Recipient of the Special Commendation Award 2014
Volunteering with RSVP Since 2007
I first read about RSVP in the Straits Times. Unfortunately I was working back then and was unable to participate in RSVP’s activities. Upon my retirement in 2007, I decided to find out more about RSVP. After attending some talks at RSVP, I decided to get involved in volunteering.
Initially, I was involved with NeWater programmes and the ABC water programmes, where I work with school children from primary and secondary schools. This led me to the Mentoring programme, followed by MDOP and ELSP Programmes.
I was mentoring in Lakeside Primary school, when a parent wrote to say that her child showed great improvement in being more responsible, caring and respectful. The child explained that he learnt these good habits from the programme. Of course, my team and I felt great as our effort was not wasted. The school also reported that some of the kids have improved in their attitudes.
Currently, I'm volunteering in the Enriching Lives of Seniors Programme (ELSP) befriending seniors at Pioneer RC Zone 9 and Zone 3 RCs. I assist the team with the planning of weekly activities and I try to find new and sustainable activities suitable for the elderly clients. I also volunteer in the Mentally Disadvantaged Outreach Programme (MDOP) befriending mentally challenged clients at the Octave @ Bukit Batok. I’m deeply involved in the arts and craft activity and similarly I assist the team in organising the programme.
You need to be committed when it comes to volunteering! For those new to volunteering, choose something that is close to your heart and something that you feel you are good at. Besides being committed, one needs to be passionate, patient, caring and have the desire to help the less fortunate. Being able to bring smiles, laughter and happiness to the people you serve will make your day and you will feel rewarded. Always remember to remain active, stay positive and to work harmoniously with your team mates.
My life is enriched since I took up volunteering. Sharing my thoughts and experiences with fellow volunteers and clients has broadening my horizon!