Teamwork makes the dream work! Check out these groundups that are doing awesome things, and reach out to them if you'd like to connect.
ADVOCATES FOR REFUGEES-SINGAPORE
HUMANITARIAN | ADVOCACY
Advocates For Refugees (AFR-SG) is a volunteer-led ground up movement promoting the humane and dignified treatment of displaced persons. As a community-driven initiative, they encourage Singaporeans and those living in Singapore to offer community-driven solutions that help ameliorate the causes and consequences of forced migration.
MENTAL HEALTH | SUICIDE PREVENTION | EDUCATION | BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
Stigma2Strength Singapore raises awareness about suicide and mental health conditions, addressing and educating on topics of suicide, suicide prevention and stigmas surrounding mental health through the perspective of "Lived-Experience". They utilise research-based narratives to achieve its mission of "One Life Lost Is One Too Many, One Life Saved Is All Worth It".
MENTAL HEALTH | PLATFORMS | BEREAVED
Before Beyond empowers Singaporeans to navigate mortality-related issues confidently, be a source of comfort and guidance for people who are grieving, and inspire people to live better. Besides providing information and advice, they also organise activities for those terminally ill and facilitate meaningful dialogues around topics that are traditionally seen as "taboo".
KINDNESS | ENVIRONMENT | FOOD | DISADVANTAGED
This initiative aims to spread joy & bring smiles to others with whatever they do, be it volunteer work, acts of kindness or with their smiles! One of their many projects include running free pop-up grocery stores in various neighbourhoods to provide an avenue for residents, market vendors and community partners to redistribute their excess food to the underprivileged in the area.
PROJECT AUDIBLE CHEER
MENTAL HEALTH | ARTS | SENIORS
Project Audible Cheer aims to provide mental and emotional support to our vulnerable seniors through the songs of yesteryears! They procure MP3 portable radio sets, programme them to provide multilingual audio programs and music, and distribute them to the seniors who are unable to access digital content or afford their own entertainment devices.
VOLUNTEER GUITAR CONNECTION
KINDNESS | ARTS | DISADVANTAGED
Volunteer Guitar Connection believes that no one should be deprived of the joy of music regardless of their background or circumstances. That's why this group of individuals passionate about music and helping others are bringing the joy of music to the less privileged at various social service agencies and charities in Singapore.
HOMELESS HEARTS OF SINGAPORE
SOCIAL INCLUSION | BEFRIENDING | HOMELESS
Homeless Hearts of Singapore is a homeless outreach initiative, run by a team of volunteers who hope to inspire fellow Singaporeans to start their own small homeless outreach groups likewise. They take a relational approach in helping the homeless, befriending them and helping them get to the relevant social services.
SOCIAL MOBILITY | TECHNOLOGY | EDUCATION | WOMEN & GIRLS
TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. They believe that technology is meant to be accessible by all, and women can pick up how to code by taking part in their 10-week coding TechLadies Bootcamp, learning through creating products for NGOs under the guidance of volunteer coaches.
SG FOOD RESCUE
ENVIRONMENT | FOOD | SUSTAINABLE LIVING
SG Food Rescue brings together people passionate about reducing food waste in Singapore. Their main priority is food rescue and the redistribution of unwanted food. Besides vegetable rescues at wholesale centres, SG Food Rescue also restocks community fridges and supports soup kitchens.
KINDNESS | BEFRIENDING | CHILDREN & YOUTH
Project GIVE is run by 3 mothers, 2 of whom are caregivers to special needs children and the other working in the medical field, along with a team of volunteers. They currently work with the Homecare teams of various hospitals to GIVE joy, cheer and love to children with chronic illnesses who are home-bound.
COMMUNITY GATHERINGS | PLATFORMS | EDUCATION
Openjio is a learning community of people who care about social issues in Singapore. Their vision is to build a strong community network engaging young people to learn about social causes and contribute back to society. Join their telegram channels, OpenJio and VolunteerJio to keep updated with events and volunteering opportunities in the social sector. Stay OPEN & JIO your friends!
