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Events and Initiatives
We run several events throughout the year, ranging from donation drives to ongoing projects, all with our migrant workers in mind. Read on to learn more about the events we host on the regular and find out how you can get involved in them!
Looking to make a difference in the lives of migrant workers in Singapore? Donate a laptop and help them upskill like never before! ItsRainingRaincoats is accepting functional laptops for workers attending courses who are in need of a proper learning device. While many workers have only their smartphones to rely on, a laptop can provide them with the necessary resources to succeed and improve their career prospects. By donating a laptop, you can help these workers to access vital information and develop new skills, all while having fun and feeling good about yourself! Donated laptops will be distributed based on the needs and availability of workers, and will make a real difference in their lives. You can find out more here.
An initiative to get safety shoes for the migrant workers. A pair of shoes costs somewhere between $40 -$60 and for the worker to buy that pair of shoe means spending several days’ wages. Support us by donating a pair of safety shoes for the migrant worker. Learn more about this initiative here.
Makan with Migrant workers is an initiative organised by ItsRainingRaincoats to create new opportunities for members of the local community to bond with our migrant workers. By opening your homes and inviting these workers over for a meal, we aim to help create personal connections for both sides to learn more about one another. Learn more about Makan with Migrant Workers here.
An initiative started to teach our migrant workers English, Make A Difference (MAD) While I Stay at Home (WISH) is a unique opportunity for both Singapore residents and our migrant workers to connect via virtual English teaching sessions. MADWISH started in April 2020, and the program currently has close to 450 active student-teacher pairs. With just one hour spent remotely over video call, you can help workers improve their English writing and speaking skills. Learn more about MADWISH here.
Happening year-round, our volunteers pick up unsold food across nearly 50 Starbucks outlets every week and distribute these goodies to thousands of workers. This helps in reducing wastage and also gives the workers some variety in their daily mundane diet of curry and rice. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here.
With dental work and eye care typically not included in insurance coverage for our migrant workers, we have noticed that many migrant workers silently suffer from dental or visual issues, and do not have the means to handle such problems themselves. ItsRainingRaincoats has stepped up to provide these services and fill the gap, with the help of our volunteers and medical partners. If you would like to help on either of these causes, please contact Carmen at +65 9380 2564 for dental help, or Lakshmi at +65 9001 4936 for vision help. Please note our dental program is waitlisted at the moment. Interested donors can email email@example.com, and workers to please write into the facebook page.
You can help make a difference to the lives of our migrant brothers by donating your new or preloved items to them. We accept menswear and shoes, household appliances (Kettles, Rice cookers, blenders, washing machines, refrigerator etc.), bicycles and single bed mattresses, as well as recreational items such as board games or basketballs. These preloved items go a long way in helping them lead a better quality of life. Learn more about how you can donate here.
Are you a young Singaporean looking for ways to help out the migrant worker community, or just looking to engage in community service? NextGen might be for you. As ItsRainingRaincoats’ dedicated youth wing, we empower our young volunteers to design and run projects to benefit our migrant workers. Learn how you can join us and contribute as a youth volunteer here.
Help us make this festive season brighter for our hardworking migrant workers who have contributed immensely to our society! Your generous donations can provide them with essential supplies and a sense of belonging. Scan the QR code to find out more.
IRR has launched a new programme Groove for Good that offers free guitar lessons to migrant workers on weekends. Lessons start June 17. Please scan the QR code to find out more.
IRR is organising Hari Raya Bazaar for our Migrant brothers on 28 May 2022. It's a free bazaar and workers can come and take some preloved and new items like shoes, bags, bottles, raincoats, clothes, electrical appliances etc.
Join us in helping our migrant worker brothers celebrate Hari Raya! You can choose to help out with sponsoring meals or treats, or by donating brand new or preloved items to them. Each year, we distribute over 5,000 care packs as well as over 20,000 meals, all in the hopes of bringing some extra joy to them during Ramadan. Learn more about how you can help here.
Our ongoing data card drive supports migrant workers with data top-ups on their mobile phones. With their phones being a primary source of communication with families back home as well as entertainment, this ensures that they stay connected, engaged and up to date. You can help to donate even a small top-up amount of $10 that will go a long way in helping ensure our workers do not get left behind.
We organise a day out for our migrant brothers during the Tamil New Year week. This includes a trip to the temple, followed by a lunch at a restaurant in Sentosa for 160 workers to let them enjoy a rare day to just relax and be treated. For more information on this visit, please contact Mei at +65 9189 4331.
Another way to contribute to the lives of our migrant workers is to donate your Singapore Rediscover vouchers to sponsor flyer rides for them. We take our migrant workers on an excursion so that they too can enjoy one of Singapore’s top tourist attractions, having built them themselves. Corporates and individuals can further contribute by sponsoring snacks and drinks and ticket purchases, so that we are able to reach more workers with this initiative. To find out more about this, please click here.
With the Tamil and Bengali New Year upcoming, we recognise that many of our migrant brothers celebrate the occasion but are away from their families to do so. To help them celebrate, we provide a snack that is also widely used during New Year - the banana! You can choose to donate some bananas to our migrant workers with this link.
We mobilise our volunteers to collect preloved items as well as CNY cookies for our workers, in our bid to both brighten up our workers’ lives as well as increase our sustainability efforts within the community. This way, we help to ensure less CNY goodies go to waste, and our workers can also get items they need for daily use.
Diwali is a Festival of Lights and we invite you to spark some joy for our migrant brothers alongside us! Our Deepavali Drive is back for its 4th edition this year. Whether or not you celebrate Deepavali, we hope you can find it in you to make a small contribution to brighten the lives of our workers during the Festival of Lights by bringing a little festive flavour to them this Deepavali.
We are conducting a festive drive-by event for Deepavali on 15 October 2022, Saturday. We invite members of the public to sponsor & deliver pizzas, Deepavali snacks and treats to migrant workers at their workplaces or to road workers they come across
Every year, we run a donation drive at Christmas called We Have A Dream, where we ask Singaporeans and Singapore residents to donate gift-wrapped, brand new essential items for our workers. These items include toiletries, backpacks and headphones, and have reached more than 80,000 workers per year over the past three years.
We reach nearly 7,000 migrant workers yearly with our annual potluck, where the local community comes together to serve up favourites such as roti prata, curry puffs and ice cream. During this event, the workers also receive preloved items as gifts and have a variety of fun and meaningful activities to participate in throughout the day.
A day to celebrate and recognise our workers’ hard work and sacrifices, ItsRainingRaincoats collaborates with the Ministry of Manpower each year to host various activities such as cricket matches, games and competitions.