overall well-being of seniors.
Address: Block 130 Bukit Merah View, #01-358, 150130
Tel: 1800 375 8600
10. Make A Wish Foundation
Make A Wish Foundation is the only wish-granting foundation in Singapore that helps children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Wish-granting volunteering opportunities are based on word-of-mouth recommendations but you can get involved in other ways – administrative support (during office hours) or help with transportation if you have a big car or van.
If you’re good at graphic design, you can also help with their publications and marketing collaterals. Like a bit more of a hands-on approach? Become an events volunteer!
Make A Wish Foundation
Address: 1 Coleman St.,#04-18 The Adelphi, 179803
Tel: 6334 WISH (9474)
11. Movement For The Intellectually Disabled Of Singapore (MINDS)
MINDS provides services to people with intellectual disabilities and works very closely with volunteers. They aim to bring out the best in every individual with special needs by providing education, training, care, and sustainable job creation.
You can sign up as a regular or adhoc volunteer with opportunities like teaching, training and administrative work. They also need professionals to assist in areas such as photography, food and nutrition, medicine and wellness therapies.
Movement For The Intellectually Disabled Of Singapore (MINDS)
Address: 800 Margaret Dr., 149310
Tel: 6479 5655
12. National Library Board (NLB)
A perfect volunteering opportunity for bookworms, you’ll get to spread your love for books with children at the NLB. Become a Friend of the Library and you’ll get to organise enriching programmes for the community or deliver books to those who are unable to visit libraries. Or be a kidsREAD volunteer and get involved in reading sessions for underprivileged children.
National Library Board
Address: Multiple locations islandwide
Tel: See website
13. Singapore Red Cross Society
Apart from blood donation drives and humanitarian relief, the Singapore Red Cross Society organises a lot of meaningful activities throughout the year that need volunteers to provide support during these busy times. You can assist in administrative or logistical duties, or at events such as blood donation drives and flag days.
Singapore Red Cross Society
Address: 15 Penang Lane, 238486
Tel: 6664 0500
14. Singapore After-Care Association
Singapore After-Care Association is a voluntary welfare organisation that helps offenders, ex-offenders and their families to get back up on their feet. Activities under their Volunteer After-Care Programme include befriending, or support to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society successfully. Note that you’ll have to go through an interview and training before you can get involved in their volunteer programme.
Singapore After-Care Association
Address: 81 Dunlop St., 209408
Te: 6294 2350 / 6294 2763
15. The Salvation Army
Established in Singapore since 1935, The Salvation Army reaches out to the needy in our society such as children who need care, senior citizens who need nursing care and less privileged. Even though it’s a Christian organisation, it helps people regardless of race or religion. As a volunteer, you can support one of their existing programmes, or initiate a project that will benefit those under their care. Opportunities include academic volunteering for children, raising funds or organising collection drives.
The Salvation Army
Address: Multiple centres located islandwide, see website
Tel: 6555 0188
16. Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association
Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association has been fighting for the cause of preventing drug abuse since 1972. You can join its journey to ensure a drug-free Singapore! Volunteering opportunities include becoming para-counsellors, community outreach drives and event helpers.
Singapore Anti Narcotics Association
Address: 2 Sengkang Square, Sengkang Community Hub, #05-01, 545025
Tel: 6732 1122
17. Silver Ribbon Singapore
The mission at Silver Ribbon Singapore is to instil a positive attitude towards mental health among the community. Sign up as a volunteer if you want to be involved as a photographer, event coordinator, speaker, graphic designer, administrative assistant or IT technician.
Silver Ribbon Singapore
Address: Block 208 Serangoon Central, #01-238, 550208
Tel: 6386 1928
18. SPCA Singapore
Show your passion as an animal lover by becoming a volunteer at SPCA Singapore. Do note that volunteers have to commit for at least four consecutive months, on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Clean the animal shelters, man the animal shelter office or simply walk the dogs – there are loads of duties to choose from.
*COVID Update: Please note that their volunteer opportunities have been temporarily suspended until further notice. However, donation drives and sponsorships are highly encouraged during these tough times. You can also help by signing up for foster care and taking care of some animals. Follow their Facebook page for such postings. Visit their website for more updates on future plans.
Address: 50 Sungei Tengah Rd., 699012
Tel: 6287 5355
19. Touch Community Services
Serving the needy and disadvantaged, Touch invites volunteers to see what a difference you can make to the community (and to yourself too). Sign up and you could soon be involved in their Meals-on-Wheels food delivery programme or accompanying the elderly to hospital check-ups.
Address: Block 162 Bukit Merah Central, #05-3545, 150162
Tel: 6377 0122
20. Transient Workers Count Too
Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) promotes fair treatment for migrant workers. It aims to create a society that recognizes and values the important contribution they make to our households, economy and country. Make a difference in the lives of migrant workers by volunteering at this non-profit organisation.
Help with outreach by distributing flyers and surveys to foreign workers, accompany injured and unpaid workers on fun days out or provide a friendly smile and listening ear to workers in unfortunate living conditions. Additionally, help with research, casework or public engagements to bring more awareness to the organisation.
Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2)
Address: 5001 Beach Rd., #09-86, Golden Mile Complex, 199588
Tel: 6247 7001
21. Willing Hearts
Operating a soup kitchen 365 days a year, Willing Hearts prepares, cooks and distributes about 5,000 meals to the needy every day. Assist with the preparation of meals or with food collection or delivery duties.
Address: 11 Jalan Ubi Blok 6, #01-51 Kembangan, Chai Chee Community Hub, 409074
Tel: 6743 0725
22. Hey You Got Mail
Started out by Triston and his friends, Hey, You Got Mail is an initiative created to reduce social isolation among the elderly with handmade cards. Remember the warm feeling of receiving postcards or handwritten snail mails in our letterbox? This organisation seeks to bring the same joy.
At just $2, you can send a personalised card to check in loved ones during this Covid-19 season. For every card sent, one card will be sent to a senior in one of its partner nursing homes/senior care centres! To date, the organisation has partnered with over 6 beneficiaries to deliver over 1000 cards!
23. Action for Singapore Dogs
Volunteer at Action for Singapore Dogs and live the canine-lover dream by saving homeless, abused and neglected dogs in Singapore. Make a difference in the lives of these animals and aid in rescuing, rehoming, fostering and fund-raising for these poor puppers.
24. Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME)
Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) is dedicated to the empowerment and support of migrant workers who find themselves victims of human rights violations, abuse and exploitation.
They provide immediate crisis intervention as well as long-term support to enhance the wellbeing and future economic prospects of migrant workers. HOME also seeks to promote the diverse voices of migrant workers in Singapore through outreach projects, and public education on issues affecting them.
Do note that the organisation pours a good amount of time and resources into planning and training their volunteers, hence, a minimum commitment of 6-months (at least twice a week) is preferred for casework and befriending volunteers.
Address: 495 Geylang Rd., #02-01, 388487
Tel: 6345 6441 / 6344 0232 / 6344 0224