It was not your typical day in the classrooms of The Salvation Army (TSA) child care centres. In place of worksheets, music lessons and story-telling, the children had a chance to get their hands dirty as they baked cookies, planted plants and built sand castles.
|Volunteers working with the children |
to build their masterpieces in the sand.
Volunteer Fujie shares, “It was truly an outstanding experience for me, especially since it has been a while since I had time for volunteer work. This outing brought me back to my childhood days; a time when we had little worries about the things that happen around us. The innocent faces brought great joy to all volunteers who joined... It really made everyone’s day when you see how much the kids enjoyed the session".
|Volunteers helping to |
bake and pack the children's
|Landscaping @ Peacehaven|
Volunteer Esther Tay shares, " (I) felt happy and satisfied seeing the new garden which we all worked hard to set up... leaving behind this nice plot residents can admire from their dining area. Gardening for the individual is therapeutic! I had a good time and left feeling good".
And this "feel good" sentiment is not only felt by volunteers on the ground but also by the committee members who organized it. Wayne describes the whole experience as "enriching" and that he was pleased to see the volunteers, beneficiaries and TSA staff having a good time. "To be able to see them (beneficiaries) having fun really did give me and the other volunteers a sense of satisfaction, not forgetting the patience and help we received from the TSA staff and volunteers. (I) would hope for more of such activities in the future," he said.
Indeed, the committee would be heartened to know that the volunteers left with a good experience volunteering and that their objectives have been met. As the committee rounded up the project and sent out an internal mailer to thank everyone and encouraged them to continue volunteering with the partnering non-profit organizations, volunteers take away with them the belief that this should not be the end of their volunteering stint. As Fujie puts it, "(Volunteer work) also teaches us to not take things for granted. As we grow, it is always great to be able to contribute back to society, even if it is just teaching cookie baking. It is just a little something we can do apart from our busy schedule and (it's) definitely a good break!"