Community Service

Community Service In Singapore

Volunteerism In Singapore: Can Adults Overcome Their Lethargy? (August 5, 2011)
Nonetheless, the flurry of activities in the youth sector seems to have amplified the proliferating lethargy – and the occasional apathy – displayed by working adults and professionals towards various community activities and initiatives; correspondingly, it has inspired me to wonder how this group of individuals can become significant agents of change beyond their careers. (Read More).

Love For Community, Singapore? Deficiencies Of National Education, Community Programmes (January 19, 2011)
Apathy is not the real problem amongst students; it is lethargy. Rather than shoving facts and views down their throats, the best way to galvanise tangible action to be undertaken is to get students to be involved in rendering change, and allowing them to perceive themselves as agents of this movement. Blind compliance is not the way to go. (Read More).

Are Singaporeans Doing Enough To Give And Volunteer (August 20, 2010)
Online portals can be remodelled to reach out through networking sites, while new advocacy and awareness campaigns can be instituted to attract more volunteers to join the fray and do our part. Public servants and even politicians must take the lead to contribute a little of their time, on a regular basis, in charitable organisations. (Read More).

Why The Community Involvement Programme (CIP) Is Not Working (July 16, 2010)
For the disinterested, the compulsory six-hours would merely be an exercise in redundancy; clearly, there is insufficient effort directed towards this group of youths who see no point in the entire programme. Even if altruism can only be developed through free will, at the very least, they should be exposed to the multitude of opportunities. (Read More).

Youth Community Service In Singapore: Time To Go Beyond Self-Congratulatory Mindsets (January 20, 2010)
Sustainability is also a notable issue. With community service seen as a means to an end, projects and initiatives are speedily discarded and abandoned when students leave their respective institutions. One feasible proposition would be for seniors to remain as mentors to guide their juniors through the activities over the years. Through this, improvements and enhancements can also be made possible. (Read More).

Reforming Community Service In Singapore (August 26, 2009)
Nevertheless, it is clear that many students have lost touch with the real objectives of community service and volunteerism. With the increasing focus and emphasis on the need for a “balanced” and “strong” portfolio or curriculum vitae, it has become evident that more and more students are only in the scheme of things for pragmatic recognition and achievements, especially amongst those in Institutes of Higher Learning. (Read More).

Volunteer Experiences

The Institute Of Mental Health (IMH): Mental Health Woes In Singapore (January 9, 2011)
On a more immediate level, the stigmatisation of friends or family members makes it near-impossible for recovered patients to rehabilitate or integrate back to normal society. As highlighted throughout the presentations, support in the community is integral; for patients have a higher rate of recovery if there are allowed to remain at home with their loved ones. (Read More).

Children-At-Risk Empowerment (CARE) Association: Back-To-Basics Volunteerism (April 11, 2010)
I am thankful for what CARE has done for me, and hence am slightly ashamed that I have not been able to give back as much as my abilities allow me to. I resolve to be part of the good work CARE has been so deeply committed in, and soon go the extra mile to make the lives of the youths much better and brighter. (Read More).

The Case For Overseas Community Projects (July 6, 2009)
Schools and organisations can help foster long-term commitment by encouraging individuals and teams to be “attached” to specific areas overseas, such that constant assistance can be granted to the beneficiaries. Some of us have made plans to return at the end of 2009, and explore other means of contribution, such as the setting up of a few refurbished computers and the development of a library. (Read More).

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