Resolution 2020!

The New Year is here and no new year celebration is complete without resolutions! We know what you’re getting to that New Year resolutions are broken within a week! But, we have here a list of achievable, realistic resolutions for the New Year that we promise you won’t be tempted to break.

 

  • Say No to Plastic

         

Reduce reuse and recycle icon

We all are guilty of this, those hurried trips to the grocery store and asking for a plastic bag. Let us try to reuse that old cloth bag the next time we make that quick run to the grocery store. After all, it’s a smart reason to flaunt those trendy totes and instantly up a boring outfit. Did you know that you could make a cloth bag out of an old t-shirt? Go on try it out now!

 

  • Phone Detox

            

 

We know the caption sounds scary, but hear us out. Instead of making an unrealistic promise of staying off our phones for days, because let’s face it, our lives revolve around our phones; and sometimes rightly so. We can resolve this 2020 to stay away from our phones at night. Essentially taking a break from screen time as the day draws to an end. Research has revealed that the blue light emitted from the phone can hamper with the Hormone Melatonin responsible for the sleep-wake cycle and depletion in this hormone can cause insomnia, and make you tired and irritable during the day.

 

  • Give back to society

           

This year let’s take up a goal of giving back more to the society, and this does not have to involve donating money, but you can instead use your time, skills and knowledge to make a difference. And, what’s better you can do this from the comfort of your home. There are a plethora of remote volunteering opportunities to choose from at ConnectFor. Here’s how you can find interesting volunteering opportunities: www.connectfor.org

 

  • Read more

          

Saying this is perhaps archaic in the Netflix era when the relevance of reading is losing relevance. But, it is essential for maximum growth and for the sheer pleasure of being lost in the fictional world- that we don’t lose touch with one of man’s most trusted friends- Books. You can even spice things up by going and reading books to children in an NGO or help another one in sorting their library.

 

  • Take some time out for your furry friends   

           

This is for all the dog lovers out there! Sometimes, adopting a pet could be difficult for someone out there who is perhaps short on resources, or always on the go with a demanding job/lifestyle, but we have you sorted, just volunteer for a Pause for Paws activity with us and we promise you are going to be left asking for more.

 

  • Go Clean, Go Green

This is for one the beach lovers, don’t we all just love going and chilling on the beach on a Sunday evening. But, is it not important that this beach should be clean enough to sustain the constant incoming crowds. This new year, let’s step out of our comfort zones and instead of just complaining about the dumping of waste on beaches, let’s join the movement to clean these beaches, find out here how you can do your bit. Find beach cleanup activities here.

 

So, there you have it. A list of realistic goals not just limited to your being but also driven towards making a change in the lives of others. And yes, Happy New Year!

4 Hacks to Save Energy Everyday!

4 Easy Hacks to ConserveEnergy Everday!

With global warming on a high alert and increasing population, energy consumption is has shot up which is pressuring earth’s resources and stating a threat to our environment. So on the World Energy Conservation Day, we want to share some quick and easy ways which you can incorporate in your daily life to save energy.

Use LEDs instead of CFLs:

By using LED bulbs instead of regular CFL bulbs you will be able to save more energy. LED Bulbs consume 75% less energy than CFL normal lamps. Also, their longevity is 25% more than other lamps, so the wastage you will be making would be less too.

Turn off your power strip that your electronics are connected to

Most of your electronics, even when turned off, are consuming energy. These “vampire devices” keep sucking a bit of electricity so that their response time is quicker when turned on. By turning off the main power strip you will cut off all electricity to your electronics so they don’t use additional electricity.

Pack your freezer more tightly

When you open your freezer, cold air gushes and while you shuffle through your freezer to find what you need it’s loosing all that cool air. So, when you close the freezer, it will have to produce cold air again and that consumes a lot of energy. A way to prevent this is to pack your freezer full of stuff. You can do things like bags of ice or even newspaper if you have it laying around. When your freezer is packed, it keeps cold air intact and your freezer will not consume extra energy.

Air dry your clothes

By air drying your clothes, you’re essentially saving on a lot of energy consumed by Dryers which come along in your washing machines. Dryers use a lot of energy due to their heating element and the drum mechanism pulls in loads of electricity too!

Try air drying clothes whenever possible it will also help you save energy and will also cut down your electricity bill!

 

So now that we have listed all these hacks its time for you to implement them and bring about a change this World Energy Conservation Day!

Volunteer for a Cause this #DaanUtsav

Volunteer for a Cause this #DaanUtsav

 

It’s that time of the year again! And no, we are not talking about Diwali, or New Year’s Eve, but Daan Utsav – the Joy of Giving week. 

