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A Fun Morning for DBS — Interacting with Mann Beneficiaries

Last Thursday, 6th July, 2017, was not like any other Thursday at the DBS Mumbai office, the ConnectFor office or at Mann — a center for individuals with special needs. Since the past 3 months we, at ConnectFor, have been tirelessly working with the DBS team to ideate, plan and execute a one-day volunteering engagement for their employees. After hours of brainstorming, trying to find the best possible way to ensure that the DBS team of 75 people can make the most of their Thursday morning and add value to the lives of beneficiaries, our NGO partner Mann seemed to be the best fit for this engagement!

We have been working alongside Mann for almost 8 months now and have saved the organization Rs. 25,000 and 72 hours in value savings. Mann works with young adults with special needs and provides generalized as well as person-specific training to its students, to help prepare them for a more meaningful and independent life, helping them integrate into society.

We wanted to ensure that this one-day volunteering engagement would be a win-win for the NGO, its beneficiaries, and the DBS team. Taking this into account we carefully planned out each activity to ensure that the DBS volunteers could interact with the beneficiaries and the beneficiaries could use this as a platform to display their talents.

On the day of the event the DBS employees turned up to the event in large numbers, totalling to almost 80 volunteers. The CSR event coordinator from DBS stated that “this event had a milestone turn out!” The day kick-started with an induction and a tour by the NGO members to familiarize everyone who attended with the centre, their beneficiaries and the activities carried out throughout the year by the NGO.

Post the induction, the DBS employees made themselves comfortable and immediately started approaching the beneficiaries. To our surprise, the beneficiaries really took to the employees and were soon flaunting their talents and skills. As part of a fun and heart warming activity, the beneficiaries taught DBS volunteers how to decorate coasters and envelopes, which they would then use to raise funds. The ones who were fortunate enough to be taught product making by the beneficiaries, were engrossed in the activity and left the centre with a sense of satisfaction. They were also impressed to see how talented the individuals at the centre were.

Before we bid adieu to both Mann and DBS, Mann had a little surprise for the volunteers where the beneficiaries danced and the volunteers sang along. Those of us who attended, from ConnectFor, were so pleased to see that the volunteers were deeply touched and went home either feeling like they wanted to do something more or left the centre feeling like a changed person. This definitely made all our efforts and time spent on this engagement worthwhile and made us feel like we created a win-win situation for everyone involved!

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ConnectFor has recently started working with groups of volunteers, corporate organisations and small teams of people who want volunteer together to make a difference. We understand your needs and requirements and then plan out volunteering engagements for you with one of our 115 NGO partners. Please reach out to us for any CSR needs/requirements you may have.

To start your volunteering activity and spread smiles, sign up here: goo.gl/1KN3TR 🙂

ConnectFor Tri-City Beautification – We turn 3!

ConnectFor Tri-City Beautification – We turn 3!

Three years is an exciting milestone which we would not have been able to achieve without our devoted founders Shloka Mehta and Maniti Modi. ConnectFor’s journey began when our founders were modeling an idea that provided an accessible platform to engage with the volunteering community.

They were able to move forward with ConnectFor’s launch in 2015 on the hopes to build an online volunteering platform that connects individuals to various NGO’s and corporate organizations across the nation.

In 2018, they led ConnectFor to demonstrate the value of human resources for non-profit organizations and/or corporate organizations, by creating high-value matches based on an organization’s needs, and an individual’s time, skills, and interests. After three years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance, ConnectFor is proud to be in three progressive cities: Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Pune.

To commemorate ConnectFor’s 3rd birthday we are giving back to our host cities by hosting beautification campaign across Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Pune on December 9, 2018, from 9:30am-1:00 pm. We would love for you to be part of this celebration!

We strongly believe that communities are meant to create connections, opportunities, and a sense of belonging. A city beautification campaign is a great way to build thriving communities as volunteers work together towards achieving a common goal. We want our volunteers to come together to create an enriching and vibrant space for each individual of the community.

