Singapore’s volunteerism sector has been growing rapidly. Community service has become an integral part of education in schools, and members of the public are increasingly aware of social causes. But is it enough to simply raise funds? Can more be done to encourage individuals to contribute their time and effort, not just their money?
Over the years, Singapore’s volunteer organisations have also made headway into the region, or in addressing issues that affect not just Singapore but other Asian countries and the world. Human trafficking has become a high-profile issue in Singapore, and this is a problem with an inherently regional scope. Increasingly, Singaporeans are also going overseas to help other communities. How can this international reach be sustained and expanded? Can Singaporeans and Singapore residents do more to help our neighbours?