Government pledges additional $250 million for Care & Share movement

Government pledges additional $250 million for Care & Share movement

SINGAPORE - The Government and the Tote Board will set aside an additional $250 million to help voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) under the Care & Share movement, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing announced today.

This will double the total government matching grant for the Care & Share movement to $500 million.

The Care & Share @ SG50 Movement was announced by Community Chest in Oct 2013 to encourage corporations and individuals to work with VWOs to help the less privileged.

The Government had previously set aside $250 million to match eligible donations raised by Community Chest and over 200 participating VWOs between Dec 1, 2013 and Dec 31 last year.

The Community Chest and the VWOs successfully raised more than $300 million and engaged over 110,000 volunteers in that period, giving the social service sector more resources for new programmes, infrastructural developments and capacity building.

"Many participating VWOs have told Community Chest that the Government's support has helped them garner more donors and volunteers. We want to build on this momentum," Mr Chan said.

He was speaking at the SG Care & Share Day, where some 150 volunteers from Community Chest's corporate partners distributed festive packs, comprising daily essential grocery items, to senior citizens who live alone as well as families-in-need.

Care & Share funding has also facilitated new capability and capacity building projects for the social service sector. For example, the Community Chest has been working with SG Enable, community partners and corporations to set up the Enabling Village, which provides training and employment opportunities for the disabled.

Mr Phillip Tan, Chairman of the Care & Share steering committee and Community Chest, said the extension of government matching was an affirmation of the good work of the social service sector.

He added: "The social service sector is heartened by and appreciates the additional year of government matching and the giving spirit of Singaporeans."

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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