As Singapore grapples with the daunting challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak, it is heartening to see ground-up initiatives rapidly emerging to respond to community needs.
A day after Singapore raised the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (Dorscon) to Orange on Feb 7, A Good Space — a co-operative that brings together active citizens, community based organisations, social enterprises and companies — created a live community “noticeboard” of needs and offers using a Google spreadsheet.
The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre also followed suit with a special Covid-19 Community Response Facebook page.
Philanthropic organisations like The Majurity Trust set up the Singapore Strong Fund to support these community efforts while government agencies such as the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) facilitated fast track applications for Our Singapore Fund.
Read more at Responding to the Covid-19 crisis as one Singapore community