Our initiatives were developed to address critical and emerging needs faced by vulnerable communities adversely affected by the COVID-19 situation. Working closely with our community partners and government agencies, we co-create solutions and programmes to address the health, economic and social impact for those affected, enabling them to receive immediate aid on a sustained basis.
These initiatives have the flexibility to scale and evolve into longer-term solutions as we monitor the COVID-19 situation, along with the changing needs in the community.
CommunityGrants@Work aims to support local charities and non-profits with programme ideas that create sustainable and long term solutions for marginalised communities to emerge stronger from the pandemic.
When the circuit breaker was implemented, protecting people living on the streets became a priority. SafeSleep@Home stepped in with a $417,000 grant to AMKFSC Community Services, Good News Community Services, Methodist Welfare Services and New Hope Community Services to provide immediate shelter for 333 rough sleepers.
Healthcare workers faced immense physical, mental, emotional and social stress due to the surge in COVID-19 related patients. In appreciation of their sacrifices, SayangStaff@Work disbursed transport vouchers and appreciation funds to healthcare workers in public and community organisations.
Recognising the importance of research on the needs of the vulnerable in a crisis, Research@Work invested $120,000 in a research programme focusing on households living in poverty and homeless people. This was in partnership with researchers from the Social Inclusion Project of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
To ease the hardships of disadvantaged families, CFS partnered with Baring Private Equity Asia, one of Asia’s largest independent alternative investment firms, to offer financial relief.