In Mumbai, we will be collaborating with local railway authorities to paint a railway station. In Bengaluru, we will be working to uplift a public garden, and in Pune, we will be working towards uplifting the main road. Volunteers are encouraged to bring along their friends and family members and work together to create a better environment.

To RSVP, please click on the links given below:

For Mumbai: https://www.connectfor.org/events/connect-for-tri-city-beautification-mumbai/

For Bengaluru: https://www.connectfor.org/events/connectfor-tri-city-beautification-bengaluru/

For Pune: https://www.connectfor.org/events/connectfor-tri-city-beautification-pune/

If you cannot attend this event but would like to donate to raise funds for the event, you can support by donating on this link — https://bit.ly/2zxJxej.

ConnectFor is looking forward to celebrating its third birthday with all of you! Our volunteers have been integral to our growth and success. We have just a few spots left so we encourage you to sign up as soon as you can!

For further event details click here https://www.connectfor.org/events/

Happy Volunteering!

This Childrens Day encourage your kids to Volunteer

                         This Childrens Day encourage your kids to Volunteer

In Pakistan, Nighat Dad helps young women fight online bullying and harassment. In France, Romain Lacombe is creating tools to help people track air pollution. In India, Ajaita Shah is increasing access to reliable, affordable, clean and safe energy products to the underprivileged through sales and service outlets. While these individuals support varied causes they have one vital thing in common; They are young change makers working to improve the world we live in. As young people get older, they are able to stretch their abilities. Children and/or adults engaging with others in meaningful service activities can encourage growth and development in a variety of ways.

Here are a few reasons to encourage your kids to volunteer:

· Volunteering helps foster empathy:

Empathy is the most important feeling to have when responding to the needs of others. We need to be able to imagine what other people may be going through or feeling. Volunteering help kids engage their natural empathic sense, but they must also be able to talk about the purpose and experience of the respective activity they are partaking in.

 

 

· Volunteering helps develop a sense of self-efficacy:

Children are likely aware that there are people in need and causes that require our attention but are unsure what role they can play in improving the lives of the less fortunate.Volunteering can provide an experience that affirms a young person’s sense of self that they can make a difference through their own effort and skills. These kinds of experiences can empower young people to apply themselves in schools, and other organized activities.

 

  • Volunteering provides experience working with others:

Social skills are learned best in social situations. When children come together to engage in meaningful tasks, communication and collaborations rise to the surface in a supportive manner. Volunteering also provides a great opportunity for parents and children to work and learn together. Giving students the opportunity to discover new Fields of interest really sparks a passion for learning and doing. Students often begin to discover, and find meaning in other activities.

 

 

  • Volunteering encourages civic responsibility:

Partaking in community service teaches students the importance of investing in our community and the people who live in it. Not only do we want our kids to be successful in the future, but we want them to understand what it means to be a good citizen.

Volunteering is more than just spending one’s time actively participating in selfless acts that benefit others. It has a much greater impact on society as a whole. Parents and schools should work together to inspire volunteerism among children. They will grow up as well-rounded individuals that are competent, socially aware, and useful members of society. Children’s’ Day, approaching on November 14, 2018 is a great place to start!

5 Ways to make this Diwali Meaningful

5 Ways to make this Diwali Meaningful

The gift of inner peace is the best gift to give this, and every Diwali!
Diwali is just a few days with numerous celebrations involving, shopping, gifts, decorations, and get-togethers. Receiving gifts are always satisfying but this Diwali, let’s decide to “gift” ourselves something more meaningful than conventional presents. Let’s capture the essence of Diwali and purchase gifts from talented young adults from NGO’s across the city. They offer an array of items such as torans, paintings, wall hangings and much more! So join us in making a difference this Diwali and making it a celebration of hard work and generosity.In order to make a significant difference, let us all encourage people to buy handcrafted Diwali items from various NGO’s listed below. There are six different NGO’s that have worked hard to ensure all your needs are met.

These handmade items will not only have a longer life than conventionally made products but are also eco-friendly in nature. A great opportunity to reward those who put in the time and effort to make these gifts. You will find everything from coasters to wine bags to chocolate modaks! So, click on any one of these links, and check out what’s in store for you!

