The Home Hospitality Program brings you the opportunity to meet and spend time with visiting men and women of the sea services in Singapore. It is one of our most successful programs. Alongwith volunteers at the American Association of Singapore (AAS) and the American Women’s Association (AWA), the Navy League helps connect members with touring service women and men for a day of enjoyment and fun.
The staff at COMLOG WestPac inform the Home Hospitality program when they have confirmation of ships coming to Singapore.
U.S. Navy League members are notified of the Home Hospitality volunteer opportunity via email. Interested volunteers will be asked to list their preferences (e.g. number of sailors, time of day, activities planned, etc.)
After all volunteer requests are received, the Home Hospitality program will work with the ship to pair sailors with volunteers. Once you are approved, your confirmation details will be sent to you via email. Now, you can go meet your sailor!
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In 1936, the American Women’s Auxiliary (AWA) started the Home Hospitality program as part of the American Association of Singapore. (AAS) Members provided meals, baked goods, and general hospitality for all ranks when ships arrived at Collyer Quay. If the ship’s personnel were not permitted to spend much time ashore, community members would bake cookies and brownies and hand-deliver them to the ships.
After the increase in security restrictions post 9/11, new regulations prevented Home Hospitality volunteers from bringing gifts to the ships. The program’s administrative needs were then transferred to the U.S. Navy League, which had a Singapore chapter chartered in 1993. In 2004, Home Hospitality was returned to its original home at the American Association of Singapore, which was able to provided appropriate offices to better facilitate the program’s ability to support the men and women of the sea services. It is now managed by AAS, but still closely supported by the U.S. Navy League and AWA.
Finding a familiar feeling of warmth and welcome means a great deal to visiting service women and men. Being able to offer such support is rewarding for us too. That’s why the Home Hospitality program is one of the most enduring expat efforts in Singapore.
Steve moved to Asia in 1988 with his wife Holly. Their three children were born and raised in Singapore, Korea, and Japan. Steve volunteered with SACAC for many years when his kids were growing up and he enjoyed coaching and organizing sports and events. With two nephews in the Navy, he became interested in Home Hospitality and is proud to pay tribute to their service by helping give sailors a home experience in Singapore.