FAQ on volunteering

FAQ on volunteering


Everything you need to know about helping hand.


Who can join RSVP?

If you are 40 years and above and are able to spend half a day each month to volunteer, you can join RSVP as a volunteer with an annual subscription of $10.

  • Join as an Associate Member if you are between 40 to 49 years of age
  • Join as an Ordinary Member with voting rights if you are 50 years and above
  • Join as an Affiliate Member if you are a non-Singaporean or non-PR, and are 40 years and above

Why do I need to pay a fee to volunteer?

RSVP is a membership organisation. Like most membership organisations, it comes with a fee to join. Paying a membership fee is a sign of commitment.  RSVP’s community service programmes are typically long-term in nature for the service to have an impact.  Hence volunteers need to undertake their duties with a sense of obligation and on a sustained basis. The membership fee will also help to cover part of the cost for training, bonding and insurance coverage when you are volunteering.

Be a RSVP Senior Volunteer!  Sign up here

How do I join RSVP?

Fill up our online application form. We will contact you within 14 days. Subsequently we will invite you to attend our open house and training. This process may take two weeks to a month. If you need more information, please feel free to call us at 6259 0802 or email us at general@rsvp.org.sg

What volunteering opportunities are available?

You can volunteer in our community service programmes under three main services – Befriending, Guiding and Training.

  • Befriending – Benefit the mentally disadvantaged, at-risk children from low income families, and socially isolated seniors.
  • Guiding – volunteer as a guide to provide assistance to visitors at places of interests.
  • Training – You can also volunteer in the training programmes benefitting others to enhance their volunteering skills and upgrade their IT skills.

You can also help in office administration duties during office hours or assist us in communications, episodic volunteering, fundraising, or our social enterprise RSVP ProGuide.

For further enquiries, please call us at 6259 0802 or email general@rsvp.org.sg

How long must I commit to a volunteering opportunity?

Most of our community service programmes requires acommitment of at least half a day each week for the programme to have its desired impact. We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months.

If you are unable to commit to a a regular volunteering schedule, or would like to try out volunteering without committing to a particular service, you may join our Episodic Volunteering programme. All ages are welcome.

If I cannot commit to a regular volunteering schedule, can I still volunteer?

In the past, we require volunteers to commit and sign on as a member before they can volunteer in our programmes.

With effect from 1 July 2016, we have allowed volunteers to sign on as episodic volunteers to get a taste of volunteering before they commit long term. However episodic volunteers will be required to attend relevant briefings before deployment.

Are there any minimum volunteering hours to fulfil in a year?

The recommended number of volunteering hours is at least 36 hours each year, which is equivalent to one volunteer session (three hours) a month.

Will I be trained before deployment?

Yes you will be invited to attend a mandatory half-day “Be an Effective Volunteer” workshop conducted by our RSVP facilitators. You will also be contacted to attend programme briefings and trainings to prepare you for your assignments. All training will be provided free of charge.

What is the membership card for?

To cultivate a stronger sense of belonging, RSVP Singapore is issuing membership cards to all RSVP members. Membership details such as type and validity of membership are stated on the card. Please note that a replacement fee of $5 will be charged for loss of membership card.

All members can bring their membership card to all branches of Sian Chay Medical Institution (SCMI) to receive free TCM services till 31 January 2018. For the various SCMI branch locations and operating hours, please click here.

What should I do if I am sick or need to go away?

If you have pre-arranged appointment and cannot be present for your duties, you have to inform your teammates/team leader and Programme executive in advance, ideally a week beforehand. For last-minute emergency i.e. sick, please inform your teammates/team leader and Programme Executive as soon as possible.

Can we attend the talks/training/IT Classes in RSVP?

Certain talks and IT classes are open to members of the public, however only RSVP members are entitled to attend the training classes as these are meant to equip our members with skills for voluntary work.

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