LIGHTING HEARTS LIGHTING HOMES
SOCIAL INCLUSION | HOUSEHOLD GOODS | DISADVANTAGED
This initiative hopes to, in a small way, be able to spread cheer, love and respite from the daily humdrum and difficulties by visiting those in need and bringing to them homemade festive goodies, along with basic essentials and cash during festive sesasons. Through this humble gesture, they hope to reach out and remind those in need that they are not forgotten.
SOCIAL INCLUSION | CULTURAL HARMONY | MIGRANT COMMUNITY
ItsRainingRaincoats is a simple initiative to spread kindness to migrant workers in Singapore! They aim to improve the lives of these migrant workers, building bridges to strengthen their integration into our broader community through the use of imaginative, innovative, authentic and nimble strategies.
CULTURAL HARMONY | EDUCATION | BEFRIENDING
Diverse Origins is a learning community that encourages the sharing of various cultures and experiences that people from all walks of life may have. In the grander vision of things, they hope to overcome ethnocentrism and encourage the appreciation of the vast bounty of cultures worldwide through skills training support focusing on cross-cultural literacy.
CASSIA RESETTLEMENT TEAM
SOCIAL INCLUSION | BEFRIENDING | DISPLACED
The Cassia Resettlement Team (CRT) is a community of people passionate about nurturing a caring and resilient society! They aim to mitigate social isolation and loneliness, starting in 2017 with those who were involuntarily relocated to Cassia Crescent, and have since evolved to support various communities in the neighbourhood, one door knock at a time.
ASHA & CO
MENTAL HEALTH | FOOD | ARTS | WOMEN & GIRLS
Asha & Co is a community that promotes the mental wellness of women through cooking, art and community gatherings. Founded in 2015, the community creates safe spaces for like-minded individuals through a variety of skills, interests and experiences to build a healthy support system, while allowing them the opportunity to explore their greater potential.
ENVIRONMENT | ADVOCACY | HOUSEHOLD GOODS
Inspired by how the recycling of toilet rolls, a form of clean waste, is such a simple process, ToiletRollSG hopes to promote the idea of “turning trash into treasure” in the circular economy. This youth activist initiative aims to collect 1 tonne of recyclable toilet rolls in Singapore, exchanging that for cash which will be donated to other environmental causes.
SOCIAL MOBILITY | ARTS | EX-OFFENDERS
CANVAS is a community of artists, navigating through life, and adding value to society. The community welcomes aspiring artists formerly trained at Visual Arts Hub in the Changi Prison Complex during their period of incarceration, and work in tandem with volunteer artists and mentors from the wider community to support the ex-inmates in both art and life.
SOCIAL INCLUSION | GARDENING | MIGRANT COMMUNITY
SayurStory is a ground-up initiative growing veggies and community together with foreign domestic workers (FDWs) & Singaporeans. They aim to build an inclusive community that invites both to engage in conversations and activities that promote personal and cultural exchange, based around food and the natural environment.
BREAK THE CYCLE SG
SOCIAL MOBILITY | SPORT | EX-OFFENDERS
Break the Cycle was founded in 2020 to involve the cycling community in Singapore to befriend and support ex-offenders to achieve positive life goals, providing a sense of community to break the cycle of recidivism in Singapore.
PENPALS IN THE COMMUNITY
SOCIAL INCLUSION | CRAFT | SENIORS
Everyone loves surprises right? And receiving a letter or parcel in our mailbox never fails to make us smile. Penpals in the Community is an initiative that hopes to use letter-writing as a platform to connect seniors and the younger generation, hoping to bring seniors some joy by sending them handwritten letters or cards.
SINGAPORE YOUTH FOR CLIMATE ACTION
ENVIRONMENT | VOLUNTEERISM | CHILDREN & YOUTH
SYCA is on a mission to meaningfully engage youths in climate action or environment-related volunteerism. Their promise is to provide climate change-related volunteering opportunities to youths in Singapore that can promote climate awareness, climate action, and environment-related volunteerism in Singapore.
A PACKET OF RICE
FOOD SECURITY | FOOD | DISADVANTAGED
Started in 2012 as a simple birthday wish to give back to society, A Packet of Rice is a self-initiated volunteer group that distributes meal boxes to low-income and needy residents and senior citizens who are residing in rented 1 or 2-room flats.
