TL;DR – ‘Tis the season of giving.
Christmas is the season of joy, celebration and feasting. It is also a time of giving and receiving and a time to remember others who are less fortunate than us. But how do you decide which charity to donate to? Also, did you know that you can get higher tax exemptions when you donate to charities with an Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status? For charities with IPC status, you can get tax exemption at 2.5 times the amount you donate.
Here are some charities that you can consider spreading your love to:
1. The Salvation Army
From social care, community development to disaster relief, The Salvation Army supports children, youths, elderly and families in need. Volunteer as a Christmas kettle bell ringer to spread cheer and help raise funds or swing by the participating malls and get into the spirit of giving by donating into the red kettle pots.
2. Make A Wish Foundation
The Make A Wish Foundation is all about granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. If you have not heard of The Santa Run for Wishes, this fundraising event is a great way to exercise and raise funds for the less fortunate.
3. Touch Community Services
Touch Community Services supports various levels of needs in the community from children, youths, families, elderly, persons with special needs, persons with diabetes to disaster relief. Touch also provide a Meals-on-Wheels service, so you can consider volunteering as a driver to deliver food to the those in need.
4. Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support
Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support reaches out to teenage girls needing support with their pregnancy crisis. As a volunteer, you can assist the 24-hour helpline as a friendly voice to lend a listening ear, or help to facilitate the workshops for teen mums and their partners.
5. MCYC Community Services Society
Did you know that in Singapore, there are as many as 400 children under foster care and this number is on the rise? MCYC Community Services Society is also one of three agencies appointed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to support its fostering scheme. You can show your support by making a donation, volunteering your time and raising the awareness of MCYC and its fostering services.
6. The Children’s Wishing Well
The Children’s Wishing Well offers a range of assistance for children from low income families, including food, financial assistance, home improvement, education and counselling. You can grant a wish and buy a child’s necessities or volunteer your time to cook meals or pack groceries.
7. Willing Hearts
For a hands-on experience, take some time to join Willing Hearts. Willing Hearts runs a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes over 5,000 meals daily. Willing Hearts is solely volunteer-based and it involves a pool of dedicated and committed active volunteers. As a volunteer, you can help in the cooking, preparation of food, cleaning up of the kitchen or packing of the cooked food into boxes.
8. Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home
There are a number of children’s homes in Singapore that provide care, protection and shelter to young children and one of them is the Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home. Supporting both boys and girls between 5 and 21 years old who come from needy and disadvantaged families, the children are able to be a part of a safe and enriching environment to enhance his/her development. There are a number of ways you can do your part such as conducting activities and programmes, teach children and being a befriender or mentor.
9. Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter
This is for the animal lovers. At Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter, you can assist in bathing and walking the dogs, as well as monitoring their well-being and health condition.
As one of Singapore’s largest non-governmental organisations for the intellectually disabled, MINDS cater to their educational, vocational, social and welfare needs and help them lead better lives. You can make a difference in the community by engaging with them, conducting courses or workshops that are enriching for them or bringing them out on outings.