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“All the volunteers who signed up for the recent packing of goodies turned up! We are really delighted with their help. Thanks SG Cares for the great work in helping VWOs like us find people to help out in times of need.” - Susie Wee from Family Life Society.
“The Sgcares portal is a very efficient system. It enables Volunteers to choose the type of beneficiary they like to volunteer their time with. Therefore, when I was running Kindsville Tour and needed volunteers who love working with children, I was glad to find new volunteers from all walks of life who enjoyed serving their time with children and see them so passionate in volunteering. I highly recommend this site to both Volunteers and Volunteer Coordinators. Volunteers will enjoy the flexible volunteering opportunities based on their preferred beneficiary and availability, and Coordinators will love the portal as it’s so organised, and comes with downloadable Volunteers data in excel or pdf version. It just makes volunteer management so easy! Thank you so much Sgcares!” –Narelle, Singapore Kindness Movement
I also wish to compliment the volunteer portal SG Cares by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre — every activity has been a satisfying, enriching and encouraging experience. - Sujata Dwivedi Ryo has a passion for working with our volunteers and have shown strong commitment and dedication when working with them. - Vernon Kang (CEO), Singapore Heart Foundation
They are definitely not the nicest breed or the cutest puppies, in fact many were old and crippled. Yet somehow, we were drawn to all of them. Every single one of them seems to tell a sad story of their own. Abandoned, abused or neglected, yet majority of the dogs there remain loyal to humans. God bless all the doggies and I salute the dedicated group of regular of volunteers. - Angeline Soh recounting her volunteering experience with Animal Lovers League
I feel every primary and secondary school student should go through the International Volunteer Day "Experience With Me" section to figure out which cause they like before they start their CIP activities. It's extremely impactful! Hats off! My favourite part was the hearing impaired and forest trail. - Juliah Bee
Through SG Cares, we now have a volunteer from Britain helping with the English curriculum at our Rotary Family Service Centre, corporate volunteers conducting monthly Bingo sessions, and volunteers for the Family Life Education talks we conduct. Just want to say a huge thank you! - Alice from Rotary Family Service CentreThe ISCOS Healthy Lifestyle Family Event 2011 garnered 272 participants to make 8160 bowls of rice for needy families of South East CDC. The SG Cares volunteers helped as Mobile Safety Officer, Game Masters, Trail Challenge Facilitators, Walking Motivators, and many more. It was truly enjoyable for all. - Effy from Industrial & Services Co-operative Society LtdIt's a deep sense of joy and fulfillment with each volunteering experience. I am proud to be supporting a great cause! - YizhenI am glad that the activity and human-touch helped fill the lives of the elderly, who often tend to be lonelier. I would definitely extend a helping hand and a listening ear again. - ElysiaThough some patients at the Bright Vision Hospital were not eager to participate in the karaoke session, I’m glad that they smiled and responded to us. The staff's care, attention and enthusiasm for the patients impressed me and made me feel that volunteers would definitely be able to blend in and make a difference to the patients' lives. - Audrey LimI was concerned because it's my first time volunteering without a close friend. Thankfully, I was warmly welcomed by other volunteers and everyone took the initiative to talk to one another, making me feel at ease. I learned how to recycle and am keen to apply the recycling statistics I acquired at the activity in my school projects. - Jonathan Just living is not enough, we should offer help to those in need. If mankind has this kind of attitude, this world would be a much better place to live. - MyatI believe the reason why we are driven to continue serving and helping others is because we find joy and motivation doing them. - EugeneThis volunteering experience I had has been the most heartwarming. All I did was just to lend a listening ear to only 2 patients and only for a short while, yet, I felt great joy after the session. They so willingly shared with us their stories and life experiences. The smiles they gave when we said good-bye still linger on my mind. I hope the little time I had with them brightened their day too. - Meow LinThe Toss the Ball Activity at St. Luke's was a meaningful experience. The elderly were warm, cheerful and deeply appreciative that we were willing to spend time with them. There was a strong sense of community as all the elderly joined together to sing songs, pass the ball around and share a birthday cake. During tea-time, I listened to the life story of a 95-year lady, who talked non-stop about her children and grandchildren. The experience was a reminder to remember the family and community that is around us, and to stop to help those who need our help. A few hours is a good start to making a difference in others lives. - JeffI was initially apprehensive that the event participants might not be very enthusiastic to participate. However, I was amazed by the level of engagement and enthusiasm that they showed. When talking and spending time with them, it was not apparent they were patients undergoing therapy. It was heartwarming to see their competitiveness, joy and openness with