MANN- Centre for Individuals with Special Needs: Items they make and sell: wine bags, envelopes set, diaries, greeting cards, lamps, candle stands, tea light holders, and various kinds of accessories {earrings, bangles, bracelets, coasters, hot plates, trivets}                                            (http://www.mann.org.in/products-2/)

Access Life – Cancer Care Centre – Items they make and sell: Diyas and torans    (http://www.accesslife.org/)

Light of Life Trust – Items they make and sell: Kurtas, bags, paintings, accessories & more (http://lightoflifetrustindia.org/)

Alive Foundation – Items they make and sell: table lamps, wooden boxes, stationery, key holders  & more (https://www.facebook.com/pg/joyofALIVE/photos/?ref=page_internal)

Lakshya Art Foundation – Items they make and sell: chocolate modaks, jute bags, lanterns & more  (https://www.facebook.com/lakshyaartfoundation/photos/a.1053693558107480/1451111618365670/?type=3&theater)

Healing Dove Foundation – Items they make and sell: diyas and lanterns (https://www.facebook.com/pg/healingdove/photos/?ref=page_internal)

A difference can also be made by buying new toys and donating old ones. Donating toys can bring a sparkle to the eyes of millions of children and provide every child with an opportunity to enjoy the festival. You can start by donating your old toys to schools, hospitals and other relevant organizations.

The best way to give back to society is by giving your time. Volunteer work can help strengthen our community as it allows you to grow as a member and as an individual. You can choose a service or NGO via ConnectFor and volunteer your time for a worthy cause.

As Diwali is a celebration of lights and devouring delicious treats, let’s give every individual an opportunity to savour the moment.  You can cook, share and celebrate Diwali at an orphanage and enjoy a meal with them. No feeling is more satisfying as making Diwali treats for everyone! You can also cook along with the children and create precious memories.

Lastly, the easiest way to make a difference is to donate online or sign up for a community event with your friends and family through the ConnectFor website.                                                                                          (Join us now for a city beautification drive in Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru – RSVP now – https://goo.gl/forms/o9Tl4b4H2anniski2)

We hope that everyone puts in an effort to make Diwali special for every member of society.  It is a blessing that we have the scope to put a smile on every child’s face and give back to society. Let’s all work together by purchasing gifts from NGO’s, donating our time and money to the less fortunate and celebrate this auspicious festival with inner peace.

From everyone at ConnectFor, we wish you a very happy, prosperous, and peaceful Diwali!

5 Benefits of Volunteering at Community Events

5 Benefits of Volunteering at Community Events

Have you ever wanted to volunteer and give back but felt that you did not know how to contribute effectively? Or maybe you were a bit worried that your opinions on prevalent issues would not be considered? Well, you were wrong! Being involved in community engagements is a great way to give back!

At ConnectFor we believe community involvement is vital to help address and resolve societal and environmental issues, which is why we have curated a range of events you can volunteer at this year.

Participating in community events is a great way to give back to society and support causes that are dedicated to improving the lives of those in need. It is essential for us to make time in our busy lives to do our part in leading the change through communal activities.

Believe it or not, volunteering has its perks. It can help reduce stress, enhance your professional career, and give you a sense of purpose. Volunteering does not necessarily have to be a long-term commitment, giving a small amount of time from your busy schedule and helping those in need can improve your health and happiness. Let’s take a look at these benefits more in-depth.

