Using your CDC vouchers for good

  • A nationwide scheme to provide each household with S$100 in CDC vouchers was launched in December 2020.
  • With the credit in hand, how will you spend it? Why not spend it on those in need or even animals at the shelters?
  • TheHomeGround Asia comes up with a list of welfare organisations for you to ponder over.
Instead of using the CDC vouchers for yourself, why not use it to help others? (Photo source: Canva)
Instead of using the CDC vouchers for yourself, why not use it to help others? (Photo source: Canva)

A national scheme which provides S$130 million in Community Development Councils (CDCs) vouchers to all Singaporean households was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in December 2020. It will see up to 1.3 million households in the island republic receiving S$100 each in digital credits.

Currently, they are redeemable for purchases at hawker centres and stores in the HDB heartlands. These include provision and sundry stores, hawkers, nail and hair salons, and dentists. 

But not every household needs the vouchers desperately. A recent media report had even shown how nurse Emily Yap, 22, spent her voucher buying 100 packets of carrot cake for the residents of St Theresa’s Home in Upper Thomson.

So instead of spending the vouchers on yourself, why not use it to help others in these tough and trying times?

TheHomeGround has come up with a  list of  you can make a difference with your CDC vouchers:

1. Cat Welfare Society (CWS)

Your S$100 CDC voucher can be used to purchase cat food, litter trays and bowls for the cats and kittens waiting to be adopted. (Photo source: Cat Welfare Society / Facebook)Apart from volunteering at animal shelters, donors can give, on an ad-hoc basis, canned cat food, litter trays and bowls. These are redistributed to feeders, caregivers and rehomers islandwide.

If you wish to use your vouchers to purchase and donate these items, you can log onto Facebook, join the Facebook group Donations-in-Kind for Cats in SG, to register your intention to help.

2. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

You could also lend a hand to SPCA Singapore. (Photo source: SPCA / Facebook)

But if you are an animal lover who does not discriminate, then you might want to give your voucher to SPCA Singapore. Just S$10 will help in the care and maintenance of the dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs at its adoption centre, while S$50 will help in the sterilisation of a community animal. Should you wish to donate S$100, then you will help support the running of its 24-hour emergency rescue service for sick, injured or animals in distress. 

As its website is currently being upgraded, you may donate to giving.sg (https://www.giving.sg/society-for-the-prevention-of-cruelty-to-animals) or email [email protected]

3. Causes for Animals( CAS)

Another animal welfare organisation to consider is Causes for Animals (CAS). Set up to support the needs of local animal welfare in Singapore, CAS aims to save the lives of many homeless and unwanted companion animals and strive towards a stray-free country.

You may use your CDC coupon to donate animal foods. Commonly, kibbles and nurture pro foods are donated; but any other brands of pet food and treats are accepted. Do reach out to [email protected] to indicate what you would like to donate so that CAS is able to make the necessary logistical arrangements to facilitate and collect your donations.

4. Humanitarian Organisation for Migrant Workers (HOME)

Using your vouchers to donate to HOME can help boost the morale of our foreign workers. (Photo source: home.org.sg)

If animal welfare is not your cup of tea, and you are concerned with the health and welfare of our migrant workers, why not donate to HOME? Founded in 2004 to empower and support migrant workers who experience abuse and exploitation, HOME provides immediate crisis interventions, as well as long term support like education and training to help enhance the wellbeing and employability of these workers.

To help HOME achieve what it has set out to do, perhaps you may want to channel your S$100 there. Due to logistical constraints, donors can contact HOME here to find out what is needed and how to make your donation.

5. Willing Hearts

Willing Hearts, a secular, non-affiliated charity that is wholly run by volunteers, provides food for needy Singaporeans islandwide. They include the elderly, the disabled, low income families, children from single parent families or otherwise poverty stricken families, and migrant workers. Approximately 11,000 meals, cooked in-house by volunteers and staff working in the charity, are provided daily. 

The charity welcomes Halal-certified donations in canned food, frozen and fresh produce and are currently in need of vegetarian food donations. But remember, no pre-cooked foods will be accepted.

You can donate by going directly to Willing Hearts at 11 Jalan Ubi, Block 6, #01-51 Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub between 4.30am and 3.00pm daily. For large donations, you are required to first fill up this form here.

6. Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD)

As migrant workers and the needy continue to face the brunt of the pandemic, we must not forget the other vulnerable members in our society. By donating to the SPD, you can ensure that no Singaporean is left behind. 

SPD typically caters Halal-certified food daily for its beneficiaries. Hence, there is no real need for food donations. However, donations of other items, such as wheelchairs and walking sticks, are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Contact SPD to find out what is urgently needed before you make any donations. The organisation can be contacted here.

7. Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home

You can donate supplies like milo powder, adult diapers and surgical face masks to the aged residents at the homes in Thomson Road and Silat Avenue. (Photo source: Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home / Facebook)The home was established in the mid-1960s by the late Madam Lee Ah Mooi when she opened the doors of her Kampong Chong Pang residence to retired Samsui women and former Amahs to help care for them during their twilight years.

Today, Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home is home to 111 aged residents at its Thomson Road location and 133 at Silat Avenue.

With the elderly being physically vulnerable to Covid-19 and visitors being restricted to fully-vaccinated people, the aged residents are often lonely and longing for families to visit. So why not take a page out of nurse Emily Yap’s book and treat them to some tasty hawker fare to help brighten their day?

But you would need to contact the home at least three days in advance and notify them on whether you will be bringing lunch or dinner. 

Another useful way to help the elderly residents is donate household items, medical supplies and essential food items. Click here for a full list and indicate your interest in donating by pledging a donation on the website.

Though our list is not exhaustive, you can also contact other charitable organisations to give generously. 

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