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U Stretch Vouchers  

Started in 2008, the U Stretch Voucher Programme provides relief to eligible union members by helping to stretch their dollar on daily necessities.

Each voucher provides a $2.50 discount with every $5 purchase at participating NTUC Social Enterprises. Depending on family size, each successful recipient will receive a booklet of U Stretch Vouchers worth $50* or $100*.

 

U Care Back To School Vouchers

The U Care Back To School (BTS) Voucher Programme is one of NTUC-U Care Fund’s core assistance programmes which aims to help eligible union members defray the cost of their children’s school expenses for the new school year.

Each eligible school-going child will receive a booklet of U Care Back to School Vouchers worth $125*. The vouchers can be used at authorised school bookshops, uniform suppliers and participating merchants' retail outlets.

*Subject to final donations collected

 

Joint Application for U Stretch and U Care Back To School Vouchers 2017

Application Period: 15 June – 15 July 2017

 

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Member must have at least 6 months of continuous paid-up union membership as of July 2017 and must not be in arrears

For Members with Dependents Staying in Same Household in Singapore:

  • Total Monthly Gross Household Income+ of $3,400 and below, OR
  • Per Capita Income of $850 and below if Gross Household Income+ exceeds $3,400

For Members with No Dependents Staying in Same Household in Singapore

  • Monthly Gross Personal Income+ of $1,500 and below

+Gross income is defined as all income derived from employment/business. Inclusive of overtime and allowances.

For members applying for U Care Back To School Vouchers:

  • Member’s child/children must be attending school in 2018 at an eligible educational institution in Singapore as follows:
    • Kindergarten 1 or 2;
    • Government / Government-Aided / Independent Schools (Primary or Secondary) under the Ministry of Education (MOE);
    • Junior Colleges; Institute of Technical Education; Millennia Institute; Polytechnics; OR
    • Special Education Schools

 

For more details, please refer to the respective factsheets: U Stretch Factsheet and U Care Back To School Factsheet.

  • To view the demo on how to apply online, please click here.
  • Members are advised to submit their applications before the closing date as late submission will not be processed
  • Union members who meet the eligibility criteria may submit their online applications
  • Ordinary Branch members will be notified of their application outcome by their respective unions if they are successful from November onwards.
  • General Branch members will receive notification letters on their application outcome from NTUC Membership Department from November onwards.
  • Both U Stretch and U Care Back To School Vouchers are valid till 30 April 2018Strictly no extension will be granted after the voucher expiry date.

The Family Fun Fiesta (F3) @ Downtown East is organised and sponsored by NTUC Club in support of the Labour Movement’s U Care initiative.

Held several times a year, the Family Fun Fiesta aims to strengthen family bonding, promote a greater work-life balance and better well-being by enabling lower-income union members to enjoy a day of fun with their families at Downtown East at no cost.

 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, union members must meet the following criteria:

a. Total Monthly Gross Household Income of $4,000 and below; 

    OR Per Capita Income of $1000 and below if gross household income exceeds $4,000.

b. Members must not be in arrears of membership dues.

 

Application for F3 2017 is now closed.

Objective

The U Care Hardship Grant provides a one-off assistance to low-income union members in the event that the member suffers hardship arising from one of the following circumstances which is of a non-industrial nature:
a. Death
b. Total and permanent incapacity
c. Serious chronic medical condition*
d. Registered fire or flood victim

* Pre-existing serious chronic medical condition diagnosed before the applicant became a Union Member will not be considered.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Union Members must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the grant:

a. Total Monthly Gross Household Income of $1,800 and below; or
     Per Capita Income of $500 and below if gross household income exceeds $1,800

b. Minimum of 6 months continuous paid-up union membership at the point of application

 

Quantum

• $1,000 one-off payout

 

How to Apply

• If you are an Ordinary Branch (OB) member, please apply through your union.

• If you are a General Branch (GB) member, please apply directly with NTUC Members’ Hub, NTUC Centre, No. 1 Marina Boulevard #B1-01, Singapore 018989 or contact NTUC Membership hotline at 6213 8008 or email membership@ntuc.org.sg for enquiry.

