Causes Week 2016: How to help the needy with your time or money

Jayce Tham, 28, a volunteer chats with a resident in Chinatown. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

These are some of the groups and individuals who wrote in to The Straits Times Causes Week about their projects.


Social auction portal Reverie lets people do good while going about their regular life. The social enterprise's founders convince restaurants, gyms and other business owners to sell their products to Reverie at a lower price in the name of charity. These are then auctioned off and 20 per cent of the profits go to the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres). To take part in a charity auction, visit


Causes Corp started in Australia, but has recently opened a Singapore chapter. It makes volunteering easy by letting people contribute from home, or meet in cafes to write, knit and plant for various causes. For example, last weekend volunteers met at a cafe to knit winter beanies for Nepali babies. To find out more about its events in Singapore, visit


Every month, a group of senior citizens who call themselves Frances and the Vocal Hearts visits a daycare centre in Marsiling to bring cheer to patients with life-limiting illnesses. The choir group has been volunteering with HCA Hospice Care for more than 10 years. Find out more about volunteer opportunities at HCA by calling 6891-9535 or 6891-9422.


To make sure shelter and stray animals are not left out of a Christmas feast, animal lover Shirley Tan collects money from friends and family to feed the animals each year. Last year, she raised $9,890 to feed 4,945 animals. As of last Monday, she had collected $5,436 from about 60 donors for this year's drive. To find out more, visit www.


National movement Giving Week may have ended last Monday, but Singaporeans are still encouraged to donate throughout this festive period. Last year, $9 million was raised in December - a 60 per cent increase compared with December 2014. To donate to various charities and find information on volunteering opportunities, visit

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 11, 2016, with the headline Causes Week 2016: How to help the needy with your time or money. Subscribe