  1. Improving others lives and giving back to society – The first benefit that you would derive on participating in a Community Engagement is that you will in some way surely improve their lives and back to the society in the smallest possible way by contributing just some amount of your time.
  2. Connecting with People – Community engagements provide you with the opportunity to meet and connect with people from all walks of life. Working together towards solving a common problem instills a sense of comradery between volunteers, often result in long-lasting friendships. A great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and interact with like-minded people working towards the betterment of society.
  3. Strengthening your body, mind, and soul – Volunteering strengthens your body, mind, and soul. Help improve your state of mind by decreasing stress, anger and anxiety that many of us deal with in our lives. The idea of helping and being there for others is a type of feeling that will help decrease your stress. You are making a meaningful connection with another person, something that you probably won’t have a chance to do so often. Additionally, doing good for others and the community will provide a sense of accomplishment, and will increase the confidence of a volunteer.
  4. Career Growth – Volunteering can help grow your professional career and bring growth to your career. If you’re in the process of switching jobs or want a break to do something different-volunteer! By volunteering with different people and NGO’s, you are broadening your horizons and experiences. This might help you figure out what you want to do next! Furthermore, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, collaboration, communication, problem-solving, and organization skills.
  5. Bringing Joy into your Life – Volunteering can bring joy into your life. Volunteering is an easy way to explore your interests and passions. Just like how volunteering can bring advances to your career, finding the fun in volunteering can help people find peace and a purpose to live. When you partake in volunteering, you will find it meaningful and interesting. Volunteering can be relaxing and can energize and motivate you from your day to day routines at work, and/or school.

We believe that being involved with our local community is all about building relationships: with the community, leaders, various businesses, and most importantly, with the citizens of those communities. We believe that it is our responsibility to serve, connect, and celebrate our community, and to do this we need you!

Have we convinced you to participate in community events yet? We hope we have! If you are not sure where to start. Well, we’ve got the answer for you! Register on the website: www.connectfor.org, and stay tuned for more community events happening around you. Make sure to sign up, and make a difference in someone’s life!

Join us on 19th October for DIY — Diya It Yourself.

RSVP Now: https://www.connectfor.org/events/diya-it-yourself-diya-making/

Give your time this Daan Utsav and make a difference!

Give your time this Daan Utsav

and make a difference!

‘Daan’ and ‘Utsav’ are two words that describe our Indian Culture extremely well. Daan Utsav, also known as ‘The Joy of Giving Week’ is a Festival celebrated in India every year from 2nd October to 8th October. Launched in 2009, Daan Utsav celebrates the spirit and joy of giving. The festival encourages and empowers millions of people to give back to society in any way they can. It represents breaking down the conventional stereotype of philanthropy, by focusing on the simple act of making someone else happy. This act of giving can be anything from time, money, materials, necessities, or love!

Daan Utsav is a volunteer-driven initiative executed by a passionate group of volunteers who manage the activities of the festival. The festival sees people from all walks of life doing their part for the betterment of society. Its ideology is focused on allowing people to give back in any way they choose. No contribution is too small and every form of contribution is appreciated. Something as simple teaching your household help basic English or feeding a stray dog would be in line with the spirit of Daan Utsav.

In 2017 millions of people participated in more than 1,500 events across 200 cities, raising considerable amounts of money, collecting material donations and volunteering countless hours. Be part of a movement that is dedicated to making a positive impact in people’s lives, an initiative where every small contribution makes a difference.

ConnectFor is looking for volunteers in Mumbai, to participate in this year’s Daan Utsav. If you live in Mumbai or are visiting during the week of October 2-October 8, please consider volunteering! More the merrier, spread the message of Daan Utsav by bringing a friend or a family member along with you.

To RSVP, please click on the links provided below, and stay tuned for more updates!

https://www.connectfor.org/opportunities/cf-1108-daan-utsav-volunteer-in-mumbai/

Along with this ConnectFor is hosting a number of Donation drives across Mumbai. These drives serve as a great opportunity to positively impact the lives of those in need, by donating items you no longer use.  Here is a list of NGOs you can donate at.

