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To Raise Volunteerism Rates, Better Understand Volunteer Motivations And Patterns

If doubling the national volunteerism rate – from 35 per cent in 2016 to 70 per cent in 2023, articulated by Minister for Culture, Community, and Youth Grace Fu in June last year – remains a goal of the Singapore government, then the finding of the Individual Giving Study (IGS) by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) that only 29 per cent of Singaporeans volunteer (compared to 35 per cent in 2016, marking a drop of six percentage points) feels like an unfortunate step backwards, especially when our understandings of volunteer motivations, of variations in volunteer patterns and especially explanations for the recent dips in 2014 and 2018, as well as of the interventions needed to shift individuals with intents to volunteer to actual volunteerism seem to remain limited. The low national volunteerism rate is even more curious, furthermore, in a country where school-based community service is mandated. Continue reading

Offer Details And Strategies To Help Financially-Strapped Older Singaporeans

While “the proportion of older Singaporeans who could meet their monthly household expenses and have some money left over increased by about half to 30 per cent from 2009 to 2017” (ST, May 10), the fact that 70.5 per cent of the 4,500 Singaporeans and permanent residents surveyed – aged 60 and above – believe that they have not been able to adequately meet their daily expenses warrants a deeper examination of the extent to which the elderly in the country are actually financially strapped, whether the combination of individual savings or personal income sources with familial and governmental support remains sustainable, and if there are serious systemic issues to be addressed. And if the cited factors for increased financial inadequacy, by the researchers, include the higher costs of living and rising healthcare expenses, for instance, what are the policies or strategies which might help alleviate the financial situation? Continue reading

Be More Deliberate About Religious And Interfaith Dialogue

Unfortunately, absent from the call “to educate our people to be a little more thick-skinned, to not be so easily offended by mere words or opinions” (ST, May 4) is an evaluation and specification of how religious and interfaith dialogues should be designed or strengthened, and in this vein seems to ignore: First, that there are differing opinions within the same religions and faiths, and that it should not be assumed that unelected religious leaders or their congregations necessarily speak for their Singaporean counterparts (and moreover that decentralisation from these leaders could be explored); second, that such dialogues – with potentially more effective approaches and with more diverse representation – also exist independently beyond the government and non-profits such as the Singapore Kindness Movement; and third, that those who do not identify with a religion or faith are often excluded from the process. Continue reading

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