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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Tis’ the season of giving, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than by embracing it wholeheartedly. So if you’re looking for places or organisations to volunteer at or contribute to, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out how you can spread some festive cheer and perhaps even let your Volkswagen or ŠKODA vehicle help too!

Image extracted from Riding for the Disabled Association's Facebook page
Credits: Riding for the Disabled Association’s Facebook page.

Riding with heart.

Give your car a little break for a trusty steed of a different kind with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Founded in 1982, the organisation started with just 5 riders. Since then, they’ve grown and now provide 6,000 disabled children and adults with equine-assisted therapy (hippotherapy) with the aid of their gorgeous horses and ponies. They provide this therapy free of charge so are always on the look out for passionate volunteers to help out with barn work fundraising or therapy sessions. Best of all, you don’t need experience with horses to help out as they provide on-the-job training. Click here to find out more!


Image extracted from Willing Hearts' Facebook page
Credits: Willing Hearts’s Facebook page.

Soup for the soul.

Willing Hearts is a secular, non-affiliated charity that is run by various volunteers from all walks of life and a handful of its staff. Its soup kitchen prepares, cooks and distributes 5,000 daily meals to over 40 locations island-wide all-year round! These meals feed the elderly, the disabled, low income families, children from single parent families and also migrant workers. Apart from their soup kitchen, they offer services including dental care, legal aid and tuition to the those in need. Whether you’re interested in helping out with food preparation or even volunteering to deliver the meals in your Volkswagen or ŠKODA, we’re sure it’ll be a rewarding experience for you. In fact, our friends at CarBuyer Singapore did just that. Read about their experience here or click here for more information on how you can help!


Image extracted from Save Our Street Dogs' Facebook page
Credits: Save Our Street Dogs’ Facebook page.


Puppy power.

Due to rapid urbanisation, the culling of stray dogs have increased over the years. Save our Street Dogs (SOSD) is an organisation that comprises of stray lovers, feeders and rescuers who have banded together to bring about a positive change in the lives of these dogs. Apart from rescuing, sterilising and re-homing these dogs, SOSD also educates the public on the issue. With various roles to choose from including fundraising or even transporting dogs in your Volkswagen or ŠKODA for re-homing purposes, you can have your pick of how to play a part. Learn more here!


Image extracted from Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore's Facebook page

Credits: Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore’s Facebook page.



A customer receives cookies prepared by MINDS Bakers from a Service Advisor at Volkswagen Centre Singapore, a token of appreciation from Volkswagen Group Singapore to customers visiting the service centre during the festive season.


Educating hearts and minds.

The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) is a voluntary welfare organisation that aims to advance the development, well-being and aspirations of persons with intellectual disability and help them better integrate into society. Founded since 1962, they’ve expanded their services over the years and now cater to both children and adults with intellectual disabilities. They have a Special Education school which helps children of all ages. These children may then proceed to their Employment Development Centres or Training and Development Centres to ease them in working life. With various roles to choose from, you’re free to volunteer even if you may not have the necessary experience. If you’re short on time, you can choose to volunteer in an ad-hoc capacity too! Click here to learn more!


Image extracted from Very Special Arts' website
Credits: Very Special Arts’ website.


Art for all.

Very Special Arts (VSA) is local charity organisation dedicated to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to be involved in the arts. Launched in 1993 by Professor Tommy Koh, it has been running various art programmes, workshops and exhibitions for the special needs community. Through art, VSA helps these individuals integrate into society through the arts and assists them in obtaining financial independence. If you are passionate about sharing your artistic skills with others, you can sign up as a volunteer for their art classes. If not, you can always help out with their exhibitions, workshops or administrative tasks. Find out more here!


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