  1. Muskurahat Foundation aims to bring about a smile on each person who dreams and wishes to fly. Here are some items they require — Notebooks, Storybooks, Encyclopedias, Science experiment books, Coloring books for small kids.
  2. Angel Xpress Foundation an NGO working to transform the lives of underprivileged children through regular access to educated adults. Here are some items they require — Hygiene products like soap, comb, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand towel etc. in the form of a small kit.
  3. The Wishing Factory works for the welfare of Thalassemia major and Blood Cancer patients. Here are some items they require — Colouring books, Novels, Children literature/Short Stories, Encyclopedia, Books on Monuments, places of the world, Picture books, Drinking glass water, water purifier and Desktop Computer
  4. Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust has started an initiative called Vision 10000 with the objective of donating fine quality prescribed spectacles (facilitated by Essilor Vision Foundation) to 10000 underprivileged and needy individuals. Here are some items they require — old spectacle frames
  5. Saturday Art Classes is where art and imagination uplift education. It is a uniquely-designed initiative that aims to enrich and develop children from low-income communities through a variety of holistic and value-based modern art curriculums. Here are some items they require — Camlin Oil Pastels, Fevicol, Poster Colours, Paint Brushes
  6. Kutumba Education & Knowledge Foundation aims to educate and add value to the lives of underprivileged children. Here are some items they require — English Dictionaries

You can drop these items at the respective NGOs anytime between October 2 — October 8, for exact addresses or if you have questions, please feel free to reach out to ConnectFor at +91 79773 47851.

Since giving back to our community can not be measured, even the smallest actions count. Do share your #SmallJoysofGiving moments with us on social media. Let’s connect for happiness!

Give your time this Daan Utsav and make a difference!

Give your time this Daan Utsav

and make a difference!

‘Daan’ and ‘Utsav’ are two words that describe our Indian Culture extremely well. Daan Utsav, also known as ‘The Joy of Giving Week’ is a Festival celebrated in India every year from 2nd October to 8th October. Launched in 2009, Daan Utsav celebrates the spirit and joy of giving. The festival encourages and empowers millions of people to give back to society in any way they can. It represents breaking down the conventional stereotype of philanthropy, by focusing on the simple act of making someone else happy. This act of giving can be anything from time, money, materials, necessities, or love!

Daan Utsav is a volunteer-driven initiative executed by a passionate group of volunteers who manage the activities of the festival. The festival sees people from all walks of life doing their part for the betterment of society. Its ideology is focused on allowing people to give back in any way they choose. No contribution is too small and every form of contribution is appreciated. Something as simple teaching your household help basic English or feeding a stray dog would be in line with the spirit of Daan Utsav.

In 2017 millions of people participated in more than 1,500 events across 200 cities, raising considerable amounts of money, collecting material donations and volunteering countless hours. Be part of a movement that is dedicated to making a positive impact in people’s lives, an initiative where every small contribution makes a difference.

ConnectFor is looking for volunteers in Bengaluru, to participate in this year’s Daan Utsav. If you live in Bengaluru or are visiting during the week of October 2-October 8, please consider volunteering! More the merrier, spread the message of Daan Utsav by bringing a friend or a family member along with you.

To RSVP, please click on the links provided below, and stay tuned for more updates!

https://www.connectfor.org/events/tapping-the-talent-teach-a-skill-to-senior-citizens/

Along with this ConnectFor is hosting a number of Donation drives across Bengaluru. These drives serve as a great opportunity to positively impact the lives of those in need, by donating items you no longer use. Here is a list of NGOs you can donation at.

  1. Mantra4change – address the issue of poor quality of education in under-resourced schools. Here are some items they require – Skipping Rope, Throwball, Volleyball, Carrom, Chess Boards, Snake and Ladder Badminton, Cricket bats, Softballs, Puzzles Frisbee Soaps Pencil set Geometry boxes
  2. Estah Society  helps people to get a fair idea about what they can make out of their lives but also allowing them to get a grip with the right financial backup. Here are some items they require – Fruit Plants seeds, fruits, and vegetable plant manure
  3. Amici do Raoul Follereaue (AIFO India) – a non-profit organization on a mission to eradicate leprosy In India and support persons with disability. Here are some items they require — Bag, Lunchbox, water bottle, A4 size notebooks, Mini- Notebooks
  4. Gubbachi Learning Community, a community of learners who have come together to bridge migrant Out of School Children back into the public education system. Here are some items they require -School Bags, Plates, Small steel glasses, Badminton rackets set, Skipping ropes, Shuttlecocks, Football Volleyball Volleyball
  5. Reaching Hand works with vulnerable children, marginalized women & deprived families empowering them to lead a life of hope, self-worth, and dignity. Here are some items they require — School bag, Notebooks, Geometry box, Pencil, Pens, Umbrella Water bottle, Drawing books, Steel Plates, Steel glasses.
  6. Society for Space Education, Research and Development [SSERD] – is a community committed to elevate and foster the education of space and research universally. Here are some items they require — Telescope 3D printer Tables and Chairs

You can drop these items at the respective NGOs anytime between October 2 -October 8, for exact addresses or if you have questions, please feel free to reach out to ConnectFor at +91 79773 47851.

