Launched in 2004 as one of CARE Network's key initiative, the Yellow Ribbon Project seeks to engage the community in accepting ex-offenders and their families, giving them a second chance at life and to inspire a ripple effect of concerted community action to support ex-offenders and their families.
The objectives of the Yellow Ribbon Project can be summarised in 3'A's:
Raise Awareness of the need to give second chances to ex-offenders and their families.
Generate Acceptance of ex-offenders and their families in the community.
Inspire community Action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders back into society.
The Yellow Ribbon Project was inspired by the popular song, 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree', which is supposedly based on the real-life tale of an ex-offender's journey to forgiveness. He had written a message to his wife, asking her to show that she had forgiven him by tying a yellow ribbon around the only oak tree in their city square – to his relief, more than a hundred yellow ribbons greeted him on his return.
The simple yellow ribbon was chosen as the symbol of this campaign, with the hope that it would eventually become a self-sustaining grassroots movement. The act of wearing a yellow ribbon pin as a show of acceptance and an offer of forgiveness and second chances to ex-offenders has since become one of the signature activities of the Yellow Ribbon Project.
Upcoming Yellow Ribbon Project Activities
Yellow Ribbon Fund
The Yellow Ribbon Fund administers funding to the development and implementation of reintegration programmes for inmates and ex-offenders, as well as family support programmes to strengthen family ties of inmates and ex-offenders.
Proceeds from the various fund-raising activities will go towards funding a variety of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes as well as family support programmes which are in line with the vision of CARE Network to their family members.
Specifically, the objectives of Yellow Ribbon Fund are to provides financial support for:
- The provision of rehabilitative and aftercare services to inmates and ex-offenders during and after their discharge from custody and to assist the provision of such services by other partner organizations
- Rehabilitation and reintegration support programmes for family members of ex-offenders after their discharge from custody
- Public awareness programmes aimed at creating awareness of the need to give second chances to ex-offenders, generating acceptance of ex-offenders back into society and inspiring community action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders.
The Yellow Ribbon Fund was granted Institute of Public Character (IPC) status since August 2004. Its Charity Registration Number (UEN) is T04CC1808H.
With the announcement of the Budget 2009, all donations made to Yellow Ribbon Fund will be given 2.5 times tax-deduction. Second the cause of the Yellow Ribbon Fund and pass on your additional tax savings this year to inmates, ex-offenders and their family members in threading through this difficult time today.
For more information, about the Yellow Ribbon Fund visit us here.