Chinese New Year day 3 and Volunteering at Willing Hearts. It was an extra day off for us and our family decided to do something meaningful.
There are plenty of activities at Willing Hearts, mainly ingredients preparation, food packing, cooking or cleaning.
We rotated vegetable sorting and cutting, cabbage peeling and potatoes peeling. It was a meaningful family activity for us.
Volunteers shifts are generally half day or full day. But we can tell you that 4 hours of vegetables sorting can be quite tiring haha. Besides, kids will get restless after 10 mins at the same station.
I did highlight that cabbage peeling can be therapeutic after the 4th basket. Just peel, no need to think :p
For first timers, please ask around and find a station to help. There might not be any supervisor to tell you what to do. After a while, new joiners will be asking you whether anyone need help 🙂
Kids are not allowed to use knives. We noticed that regulars would be sorting or cooking the meals in the kitchen.
Water and refreshment is available. Kids can also help to sweep the floor.
Volunteering is a good family bonding activity. While doing good, kids learn about empathy and giving back to society.
Some of our volunteering experiences are listed below.
– Boys’ Brigade Share-a-Gift
– Touch Meals On wheels (MOW) (Meals delivery)
– Comchest Fudai 福袋 (Goodies delivery)
– Willing Hearts (Kitchen help)
– Acres (Age 14+, our kids are animal lovers)
Do take note there is only one entrance along Jln Ubi (GPS 1.317522, 103.900424 ). Volunteers who drive are supposed to park outside the compound.
Hearty Nasi Briyani after hard work.
You would need to reserve a slot before you head down. Willing Hearts do not entertain walkin due to the huge number of participants.
More details about volunteering at Willing Hearts can be found on their website and Facebook.
ps.. Although Willing Hearts is started by Christians initiative, everyone is welcome