10 places S'poreans can donate S$600 solidarity payout to help those impacted by Covid-19

Your donation can help low-income families, the elderly, migrant workers and more.

Melanie Lim | April 15, 2020, 04:01 PM

Most Singaporeans would have received a S$600 payout from the government on Apr. 14.

The sum is part of the Solidarity Budget which aims to cushion Singaporeans from the economic impact of Covid-19.

If you do not need the S$600 and would like to donate it to those who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, here is a list of places you can do so.

Help for migrant workers

1) HAGAR Singapore

HAGAR is an international non-governmental organisation committed to the recovery and economic empowerment of women and children who are survivors of extreme human rights abuse.

They are currently aiming to raise S$50,000 to help migrant workers who are unable to commence employment or continue work in Singapore during the circuit breaker period.

Image via HAGAR

According to them, some of these workers have no money to send home to their families, while others are reluctant to seek medical help in fear of losing their jobs if they are found sick.

Donations will go towards providing for their medical treatment and economic support during this period.

To donate to this cause, click here.

2) Migrant Workers' Centre

The Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) is a non-governmental organisation that assists migrant workers in redressing employment disputes and educating them on their employment rights.

In response to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases among the migrant worker community, MWC is looking to raise S$800,000 via the "Migrants We Care" fundraising campaign.

Image via Migrant Workers' Centre

The money will be given to displaced workers who are unable to recover their salary during the circuit breaker period in Singapore.

It will also be used to help workers with food and accommodation, as well as daily necessities like bathroom essentials if they are required to stay in.

To donate to this cause, click here.

Help for the low-income

3) New Life Community Services

New Life Community Services is a non-profit voluntary welfare organisation that provides financial assistance to marginalised families with schooling children.

They also provide casework management and counselling to nip issues of poverty and debts.

Currently, they are looking to raise S$120,000 via "Project Love" to help financially needy families sustain themselves.

Image via New Life Community Services

To donate to this cause, click here.

4) TOUCH Community Services

TOUCH Community Services is a non-profit charity organisation with a mission to serve the needy and disadvantaged in society.

They are currently raising S$850,000 for their Emergency Relief Fund to help low-income families, the elderly, and people with special needs.

Image via TOUCH Community Services

A S$200 donation can teach basic life skills to adults with intellectual disabilities and give them access to home-based learning, while S$300 can help a low-income family buy basic groceries, necessities, pay for utilities and medical needs for a month.

To donate to this cause, click here.

5) Community Chest x IMDA

Community Chest is the fundraising and engagement arm of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), which is the national co-ordinating body for social service agencies in Singapore.

To support the digital needs of low-income households during this circuit breaker period, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has partnered Community Chest to raise S$500,000 for their Digital Access Programme.

Image via Community Chest x IMDA

Donations will assist low-income households that do not fall under the current IMDA Digital Inclusion schemes, including students from non-MOE schools, and ensure that they have access to appropriate digital and connectivity tools.

This is especially crucial as schools have made the switch to home-based learning and companies have implemented work-from-home measures.

To donate to this cause, click here.

Help for the elderly

6) SATA Commhealth

SATA Commhealth is a healthcare organisation that focuses on catering integrated healthcare services to the elderly and needy in the community.

They are currently raising S$50,000 to provide influenza vaccines (S$30 to S$40 each) and pneumococcal vaccines (S$120 to S$150 each) to senior citizens who cannot afford them.

As there are currently no vaccines for Covid-19, it is important to protect the elderly against pneumonia and other types of lung infections.

To donate to this cause, click here.

7) Blossom Seeds Limited

Blossom Seeds Limited is a registered charity with a mission to care for lonely and needy senior citizens.

They are currently raising S$100,000 to ensure that vulnerable seniors who are staying on their own have access to meals and groceries during the circuit breaker period.

Image via Blossom Seeds Limited

Any balance in funds after the Covid-19 pandemic will go towards operational expenses in supporting these elderly folk.

To donate to this cause, click here.

Help for children and youth

8) SHINE Children and Youth services

SHINE Children and Youth Services is a social work organisation in Singapore that serves underprivileged children and youths with learning and socio-emotional difficulties.

They are currently raising S$90,000 for their Covid-19 resource fund to provide meals to children and youth during the HBL period, especially those who relied on schools for meals before April 8.

Image via SHINE Children & Youth Services

Donations will also go towards the provision of laptops, computers and WiFi for students undergoing HBL, as well as grocery vouchers for those who are struggling to purchase essential items.

Image via SHINE Children & Youth Services

To donate to this cause, click here.

9) Club Rainbow

Club Rainbow is a charity that provides a range of comprehensive support services for the families of children who suffer from major chronic and potentially life threatening illnesses.

They are currently raising S$30,000 to help the families of chronically or potentially terminally ill children with their groceries.

Image via Club Rainbow

Some of these families are financially strapped, with low-income parents being at risk of losing their jobs amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

Many also struggle to ensure that their homes are kept sanitised for the wellbeing of their children.

To donate to this cause, click here.

Support for mental health

10) O'Joy Care Services

O'Joy Care Services is a charity/social enterprise that advocates for the prevention and early intervention of mental health disorders among seniors.

They are currently raising S$30,000 to provide phone or video counselling to vulnerable Singaporeans during the circuit breaker period.

Image via O'Joy Care Services

The organisation explains that Covid-19 not only impacts the health of infected patients, but also inflicts an invisible psychological harm to the wider community.

At S$50 per session, O'joy counsellors will help Singaporeans cope with their emotions and provide comfort and relief during these unprecedented times.

To donate to this cause, click here.

For a comprehensive list of other charities and organisations you can donate to, click here.

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Top image via Blossom Seeds Limited and Club Rainbow