Volunteering Makes People Happy

“the reason I volunteer is because I think it's rewarding. While doing volunteer work, I still have the opportunity to go to the nursing home with a large group of people. The participants are very happy.” ECSS Volunteer, Janet, 60+ years old.

When our volunteer, Ms Janet was here at En Community Services Society, she was looking for fellow musicians to jam together as an ensemble with ukulele, but she found that there are some seniors who just started with their ukulele. She then agreed to helped out as a volunteer trainer with the elementary Ukulele class with En Community Services Society, and then the Singing classes, and she said, “I was very happy to be able to help the elderly individually to play the Ukulele and to sing more confidently.”

She enjoys volunteering because it makes people happy, for both participants, fellow volunteers and the residents at the nursing homes, “the reason I volunteer is because I think it's rewarding. While doing volunteer work, I have the opportunity to go to the nursing home with a large group of people. The participants are very happy.”

She also believes that volunteering is helpful to others and to her own self, “Since I have time, why not take part in volunteer work? Participating more in these volunteer activities is also helpful to us. We help others, and help ourselves. In fact, I became interested in participating in volunteer activities after I retired. Before retiring, my job required me to go abroad and I didn't have time to volunteer.”

Special Thanks:
Volunteer Ms Janet for agreeing to be interviewed
Volunteer, Chelsea, who helped us with the english write-up, and to conduct the interview
Volunteer Xin Yi, for helping to transcribe the interview
Colleagues from Tri-Love Elderly Department, for all the support and coordination