 

NTUC GIFT is a group insurance policy exclusively for members of NTUC affiliated unions/associations. All union members who are 65 years and below are automatically covered against death and total & permanent disability (TPD) of up to S$40,000. Union leaders are eligible for double the sum assured. Union members’ spouses below 65 years old are also covered against death and TPD. Eligible members aged 65 years and above can opt for extension of coverage with payment of a token fee. The token fee has been waived until 2022. Please refer to the brochure for the payout table.

Eligibility Criteria

Members who:

-       are 16 to 65 years of age (include spouses below the age of 65, i.e. before their 65th birthday)

-       have at least 6 months of continuous paid-up union/association membership

Claim Submission

In the event of a claim, the member/next-of-kin needs to submit the duly completed claim form together with all necessary supporting documents to their union/association for endorsement. The claim must be submitted within 90 days of incident.

– For Ordinary Branch (OB) member, please submit the claim form to the union/association that member belongs to.

– For General Branch (GB) or U Club member, please submit the claim form to NTUC Member Services at NTUC Centre, 1 Marina Boulevard, Basement 1, Singapore 018989.  For enquiries, please call 6213 8008.

To download the claim forms, please select accordingly:

NTUC GIFT Death Claim Form

NTUC GIFT Total & Permanent Disability Claim Form

Please refer to the NTUC GIFT Brochure below for more details.

NTUC GIFT Brochure (English)

NTUC GIFT Brochure (Chinese)

 

Taking A Bold Step Forward
Wider Outreach With New e2i And One-Stop Centres

By Joshua Joseph

The Labour Movement will take a bold step forward to better the working lives of Singaporean workers as it looks to set up two new centres in the next few months in support of low-wage workers as well as PMEs
(Professionals, Managers and Executives). The two centres will be located at the new Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability (e2i).


NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say shared this on 3 September 2013 at the Labour Leadership Lighthouse (L3) dialogue session that was attended by some 130 key union leaders. In response to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's call for the Government and communities to do more to support individuals, the Labour Movement has charted out new directions to strengthen and deepen its support and assistance for different groups of workers.


For a start, the Labour Movement will set up a new U Care Centre. The centre will champion the well-being of low-wage workers and provide employment and workplace advisory.


In addition, to better serve PMEs in the areas of professional upgrading, job placement and career progression, a U PME Centre will be set up. With PMEs currently making up about one in three of the jobseekers that come to e2i for assistance, the Labour Movement sees the need to strengthen its outreach for this group of workers.


SG Lim said: 'One key objective of this U PME Centre is to do a more intensive outreach to
the employers to bring in as many of these better paying jobs that are more suitable for the PMEs;
in particular the mature PMEs who are affected by the restructuring in their
existing employment.'
 

Stemming from previous discussions on labour market testing, one of the outcomes that the Labour Movement hopes to see is an establishment of a National Job Bank where Singaporeans, in particular PMEs, will have better access to information on better job openings and will be better placed in these jobs with assistance from e2i and other job agencies. 

'One outcome we hope to see is the establishment of a Job Bank where e2i and other employment agencies will have better access to information on job openings,' added SG Lim.
 

Moving forward, the Labour Movement will also intensify its engagement with SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) to help bridge the manpower gap. This includees efforts in facilitating SMEs to search for workers and where necessary assist them in making their jobs more attractive. It will also work towards helping these workers up-skill to increase their competencies with the ultimate aim of helping the SMEs grow their businesses.

by Nicholas Lee

Life is full of uncertainties. No one knows what tomorrow will bring. Certainly no one would have expected Mr Karuppiah Thiyagarajan to meet with a fatal accident in India.

As a union member, Mr Thiyagarajan, an Indian national working in Singapore, was eligible for the NTUC Gift Group Insurance. Belonging to the Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Employees’ Union (SMEEU), Mr Thiyagarajan met with an accident when he returned back to his hometown in India last September, leaving behind his wife and two children aged eight and 13. This brought his family much distress and sorrow as he was the sole breadwinner of the family.

