Frequently Asked Questions
Frequent questions about the Yellow Ribbon Project, Yellow Ribbon Fund and CARE Network.
Yellow Ribbon Project
- What is the Yellow Ribbon Project?
Started in 2004, the Yellow Ribbon Project is a community initiative in Singapore that aims to create awareness of the need to give second chances to ex-offenders, generate acceptance of ex-offenders and their families in the community, and to inspire community action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders into society.
- How did the Yellow Ribbon Project get it’s name?
The inspiration for the Yellow Ribbon Project is the popular song 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree'. It's lyrics "I'm really still in prison and my love, she holds the key, a simple yellow ribbon's what I need to set me free" aptly describes the constraints facing ex-offenders after they are released from jail.
- Who runs the Yellow Ribbon Project?
The Yellow Ribbon Project is managed by the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders (CARE) Network. Read more about the CARE Network
- How can corporations support the Yellow Ribbon Project?
There are many ways companies can support the Yellow Ribbon Project, from sponsoring Yellow Ribbon Project activities to employing ex-offenders.
- What can individuals do to support the Yellow Ribbon Project cause?
Everyone can play a part to support the Yellow Ribbon Project. You can support the cause as an individual by volunteering at Yellow Ribbon Project activities and programmes, donating to the Yellow Ribbon Fund or sponsoring Yellow Ribbon Project programmes and events.
- How do I buy a Yellow Ribbon? Is it available all year round?
Yellow ribbons are available for a donation of S$2.00 throughout the year. Email us to purchase yellow ribbons.
- I know somebody who is in jail and his family could really do with some help. Where can they find aid?
Several agencies offer assistance, from financial aid to employment and vocational training opportunities, marriage counselling and education grants for ex-offenders' children. Find out more about resources for ex-offenders on this website.
Yellow Ribbon Fund
- What is the Yellow Ribbon Fund?
The Yellow Ribbon Fund administers funding to a variety of reintegration programmes for ex-offenders and support programmes to strengthen their families.
Proceeds from the various Yellow Ribbon Project fund-raising activities go towards the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which helps to administer these funds to a variety of reintegration programmes for ex-offenders as well as social support services to their family members.
- Is the Yellow Ribbon Fund a registered charity?
Yes, it is. The Yellow Ribbon Fund was granted Institute of Public Character (IPC) status in August 2004. The Yellow Ribbon Project’s Charity Registration No. is 01808.
- Who are the beneficiaries of the Yellow Ribbon Fund?
Through agencies and programmes dedicated to the rehabilitation and care of inmates and releases, the Yellow Ribbon Fund helps ex-offenders with a genuine desire to change for the better to do so. Find out more about who benefits from Yellow Ribbon Fund programmes.
- How can I donate to the Yellow Ribbon Fund?
Send a cheque with your pledged amount marked payable to the “Yellow Ribbon Fund” and send it to:
Yellow Ribbon Fund Secretariat
407 Upper Changi Road North
Prison Headquarters Blk B
- What is the CARE Network?
The Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders (CARE) Network is a group of major community and government organisations responsible for the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.
- What does the CARE Network do?
The CARE Network has several initiatives to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society, including rehabilitative and aftercare programmes. It administers Yellow Ribbon Funding to a variety of reintegration programmes for ex-offenders and support programmes to strengthen their families.
It also spearheads the Yellow Ribbon Project, a community initiative in Singapore that aims to create awareness, generate acceptance and inspire community action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders into society.