This is an incomplete list of the Charities and Volunteer Welfare Organizations in Singapore.
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Last Updated: 19 June 2012
Action for AIDS
Action for Aids provide support and assistance to persons living with HIV and AIDS (PWAs); to increase awareness, education and understanding of AIDS and HIV infection; to combat discrimination and stigmatisation of (PWAs) and their loved ones; and to encourage AIDS-related research activities in Singapore.
Adventist Home for the Elders
Adventist Home for the Elders is a sheltered home for the aged and elderly destitute – a voluntary welfare organization registered with the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, the Commissioner of Charities/National Council of Social Services as well as the Registrar of Societies. Regardless of race, language or religion, the Home currently provides care and shelter for some 38 residents.
Adventist Rehabilitation Centre
The Adventist Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre believes in providing the best in physiotherapy and rehabilitation to all the unfortunate victims of stroke, head and spinal injury following accidents and also all other chronic neuromuscular disorders. The Center’s aim is not only to get all patients well and be able to walk again but also to teach patients a healthy lifestyle so that the patients can avoid getting a second attack or suffer a relapse of the illness.
Ain Society is a voluntary welfare organisation founded in 2000 by 12 activists who resided in Woodlands, the northern part of Singapore, mainly to serve the residents in that area. As it grows, its target group has widened not only to the residents in the north, but also island wide. Its beneficiaries are disadvantaged families, at-risk youths and cancer patients.
aLife views every child from the moment of conception as a precious gift to be cherished and enjoyed by all. aLife is a secular, non-profit voluntary welfare organisation. It is committed to educating, advising and supporting women and their families on issues related to the unborn child and the mother’s reproductive health.
All Saints Home
All Saints Home provides residential nursing care in a Christian environment for the elderly sick of all races and religions in the community. All Saints Home is a Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO). It operates two nursing homes in Hougang and in Tampines
Alzheimer’s Disease Association (Singapore)
The Association was formed in 1990 as a result of growing concern for the needs of people with dementia and their families. ADA is a voluntary welfare organization and is made up of caregivers, professionals and all who are interested in dementia. Its vision is to work towards greater dementia awareness, acceptance, prevention and integrated care in Singapore
Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital
Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital (AMK – THKH) is a leading provider of rehabilitative care in Singapore. We aim to nurture our patients to become self-reliant and assist them in their integration back into society. This is achieved with a multi-disciplinary healthcare approach towards each patient.
Association of Apex Clubs of Singapore
The Apex Club is a non-political and non-sectarian community service organization for young people between ages of 18 and 45. The Club has its origins in Australia and the first Apex club in Singapore was formed in 1956. The mission of Apex is to allow members to grow, learn, make friends and have fun, while helping others. Club activities are funded using the annual subscription fees paid by our members.
Association for Persons with Special Needs
ASPN aims to equip persons with special needs, through best practices in education, training and support services, for open employment and life-long learning, in partnership with our stakeholders and the community.
Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People
ACMI’s aim is to respond to the pastoral needs of all migrants and itinerants in Singapore regardless of race, language or religion. We provide social/legal assistance, counseling and befriending services to all migrant workers, foreign construction workers, foreign domestic workers, foreign spouses and their families, foreign students and transients
Asian Women’s Welfare Association
Asian Women’s Welfare Association mission is to empower the disadvantaged to maximise their potential to lead dignified and independent lives
Assisi Hospice, an outreach service of Mount Alvernia Hospital, was established in 1969 by the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) Catholic Sisters. We dedicate ourselves to the care of adults and children with life limiting illnesses. In an environment of compassionate and holistic care, we understand the challenges faced by our patients. We are here for all, regardless of financial status, age, race & religion, respecting their faith, culture & values
Autism Association (Singapore)
The Autism Association (Singapore) seeks to initiate, organise and support provision of a broad spectrum at services for people with autism in Singapore. Such services to encompass education, vocational and life skills training and residential care.
Bethesda Care & Counselling Services Centre
In 1996, Bethesda Care & Counselling Services Centre (BCCSC) was started with a vision of reaching out and meeting the needs of the community in Bedok area. Since then, BCCSC has been serving the children, youths, families and the elderly in need within our community.
Bone Marrow Donor Programme
Bone Marrow Donor Programme seeks to build a register of bone marrow donors and offer a chance of a cure for patients with leukaemia and other potentially life-threatening blood-related diseases.