When news of his accident and subsequent demise reached his fellow workers, three of his colleagues liased on behalf of the union with his family in India. On 7 January 2013, his company’s Branch Chairman and Executive Committee member, Mr Lim Chee Khian, and branch officials from SMEEU presented a cheque of $20,000 to the widow of Mr Thiyagarajan, who had made her way to Singapore for the presentation.

SMEEU President Wong Weng Ong noted that the NTUC Gift is a valuable benefit for members: “This is a good example of unions helping our members’ families in their time of need. It shows that union benefits are for all members, foreign and local.”

He added: “We have been advising foreign workers in our branches to join the union - you are working far away from home and the union is your friend.”

 

U Care 50

 

To demonstrate the Labour Movement’s Caring, Sharing and Reaching Out spirit and in celebration of NTUC’s 50th anniversary, the ‘U Care 50’ initiative was launched on 18 March 2011 at the Pertapis Children’s Home.

 

The U Care 50 is a year-long initiative which aims to highlight the quiet efforts by NTUC’s affiliated unions/association, LM communities and secretariats/units that have been reaching out to the needy regularly and encourage more corporations and individuals to Do Good, Do Together and Do More. 

 

These efforts which go beyond just helping workers and our members include visits, outings and community outreach activities organised for residents in welfare homes and the community as well as adoption of homes. 

 

 

Gotong Royong Visit To Pertapis Children’s Home

 

Gotong Royong, a Malay word which means community outreach, aptly describes the annual project by NTUC’s Care and Share Committee. Every year, the Care and Share Committee, which comprises leaders and officials from NTUC’s affiliated unions and association, come together to provide assistance and bring cheer to the less privileged. This year, the Committee chose Pertapis Children’s Home.

 

Housing some 70 children aged four to 18 who have been abused and are from dysfunctional families, Pertapis Children’s Home provides residential care for children who are protected under the Children and Young Persons Act.

 

In his address to officials from Pertapis and the Care and Share Committee members on 18 March 2011 at the Pertapis Children’s Home, Mayor for Central District Singapore and Care and Share Director Zainudin Nordin said: “We have chosen to visit the Pertapis Children’s Home as we believe in the good work of the home and would like to show our support. We hope that our presence will bring much cheer to the children in our own small way, show them that there is warmth and kindness in our society.”

 

NTUC and 27 affiliated unions pooled their resources to donate $12,500 worth of basic necessities including pillows, bed sheets, toiletries and stationeries that would last for about a year. In addition, the committee presented the Home with a ‘U Care Expression’ board to encourage the children to pen their thoughts and express their creativity through drawing to boost their confidence.

 

 

Target Exceeded!

By the end of 2011, U Care 50 had hit its target of 50 outreach activities and even exceeded the target by three projects.

 

 

 

U Care 50 CSR Projects in 2011 

(In chronological order)

 

No

Union

Brief Description of Activity

Beneficiaries

Number of Beneficiaries

Date of Activity

1

Chemical Industries Employees’ Union (CIEU)

 

Gift distribution for elderly and low income households in Marsiling

 

Elderly and low income households in Marsiling

12 households

18 Jan

2

Food, Drinks and Allied Workers' Union (FDAWU)

 

Chinese New Year high tea at Copthorne Orchid Hotel

 

Geylang East Home for the Aged (GEHA)

37

24 Jan

3

Public Utilities Board Employees' Union (PUBEU)

 

Annual Lunar New Year celebration

 

PEACE-Connect Neighbourhood LINK (PCNL)

200

28 Jan

4

Food, Drinks and Allied Workers' Union (FDAWU)

 

Chinese New Year luncheon at Sheraton Towers

 

Geylang East Home for the Aged (GEHA)

37

31 Jan

5

 

Singapore Manual & Mercantile Workers’ Union (SMMWU)

 