which they welcomed us as part of their group. Even though it was a short event, I would certainly like to go back again and spend time with them. The lesson for me was that we must learn to ignore each other's shortcomings and cherish more the positive attributes that each one of us has. - RaeshI found the activity (Activities With Elderly Residents @ Singapore Christian Home for the Aged) enjoyable but also challenging. I had thought that it would be easy to interact with the elderly residents at the Home as I had looked after my own elderly mum for nearly 6 years. The challenging part was getting them interested in participating in the activities we planned for them. Some were slow to respond to the drawing/colouring activity because they had poor eyesight. Many of them needed coaxing so volunteers must have lots of patience. I'm already preparing for future activities with the aged by learning origami and reading up on games that the elderly can play and enjoy. - JillianIt was really my pleasure to be given the chance to work with other volunteers. With regards to the task (Maintenance at ACRES), it was considerably exhausting but I guess it's a mere representation of what genuine service means. The sacrificial purpose of it is undeniably the essence of the volunteer activity in itself. Amidst the scorching heat of the sun, we still managed to battle against the creeping weeds and in the end, I presume that still, we attained our primary commitment to provide a a conducive environment for the resident animals, visitors and even for the staff and crew of ACRES. - MarchMy volunteering experience at St Luke's has motivated me to sign up more for such activities. It brings me immense joy when I see the elderly having fun with us as companions. Some have a positive mindset and some have a negative mindset about life. I am inspired by those who are optimistic. For those who have a negative mindset, I hope to add colour to their life and make them feel that life is still brightful and hopeful! - ZoeI had a really good time painting the murals! It was truly an enriching experience. Before that, I had never painted anything bigger than a piece of drawing block. I've always been interested in art but I never had the talent nor the opportunity to start practising so it makes me very happy painting the very pretty murals drawn by the artists. Furthermore, I'm glad that what we did will benefit all the residents living in that area so I've decided to sign up for the next one! - SamanthaMy greatest takeaway from this event (IVD 2010) is not the food or goodie bag but the opporturnity to be confident to approach strangers to inform them about the event or simply to give direction to seemingly lost sheep. It may be a simple act but it does help them a lot. Secondly, it is the opporturnity to reunite with other fellow volunteers that helped me growin some way or another. - Kristine
It's my first time doing volunteer work with SG Cares, and I have to say the people are awesome and friendly! Some of them even introduced me to the new and upcoming activities that will be happening and I will try to join if I am available. Well, through this experience, I find that doing volunteer work is about placing others before self. It focuses on improving the well-being of others and it makes me happy to see people happy. - Yi An
I think I would have enjoyed the event (IVD) less had I just been a normal participant of the event. The volunteering at IVD did not feel like "work" at all, but more like a gathering of friends (some new, some we have seen so many times before at various SG Cares activities) who all contributed positively to the event's success. - Benny
I'm so delighted that I was one of the participants in this lively and meaningful activity (Clementi Hobby Club). The activity has made me more compassionate, open-minded and friendly towards all people. I really enjoyed interacting with lots of elderly people who I have never known and seen before. Their happy and smiling faces brought me joy. - MyatThrough this activity, I learned how to be appreciative of what we have in our life. I didn't know that even in S'pore, there are so many people who struggle to get a daily meal. Sometimes, we just love to complain about simple things in life. And I'm glad that through this activity, it opened my eyes that I should be appreciative of what I have now, even it's just a simple daily meal that I can afford. SGCares has given me the opportunity to help out in contributing to society and in another way, providing a platform for me to learn and improve myself. - IreneSo, Thank You SGCares for giving me the opportunities to help out in contributing to society and in another way providing a platform for me to learn and improve myself in one way or another. This is my second time participating in the SLEC "Toss The Ball" activity. I went back to meet up with the "aunties and uncles" and "Ah Poh"(Grandma in Cantonese). They like to tell stories and I like to listen to them, to see them cheerful and smiling. - MyatI don't know why i just keep signing up for the activities with the elderly. I feel happy to share a little time with them and see how happy they are just to see someone around to care for . The old people really want to talk with someone, just like my grandparents, though most of the time I don't understand much what they say either. Here, language may be my barrier but i don't take it seriously or feel upset when joining these activities. My grandma told me that she loves to be listened to. Yup, anyway it's still a bit ridiculous just to listen without responding. Maybe I'll try to learn some Chinese :) There's