2020 has been a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. Embassy Singapore’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee had to get creative with ways they could help in the community, while maintaining safe distancing measures.
Despite these challenges, the CSR Committee was able to organize several events where the U.S. Embassy Singapore family volunteered their time, energy, and resources to help where needed.
Read on to learn more about each activity:
April 21, 2020
ItsRainingRaincoats Chinese New Year Donation
In response to a call from local charity Itsrainingraincoats, the U.S. Embassy’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee collected items from the Embassy community to donate to foreign workers living in Singapore. We are all in this together and hope that these donations helped during this difficult time.
Run for Heroes
The Embassy’s CSR committee gathered 28 participants (with a red, white, and blue twist) who contributed to the Run For Heroes 2020 virtual running initiative to support Singapore’s healthcare and frontline workers!
Participants completed a 1-kilometer run/walk and received an iconic red and white wristband, which served as a unifying symbol of support, and another wrist-band was sent to a frontline worker with a personalized message of thanks.
Supported by SportSG and SG United, the event sought to build a movement that transcends sports to create a real and tangible impact.
October 14, 2020
Ice Pack Donation to Help Injured Horses
In an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle, the U.S. Embassy’s Corporate Social Responsibility committee donated more than 100 ice packs to Singapore’s equestrian community.
The Singapore Polo Club (Official), Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore (RDA Singapore Official), Equal-Ark Singapore Ltd, and the National Equestrian Centre all have different uses for ice packs, whether for injuries or cooling down horses. We are pleased that the equestrian community has found a use for these ice packs as a way to reduce waste.
November 28, 2020
As part of the One Million Trees movement, the Embassy’s Corporate Social Responsibility team participated in a tree planting session on Pulau Ubin on November 28. Ten Embassy volunteers (maximum group size due to COVID-19 restrictions) planted 25 trees!
The One Million Trees movement is a nationwide effort to plant a million trees over the next 10 years, bringing the number of trees in Singapore to more than 8 million. Launched in April 2020, the movement is a concerted effort to increase the number of trees planted throughout the whole of Singapore, including in streetscapes, gardens, parks and park connectors, nature reserves and nature parks, and more. NParks currently plants around 50,000 trees annually. By ramping up these efforts, the movement aims to improve our urban environment and enhance resilience toward climate change, ultimately transforming Singapore into a ‘City in Nature’.
The socially distanced team ventured by boat to Pulau Ubin on a rainy morning, which meant lots of mud, but also a cool day for the hard work of planting trees. Upon arrival at Pulau Ubin, the volunteers were briefed by NParks staff and taken to the site for a demonstration on how to plant a tree. The team’s main tool was a changkol (hoe), used to dig the holes to place the saplings in. Lastly, the volunteers had to pat the soil down so it held the sapling firmly in place but not so firmly that the air pockets were compacted. They were spared the final step – watering – as the rain did that naturally. By the end of the session, the volunteers were all covered in mud; however, the team felt a sense of achievement having contributed something positive for the environment. While there, the group also saw several oriental pied hornbills, a grey heron, and a Malayan water monitor.
December 3, 2020
ItsRainingRaincoats Deepavali Donation
U.S. Embassy Singapore’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team rallied the embassy community to answer a call from ItsRainingRaincoats to help make this festive season a little brighter for the migrant worker community in Singapore. Noting the workers are far away from their loved ones, the embassy community generously gifted 40 goodie bags, which included requested items such as water bottles, snacks, drinks, toiletries, etc. The recipients are currently working on a three-year project building underground tunnels for a pipeline near the new Woodlands North MRT station.
AmCham Corporate Community Day Donation
For over 15 years, AmCham Singapore has organized a flagship Corporate Community Day (CCD) to build stronger ties with Singapore through local community work. In 2019, AmCham partnered with the Southwest Community Development Council (SW CDC) to gather AmCham member volunteers and pack Care Packs for over 500 residents of a rental block.
While ongoing safety regulations mean AmCham is unable to hold an open CCD gathering this year, they continue to uphold the tradition of community giving, particularly through this difficult time through collection of donations of care pack items and funds.
The embassy community is contributing care pack items to help AmCham reach their goal of 400 total packs.
Annual U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Event
Every year the U.S. Marines help to gather and distribute toys for children around the world.
The Embassy community is collecting donations of new toys to participate in this annual U.S. Marines’ initiative
To learn more about U.S. Embassy Singapore’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, you may contact SingaporeCSR@state.gov.
CSR Mission Statement
U.S. Embassy Singapore’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (CSRC) (a.k.a. the volunteers’ committee) empowers Embassy employees and their families by facilitating volunteerism in the local community. The CSRC is comprised of a dedicated group of locally engaged staff, U.S. direct hire employees, and their families motivated to make a difference.
The CSRC is an open door organization committed to inspiring volunteer participation and encouraging Embassy community members to coordinate Embassy-wide volunteer activities.
The CSRC organizes regular volunteer events for embassy participation that benefit those in need. The goal is to identify, organize, and participate in socially responsible events that benefit those who need it most and/or address other social or environmental needs in Singapore. As a government entity, the CSRC cannot raise money through financial donations and instead relies on volunteers’ time and energy or in-kind donations for specific purposes.
The CSRC meets quarterly and plans a minimum of four CSR events annually. The CSRC coordinates activities with the Community Liaison Office (CLO) and Public Affairs Section (PAS) to promote volunteer activities and highlight embassy community engagement.