Chinese New Year community outreach event

Rochor Kongsi Home for the Aged

14

8 Feb

6

Singapore Maritime Officers' Union (SMOU)

 

SMOU and Wavelink Co-operative 60th Anniversary Lunar New Year presentation luncheon 

 

Henderson Senior Citizens Home

40

8 Feb

7

Singapore Maritime Officers' Union (SMOU)

 

Lunar New Year celebration 

 

Senior Citizens of Jalan Besar Constituency

100

10 Feb

8

Singapore Organisation of Seaman (SOS)

Lunar New Year Celebration luncheon

Asian Women's Welfare Association

20

11 Feb

9

Singapore Organisation of Seaman (SOS)

Lunar New Year Celebration luncheon

Ling Kwang Home

20

11 Feb

10

Singapore Organisation of Seaman (SOS)

Lunar New Year Celebration luncheon

Jamiyah Home for the Aged

20

11 Feb

11

nEbO

Movie and luncheon gathering for seniors

NTUC ElderCare

100

11 Feb



12

United Workers of Electronic and Electrical Industries (UWEEI)

Chinese New Year visit

Moral Home for the Aged Sick

118

12 Feb

13

Singapore Maritime Officers' Union (SMOU)

Lunar New Year celebration for senior citizens from the community

PEACE-Connect Neighbourhood LINK

30

15 Feb

Hope Community

40

Care Community

30

14

nEbO

Junior Kidz Day Out II

ABC Children’s Place

30

11 March

15

Housing and Development Board Staff Union (HDBSU)

Commissioning of donated mini-bus

Canossaville Children's Home

120

18 March

16

Housing and Development Board Staff Union (HDBSU)

Outing to Escape Theme Park

Canossaville Children's Home

120

18 March



17

Care & Share Committee

Gotong Royong Project

Pertapis Children’s Home

70

18 March

18

nEbO

Seniors Day Out

Kheng Chiu Loke Tin Kee Home

23

19 March

19

Food, Drinks and Allied Workers' Union (FDAWU)

Visit to Home and May Day Outing

 

Geylang East Home for the Aged (GEHA)

37

19 April

20

Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU)

 

Outreach to Nee Soon Residents

  • Basic health screening
  • Healthy cooking demo
  • Health management

 

Nee Soon Residents

200

23 April

21

Keppel Employees’ Union (KEU)

Visit to Home

 

Jamiyah Nursing Home

160

26 April

22

nEbO

Food collection drive for needy families under Shan You Counselling Centre 

Shan You Counselling Centre clients

6,000

11-14 May

23

Singapore Port Workers’ Union (SPWU)

Visit to Home

Happy Villa Home

15

18 May

24

Food, Drinks and Allied Workers’ Union (FDAWU)

Rice Dumpling Festival Celebration

Geylang East Home for the Aged (GEHA)

37

4 June

25

Singapore Airlines Staff Union (SIASU)

Visit to Home

Red Cross Home for the Disabled

96

10 June

26

Amalgamated Union of Statutory Board Employees (AUSBE)

Donation and distribution of grocery items

MINDSville@Napiri

350

11 June

27

Union of Security Employees (USE)

Outing to the Universal Studios

Down-Syndrome Association

20

18 June

28

nEbo

Caring Across Generations

  • nEbo activists organise games and performances for the elderly at Kheng Chiu Loke Tin Kee Home

Kheng Chiu Loke Tin Kee Home

130

18 June

29

Chemical Industries Employees’ Union (CIEU)

Block Party

Low income households in the Marsiling Drive area

10 households

19 June

30

Sembawang Shipyard Employees’ Union (SSEUSEM)

Outing to the Singapore Zoological Gardens

Sree Narayana Mission Home

20

22 June

31

Education Services Union (ESU)

Meals on Wheels Volunteering Project 

Caregiving Welfare Association

30

16 July

32

Public Utilities Board Employees' Union (PUBEU)

Community Outreach

PEACE-Connect Neighbourhood LINK

60

26 Aug

33

National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU)

