Volunteer with Passion, Compassion and the Right Mindset

International Women’s Day is a day that celebrates the successes women have achieved. Today, we show our warmest appreciation to Jess, a long-time volunteer with CHWSS.

Jess came to know of CHWSS at a charity event in 2018, where she learned about our programmes and services, found our Afterlife Memorial Service especially meaningful, and ultimately joined as a volunteer.

She shared that her current responsibilities include organising volunteers for various CHWSS events, and coming up with courses and activities for Cheng Hong TCM & Senior Station @ Union House (📍 89 Defu Lane 10, Singapore 539220) . When asked if it was difficult for her to find teachers for the courses, Jess said, “The teachers are my friends who are volunteers as well. I’m very thankful for their trust and support.”

For those looking to volunteer, Jess advised, “It’s important that you have patience, compassion and a right mindset. Sometimes, seniors may be in a bad mood when you visit them; that’s when it tests your patience.”

Lastly, she shared, “I really admired Chairman Mr Lim Hang Chung’s hands-on approach, and the charity’s transparency in funds management. I would also like to thank Secretary Mr Lawrence Lim for his trust in my abilities to play to my strengths. His belief gave me the motivation and confidence to keep volunteering.”

3月8日的国际妇女节,是为庆祝妇女在社会的各个领域上所作出的重要贡献和取得的巨大成就,而设立的节日。在众弘福利协会(以下简称“众弘”)众多优秀的女性义工当中,就有这么一名义工Jess。

Jess是2018年的一场慈善活动上,看到了众弘福利协会摆的小摊子,并上前了解。在得知众弘的其中一项目是为无依无靠的老人免费办理身后事,认为这个项目具有意义,因此加入了众弘义工的行列。

Jess一般的职责包括召集义工为不同的众弘活动献爱心、负责为众弘优联中医义诊所及众弘优联乐驿站 (📍 89 Defu Lane 10, Singapore 539220) 安排课程和活动等。她很庆幸朋友们都非常支持她,也愿意相信她,并在她的邀请下,一同和她为年长者免费授课。

Jess表示,义工需具备正确的心态、爱心和耐心。她举例,有些年长者长期一个人在家,鲜少与人沟通,所以在面对义工时,可能态度不太好。这个时候就特别考验义工的耐心和爱心。但她补充:“和这些年长者接触后,从他们身上学到了凡事不要过于执着。也通过做义工,学会更好地待人处事。“

最后,Jess分享道:”我非常敬佩主席林汉存先生的亲力亲为、以身作则,也觉得众弘的筹款活动非常透明化,让我更加相信他们有把资源用在有需要的人身上。我特别想感谢总务林胜来先生一直以来的信任,因为他相信我的能力,让我发挥所长,给我更多的动力和信心继续为众弘服务。”

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