SOCIAL MOBILITY | EDUCATION | CHILDREN & YOUTH
Hopefull is a ground-up initiative that creates, gathers, and provides engaging educational resources for children and youth from low-income families by collaborating with our network of local expertise. On top of regularly sending Tinker kits to over 600 children, they also organize Tinker IRL to bring the learning to life and are piloting a multisport x mentorship program for teens.
ARTISTS, HEALERS, ARTISANS
MENTAL HEALTH | ARTS | ADVOCACY
AHA aims to raise community awareness on art-making and art therapy practices as a tool for mental wellness management for healing and support. The dedicated team of local artists, art therapists and art educators leverage on various art forms for wellness and bonding through organising art workshops, events and activities for various age groups in Singapore.
I AM GREEN
ENVIRONMENT | SUSTAINABLE LIVING | ADVOCACY
I Am Green takes a three-pronged approach to combating climate change by encouraging the community to develop good recycling habits, creating awareness of climate issues and providing practical steps to reduce CO2 emissions for a more sustainable lifestyle. They run green campaigns in various towns and are on the active lookout for green volunteers to participate!
KINDNESS | SOCIAL MOBILITY | CHILDREN & YOUTH
Founded in 2020, Kindheroes.club aims to enable young children between the ages of 3-18 to be change agents and make a difference in their communities. They offer a safe and collaborative platform for kids to explore various ways of doing good and being kind, engaging them in impactful activities that strengthen their social consciousness and emotional intelligence along the way!
INTERGENERATIONAL COHESION | SENIORS | CHILDREN & YOUTH
Project Somebody is a ground-up initiative aiming to help seniors live a happier life, strengthen the values of filial piety in our society and pass on the knowledge of seniors to the next generations! They have designed an app for families and close communities to promote well-being through meaningful inter-generational engagement.
PAY IT FORWARD
KINDNESS | EDUCATION | FOOD | VOLUNTEERISM
Pay It Forward’s objective is to create a more caring and sharing community through peer sharing and ground-up initiatives, so as to create a ripple effect by learning from one another and in turn giving back to the society. Besides providing free tuition to students and youth, the group also pays-it-forward through skills (hairdressing services) and food/meals for the needy.
U 3RD AGE
INTERGENERATIONAL COHESION | EDUCATION | SENIORS
U 3rd Age (University of the Third Age) is a community of seniors coming together to share learning experiences and social-cultural values. It organizes activities for seniors to achieve active ageing and have fun in later life learning. U 3rd Age also creates a platform to connect with younger generations by sharing life experiences, family values, and personal stories.
THE CODETTE PROJECT
SOCIAL MOBILITY | EDUCATION | TECHNOLOGY | WOMEN & GIRLS
The Codette Project is a non-profit ground-up initiative that aims to get more minority/Muslim women into technology. They're working towards long-term economic change for minority/Muslim women through developing tech skills, building a collaborative community as well as reclaiming narratives of success to include minority/Muslim women’s stories.
STRINGS FOR KINDNESS
KINDNESS | ARTS | CHILDREN & YOUTH
Strings For Kindness is a ground-up movement by an ensemble of young string players who love to bring kindness to people through music! During performances, they inspire graciousness, through one kind act (and music playing) at a time. During rehearsals, they also encourage kindness and empathy, by playing as a team and sparing a thought for the people around them.
SOCIAL MOBILITY | ADVOCACY | MIGRANT COMMUNITY
Sama Sama aims to redefine the image of low wage migrant workers and enhance support systems which enable migrant workers to pursue their aspirations. What started as a 3-day awareness campaign has grown into a community of passionate individuals and volunteers from the migrant community who have created change for themselves and those around them.
YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION
| MENTAL HEALTH | ADVOCACY
PleaseStay. Movement is an advocacy group founded by mothers united by the loss of their children to suicide. Since its launch in Oct 2019, the group has encouraged responsible dialogue about the rising youth suicide rates and the upstream issues of anxiety, depression and mental illness, calling for better coordination and more support to prevent suicide among young people.