Visit to Home

St Vincent Home

25

26 Aug

34

Food, Drinks and Allied Workers’ Union (FDAWU)

Family Day and Mooncake Festival Celebrations

Geylang East Home for the Aged (GEHA)

37

3 Sept

35

Singapore Insurance Employees’ Union (SIEU)

Visit to Home

Henderson Senior Citizens Home

40

3 Sept

36

United Workers of Electronic and Electrical Industries (UWEEI)

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Moral Home for the Aged

118

3 Sept

37

Amalgamated Union of Public Employees (AUPE)

Buffet lunch for the residents

Society for the Aged Sick

240

17 Sept

38

Housing and Development Board Staff Union (HDBSU)

Outing to MIND Café and Club HDB

Canossaville Children’s Home

40

7 Oct

39

Port Officers’ Union (POU)

Outing with residents to Yishun Safra Bowl

Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled

20

8 Oct

40

nEbO

Fundraising from Recycling Project

Lutheran Community Care Services Ltd

1,500

15 & 22 Oct

41

Staff Union of NTUC-ARU (SUN)

Outing with residents to the Singapore Flyer

Henderson Senior Citizens Home

40

4 Nov

42

Keppel FELS Employees’ Union (KFEU)

Visit to Home

Pertapis Children’s Home

81

9 Nov

43

NTUC U Family

Visit to Eldercare Senior Activity Centre

NTUC Eldercare

100

26 Nov

44

NTUC U Family

Visit to Eldercare Senior Activity Centre

NTUC Eldercare

60

3 Dec

45

Chemical Industries Employees’ Union (CIEU)

Outing with residents to the Singapore Flyers and Marina Barrage

Sree Narayana Mission Home and Meranti Home

22

3 Dec

46

nEbO

House Painting

Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre

100

9-10 Dec

47

NTUC U Family

Visit to Eldercare Senior Activity Centre

NTUC Eldercare

50

10 Dec

48

Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union (BATU)

Visit to Home

St Andrew’s Cathedral Home for the Aged

24

11 Dec

49

Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU)

Outing with residents to the Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium

Henderson Senior Citizens Home

40

12 Dec

50

Singapore Airlines Staff Union (SIASU)

Christmas Party

The Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore

130

13 Dec

51

NatSteel Employees’ Union (NEU)

Lunch and sightseeing

St Andrew’s Cathedral Home for the Aged

25

17 Dec

52

Singapore Bank Employees’ Union (SBEU)

Christmas Party

Geylang East Home for the Aged

120

17 Dec

53

nEbO

Visit to the museum

Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped

15

22 Dec

 

  • Extracted from NTUC This Week, 25 March, 24 June, 30 Sept 2011 and 6 Jan 2012 issues

 

By Vanessa Teo

Speaking at the ‘U Care Back To School Fair’ on 10 December 2011, NTUC Care and Share Director Zainudin Nordin announced that about $9 million was disbursed in 2011 to help about 90,000 low income union members and their families through six different assistance programmes.

The assistance programmes are the U Stretch vouchers, U Care Back to School vouchers, Family Recreation and Fun Carnivals, U Care Education Cofunding scheme, and donations to NTUC Eldercare Trust and NTUC First Campus Bright Horizons Fund.

Said Mr Zainudin: “This is no small amount by any measure, and it goes to show that the Labour Movement cares a lot about our low income members and their families. In fact, we had raised the income ceiling since this August so that we could help as many low-income families as possible.”

And one of the ways to better help low-income union members and their families is through its yearly organised ‘U Care Back To School Fair’, where members are able to purchase school related items at discounted prices. They are also able to use their Back to School vouchers at the fair.

“The purpose of the U Care Back to School vouchers is thus to help our low-income members defray the cost of their children’s school expenses for the new school year… I hope many of them will drop by at our ‘Back to School Fair’ to use their vouchers and enjoy all the exclusive discounts and promotions. This is the reason why NTUC organises the ‘U Care Back To School Fair’ ever year, to complement the Back To School vouchers so as to help our members stretch their dollar and bring greater value to them,” added Mr Zainudin.