Bethesda Community Assistance and Relationship Enrichment Centre
Bethesda Community Assistance and Relationship Enrichment Centre (B’CARE) is a voluntary welfare organization formed with the purpose to express care for the community through social service and welfare assistance.
Beyond Social Service
Focuses on improving the lives of families and individuals from disadvantaged low-income backgrounds.
Bizlink Centre is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive employment services for disadvantaged people, especially the disabled. In particular for people with disabilities (PWDs), Bizlink provides one-stop employment and job assessment services. Bizlink acts as a bridge to connect people with disabilities to potential employers and businesses. It has been serving the disabled community since 1985 when it started as a project under the Ministry of Community Development (now MCYS). Today, it proudly continues to uphold the mission.
Bo Tien Welfare Services Society
Bo Tien Welfare Services Society Provide shelter for the destitute aged with quality and compassion care to meet their physical, psychological and spiritual needs, Serve and reach out the needy and provide with food ration to assist their financial hardship
Boys’ Town Singapore is a unique Catholic Institution dedicated to providing guidance, shelter, education, vocational training and practical living skills to youths. Boys’ Town was established in 1948 as a charitable institution by the Brothers of St Gabriel. We provide boarding and residential care for boys ages 11 – 18 who come primarily from large, troubled, single parent and financially needy families.
The Breadline Group is a community service comprising of volunteers. It was formed because the founders share a concern for the welfare of the old and needy in Singapore, and want to channel our efforts towards helping them. operate with minimal overheads from members’ homes so that the funds raised can go directly to the families in need.
In July 1983, a group of former addicts, driven by the love and conviction of their new found faith, set up Breakthrough Missions to share the Gospel and aid others in breaking free of their bondage too drugs. Since then, the non-profit Gospel-based ministry has come a long way.
Bright Hill Evergreen Home
Bright Hill Evergreen Home is a voluntary welfare home providing health care services for the aged sick regardless of race, language or religion.
Bright Vision Hospital
Bright Vision Hospital is a 302 bed community hospital supported by the Ministry of Health. We are a fully integrated hospital offering holistic and quality care, especially to the needy, the sick, and the elderly, regardless of race or religion. The hospital receives referrals from tertiary hospitals, with the top 3 referring hospitals being the Singapore General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Changi General Hospital.
Caregiving Welfare Association
The Caregiving Welfare Association (CWA) CWA is a voluntary Welfare Organisation focused on eldercare work. CWA has expanded its scope and emphasis on direct eldercare services to help seniors age better, while continuing to focus on support and inculcating responsible and knowledgeable caregivers.
Catholic Welfare Services
The works of Catholic Welfare Services began in 1959 with a simple food relief programme to provide food for the poor. Today, CWS has grown to be the Action Arm of the Catholic Church of Singapore, initiating, assisting, coordinating and carrying out social services to alleviate poverty and distress among the people of Singapore, regardless of race or creed.
Center For Fathering
Center for Fathering (CFF) focuses on preventive social work by providing family-life education to parents at an early stage of their parenthood. There should be less need for corrective work, if we are able to help young parents cope with the demands of parenting… Having also a special focus on men, CFF majors on the need to support and equip fathers in their parenting roles.
Center for Seniors
Inaugurated on 11 July 2006, Centre For Seniors is a non-profit, voluntary welfare organisation that is committed to promoting the total well-being of seniors in Singapore, particularly their vocational, financial and psycho-social well-being.
Children’s Charities Association
The Children’s Charities Association (CCA) began as an unstructured group of charities benefiting children. The charities got together to organize joint fund-raising projects in the 1960s. CCA is the coordinating body purposed to organize fund-raising projects for member charities which have the common objective of helping physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged children of Singapore.
Children’s Cancer Foundation
Children’s Cancer Foundation aims to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and their families through enhancing their emotional, social and medical well-being.
Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home
The Mission of the Home is to provide loving, Christian nurture for needy and disadvantaged children of all races and religions, so as to prepare them to be happy and responsible members of the family and community.
Chen Hong Welfare Service Society
The objectives of Cheng Hong Welfare Service Society are to co-ordinate all the welfare services under our Siang Tng which traditionally offered charitable services like education grants, free medical cares and helping the needy. CHWSS now undertakes these responsibilities and has plans to further our charitable efforts to help those disadvantaged in our society.