MATCHSTICKS OF IMH
MENTAL HEALTH | SOCIAL INCLUSION | BEFRIENDING
Matchsticks of IMH hopes to ignite the passion to serve the mental health community in others, in order to spark a difference as we move toward being a more inclusive society. Established in 2014, the group devotes their time weekly to serving the needs of our special friends at the long stay wards in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
SOCIAL INCLUSION | CULTURAL HARMONY | ARTS | MIGRANT COMMUNITY
Devoted to bridging peoples and cultures through various art forms, Labour Arty brings awareness to and appreciation for migrant communities using assorted mediums such as photography, documentaries, and digital media. They aim to collaborate and complement the work being done by organisations that promote inclusivity and enhance the well-being of the neglected.
NEIGHBOURLINESS | PLATFORMS | HOUSEHOLD GOODS
A ground-up initiative to connect neighbours to bless and be blessed, GoodHood.SG runs a free platform for mobile-verified neighbours to share information, goods and services. They hope to bring neighbours closer and revive the kampung spirit in Singapore!
DISABILITY | SOCIAL INCLUSION | SPORT
DB Hearts is a ground-up initiative that aims to make competitive dragon boating more accessible to everyone in Singapore. It was conceived in 2016 by a group of dragonboat veterans who desired a more inclusive and diverse sports scene, and is primarily run by a volunteer group of like-minded individuals with a passion for dragon boating.
POLITICAL LITERACY | EDUCATION | SINGAPOREANS
CAPE is an independent and non-partisan community of students aiming to foster active citizenry and facilitating accessible engagement for local civil society. They seek to raise consciousness and civic participation of fellow students and Singaporeans, building capacity for political literacy and providing avenues for Singaporeans to contribute constructively.
3AM MUSIC COLLECTIVE
MENTAL HEALTH | ARTS
3am Music Collective is an initiative by a group of Singapore musicians of different ethnicity & age groups to create various genres of music, to give hope & show empathy to people with troubled minds. Through the music, they aim to spread awareness and acceptance of mental health conditions, in the hope of removing the stigma so those suffering can get help without fear or shame.
HEALTH | STORYTELLING | SENIORS
Ageless Online is a free online magazine for seniors that hopes to show you that age is really just a number! Read inspiring stories on active agers and find information on health, finance & products to help seniors live healthier and happier lives. True to their strength of storytelling, they also run several other community initiatives including FACEUP, Time Traveller and Makan with Seniors!
SOCIAL MOBILITY | EDUCATION | CHILDREN & YOUTH
Because every student can use a power-up! Jiayou Station aims to help students identified by schools and community centres through academic support, as well as guiding them as a mentor in both their aspirations and decisions. They aim to build a peer mentorship system and tap on the community's goodwill to share their experiences, helping students discover their direction in life.
TECHNOLOGY | NON-PROFIT COMMUNITIES
better.sg builds and supercharge innovative digital tools to address societal issues, helping organisations do more social good using technology. In the process, they also empower and engage the multidisciplinary techforgood community in Singapore.
KINDNESS | ARTS | SENIORS
Art:Connect is a student-led initiative with the objective to connect student/youth art and healthcare. They hope to spread awareness of the use of art in the healing process and create an uplifting environment not only for the patients and residents but also the wonderful staff working in these healthcare centres and nursing homes.
GIFT FOR GOOD
TECHNOLOGY | HOUSEHOLD GOODS | NON-PROFIT COMMUNITIES
The Gift for Good team is a team from Developer Student Club NUS, that comprises of a mixture of current and prior NUS undergraduates. The team runs an online in-kind donations platform connecting donors and NPOs to galvanise in-kind donations towards a more generous Singapore.
HEY, YOU GOT MAIL!
SOCIAL INCLUSION | CRAFT | SENIORS
Hey, You Got Mail! spreads good vibes to your loved ones and nursing home seniors via personalised handmade cards! This initiative aims to help reduce the risk of loneliness from social isolation through the delivery of high-quality, hand-made cards, bringing a smile to the faces of our beloved elderly in Singapore.
