Saturday, January 09, 2016

Volunteering at Willing Hearts

During my current sabbatical, one of the things I think about is how I can contribute to society in a meaningful way. There are many around us who could do with some help and while there is perfectly nothing wrong with dreamy ideas of social entrepreneurship and flashy fund-raising galas, I think volunteering goes a long way. Being present to help with whatever immediate needs is awfully meaningful.
I decided on volunteering at Willing Hearts, a secular, non-profit charity organisation that provides meals for the less privileged in Singapore. Doing good through food, my personal interest, and playing a role in providing a basic necessity are particularly satisfying. 
Willing Hearts accepts volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. They operate their Eunos soup kitchen daily and encourage volunteers to help out any time especially during their peak hours from 4am to 10am. Duties could include washing of vegetables, cutting and preparing ingredients, opening canned food products, cleaning the area, packing food, delivering food etc.
On my first visit, I had anticipated kitchen duties given my rudimentary masak-masak ability but was tasked to help with lining plastic bags with newspapers, and delivering food to 4 locations. This reminded me that it was about the charity organisation and its needs, not mine and what I wanted to do for them. Driving is not my forte but using that skill, petrol, time and 4G data (for GPS) to successfully deliver lunch to 182 people that morning felt very good inside.      

I would highly recommend volunteering at Willing Hearts and making a tangible difference in the lives of those who might not even be able to put food on the table. Hours are flexible and you can come and go off at any time. Oh and there is also no rigid weekly/monthly schedule to keep to so it really allows you to volunteer when you can. All one needs, is a willing heart.

Sign up here and do something meaningful with your time! The frequency tab on the registration page is not cast in stone. :)

Willing Hearts
11 Jalan Ubi Blk 6, #01-51
Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub

Chew On This: They also do need private and corporate donations, volunteers to help with IT stuff, and promoting their cause and services. Read the FAQs for moore infomation.

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