Volunteering builds bonds with beneficiaries

I agree that more can be done than simply donating money for a good cause ("Offer your time and experience instead of just money: Minister"; Nov 25).

As a long-time volunteer with RSVP Singapore, I can vouch that a sense of sharing and caring can be achieved through personal interaction with those we serve.

Volunteers in the non-profit organisation's Mentally Disadvantaged Outreach Programme reach out to patients recovering from mental ailments by organising educational and recreational activities, such as handicraft, reading and line dancing, and teaching life-coping and IT skills.

Being able to rehabilitate former patients to ease them back into society and improve their quality of life has been a very satisfying and enriching volunteer experience.

And many primary school pupils have benefited from the Mentoring Programme, where volunteers interact with their charges by helping them in homework and offering a listening ear to their problems.

What is more inspiring is that through such rapport and active personal interaction with the beneficiaries, a sense of close bonding and friendship is formed.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 28, 2016, with the headline 'Volunteering builds bonds with beneficiaries'. Print Edition | Subscribe