The Soup Kitchen opens daily – yes! 365 days a year inclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays such as New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year 1st and 2nd Day, Good Friday, Labour Day, Vesak Day, Hari Raya Puasa, National Day, Hari Raya Haji, Deepavali and Christmas.
It operates from 5.00 am to 4.00 pm –
Get involve time to follows as :-
The flurry of activities starts as soon as the doors to the kitchen are open. Pots and pans are constantly clanging. Grills sizzle while dishes for the day are prepared. Smells of freshly cooked rice fills the air. Hands busy scooping and packing meal boxes. Sloshing and splashing water while cleaning and washing up. Preparing ingredients such as the chopping of vegetables of the next days. It continues through the day until the last task is completed and the kitchen cleaned and ready for the next day.
(Phew! What a mouthful!)
Remember to stay and help with the cleaning. Please help us help you create a safe, conducive environment by cleaning up as you go along… every little bit helps!
Here’s what a typical day looks like (sometimes, it varies a little)
When you first arrive at Willing Hearts, you may find yourself “lost” in the midst of the hustle and bustle of activity in the kitchen. Do not worry – many first timers tend to feel “lost” so here is a list of various stations, which are available for volunteers to help at –
If someone tells you that the station that you have approach does not need help, please do not be disheartened – what you can do is to move on to another where help is required. There is never too much help.
Just a little mention on family volunteers – Often we are asked if children can volunteer alongside their parents at Willing Hearts. We encourage families to volunteer as a unit with open arms. We see many families volunteering together as a unit. While we do not have a specific age limits, parents are still responsible for the well-being and safety of their children, especially those below 16. Children below 14 and seniors above 60 are advisable NOT to carry out volunteer activity in the current pandemic.
Just a little mention on Community Involvement Programme (CIP) – Yes! we do grant CIP Hours! What you need to do is create an account on our Portal and by scanning our Check-In & Check-Out QR Code at the screening station on the SAME day – this will be the proof of your presence in the kitchen. Without this no CIP or CSR will be granted.
For your own personal safety and general hygiene purposes, [and to a tiny degree, for our sanity:)]
Just as you would not like to see any stain of hair or any inedible in your food, our beneficiaries do not appreciate them too! These * items will be provided for you in the kitchen.
Extracted from NEA’s Food Hygiene Practices & Guidelines
NO photography and/or videography allowed, with immediate effect, within the soup kitchen and at all distribution points, without the written permission from the management of Willing Hearts.
We have received feedback from beneficiaries and volunteers concerning photos and video taken. Some have expressed that consideration be given and consent sought to safeguard and respect both beneficiaries and volunteers alike. We seek cooperation and understanding so that we can create a positive and meaningful environment for all.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
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