Skills-Based Volunteering in Singapore: Why Work Pro Bono?
When we think about volunteering, we mostly think about using our time to teach children or going to befriending old folks.
According to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), there are 3 types of volunteerism:
- service-based, which often includes mentoring and befriending,
- skills-based, which require certain skill sets for certain projects, and
- events based, which are mostly manpower support: eg. bringing kids to the zoo
But if the introvert in you finds befriending people daunting, or if you’re just looking for a way to match what you can do with how you can help, there are ways to put your skills to use.
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Where Can You Volunteer Based on Your Skills?
There are a few resources when it comes to finding ways to volunteer your skillset to a non-profit organisation or charity.
Whether you’re a marketer or a software engineer, a photographer or a translator, it’s easy to find a skills-based volunteering gig in Singapore.
Here are some places you can start looking at:
|Organisation or Programme||Details||How You Can Help||Website|
|BoardMatch||The flagship programme from the Centre for Non Profit Leadership (CNPL) helps to match senior executives to Non-Profit Organisations.||BoardMatch on National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre|
|Conjunct Consulting||Conjunct Consulting helps to organise 10 - 12 week projects in which a team of 5 students and professionals work together with a Non-Profit Partner to solve a problem.|
Examples of Problems:
Financial Sustainability, Human Capital Development, Operations Management, Impact Measurement, Branding & Marketing, Strategic Planning
|Empact||Empact matches social organisations with professionals. Their application for volunteers reopened in 2019. Volunteers are required to commit at least 4 hours a month, for a minimum of 6 months,||Empact|
|Giving.sg||Giving.sg is a one-stop platform powered by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in which charities / individuals / groups can find volunteering opportunities or donate their money safely.||Giving.sg|
|Habitat for Humanity Singapore||Habitat for Humanity Singapore helps to reduce poverty through providing shelter both locally and overseas.||Habitat for Humanity Singapore|
Why You Should Try Volunteering Based on Your Skillset
Sometimes money just isn’t enough.
Some Non-Profit / Social Organisations may not have access to the skills needed to keep their organisation running.
There are 2,000 over charities in Singapore alone. It should be easy to find a suitable place to do some pro-bono work.
If you prefer volunteering your time instead, read: 10 Places To Volunteer In Singapore And Contribute to The Community
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