Children’s Aid Society – Singapore
Melrose Home provides a supportive environment for children between the ages of 3 to 18 years old, a “home away from home” for children and teenagers who need care and protection in a residential setting. These are children whose parents or family members are unable to provide care or to supervise them. Children of other ages are admitted under special circumstances as well depending on their needs.
Dialogue In The Dark
Dr. Andreas Heinecke was once a journalist in Germany. One day, he was asked to help retrain a colleague who had been blinded in a car accident. At first, Dr. Heinecke felt awkward. But he soon realised his trepidation came mostly from ignorance and his lack of contact with people who are “different”. In 1988, the first Dialogue in the Dark (DiD) exhibition opened in Frankfurt. For over 10 years it was a travelling event. The first permanent museum was established in Hamburg in 2000. Dialogue in the Dark has now reached 30 countries and more than 150 cities across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Over 6 million visitors worldwide have experienced what it means to hear, smell, taste and touch things without being able to see them.
Project Dignity Kitchen is Singapore’s first hawker training school for disabled and disadvantaged people. In this modern society, many times handicapped and elderly are facing greater challenge competing in job marketplace. We give job training and placement so that they can have hope for better future, better lives and better opportunities to be successful. We operate real food court allowing public to experience and interact with our students just like regular eating places. This way we believe enhancing educational value inside-out from our students to public, as well as outside-in from public to get used to handicapped people servicing them.
Disabled People’s Association – Singapore
DPA’s role is in the area of advocacy to influence decision-makers to implement policies and programmes aimed at promoting social integration of persons with disability and to share experiences concerning disability in order to co-operate in search of better solutions through its ‘Voice”, the Integrator and other forum such as round-table discussions.
Down Syndrome Association – Singapore
DSA is a self-funding, non-profit voluntary welfare organization with IPC (Institute of Public Character) status, which works closely and regularly with healthcare and educational professionals, and voluntary welfare organizations. The Association is affiliated to international bodies such as Down Syndrome International (DSI), the Asia-Pacific Down Syndrome Federation (APDSF), Asian Federation of Mental Retardation (AFMR) and the International Association of the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID). In April 2004, DSA was invited to organize and host the 8th World Down Syndrome Congress in Singapore, which attracted participants from more than 34 countries.
Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Dyslexia Association of Singapore is dedicated to helping dyslexic people and those with specific learning differences in Singapore and reaching out to the Region
Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre
For the last 10 years, Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre has endeavoured to be true to its vision – bringing hope to broken relationships through its counselling and mediation services. Having witnessed transformed lives, restored relationships and individuals who bounced back from setbacks through our programmes over a decade, EMCC is ever more committed towards its mission of helping people break out from a life of relationship struggles that breeds hopelessness, pessimism, depression and powerlessness by enabling them to effectively manage their interpersonal relationship challenges in the home, school, workplace and the community.
En Community Services
Fei Yue Community Services
Fei Yue Family Service Centre (FYFSC) is a not-for-profit voluntary welfare organisation established in 1991 by a Christian para-church organisation, Chinese Christian Mission, with a mission to effect life transformation through the provision of quality social services. The Centre became an independent society in 1994 and is now a full member of the National Council of Social Services.
Filos Community Services
A Voluntary Welfare Organisation for the effective functioning of individuals and families.
Focus on the Family Singapore
Focus on the Family Singapore is a local charity with IPC status dedicated to helping families thrive. By providing affordable and quality family life education through talks and workshops, resources on an array of important issues, personal counseling, and much more, we aim to support every family with trusted help and encouragement!
Food from the Heart
Food from the Heart (FFTH) started with the Bread Distribution Programme in February 2003, and has been channeling unsold bread from bakeries and hotels to welfare organizations, needy families and individuals since then. The programme is based on the willingness of bakeries, hotels and that of our volunteers to carry out missions to save bread on a daily basis, thus avoiding bread wastage.
Happy Arts Enterprise Ltd was established in September 2004 as the social enterprise arm of Metta Welfare Association to provide vocational training and create employment opportunities for youths aged 18 and above with mild intellectual disability and/or autism.
Hair for Hope
The idea for Hair for Hope came about from a group of volunteers of Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF). Understanding the ordeals that children with cancer are subjected to, 9 volunteers decided to shave their heads as a symbolic gesture to help create awareness for children with cancer, in conjunction with the annual CCF fundraising event, Tulips Hearts Day.