COVID-19 | BEFRIENDING | NEIGHBOURS
A neighbourhood buddy system aimed at supporting the elderly and disadvantaged families, by connecting resident volunteers with their neighbours-in-need based on proximity, assistance type and spoken language.
INTERGENERATIONAL COHESION | HEALTH | SENIORS
GenLab Collective is a ground-up initiative seeking to empower seniors through intergenerational efforts! They aim to do so through exploring fun and exciting ways to share our senior's knowledge, creating an environment for meaningful exchange to take place among seniors and youths while improving the overall health of seniors in the process.
MELLOW & TALE
MENTAL HEALTH | STORYTELLING | YOUNG ADULTS
Mellow & Tale is on a mission to provide accessible counselling and mental health support for young adults and professionals! Besides providing information and intervention, they are also a creative production studio, commissioning stories and projects that positively improve the representation of mental health in pop culture.
CHILD BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT (SINGAPORE)
BEREAVED | BEFRIENDING | CAREGIVERS
CBSS is an informal network of bereaved parents who have all found that meeting other bereaved parents has provided invaluable support. They provide support and friendship through a 'befriending' network, hold monthly support meetings, and maintain a website of resource and information to help bereaved parents find their way through their loss.
DESIGN | PLATFORMS | NON-PROFIT COMMUNITIES
Making Meaning is a ground-up community initiative based in Singapore, hoping to bridge the gap between non-profits and creatives (like designers and writers) through skills-based volunteering opportunities. They run a forum-style platform that facilitates the listing of ad-hoc design projects required by non-profits that community members can then respond to and help.
WELCOME IN MY BACKYARD
CULTURAL HARMONY | SOCIAL INCLUSION | BEFRIENDING | MIGRANT COMMUNITY
Welcome In My Backyard (WIMBY) is a volunteer-run campaign that raises awareness in relation to Migrant Workers (MWs), with the primary aim of humanising MWs in the local community's eyes. They're on a mission is to mobilise all of Singapore society to create a safe space for our MW friends, with the wider goal of normalising relations between MWs and Singaporeans.
THE TAPESTRY PROJECT
MENTAL HEALTH | STORYTELLING | ADVOCACY
The Tapestry Project is a ground-up, community mental health online publication that educates, empowers and connects with readers through personal stories. They champion first-hand narratives of people and professionals touched by mental health challenges. They also run re:story workshops -- a strengths-based narrative expressive writing programme.
THE ACHIEVERS - FRIENDS OF IMH
MENTAL HEALTH | BEFRIENDING | ADVOCACY
The Achievers – Friends of IMH is a non-profit, non-religious volunteer group established in 1999 that is striving towards a society without mental illness stigma. They work with our special group of people with mental disabilities at the IMH (Institute of Mental Health), befriending and bringing joy to the long-stay patients by organising ward visits and activities.
DISABILITY | SOCIAL MOBILITY | SPORT
Soundball is tennis adapted to the needs of the visually impaired. Soundball Singapore aims to inspire the visually impaired to strive beyond their perceived limits. They hope to promote further awareness of this sport, with a goal for it to be included into the Paralympics. The sport is suitable for people of all ages and playing abilities, so reach out to join them!
SOCIAL INCLUSION | CRAFT | HOUSEHOLD GOODS
Project Wellness is a non-profit groundup set up in 2020 to distribute quality handmade masks to the community. Beyond masks, the group also believes in using their sewing skills for good by serving the sewing needs of others in the community.
OUR SINGAPORE REEFS
ENVIRONMENT | ADVOCACY | ANIMALS
Our Singapore Reefs (OSR) was established in 2017 by a community of divers who loves Singapore's coral reefs. They aim to promote awareness of Singapore's marine biodiversity, provide a platform for academics, businesses, NGOs and agencies to work together, and empower the public with means to conserve and protect Singapore's reefs.
MASKS SEWN WITH LOVE
COVID-19 | CRAFT | HOUSEHOLD GOODS
Masks Sewn With Love is a community project to sew reusable cloth masks for our Singapore Nation. These masks sewn with love, by the community (volunteers) for the community, will be distributed to the vulnerable groups in shelter and homes, cleaners and domestic helpers; including vulnerable kids and their families within the respective estates.