a moment in life when people are old, they somehow turn into little children. That's what I like about them. An old man in my group didn't do any colouring at all. He just looked at others and smiled the whole time. Both talking and doing the activity together brought good feelings of connection. - HollyI had no regrets at all participating in the 'Cardiac Arrest Response' activity. Knowing now that a device such as the AED exists, I hope to spread the word so that others can know about it too. It won't be easy educating the public about the AED but I feel it is essential that the public know about such an important life-saving device. I'm really glad to have a great recap on performing CPR and learning how to take advantage of the AED to increase the survival rate of a cardiac arrest victim by a huge margin. - AndrewI really enjoyed myself at IMH. Before attending the activity, I didn't know what to expect (and I admit I had some preconceived notions of how 'mental' patients would be like) but I realised some of them are just like us 'normal' people. If you met them on the streets you wouldn't know they were such patients. It's important for them to know that not everyone stigmatises them & that there are people who care about them & treat them with respect & dignity. - NorrizanI was so glad that I attended Toss the Ball last Friday. I could see from their eyes the happiness we had given them even in such a short time only. Even though we just stayed there for few hours, the fulfillment and joy we had bring them made it worthwhile. There's a saying that we will only be young once, but the joy I saw on the elderly's faces last Friday made me think that Yes, we will only be young once, but the activity we had with them felt like that they were YOUNG once again. - LovelyJust wanted to say that it feels great to be able to contribute to the commumity, a contrast to the boring routine life I lead. As an university student, CIP is not a requirement and there's very little chance for me to participate in such event (partly because I'm lazy to look for them and the changing time table). I really miss the days in JC where I was a member of Interact Club and was able to help out the less fortunate on regular basis. SG Cares provides such a opportunity for me to help out whenever I am free and I'm really glad to have join the organisation. - LeIt was my first time volunteering at ACRES and I found this activity meaningful. I did not know that recycled bottles could be use to make beautiful structures for the tortoises and also save the environment too. At the same time, I made new friends. I am so looking forward to participate in the same activity. - EvonneI enjoyed the opportunity to socialise and dance with the patients from the Institute of Mental Health. I grew in confidence and lead the dances for a few weeks. It was sometimes difficult to interact but we tried to encourage them all to participate. I learned that I can express myself, help others and take on a leadership role. This activity made me more aware of the wider community here in Singapore and made me more sympathetic, open-minded and friendly towards all people. - Monica
Volunteering has allowed me to reveal my compassion towards the needy people so that their life and my life will be filled with colour and hope every single day. - Han Jun YuanI found the session meaningful. It gave me the chance to understand more about special students. - Candy
I truly enjoyed the volunteering session. Initially I thought it wouldn't be very meaningful. I wouldn't have thought this service would mean so much to the people at the AWWA Resource Centre if not for what Teresa had said. I've come to realise how budget is a huge factor to consider in VWOs. - Stephanie
My first volunteering experience has been fantastic and fruitful. We will never know there are really so many people who are in need of help until we take up volunteering and we see and hear from the beneficiaries and organisations themselves. This has been a really a meaningful experience for me! - Meiqi
Thank you, SG Cares, for caring enough to spin off something like this for those of us out there who wanted to do something good but not sure how & where to start. And I am so glad I have finally started my journey of discovery. I am looking forward to more interesting "do-good" opportunities coming from SG Cares! - Jaclyn
It feels great to volunteer for environmental causes, to do tasks like gardening and landscaping. It enhances the aesthetics of these family centres for ex-offenders and helps people living there feel more at home. Coming all the way from America, I still feel the need to volunteer, even if it's in another country. - Lynnicia My first time volunteering with SG Cares, doing mural painting at Millennia Walk, was indeed a fruitful one. It gave me lots positive energy to want to volunteer more in the future. It showed that volunteers like me can work together as a team to care and give our time and energy to Singaporeans or any non-profit organisations. - Latip
We taught the children how to fold origami and we made paper hearts with them. Teaching the kids who were clueless about origami was a challenge for me initially, but I got the hang of it and was enjoying myself tremendously. I saw how hardworking these children were and what fun they had. They were all excited to finish their hearts and when they did, the smiles and accomplishments on their faces meant so much to me. Towards the end, one child ran up to me to give me the paper heart he made. It was so sweet of him and I will keep that heart for as long as it lasts. – Representative from Okinawa Christian School