Handicapped Welfare Association
Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA), founded in 1969 by a group of 23 persons to promote self-help and provide mutual support among the disabled in Singapore, is an organisation run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. It was first registered as the Singapore Handicaps Friendship Club. It later became known as Singapore Association for the Disabled in 1975. In 1976, it adopted the present name – Handicaps Welfare Association.
HCA Hospice Care
At HCA Hospice Care, we understand the medical and psychological needs of patients, caregivers and their families. By managing pain and other symptoms with the specialized care and support we provide, patients can spend their last days in comfort with their families.
The Helping Hand seek to transform lives’ of ex-offenders through the love of Jesus Christ into restored and hardworking individuals, re-integrating them back into society as stable and contributing citizens, and finding a community to be part of in a local church.
Home Nursing Foundation
Home Nursing Foundation (HNF) provides nursing services to patients in their own homes. HNF’s home nursing services are supported by home medical and home therapy services. With proper care management, patients are able to recuperate or be maintained at home.
Humanitarian Organisation of Migration Economics
There are some 800,000 migrant workers or more in Singapore and HOME has provided direct assistance to more than 50,000 men and women migrants and victims of human trafficking and forced labour, who availed of our programme and services. Among those helped included migrants affected by the Tsunami disaster in 2005 and the present global economic crisis in 2008/2009. On one occasion, we provided shelter for 15 Indonesian women and their children, who were abandoned at sea by seamen. Our stories of assistance are as varied as the sufferings and the wounds inflicted upon our beneficiaries.
Kheng Chiu Loke Tin Kee Home
To provide shelter and care to the ambulant and fairly frail elderly in communal living independently, regardless of race, language and religion.
Kidney Dialysis Foundation
The Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) is a non-profit charitable organization which provides subsidized dialysis treatment to needy members of our community so that these patients will not be deprived of treatment due to financial difficulties. KDF is not affiliated to any other kidney organization in Singapore. As of 31 March 2011, the foundation has served more than 589 patients of which 63 have undergone successful kidney transplants.
Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Center
Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre (KASAC) was set up by Dr Richard Hu who was then the Minister of Finance and a member of Parliament in the Kreta Ayer Constituency. In 1995, he engineered the mechanics of the Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC) to form the KASAC Management Committee. KASAC was formed with the aim of assisting senior citizens in achieving a happy and fulfilling life through professional mangagement of resources and funds obtained from CCC, the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and also donations from the general public.
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital boasts 400 beds spread over a 6-acre compound. Staffed by over 300 trained and professional employees, our In-patient Department (IPD), Rehabilitation Centre and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Centre serves thousands of patients every month.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation (LLF) was registered in September 2002 as a charitable organization in Singapore. Its mission is to assist needy patients not only with the necessary treatment costs but also with the objective to improve the quality of their lives through counselling support and social activities.
Lutheran Community Care Services
Lutheran Community Care Services (LCCS) has been reaching out to children and youth in schools and the community since 2002. Its work is supported by MCYS through the Enhanced STEP-UP Programme. LCCS works with the schools to reach out to the At-Risk Students. It focuses on improving relationships of the students with their parents and teachers to strengthen their resilience factor. For 2012, Besides MCYS Programme funding, LCCS received NCSS Comchest funding for the programme.
Metta Welfare Association
Metta aims to provide quality health care and welfare services for the needy and less fortunate, regardless of race or religion.
National Kidney Foundation
The NKF is a charitable organisation that provides dialysis treatment and rehabilitative care to kidney failure patients at affordable, subsidised rates. Our philosophy is to care for our patients holistically, aiming to help patients maintain a reasonable quality of life. The NKF also provides health-screening and public education services to raise the community’s awareness on the importance of renal disease prevention.
Netherlands Charity Association
The Netherlands Charity Association depends entirely on voluntary contributions, raising funds through memberships, contributions from individual supporters, corporate sponsorships and fundraising activities to support local projects and initiatives which benefit the less privileged in Singapore.
Operation Smile – Singapore
Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity committed to saving lives and healing smiles. With a presence in more than 60 countries, Operation Smile provides free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. We are driven every day by the simple reality that with access to safe surgery, these children have the chance to lead a better life and become a vibrant part of their community.
PERTAPIS engages in self-help projects for the betterment of the community’s welfare in Singapore.
Promoting Alternatives to Violence
Family violence has now become a public issue and the government has been instrumental in setting the pace for legal changes and programmes for victims and perpetrators of violence. In response to the need for a more coordinated, holistic and specialized approach to managing family and interpersonal violence cases in Singapore, PAVe centre was set up. It caters to beneficiaries on a national level.