KEEPING HOPE ALIVE
SOCIAL INCLUSION | BEFRIENDING | DISADVANTAGED
Keeping Hope Alive is a community that shares a common goal: the love of humanity! They work with the less privileged in Singapore, focusing on providing better quality of life and most importantly, to keep hope alive for them. Every Sunday, they visit low-income families living in rental flats to provide assistance, with the belief that behind every door is a story.
ELEVATE THE STREETS
SOCIAL MOBILITY | ARTS | CHILDREN & YOUTH
Elevate The Streets is a movement to uplift street subcultures. They partner with schools and youth organisations to deliver workshops and mentorships to youth, while teaching them street skills such as break dancing or graffiti. Being a group of bboys, pakour artists and DJs, they believe that subcultures can be a force for good, bridging the gap between society and the streets.
CODE IN THE COMMUNITY
TECHNOLOGY | EDUCATION
| CHILDREN & YOUTH
Code In The Community (CITC) is a large scale coding programme to get children from disadvantaged backgrounds interested in coding. They run a programme in Singapore that provides disadvantaged children with free, multi-level coding classes, so those who show an interest in coding can progress to the next level.
SOCIAL MOBILITY | BEFRIENDING | CHILDREN & YOUTH
6th Sense is a volunteer-run groundup which befriends children 7 to 14 years of age at Kebun Baru. The team conducts fortnightly Saturday evening sessions, immersing in art often inspired by nature or following up on a child's inspiration. A second component is free play around the blocks and often involves playing at the AMK Bishan Park.
ENVIRONMENT | PLATFORMS | COMMUNITY GATHERINGS
LepakInSG runs a one-stop calendar listing environmental events and activities in Singapore, so anyone can see at a glance what is going on at any given day. They also organise face-to-face sessions for people to lepak together while learning about the environment, raising awareness and encouraging action. Crackling cross-pollination ensues.
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES SINGAPORE
HEALTH | BEFRIENDING | ADVOCACY
Autoimmune Diseases Singapore seeks to share information about autoimmune diseases relevant to Singapore and the Asian region. They currently run an informal support group for those diagnosed with autoimmune diseases and living in Singapore, with a closed Facebook group facilitating online sharing of knowledge and experiences living with autoimmune diseases.
COMMUNITY E-FILING SERVICE GROUP
GOVERNANCE & COMPLIANCE | ACCOUNTING | SERVICE OPERATORS
This annual initiative assists taxi drivers, private hire vehicle drivers, hawkers and other freelancers who face difficulties in e-filing their taxes due to language barriers or difficulties in understanding our tax system.
FOOD RESCUE @ EVENTS (SINGAPORE)
ENVIRONMENT | FOOD | SUSTAINABLE LIVING
Started in 2017, this initiative aims to help event organisers reduce food waste through a food rescue Telegram group to co-ordinate rescue efforts. They also aim to create awareness on reducing food wastage through education and outreach.
THE GIVING COLLECTIVE
FOOD SECURITY | FOOD | DISADVANTAGED
The Giving Collective actively redistributes excess perishable goods in their bid to alleviate hunger and create better health for people in need. They want to ignite the community to channel resources to those in need, giving people the opportunity to achieve better lives for themselves and their loved ones.
VOLUNTEERISM | DISADVANTAGED | ENVIRONMENT
Good Karma is a volunteer group that seeks to add value with simple actions in the core belief that all change begins & ends with us. They create high impact and meaningful products and community service events that push the limits to redefine, repurpose and recreate value for the selected causes.
BE KIND SG
KINDNESS | VOLUNTEERISM | SPECIAL NEEDS
Be Kind SG believes that everyone can contribute to a happier and kinder society. Through micro-volunteering opportunities, they inspire acts of kindness and outreach to our ‘less visible’ communities, such as persons with special needs.
COVID-19 | HOUSEHOLD GOODS | SERVICE OPERATORS
Contribute.SG helps fellow Singaporeans show that they have big hearts instead of hate and fear during the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative helps collect, contribute and support individuals and organisations who require essential items like masks, hand sanitisers and sanitising items.