Ms Malligesvari d/o Krishnaraj
Volunteering with RSVP since September 2018
I was introduced to RSVP by a close friend of mine who was already a volunteer. I went for the Open House and was immediately taken with RSVP as I am a people person and want to help in any way I can.
I started volunteering as a Guide at the Indian Heritage Centre, serving as a concierge and guiding visitors. My knowledge of various languages came in handy with visitors who were thrilled to learn about the Indian culture and festivals.
I then chose to volunteer for the Mentoring Programme as I had relevant experience – I was a teacher in India for low income families for five years. I started mentoring in Yio Chu Kang Primary school and Sengkang Family Centre. I was then given the opportunity to mentor at Xishan Primary School and Naval Base Primary School.
I found that by helping and getting to know the children, mentoring them to do their homework, exercise and art and craft work, they became more independent and responsible. We form a bond with them. So much so that whenever we miss a class, they would come running to ask us why we were not there.
In addition, you gain satisfaction when you learn that the children whom you are mentoring have improved in their studies, their attendance in class, and completed their homework.
Apart from being a Guide, I am a Befriender at Lions Home for the Elders, I sing in the Singing Group and am an instructor for the Age Well Everyday (AWE) programme. I am currently undergoing training to be a certified HAPPY (Healthy Ageing Promotion Programme for You) trainer.
By contributing our time to the less fortunate in the community, we are doing a great and fulfilling service to the public. We will grow old one day, so do your part to volunteer and join in the events held at RSVP. You will not regret it.