COMMUNITY SERVICE

AWA’s Community Service supports 5 featured charity organizations where we’ve designed programs so members can choose from a variety of schedules and volunteer options. In this issue, we highlight the Ronald McDonald House. In addition we bring you information about another Singapore-based charity that members might see as a new way to fill their passion for serving others. For more information about our Community Service programs click here.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES

If you are looking for a way to reduce stress, provide a sense of purpose, and give back to your community, The Ronald McDonald House Charities could be the answer. RMHC is a wonderful organization doing very important work here in Singapore, keeping families close while their children are receiving medical care at National University Hospital and at the Institute of Mental Health.

The Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room located at NUH, Singapore are looking for volunteers to work 4 hour shifts between the hours of 9:00am to 9:00pm. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting in the day-to-day operation of the House or Family Room by providing comfort and support to the families, helping with various daily and weekly chores, and registering families for fingerprint access that will allow them to use the House and Family Room while their children are being treated in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The Ronald McDonald House has four ensuite bedrooms, a reading room, living room, dining room, laundry area and kitchenette. The Ronald McDonald Family Room has a kitchen area, shower facilities, a dining area, and comfortable chairs to nap or relax. Both the House and the Family Room offer free snacks and drinks, a television, and free Wi-Fi.

Our second Family Room, located at the Institute of Mental Health, Sunrise Wing of the Pediatric Care Unit, also provides families a peaceful place to wait while their children are undergoing treatment which may include evaluations, counseling, occupational therapy, etc. This Family Room is a “home-like” setting where families will be able to have a snack, watch TV, or simply rest while their child is being treated at IMH. We are looking for volunteers to assist in manning the desk in the Family Room. Responsibilities include check-in services to families, daily operational duties, and providing a friendly atmosphere. These shifts are 3 to 4 hours during the operating times of 9:00am to 7:00pm. The Institute of Mental Health is located at Buangkok Green Medical Park, Singapore, 539747.

RMHC is looking for volunteers to commit to at least two shifts per month, and a minimum of a three-month commitment, with the complete understanding that AWA members travel several times throughout the year, and, of course, will not be able to work during their travels.

If you are interested in this worthwhile volunteer opportunity, please contact the AWA coordinator at rmhc@awasingapore.org.

HCSA ACADEMY & OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN SINGAPORE

In May, AWA had the opportunity to visit the kitchens of HCSA Culinary Academy. We were served a delicious lunch and learned of HCSA’s variety of programs. The Academy offers a hands-on, 6-week culinary course to equip trainees with professional F&B skills. Graduates have 100% job placement rate upon successful completion.

Many of the trainees come from Highpoint, another HCSA program. Highpoint started in 1996 as a halfway house helping former drug offenders and newly released prisoners. The training at the Academy is not just culinary skills, but trainees receive practical and emotional support, building confidence to face the real world challenges as they rebuild their lives.

Two more programs we learned of but did not visit are Dayspring Residential Treatment Center and Dayspring SPIN (Single Parents INformed, INvolved, INcluded). The Residential Center is trauma support and therapy for abused teen girls. SPIN benefactors are single parents that are assisted for a period of 12 months. They receive parenting workshops, respite services and other information vital in their parenting journey. Assigned “Befrienders”, trained volunteers, are their support and connection while supported by Dayspring.

We look forward to working with HCSA in the future, but if you have a passion for supporting any of these groups, contact Christa at commservice@awasingapore.org to get help connecting.

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