BridgeAble is working with PIIMA(Pan Indian Institute of Management Alumni) to conceptualize and run a program enabling PIIMA members and their families to actively engage in community service in Singapore. The program involves volunteerism, philanthropy and strategic events. Various service events are planned over the next year focused on children and members of the elderly from lower income backgrounds.
The first event was conducted on 7 June 2014 on a sunny Saturday morning. PIIMA volunteers accompanied approximately 35 elderly residents of the Henderson GRC from lower income backgrounds, for an outing. These elderly residents do not get a chance to go for a sightseeing trip so they were treated to a bus drive and then some music and lunch at Dignity Kitchen. Dignity Kitchen is a Singapore based social enterprise which trains differently abled people to operate food court stalls. Dignity Kitchen also runs a Food Court manned by their trainees.
The event saw much festivity and camaraderie as the elderly residents, PIIMA volunteers and Dignity Kitchen staff sang and danced to Hokkien, Tamil and Hindi songs! In addition to encouraging hands-on social service, Project IIMPrint could lead to better integration of new entrants to Singapore’s population from PIIMA with the local Singaporean population.