One of the residents in the North East who benefitted from SSMC’s donation to the North East Dedicated Ambulance Service

During the pandemic, many corporates stepped up to support the needy and vulnerable in the local communities through North East CDC in their own ways, either through monetary or in-kind donations.

Here are some of the companies that have been working with North East CDC on their initiatives:


Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Company Pte Ltd (SSMC)

Dedicated North East Ambulance Service helps seniors with chronic ailments and mobility issues travel safely, with the right care, to their treatment destinations.

SSMC believes in taking on corporate social responsibility initiatives and giving back to the community. SSMC hopes to continue to bring positive impact and touch the lives of beneficiaries in the North East Community:

[2020, 2023] ‘Thank You Hampers’ for Medical Frontline Workers and Donation to North East Growth Fund

SSMC contributed ‘Thank You Hampers’ which were distributed to the frontline healthcare workers at Changi General Hospital and Sengkang General hospital to show our appreciation for their dedication in caring for the patients and our community during the pandemic. The hamper included cookies made by stay-home mothers supported by the Heart Bakers @ North East programme, which equips lower income stay-home mothers and aspiring home bakers with baking, business and marketing skills to start their own home baking business. Upon completing the training, bakers will bake cookies for sale to supplement their household income and support them in starting their own business.

SSMC donated $5,000 towards the North East Growth Fund in 2020 which supports milk and diaper needs of children up to 6 years old from low-income families. In 2023, SSMC continued their support for the programme by donating another $5,000 towards the cause.

[2021] Donation to Online Fundraising for Dedicated North East Ambulance Service

SSMC donated towards the online fundraising campaign which raised funds for the North East Dedicated Ambulance Service to support medical transport for the needy and immobile residents in the North East. The cheque was presented to NECDC by SSMC via a virtual presentation ceremony on 25 May 2021.


Applied Materials SEA Pte Ltd

[June 2020] Grocery Support for Vulnerable Seniors During Circuit Breaker

Applied Materials donated an amount of $5,000 to purchase essential household items for 46 isolated seniors during the Circuit Breaker.

[Sep 2021] Phase 2HA Grocery Support

Inspired to do their part for the community during the Phase 2HA period, Applied Materials collaborated with NECDC to put together 375 care packs that were distributed to beneficiaries across 11 Family Service Centres within the North East district. In addition to the care packs, beneficiaries were also gifted mooncakes purchased from Bizlink. This provided a source of income for persons with disabilities employed through Bizlink, and an opportunity for Applied Materials to give back to the community through other means at the same time.

[Aug 2022, May 2023] Project Refresh

Staff volunteers from Applied Materials actively participated in Project Refresh, which involved the cleaning and refreshing of 33 homes in Kaki Bukit division. $1,300 worth of sponsored furniture/ electrical appliances and 33 Vitality Care Packs were also donated by Applied Materials as part of gifting towards the beneficiaries onboard for this edition of Project Refresh. In the latest (20th) edition of Project Refresh, staff volunteers from Applied Materials participated in the refreshing of units in Tampines GRC.

[Dec 2022] Laptop Donation for Education

Through North East CDC’s link-up, Applied Materials donated used laptops to SBL Vision Family Service Centre and Methodist Welfare Services Family Service Centre (Tampines). These laptops were put to good use for educational purposes when children from low-income and at-risk families visit the centres for activities.


United Test and Assembly Center Ltd (UTAC)

[Nov 2020, May 2022, May 2023] North East Growth Fund

The North East Growth Fund (NEGF) is a fund which supports milk and diaper needs of children up to 6 years old. UTAC contributed to the NEGF with an internal fundraising campaign in Nov 2020, and raised a total of $4,200. Dr John Nelson, CEO, further matched the amount with another $4,200, increasing the total amount to a total $8,400 from UTAC. In 2022, UTAC employees raised a total amount of $4,688 towards the cause, while the balance $5,312 was contributed by the company, amounting to a total of $10,000 raised from UTAC. And then again in 2023, UTAC’s employees contributed to the NEGF with an internal fundraising amount of $6,923 and the company topped up another $5,077, bringing the total to $12,000 donated by UTAC.

[Nov 2021] Shaping Hearts 2021

UTAC donated a total of $10,000 towards Shaping Hearts 2021, showing their support for the inclusive platform provided by North East CDC to showcase the talents of the special needs community.

[Dec 2022] Project Refresh

UTAC had 19 staff volunteers who participated in the cleaning and refreshing of homes in Punggol divisions. 26 units benefitted from Project Refresh for this edition.


Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association

[2019] Silicon Classics

The Silicon Classics is a charity fundraising event organised by Singapore’s Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA). Proceeds from the fundraising event over the past years went towards the North East Community Give Back Golf & Appreciation Dinner. The North East Community Give Back Golf & Appreciation Dinner is an annual fundraising event organised by North East CDC to support the local assistance programmes administered by the CDC itself, such as:

a) Heart Bakers
b) North East School Meal Fund
c) Tuition Subsidy
d) Community Employment Program
e) Young NTUC – North East CDC Project Refresh

SSIA has raised a total of $459,000 from 2014 – 2019.

In 2023, NECDC is privileged to be collaborating with SSIA for the celebration of the semiconductor industry’s 55th on 19 September. Stay tuned for more details to be unveiled along the way.


About North East CDC

Established in 1997, the North East Community Development Council (CDC) is driven by its mission to build a caring and inclusive community. It serves a population of over 964,000 residents in four Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and two Single Member Constituencies (SMCs). They are: Aljunied, Pasir Ris – Punggol, Sengkang, Tampines GRCs, Hougang and Punggol West SMCs.

Headed by Mayor Desmond Choo, the North East CDC plays a vital role in administering financial and employment assistance to residents in need. In close collaboration with community and corporate partners, the CDC strategically plans outreach programs that aim to foster strong bonds and promote social cohesion within the community.

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