How We Started
We started as a ground-up movement in 2017 with the simple aim to shine the spotlight on 'less visible' communities and promote micro-volunteerism. With a small group of volunteers, we kicked off our first micro-volunteering activity by crafting birthday cards for patients in Ren Ci Hospital. Along the journey, we uncovered more hidden communities, one of them being Moral Welfare Home, a destitute home. We began to form long-term friendships with our resident friends and started our core befriending program 'Be A Special Friend'. Another flagship program, #CraftforGood, has attracted many volunteers from all walks of life. We craft festive cards and various handmade items, with the ultimate goal to connect our volunteers to our communities.
In 2020, when COVID-19 hit, we had to suspend all our physical volunteering sessions. However, we recognized that we needed to step up to change the narrative from fear to resilience, and were one of the first groups to appreciate healthcare workers in February 2020. Although our physical volunteering sessions had pivoted to Zoom volunteering sessions, we also met many 'invisible' needs on the ground, curating, coordinating and packing more than 10,000 care and activity packs for over 15 different non-profit organizations and community groups.
In Q4 2021, we incorporated under ACRA as a non-profit organization (Company Limited by Guarantee) to better serve persons with disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities and autism and kick-started another 2 programs. They are Play.Able, a play and toy library for children with special needs and Seeds By Be Kind SG to work together with youths with special needs and their caregivers.
Our vision is to create and inspire a kind and inclusive society for those with disabilities such as intellctual disabilities and autism. We are working towards the goal of having a non-profit centre to enable our special needs community to have full participation in life that includes play-based learning, workshops, life skill training, micro-business opportunities, social inclusion and leisure and sports. This space should be integrated into our neighbourhood so that volunteers and members of the public can get to understand our community better and for our community to contribute back to society.