Get Involved

Be a Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to be a part of SCWO’s work.

If you are interested in giving some of your time to help us with our various services, please contact us at volunteer@scwo.org.sg or fill in our volunteer application form to see where your skills may be needed. SCWO can use your help in the following areas:

The Star Shelter

(When: on weekday evenings or on weekends)

Star Shelter is a safe temporary refuge for women and their children who are victims of family violence. The aim of Star Shelter is to support individuals and families in their efforts to live free from family violence and abuse, and its volunteers play an integral part in this mission.

We regularly look for volunteers who can assist with activities in the following areas, preferably on a weekly basis:

  • Tutoring
  • Child-care support
  • Skills training (IT, language, financial, arts & craft)
  • Recreational (e.g. gardening, sports, music, outings)

Note that due to the nature of our work and the individuals we serve all regular Star Shelter volunteers are required to go through a background check.

New2U Thrift Shop

(When: on weekdays or last Sunday of the month)

New2U thrift shop provides affordable pre-loved clothes, books and small household items that are donated to us. All proceeds from sales go to support Star Shelter and other programs of SCWO.

For New2U, we regularly look for volunteers who are available during shop’s opening hours (Monday-Friday from 10:30am to 2:30pm; or last Sunday of the month from 11.00am to 2:30pm) once a week for a three- to four-hour shift.

As a volunteer, you would

  • Help sort, price and sell donated items,
  • Meet new people &
  • Gain some retail experience.

IT Hub

(When: on weekdays or Saturdays)

IT Hub offers classes of a relaxed and gentle-paced nature that teaches its students of all ages basic computer skills. The instructors are made up of volunteers with a passion to encourage those who are hesitant but willing to give technology a go.

IT Hub volunteers are required to know the way around the internet, email and Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and be available once a week for a 3-hour class (Monday – Saturday).

As a volunteer, you would

  • Assist as an IT tutor &
  • Help to conduct IT classes.

Others

(When: on an ad-hoc basis)

SCWO occasionally seeks motivated volunteers to assist with e.g.

  • General office duties (data entry, filing, mailing etc.)
  • Events (photography, logistics, registration, ushering etc.)
  • Research (collecting and analysing data on the status of women in Singapore).

Corporate Volunteering Opportunities

SCWO welcomes organisations and companies interested in engaging in volunteer work with us in the following ways:

  • Hands-on volunteering (helping e.g. to clean the New2U thrift shop, garden maintenance, painting etc.)
  • Conducting workshops & skills training for residents of Star Shelter (from makeup to financial)
  • Organising outings or other social activities for residents of Star Shelter
  • Organising special events to celebrate e.g. Christmas, Hari Raya, Mothers’ Day with residents of Star Shelter
  • Or other – do you have your own project in mind?

Please email to volunteer@scwo.org.sg for more information.

Please note that we will contact you when we have a suitable opportunity matching your criteria. If you have not heard from us within 6 months, this means unfortunately we do not have any available positions.

Testimonies

If you happen to be shopping at SCWO’s amazing thrift shop “New2U” and wonder if you should have your eyes checked because you’ve just seen the same girl in three different areas of the store, don’t panic. You’re not seeing things. We’re just sisters who happen to look strangely alike. In fact, if you approach one of us and strike up a conversation, we’d probably tell you that we’ve been coming to SCWO for years (10 to be exact) and that we like to call ourselves the “eternal volunteers”.

It all began in 2004, when we were recruited to perform at the very first International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration called the “Fete at Waterloo”. We must have done something right with our infectious pop songs with self-choreographed dance moves because we were also involved in the IWD celebrations in 2011 and 2012.

In all our years of volunteering, we have found that the one thing that keeps us coming back is the people and the SCWO family. We feel like some of these women have raised us, grew up with us and grew alongside us. We are constantly inspired by their dedication and strength, and it is because of them that we have dared to dream big.

Mallory Ho, Marsha Ho & Heidi Ho


I am currently a fourth year student at the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law and I am a serial volunteer with SCWO. I started volunteering at the SCWO legal clinics in the December holidays of my second year because I wanted to see the reality of the law beyond the black and white of my textbooks. Volunteering was also an opportunity for me to do pro bono and give back to the community in my capacity as a (future) lawyer. SCWO’s legal clinics gave the law I studied faces and stories, a human aspect which I could better relate to.

The most important thing I learnt from volunteering at the SCWO legal clinics was that more than just legal technical knowledge; lawyers must possess both patience and compassion. Not all clients were eloquent, not all clients knew what they wanted and not all clients spoke English. The lawyers I observed were always patient; repeating themselves multiple times, asking questions to clarify the woes and wants of those seeking their help. The lawyers always strove to ensure that the advice they tried to communicate was properly understood. There were many a time I saw an applicant break down and cry. In such times, the lawyers were compassionate but firm. They sought to listen and understand the source of the applicant’s distress but they always gave advice with conviction in defence of the applicant’s rights, seeking to instil the same confidence in the clients. To me, the consistent care for the clients these lawyers showed each and every session is very admirable and very inspiring.

Each time I attend a legal clinic, I see the grateful faces of the clients and I am reminded that the law is about the people it affects; this is why I keep coming back.

Clarissa Lin
NUS Law Student
Read more about the Legal Clinic at SCWO.


Employee Volunteering Programs provide an excellent opportunity for company employees to spend a day out of the office and do something good for the community. Each year, SCWO welcomes companies who are looking to make a positive impact through volunteering and contribute to our services and initiatives.

Wood Mackenzie employees are encouraged to donate their time volunteering in the community, and it does that by organising volunteer opportunities and programs for its employees. SCWO recently had the pleasure of having a team of employee volunteers from Wood Mackenzie, who offered to help out at the New2U thrift shop. This group of engineer volunteers lent their muscle to help clean the thrift shop, stock room, and to sort out a whole lot of donations for us. .. And all this hard work while still having a lot of fun!

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