“The acquisition of knowledge is not just about studying, but also about making oneself more compassionate and human, by touching the lives of those around you.”

Every individual, regardless of ability and circumstances, deserves the opportunity to maximise his or her potential and lead a life of dignity.  This is the strong belief that drives the NUSSU Volunteer Action Committee (NVAC) to promote active participation by NUS undergraduates in social service and volunteerism.  NVAC's more than 200 volunteers have organised on-going as well as ad-hoc projects to serve the disadvantaged, the infirm and the disabled. Annual flagship projects like the Charity Fiesta provide flexible volunteering opportunities for undergraduates.  

Shining Stars Among Students 

·         Merit Award, Life Insurance Association Volunteer Awards, 2000.

·         First Prize (18-25 Age Group) in Students Community Service by the Rotary Club of Singapore, 2000.

·         Tutors the residents at the Boys' Town since 1990, and runs the Boys' Town Befrienders project in 1998.

·         Provides mobile library service, tutors young patients, and befriends children in the paediatric wards under the National University Hospital (NUH) volunteer programme initiated in 2001.

·         Befriend patients at the Institute of Mental Health through since 1996.

·         Serve the elderly and intellectually disabled residents at the Moral Welfare Home since 1998.

·         Organise activities for the children of  the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)  

Spreading The Love Around 

NVAC also supports community service projects by other student bodies in and outside NUS.  Collaborations include the Megawatt Project - Love Circuit (1999) by the Nanyang Technological University Students' Union, and the Christmas Carnival (2000) by the Children Cancer Foundation and NUS Cultural Activities and Community Services Club.