Every year around Gandhi Jayanti, this festival of giving is celebrated across India so as to inculcate a culture of people donating time, material, etc., and to encourage people to indulge in acts of kindness. This year Daan Utsav is being celebrated from October 2nd to October 8th, you too can contribute to this festival of giving in interesting way! Read on to know more how to celebrate Daan Utsav in seven cool ways.

 

 

  • Unleash that Picasso in You and Get Painting. 

 

Participate in the Diya painting activity organized by Raay Foundation on 12 October. Here you will be painting Diyas with the children and also digging your hands in some serious Diwali decoration. 

 

  • Aavi Navratri

 

Keeping in with the Navratri fervor, join in the Dandiya decoration activity of Robin Hood Army on October 5th. And, the fun does not stop here, after decorating dandiyas, we will be grooving to some kickass Dandiya songs followed by a food distribution drive.

  • Shop for a Cause

Light up not only Homes but Hopes this Daan Utsav! Shop for handmade products such as Diyas, Lanterns, Trays, and much more made by NGO beneficiaries like Widows, Cancer Patients, Underprivilged Kids,etc

All the proceeds from the sales will go directly to the NGO.

Be a light in someone’s life this Daan Utsav. Shop for a Cause on our Social Shop.

Shop Now — https://www.connectfor.org/social-shop-collections-all-products/

 

 

  • Time to gift your time!

 

As we surge into the festive season in India, which means lots of gifts, here is a perfect activity for you- the gift bag making workshop by Robin Hood Army on October 19th. And, this is not just a regular bag making activity; we will be making bags with children, and decorating them, sounds fun, right! Also, if we are talking Robin Hood Army, there has to be a food distribution drive, duh!

 

  • Fold your way to a Fun Weekend! 

 

Here is an activity that is sure to leave you reminiscing about your childhood memories. We are talking about the Origami workshop on October 26th by Bigger than life. Here, we will be interacting with the children, and teaching them fun origami stuff, are you taking notes.

 

  • Help out the Beach Please!

 

Become an Environment warrior and join us during this Daan Utsav in the Dadar Beach clean-up on 5th October. Since, we believe that small acts bring out big changes, participate in this clean up drive, do your bit for Mother Earth!

  • Paint A School

Join us for one of the favorite initiatives that we have — Paint A School, where we will be painting a school in Kurla and help create a positive, vibrant and colorful space for the kids to study in, eventually helping in the teaching process as well!

Join us on 12th October for the Paint A School Event!

Phew, now that’s a lot of activities to keep you busy and jazz up those boring weekends! To know more click here.

 

Preservation of the Indian ocean and beaches

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world’s oceanic divisions, and comprises of 4 different seas and over 15 bays. 80% of the Indian Ocean is open and includes nine large marine ecosystems: the Agulhas Current, Somali Coastal Current, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Thailand, West Central Australian Shelf, Northwest Australian Shelf, and Southwest Australian Shelf. Two out of nine of these essential ecosystems directly affect India and it’s marine status, but are currently in grave danger.

Due to the rising temperatures and the climate crisis, the Indian Ocean has expanded by 20 centimetres each year in the last decade. Additionally, livestock within the ocean is being depleted at a colossal rate, due to the change in ambient temperature and overfishing. Along with this expansion, a recent study showed that there are over one trillion pieces of plastic floating around in the Indian Ocean, creating a high risk environment for the beings living there.

ConnectFor is taking great measures to reduce the adverse effects of this pollution through volunteering. In the past, we have organised 6 successful beach clean up activities as a part of our Weekend Volunteering programme, and are proud to be hosting our first Beach Clean Up Community Event on the 14th of September! Here, volunteers will be helping clean the Mahim beach in Mumbai and preserve our existing ecosystem.

ConnectFor offers other volunteering opportunities to help preserve our marine ecosystem. The sea brings back all the garbage that we dump into it mindlessly, and deposits it back to our shores. Be part of a local clean-up drive to help and bring your friends along for some fun! ConnectFor has a special ‘Environment’ cause vertical that attempts to bridge the gap caused due to the water crisis within Maharashtra, along with other environmental issues in our operating cities of Pune and Bengaluru. We are currently partnered with NGOs such as Jeevitnadhi Living River Foundation, Paani, Tahaan, and Anarde in Maharashtra. You too, can volunteer with these NGOs and make a difference in the future of our planet, no matter how big or small!

How to decrease the use of single use items like plastic and paper!

How to decrease the use of single use items like plastic and paper!