A highlight at this year’s ‘Back To School Fair’ will also be the U Care Learning Zone, where educational talks for parents focus on healthy eating for their children, social networking sites and how to keep their children safe online. Children can also participate in creative art and crafts workshops such as caricature drawing and designing their own storybook.

Mr Raninyi was one parent who found such an experience innovative. He said: “The fact that my child can come here to learn while we parents get good deals is kind of different from a normal fair. This is my first time here, and I am enjoying it.”

The event also saw a caring moment as the Labour Movement presented a donation of $500,000 from the U Care Fund to the NTUC First Campus Bright Horizons Fund, which will help children of low-income families attend pre-school at My First Skool Centres. The new NTUC Central Committee members were also present to interact with union members at the fair as they toured the compound on that day.

 


By Gwen Sin

The Labour Movement’s U Care Fund has done an amazing feat in providing assistance to low-income union members and their families since it was established. Through collective efforts put together by the NTUC Care and Share Department (CSD), NTUC affiliated unions, association and social enterprises, as well as management and tripartite partners, an impressive achievement of raising over $45 million was reached within a short three-year span.

More than 100,000 members and their households have benefited from the U Care Fund yearly, by means of U Stretch vouchers, U Care Scholarship/Bursary Top-Up and Co-Funding Schemes, and U Care Back to School vouchers among others.

With NTUC Club’s strong support and sponsorship, some 10,900 members also get to enjoy a day of activities during the Family Recreation and Fun (FRF) carnivals last year, which promote stronger family bonds through quality fun.

A silver lining is also extended to other underprivileged communities in Singapore yearly. As part of the Care & Share Committee’s annual Gotong Royong project, union leaders and staff members of CSD brought cheer and basic necessities to the Pertapis Children’s Home in March 2011. The U Care Fund also contributes to NTUC First Campus Bright Horizons Fund, as well as the NTUC Eldercare Trust to help needy children and elderly respectively.

Earlier in April 2011, U Care Fund kicked off its first fundraising event with a very special and unique charity golf event in celebration of NTUC’s 50th anniversary. 50 flights of golfers came together to play the 27-hole course. The U Care Charity Dinner held in July 2011 marked its second and final fundraiser. To showcase the Labour Movement’s Caring, Sharing and Reaching Out spirit, NTUC launched the ‘U Care 50’ initiative to work with unions to roll out 50 community service projects this year.

None of these good works would have been made possible if not for different groups of heroes and heroines, coming together with selfless commitment and dedication to better the welfare of union members and their families.

They deserve the highest accolades and applause in making the Labour Movement such a caring one, as everyone contributes to 'Do Well, Do Good, Do Together and Do More’ for all!

By Gwen Sin

1,591 students ranging from primary to tertiary (Institute of Technical Education, Polytechnic and University) levels were awarded $206,500 worth of scholarship awards and education grants at the 16th annual NTUC General Branch-U Care Fund Education Awards. About 300 students and their families were present at the NTUC Centre’s auditorium on 20 August 2011 to receive the scholarship awards with NTUC Assistant Secretary-General Seng Han Thong gracing the event.

This meaningful event kicked off with an enlightening talk by ‘MADMum’ Anne Yeo from MAD Learning Pte Ltd. In her talk, she shared interesting facts about the human brain, the nature and nurture of it, and which led to more findings about every individual’s giftedness and how thinking styles could be represented as a left-right bias for the left and right hemispheres of the brain through the presentation in four main colours, such as red, yellow, blue and green.

In his address, ASG Seng noted that this year’s awards also saw a 20 per cent increase in the number of beneficiaries from 2010. He lauded yearly fund-raising efforts which are often met for three purposes: scholarship and bursaries; Back-to-School vouchers for needy students and, lastly, U-Stretch vouchers for low income households.

He shared: “After hearing from Ms Anne Yeo about the functions of our brains, we know that we have all powers when we come together as one community. In a community, people come together to strategise, conceptualise and develop a system so as to care for others.

