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Under Ms June Eng’s lead, Boys’ Town offered a 10-day sabbatical every five years for all full-time staff, allowing them to take time off work and sign-up for courses of their choice.

Transforming Boys’ Town’s Work Culture by Caring First for its Staff

How Ms June Eng brought her corporate sector experience to the Boys’ Town family and supported the development of its staff.

Inspiring Women, Strengthening Families

PPIS President Hazlina Abdul Halim on why uplifting women, children, and families in Singapore is more relevant today than ever.
Mr Charlie Chia, known affectionately as “Uncle Charlie” to other volunteers of the Fridge Restock Community, is the eldest of the organisation’s food rescuers.

On a Mission to Rescue “Ugly” Foods

“Uncle Charlie” has a personal mission to raise awareness about food waste in an industry he worked in for more than 40 years.
Ms Wee Wah Meng left her corporate job in 2016 to join the social service sector and she has never looked back since. She finds greater meaning in what she does now as head of AMKFSC Community Services’ SG Cares Volunteer Centre team.

From Breaking Rice Bowls to Rebuilding Lives

Human resource practitioner turned matchmaker for volunteers: Wee Wah Meng shares how she went from breaking rice bowls to rebuilding lives.
Madam Manomani is constantly by her son Thimajit’s side, watching over him in case he needs help. Thimajit was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects his muscles, coordination, movement and speech.

The Support to Stand Strong

Madam K Manomani has devoted her life to caring for her son, who has cerebral palsy. She is grateful for how social worker Kohilavani Dhakshanamorthy, from the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA), has supported her, becoming a friend and confidante.
(L-R) Mr Cho Ming Xiu and Ms Anita Low-Lim, co-chairs of the NCSS-supported Youth Alliance, and Mr Van Teo, a manager within NCSS’ social inclusion team, created a ground-up interagency committee for youth mental wellness that was officially launched in 2019.

Championing Mental Wellness Among Youth in Singapore

Co-chairs of the NCSS-supported Youth Alliance, Ms Anita Low-Lim and Mr Cho Ming Xiu, talk about their heart for youth with mental health needs and share the progress of the alliance’s work to date.
Sr Bernadette Yap, a Franciscan Missionaries of Mary nun, sits on a bench in a garden.

Caring for the Volunteers Who Care for Others

Behind the scenes, Sister Bernadette Yap spent 36 years working with volunteers from 1983 to 2019, calling her term “a blessing.”

The Importance of Self-care in a Caregiver’s Journey

Cancer survivor Mrs Jane Koe continues to care for her husband, pushing through the pains of chemo. Yet the fighter stays positive, keeping in touch with a community that helps her catch a break when she needs it.
Peace and Daniel Lim, 18 and 15, distribute items to migrant workers

Teenagers, But Already Pros at Crisis Relief

Singaporean teens have been helping in overseas crisis situations since they were in kindergarten. Over the past pandemic year, the siblings have directed their efforts homeward.
Daniel Tay, 41, a retired financial advisor, works part-time at his friend’s minimart in Little India. He is the go-to person for groups or individuals keen on food rescuing or who would like to start a community fridge here.

Daniel Tay: Freegan for the People

How freegan, Mr Daniel Tay adopted a more frugal lifestyle to reduce his carbon footprint and find fulfilment rescuing discarded food.
Madam Sandy Goh believes in getting residents involved in activities to foster closer ties within the community. With the elderly, getting them involved in food distributions or decorating the Senior Residents’ Corner gives them a sense of purpose. It keeps them active and encourages them to interact with others so that they do not feel alone.

Sandy Goh: Champion of the Kampung Spirit

Since setting up home in Bedok Reservoir estate in 2005, Madam Sandy Goh has, without fuss or fanfare, organised community initiatives to help and engage residents. The Covid-19 pandemic has since motivated her to do more to support her community through the difficult times. Her hope is for the efforts to help build a strong ‘kampung’ culture and create a caring community.
Ms Lesli Berggren founded LOVE, NILS to help give emotional support to cancer patients and their families. She lost her son to cancer seven years ago.

Lending a Shoulder to Families with Cancer

When cancer strikes young children, the suffering is hard on both the child and family members. While medical treatment in Singapore is excellent for the child, little attention, however, is paid to the family’s emotional needs. To help fill the gap, Ms Lesli Berggren, who lost her son to complications that arose after beating cancer, launched charity LOVE, NILS in memory of him.
While most of their peers sought temporary jobs over the December school holidays last year, Ms Joyce Tong and Ms Christabel Ng, both 17, found greater purpose in volunteering and instead. The pair took the initiative to run extra tutoring sessions (with games and badminton afterwards) for three girls in the Chai Chee community as part of KidzCare @ Kembangan-Chai Chee’s ‘Homework Club’ programme.

Joyce Tong & Christabel Ng: Young Lives impacting Young Lives

Friends Joyce Tong and Christabel Ng, both 17, spent their December school holidays last year volunteering and reaching out to three girls in the Chai Chee community, providing academic coaching as well as fun and games under KidzCare @ Kembangan-Chai Chee’s ‘Homework Club’ programme.
CMSC migrant worker mental wellness – Jewel Yi

Jewel Yi: Driving Occupational Justice

Ms Jewel Yi will be the first to point out that being kept in a room for months — even at a hotel — can be a prison. The occupational therapist believes there’s more to do to improve the lives of migrant workers in Singapore, and it starts with friendship.

Eugene Heng: Guardian of Singapore’s Waters

The environment is often overlooked in the dialogue involving Covid-19. Waterways Watch Society reminds us of the importance of preserving and protecting our waters — even in a pandemic.
Ms Ong Bee Yong, principal social worker and Crisis Relief Alliance (CRA)’s counselling director

Ong Bee Yong: Supporting Communities in their Mental Health Through Covid-19

At the mental health front of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ms Ong Bee Yong has led her team from the Crisis Relief Alliance in serving the mental and emotional needs of healthcare workers and the migrant worker community.
Beng Who Cooks delivered about 100 poke bowls a day at the height of the Circuit Breaker to those in need, earning the “People of Good” award at the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Award 2020 Special Edition – Our Finest Hour in the City of Good.

Beng With Big Heart

Beng Who Cooks delivered about 100 poke bowls a day at the height of the Circuit Breaker to those in need, earning the “People of Good” award at the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Award 2020 Special Edition – Our Finest Hour in the City of Good.
Ms Eleanor Yap, founder of Ageless Online

Eleanor Yap: Amplifying the Voices of Seniors in Singapore

To help lonely and isolated seniors during lockdown, Ms Eleanor Yap set up Project BUDDY to connect seniors with people who could provide a listening ear.
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