To consume paper isn’t only to consume wood, but also water and energy. However, recycled paper requires 0 trees, uses less than half the energy and produces under half the waste! Similarly, single-use plastics are disposable plastics that are used once before being thrown away. These are things like plastic bags, coffee cups, plastic bottles, and straws. We produce roughly 300 million tons of plastic each year and over half of it is only used once. 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced makes its way into the ocean every year, the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. According to the World Economic Forum, “This is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2045. By 2050, this could mean that there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.” 

 

Here are 4 ways to reduce your daily plastic and paper consumption and help reverse the effects of the climate crisis:

 

 

1. Ditch the plastic straw 

 

Get in the habit of saying “no straw” when ordering drinks. If you are a habitual smoothie drinker you may also want to invest in a bamboo or metal straw. Use a reusable straw and save 540 plastic straws from entering the ocean this year! 

 

 

2. Go bill free 

 

Bills and receipts are small transactional pieces of paper that cannot be recycled or reused. Due to the chemical agents used to make them, they also pose a health hazard. If you don’t need the receipt, don’t get it. 

 

 

3. Invest in reusable daily utensils like water bottles and coffee/tea mugs

 

Paper cups are often not recyclable because they are coated with plastic to prevent the cups from leaking and one plastic bottle and lid can take up to 1000 years to decompose. Simply switching to a reusable water bottle saves on average 167 plastic bottles in one year, while bringing your own coffee mug saves 500 cups and lids from landfills every year, so think about how many we could save over our lifetime!

 

 

 4. Reuse and recycle old single-use plastic bottles and paper

to turn them into some exciting goodies! 

 

 

On the note of recycling and reusing paper, ConnectFor is proud to host Ecovation in Bangalore on the 24th of August! Here, volunteers will be recycling old plastic bottles and newspapers to turn them into planter pots and seedball pens. Give us a call and we’ll have you register on spot for the event!

 

Volunteering in your Teens!

  Volunteering in your Teens!

 

Volunteering has always been known as a selfless act. Even though this may be true, what people sometimes don’t realize is that there are more benefits than expected. For teenagers, volunteer work can help them expand their horizons, meet new friends, experience different cultures, learn a new language- all while contributing to society’s needs’. Here are a few ways how and why volunteering can help young adults develop into confident, proactive citizens.

 

  • Builds Self-Esteem

 

 

We all know how our teenage years can be, since we have lived through them: full of insecurities and a lack of self-confidence. Volunteering can help lower the rates of this! Surprised? Just think about it. Teenagers ultimately find volunteer work empowering. While working on solutions to these problems, they have the chance to see how their efforts can help improve the lives of others. Teenagers who volunteer often experience fewer mental health problems than those who don’t. When they see their actions affect a community for the better, their self-confidence spikes and they feel happier!

 

  • Expands their Social Circle:

 

 

A teenager’s social circle typically consists of their friends and family. Volunteering gives youth the opportunity to meet people outside their usual circle, some of whom may have a positive impact on their future. Volunteering provides a chance to meet like-minded people and form relationships that tend to last a lifetime. Young adults will also learn to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and generations. These connections may even help them find a mentor who can teach them what they may not even learn in a classroom or school setting.

 

  • Helps discover many new Interests:

                      

 

When selecting a volunteering opportunity, teenagers can look in areas where they are interested in. For example, if you are interested in animals you might consider helping out at their local animal shelter. Volunteering can expose you to many new experiences that you may not have known otherwise. Having new experiences or interests can help you discover a new passion, and gives you the contacts to pursue that passion.

 

  • Helps Gain Work Experience:

 

 

Volunteering also give teenagers an opportunity to experience situations that occur in the workplace, such as having to work as part of a team. They are exposed to what people have to do in certain jobs and the conditions in which they have to work. Volunteers will gain real-life experience outside of school and is prepared to step outside of their comfort zones to achieve goals. Having new experiences can help you discover a new passion. They will also learn new skills while volunteering that look good on a resume.

 

  • Your Resume Will Shine:

 

 

Volunteering experiences can set you apart from the other applicants. Having many volunteering experiences show that you are ambitious, you care about your community, and that you are willing to work to create change. These are some of the best qualities that recruiters and admissions look for in potential students or employees!

So how can you get started? Reach out to someone at ConnectFor, and we will help you connect with an organization that matches your interests, curiosity, and expectations! Volunteer work is certainly a testament to a teenager’s character that he or she is willing to work to bring out change. Volunteering is where young adults can learn what they are passionate about. It is where they find confidence and develop skills that will serve them for many years ahead. Volunteering taps into a teen’s desire to be independent in a productive way. Teenagers are extremely busy with academics, extracurricular activities, sports, and social events! But carving a few hours out of their busy schedules regularly for community service can be calming for them.