“So really, the lesson is to think of how many areas of giftedness we have. There are 14 areas of giftedness discovered today. That reminded me of a Chinese adage, “天生我才必有用 (ti n sh ng w cái bì yǒuyòng)”, which my teachers always said to my classmates and me about being endowed with natural talents for the future. Hopefully, this scholarship awards will not only incentivise you to pursue your talents further, but will also make you believe that you are gifted in many aspects, so that you will be of service to the bigger self - to the community, to society, to the nation.”

All student recipients this year also received a one-year complimentary membership with nEbO.

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"We wish to build a community for life for our union members where they can enjoy every aspect of work, live and play. Today’s celebration is a key part of forging and strengthening this relationship. I am very happy for the children of our union members recognised through NTUC General Branch-U Care Fund Education Awards. This also helps us to start building an early relationship with the workers of tomorrow! This year we are also equipping these students with a free one-year nEbO membership. This is significant, because the nEbO membership is designed to make them work-ready, world-ready, life-ready. So we do not just endeavour that they are successful this year, but also that they are successful for the rest of their lives, which goes back to our vision of building a U community for life.”

NTUC Membership Department Director Vivek Kumar

"I am very happy and excited to receive this award. It helps and pushes me to study harder, so that I can get the scholarship again next year. It also encourages me to reach closer to my aspiration in becoming a psychologist eventually.”

Secondary One Chung Cheng High School (Main) student Kong Ling, Jolene was awarded $100 for scoring three As and one A star based on her PSLE results in 2010.

 

For the first time, NTUC FairPrice Foundation partnered People's Association in engaging all grassroots leaders and the community to support needy families through a mass community participation event, the One Community Walk held on 24 July 2011. 

Through this event, FairPrice Foundation donated $1 million worth of food vouchers this year to needy families through all 87 Grassroots Organisations (GROs) and selected welfare organisations.

To spread the spirit of compassion by engaging the community in doing good together, FairPrice Foundation donated $10 to the FairPrice Food Voucher Scheme for every registered participant of the One Community Walk. This year, over 85,000 participants registered for the walk.

In response to the overwhelming support, FairPrice Foundation has donated $1 million in total to help needy families meet their daily needs. More than 20,000 needy families and individuals will benefit from this donation. 

The vouchers will be distributed to needy families through all GROs in all 87 constituencies in Singapore. FairPrice Foundation will be writing to all Grassroot Advisors on collection of the food vouchers in early August.

FairPrice Foundation Chairman Ng Ser Miang said: "The One Community Walk is an excellent platform for people to come together as one and to share a common belief as one. By participating in this event, FairPrice Foundation hopes that we can share our belief that together as one, we can build a better community for all."

The Labour Movement’s U Care Fund will roll out its first assistance programme for this year – the U Stretch vouchers, which are discount vouchers allowing union members to maximise their daily expenditure on basic necessities. The recent first fundraising event of U Care Fund – U Care Charity Golf 2011 had helped raised more than $6.8 million. From this amount raised, $3 million will be used for the U Stretch vouchers to potentially benefit 30,000 low-income union members. This year, each successful applicant will receive $100 worth of vouchers, a significant increase from the $30 last year.

NTUC’s Care and Share Director, Mr Zainudin Nordin said: “Although our economic situation has improved in general, we face the pressures of inflation and rising cost of living. Thus, we hope that this increase in quantum of U Stretch vouchers will help our low-income members cope better especially if they are the sole breadwinners or have several dependants.”

U Care Fund would like to make special thanks to the NTUC affiliated unions and associations, NTUC Social Enterprises and tripartite partners whose generous donations go towards funding  the U Stretch vouchers, in particular Singapore Labour Foundation (SLF), NTUC FairPrice Foundation, NTUC Income and NTUC Choice Homes. It is through such generous support to U Care Fund that allowed the Labour Movement to continue its efforts in providing assistance to the low-income members and their families.

Each successful applicant will receive one booklet with $100 worth of U Stretch vouchers in 2011. Each voucher is worth $2.50 in value and can be redeemed with a minimum spending of $5.00 at participating NTUC Social Enterprises.

