Friday, May 26, 2006

"The Youth Deposit a helping of heart", Today, May 26th 2006

Thanks to Vegancat for alerting me to this. The Youthbank called to let us know - for some reason though I didn't have the password, so I only managed to log in yesterday.

It's great so many people logged in and signed up. I was actually pretty stunned when I heard how many had done so. I do need to change our requirements though because people signed on to help manage the community cats for an hour or two, which isn't really going to work for a TNRM programme.

Kesang Dema

WITHIN days of its May 16 launch, the Youth Bank portal initiated by non-profit organisation Heartware Network has received an overwhelming response; and not just from the youth.
More than 600 youth volunteers, mostly in their mid-teens and early 20s, have signed up after the launch, bringing the total number of volunteers on the database which helps the youth sign up for community services to 1,495.
The others had volunteered at the network's annual event, the Giving Tree, held at Tampines last year.
About 27 voluntary hosting organisations (VHO), including the National Environment Agency and petroleum company BP, have also registered, with the portal seen as an efficient means to tap on volunteers. The National Library Board has also made enquiries.
The volunteers who signed up with the Youth Bank will be able to view and sign up for a list of activities provided by the VHOs, and match them with their fields of interest. The VHOs will then be informed of the volunteers' interest and assignments handed out accordingly.
According to the Youth Bank, most of the VHOs are currently reading through the volunteers' profiles to help in matching their interests to the organisations' needs.
The most popular VHO among the youth is the Cat Welfare Society, which has had responses from 484 volunteers.
More than 200 volunteers have signed up with the Care Corner Family Service Centre. The same number signed up to assist in health screenings and conversational English and Mandarin classes at the Jamiyah Home for the Aged.
The overwhelming response showed the interest and determination of the youth in community engagement, said Heartware Network chairman Raymond Huang.
"Since Youth Bank requires volunteers to register personally, it shows that the volunteers are sincere in pledging their time to help the VHOs. It ensures that the VHOs will get sincere and dedicated service," he said.


Blogger vegancat said...

Maybe if the youth can attach themselves to caregivers in areas of their choice and experience for themselves what TnRM involves (such as tagging with a caregiver on a session of cat trapping),it may set them for more hand-on volunteering in future or advocacy for TnRM. If people can learn how hard it can be to trap cats, then they will appreciate the hard work behind each tip-ear so that great weightage is given to care-givers than to people who only open their mouths to complain about cats and ask for their "removal".

26/5/06 11:16 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm writing to them all to ask if they can help.

26/5/06 11:42 AM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Yah, v good idea there, vegancat!

Dawn, you're writing to all 484 of them? Happy writing! =D

Sure hope the response is positive.

26/5/06 1:23 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Writing to them for the last three hours :)

Vegancat's idea is great - if they write back, I'll certainly suggest it.

26/5/06 1:31 PM  

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