Established as a charity in 1994, Ren Ci Hospital provides medical, nursing, allied health, psychosocial support and counselling to patients, regardless of race, religion or background. ISO certified since 2002, Ren Ci is one of the few charities in Singapore that provides high quality and affordable Intermediate Long Term Care (ILTC) services for the community based on the principles of loving kindness and compassion.
RSVP Singapore – The Organisation of Senior Volunteers
Our Vision is to be Singapore’s premier organisation of active seniors serving and enriching lives through volunteerism
Samaritans of Singapore
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) was established on 1 December 1969. We are a non-profit and non-religious organisation which aims to provide 24-hour confidential emotional support to people in crisis, thinking of suicide or affected by suicide.
Singapore Children’s Society
Singapore Children’s Society protects and nurtures children and youth of all races and religions. Each year the Society reaches out to about 57,000 children, youth and families in need. Established in 1952, its services have evolved to meet the changing needs of children. Today, Children’s Society operates 9 centres islandwide, offering services in the six categories of: Caregiving, Community, Developmental, Preventive, Public Education and Remedial.
SG Gives, or Singapore Gives, is an online donation portal for donors who seek to give to Singapore-registered charities. Unlike fundraising through flag days, gala dinners or charity auctions, SG Gives allows donations to be made day and night, all week, all year round. SG Gives aims to facilitate the improvement in quality and quantity of giving through a low-cost, high reach tool for charities to raise funds. a)Information: increase informed giving. At a time and place of their choice, the public can find out about causes and charities. Donors who are interested can look at information in one portal before deciding who to donate to. b)Engagement: increase donor engagement through basic information already at the fingertips, and easy access to charities listed. c)Transaction: increase donation amounts with more people being reached, informed and engaged on an on-going basis.
Society for the Physically Disabled
The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) is committed to working in partnership with people with physical disabilities to develop their potential to the fullest so that they can be self-reliant and independent.
Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped
The Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), formerly known as the Singapore Association for the Blind (SAB), is a voluntary welfare organisation, founded in 1951. The association’s mission is to help the Visually Impaired help themselves by acquiring new skills and gaining self reliance to cope with the integration into society.
Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services (SBWS) was registered with Registry of Societies and The Charities Branch on 27th May 1981 and 8th May 1991 respectively.SBWS is a full member of the National Council of Social Services (NCSS) and works closely with the Ministry of Community Development Youth and Sports (MCYS), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE).
Singapore Cancer Society
The Singapore Cancer Society was established in 1964 by individuals from the Rotary Club of Singapore West, the Lions Club and Jaycees, and was inaugurated by the then Minster of Health, Mr Yong Nyuk Lin. For the past 47 years, the Society has helped countless needy patients and pushed the cancer cause in Singapore through it many programmes and services which include:The Singapore Cancer Society is a self-funded voluntary health organisation that depends on public donations to fund all its services and programmes. The Society is endorsed by the Ministry of Health and is a member of the National Council of Social Service. It also has IPC (Institute of Public Character) status as a charity since 1995.
Singapore Heart Foundation
The Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF), formerly known as the Singapore National Heart Association (SNHA), is a non-profit charitable organisation at the forefront of the battle against heart disease in Singapore. Since its inception in 1970, the Foundation has grown into a well-established and reputable organisation with local and international links. SHF is a member of the World Heart Federation and has strong ties with other heart foundations in the Asia Pacific region. It has contributed to the inauguration of the International Chinese Heart Health Network and helped to launch the Asia Pacific Heart Network. In 1998, SHF hosted the 3rd International Heart Health Conference which culminated in the Singapore Declaration on Heart Health.
Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore
We assist persons with Cerebral Palsy with professional, innovative, quality service and support in the areas of early intervention, special education, vocational training and social integration.
Sunlove Home is one of the few charitable Homes in Singapore, which gives care to patients ranging in age from 22 to 75 years. The social stigma related to the intellectually-infirmed has caused families to shun their loved ones. The aim of the Home is to educate the public about various forms of mental illness and to eradicate the misconception that mental patients are violent and patients cannot be restored to health.
Touch Community Services
TOUCH Community Services is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. We were officially registered in 1992 and have been a member of the National Council of Social Service since 1994. TOUCH has reached out to many individuals from all religions and races, including children, youths, families, people with special and healthcare needs and the elderly.