Application is now closed. 

By Joshua Joseph

With the mission of becoming a Caring Labour Movement through U Care, the Labour Movement is certainly well on track after having raised up to a total of $53.9 million through fundraising efforts. Held on 7 April 2011 at the Orchid Country Club, this year's fund-raising efforts kick started with a special 27-hole U Care Charity Golf 2011 in celebration of NTUC's 50th anniversary.

A total of over $6.8 million was raised through the sale of golf flights and outright donations. This surpasses by more than 50 per cent the $10 million target set for 2011. The major donors included Singapore Labour Foundation, NTUC FairPrice Foundation, NTUC Income, NTUC Choice Homes and ComfortDelgro Corporation.

At the event, 50 flights of golfers comprising union leaders, management and government officials came together for the fund-raising event. Among the distinguished guests gracing the occasion were NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower Gan Kim Yong, Minister of State for Manpower and Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan and NTUC Care and Share Alignment Director Zainudin Nordin.

Sharing at the event, Mr Zainudin said: "We are very proud that at the U Care Charity Golf this year we are able to raise a lot of funds in terms of the way we work together in the tripartite partnership, the management, the unions and even individuals who have come forward to raise funds for today's Charity Golf. The other effort that we have consciously done is to engage our Social Enterprises. Our Social Enterprises have also come strongly to assist us in raising our U Care Fund for this year's target..."

With escalating inflation bound to impact low-income households, especially in their daily necessities, the U Care Fund will set aside $11.7 million for 2011 to assist low income members and families cope with the rising cost of living.

The U Care Fund provides assistance to low-income union members and families through core assistance programmes such as U Stretch vouchers, U Care Back to School vouchers, U Care Education Co-Funding scheme and Family Recreation and Fun Carnivals.

"Our 'Care and Share' efforts have gone a long way back, and it is definitely heartening that we continue to receive such overwhelming support from our Labour Movement family throughout the years. We will continue to reach out to our low-income members and extend all the help we can give," Mr Zainudin said.

The event also marked an important milestone for NTUC as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Mr Zainudin added : "The NTUC 50th anniversary is celebrated together with our tripartite partners and with this unique golf event we have a chance to be together, share and celebrate and at the same time help the workers who are in need and the low-wage workers."

By Naseema Banu Maideen, NTUC This Week

The Labour Movement rolled out $8.3 million worth of welfare assistance to brighten up the lives of lower-income members in 2010 through its U Care Fund. In its strive to be the most caring Labour Movement in the world at all economic times, the U Care Fund has distributed about 64,000 vouchers, 6,800 scholarships and bursaries, and 10,200 recreation packages to union members and their families.

These efforts were wrapped up with the distribution of $3.75 million worth of U Care Back to School vouchers to help 30,000 children of low-income union members prepare for the new school come 2011.

Each child received $125 Back to School vouchers, which they could use to purchase school-related items from participating retail outlets and authorised suppliers at schools under the Ministry Of Education. The vouchers could also be used at the annual U Care Back to School Fair from 10 to 12 December 2010 held at Toa Payoh Central.

The mega Back to School Fair had vendors such as Popular Book Company, Bata Shoe, Pacific Bookstores, NTUC FairPrice, Evergreen Stationery, PC Connect and The Point Optical.

For the first time in 2010, the members were rewarded with LinkPoints for their purchases at the fair, on top of exclusive discounts to all union members.

                                                         

How The U Care Fund Has Impacted Low Income Members

Programme Amount Distributed ($)
U Stretch vouchers ($30 per voucher) 1,021,530
Family Recreation & Fun Carnival ($100 per family package) 1,020,200
U Care Scholarship/Bursary Top-Up scheme 561,495
Back to School vouchers ($125 per voucher) 3,750,000
Donation to NTUC Eldercare Trust 1,000,000
Donation to NTUC First Campus Bright Horizons Fund 1,000,000
Total 8,353,225