$250 million for Care & Share Movement
The government will set aside $250 million in grants to support the Care & Share Movement, a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement for the social service sector.
This was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the opening of the Thye Hua Kwan Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children Centre, at Ang Mo Kio this evening.
Eligible donations received by voluntary welfare organisations in the social service sector and Community Chest will be matched by a one-for-one government grant.
Together with the funds raised by the Community Chest and social service VWOs, the target is to create a $500 million Care & Share Fund.
Mr Lee says VWOs can tap on the fund to build new capabilities, like launching new programmes to help the needy, build infrastructure to serve more beneficiaries, and train and develop their staff.
"In this way, VWOs can have confidence that they have the resources and backing to deal not only with immediate issues, but their long-term challenges and capability needs too. The social service sector can continue to play its valuable role in our next phrase of nation-building."
He says the community, too, can and must do more to support the less fortunate.
"Not because the law or the Government says so. But because it reflects the values of our society, and our mutual care and empathy for our fellow Singaporeans."
Mr Lee says they can do this by donating to charities, not just money but also their time and expertise.
The Prime Minister says the Government will do more to support Singaporeans and their families, especially the needy and vulnerable.
And details will be announced in the upcoming Budget.
The new centre opened this evening is the fourth such centre set up by Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities.
It will provide therapy and educational support services for children up to 6 years old.
It will serve up to 150 students in the central area.
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