Annual Report FY2022/23
Deeper Connections, Fuller Lives
MWS Volunteer Mission Statement
Walking alongside people in need with love and grace, bringing hope and impacting lives.
Hear from MWS volunteers whose lives changed as they gave back to the community, and find out more about volunteering opportunities.
Making A Difference in Young Lives
These volunteers are using their skills to serve young beneficiaries.
As a teacher and researcher with a passion for literacy, Loh Chin Ee, 47, has been providing English tuition to the residents at MWS Girls’ Residence for 2 years. “Why do I volunteer? I am always reminded of the Parable of the Talents – no matter how little we have, we can always do something with it,” she said.
A volunteer befriender and tutor with MWS Family Service Centre – Tampines, Evangel Ooi, 24, coaches clients in languages, Math and important life skills. “I once coached an 18-year-old special needs student, and saw both her English and Math grades improve from a Level 2 to a Level 5!” Evangel recalled. “When she told me that she was going to apply to study at a polytechnic, I felt like a proud mother.”
Chin Ee tutoring a resident at MWS Girls’ Residence
Finding Purpose in the Golden Years
Age is just a number for these retirees, who are transforming lives by giving back.
As an avid gardener, Irene Lim, 59, leads the hydroponics programme at MWS Nursing Home – Yew Tee, teaching the residents to sow seeds and harvest crops. “For many, it brought back fond memories of their childhood living in kampungs,” she said. “They are more expressive now and even exchanged favourite recipes and cooking methods.”
Irene (standing) harvesting hydroponics with the residents at MWS Nursing Home – Yew Tee
Roy with Mdm Tan Chiew Leng, a client with MWS Family Development Programme
Raised by a trishaw rider and homemaker as the fifth oldest of 8 children, Roy Tay, 69, knows what it is like to struggle financially. Today, Roy journeys with beneficiaries of MWS Family Development Programme, a debt clearance and savings matching scheme, to manage their finances. “It’s been an eye-opener seeing the resilience of my clients,” he said. With his perseverance and encouragement, many of Roy’s beneficiaries have not only cleared debts, but also learnt the discipline to save.
Spreading the Love of Christ
MWS’ partner churches go the extra mile for out seniors.
Tina Neoh (far right) with her fellow volunteers from Christ Methodist Church hosting a luncheon for seniors at MWS Senior Care Centre – Eunos
Baking, games and craftwork – these are just some of the activities that volunteers from Christ Methodist Church’s Women’s Society of Christian Service (CMC WSCS) and Bedok Methodist Church (BMC) have been engaging seniors at MWS Senior Care Centre – Eunos in. “As disciples of faith, we are called to connect to a community through love and care,” shared Jaes Ho, a BMC volunteer. “The seniors look forward to us spending time with them – it makes them feel valued and loved,” added Tina Neoh, one of the CMC WSCS volunteers.
Volunteers from Bedok Methodist Church on an outing at East Coast Park with seniors from MWS Senior Care Centre – Eunos
Embracing Corporate Social Responsibility
MWS’ corporate partners align with our cause to drive social change.
As skills-based volunteers, the staff of TRAXX Payments Pte Ltd dedicated their time to developing an app that will help enhance the donor experience of giving at MWS’ on-site events. The app is still in development. “We are honoured to partner with MWS in their mission to empower people from all backgrounds to live their lives to the fullest. Their vision aligns perfectly with our corporate values, and we appreciate the detailed reporting they provide. We derive greater meaning from our work through this partnership, knowing that a portion of our profits go towards supporting organisations like MWS,” said the company.
Tracking Volunteer Satisfaction
The MWS Annual Volunteer Satisfaction Survey was conducted between 1 February and 31 March 2023 with 305 respondents.
Key percentages are calculated by adding those who responded ‘Strongly Agree’ and ‘Agree’. ‘Others’ refers to those who ‘Neither Agree nor Disagree’, ‘Disagree’ and ‘Strongly Disagree’.