A day at Willing Hearts
One of LTW Designwork’s core values has always been to give back to the local society. Each year LTW donates money to different charity organizations but we always felt that we could do more. Therefore the firm has decided to help out in organizations that requires time and effort and so volunteering at Willing Hearts became a monthly affair for the firm.
Willing Hearts is 100% run by volunteers, apart from a handful of full-time staff. It operates a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes 5,000 daily meals to over 40 locations islandwide, 365 days a year. Beneficiaries include the elderly, the disabled, low income families, children from single parent families or otherwise poverty stricken families, and migrant workers in Singapore.
LTW organized its first visit to Willing Hearts‘ soup kitchen recently where a small group of 7 staff attended. The volunteering session was held during the first week of July, hours from 12pm – 4pm. The volunteers arrived at noon and were brought to the dry kitchen where boxes of vegetables were piled up. There are staff who will be there to guide you on how you should cut the different types vegetables but everything else like setting up the table, getting the chopping board & knives, packing of vegetables, needs to be done on your own. Our tasks for that day, which was chopping vegetables, seemed like an easy enough task, but the hours of repetition proved tiring physically, however we did not let it damper our spirits.
Ruddy Chen, LTW interior designer said, “This is actually a very rewarding experience, to be able to help out. It is also good to get away from the office, from the computer and do something meaningful, enjoyable for people who are in need. We should do this more often!” After a half-day of chopping, packing and cleaning up, our volunteers were finally done for the day. Although tired, everyone felt it was such a rewarding and fulfilling experience. LTW is committed to continuing our volunteering sessions with Willing Hearts every month, and the number of volunteers has already grown to a group of 10-12 volunteers for the next visit!