Since giving back to our community can not be measured, even the smallest actions count. Do share your #SmallJoysofGiving moments with us on social media. Let’s connect for happiness!

Give your time this Daan Utsav and make a difference!

Give your time this Daan Utsav

and make a difference!

‘Daan’ and ‘Utsav’ are two words that describe our Indian Culture extremely well. Daan Utsav, also known as ‘The Joy of Giving Week’ is a Festival celebrated in India every year from 2nd October to 8th October. Launched in 2009, Daan Utsav celebrates the spirit and joy of giving. The festival encourages and empowers millions of people to give back to society in any way they can. It represents breaking down the conventional stereotype of philanthropy, by focusing on the simple act of making someone else happy. This act of giving can be anything from time, money, materials, necessities, or love!

Daan Utsav is a volunteer-driven initiative executed by a passionate group of volunteers who manage the activities of the festival. The festival sees people from all walks of life doing their part for the betterment of society. Its ideology is focused on allowing people to give back in any way they choose. No contribution is too small and every form of contribution is appreciated. Something as simple teaching your household help basic English or feeding a stray dog would be in line with the spirit of Daan Utsav.

In 2017 millions of people participated in more than 1,500 events across 200 cities, raising considerable amounts of money, collecting material donations and volunteering countless hours. Be part of a movement that is dedicated to making a positive impact in people’s lives, an initiative where every small contribution makes a difference.

ConnectFor is looking for volunteers in Pune, to participate in this year’s Daan Utsav. If you live in Pune or are visiting during the week of October 2-October 8, please consider volunteering! More the merrier, spread the message of Daan Utsav by bringing a friend or a family member along with you.

To RSVP, please click on the links provided below, and stay tuned for more updates!

https://www.connectfor.org/events/coffee-with-ngos-volunteers/

Along with this ConnectFor is hosting a number of Donation drives across Pune. These drives serve as a great opportunity to positively impact the lives of those in need, by donating items you no longer use. Here is a list of NGOs you can donate at.

  1. Bhumi is a platform which enables individuals to work towards causes like education, environment, animals and community welfare. Here are some items they require Ruled books, Games-puzzles, Pencils, Geometry boxes, Erasers, Colours, Storybooks
  2. SNEH Foundation works to provide proper hygiene and high-quality education for the children living in the slums. Here are some items they require Drawing books, Markers, Educational games, Storybooks, Liquid soap bottles, First aid kits, Craft material: colored papers, craft papers, sequins etc.
  3. SAMPARC Social Action for Manpower Creation works for the rehabilitation, care and educational development of orphan children, children of sex workers and all other needy, poor and disadvantaged children. Here are some items they require — Bathing soaps, Washing soaps, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Hair Oil, Toothbrush, Tiffin box, Indoor Game, notebooks Towel bed sheet & Pillow covers
  4. Connecting NGO is working on the cause of Suicide Prevention. Here are some items they require — Sketch Pens, White Board Marker pens, and refills, Water Bottles, Chart Papers, A4 printing paper, Plastic files Hand Sanitizers
  5. Maher Ashram helps destitute women, children, and men from all over India exercise their right to a higher quality of life, irrespective of gender, caste, creed or religion. Here are some items they require – Rice, Dal, Wheat, Sugar, Jaggary, Cooking Oil, Rava, Poha, Salt, Bathing and Washing soap, Toothpaste, Ground Nut oil.
  6. Manavya works to understand the ramifications of HIV/AIDS outburst in India and to take necessary steps to rehabilitate the innocent children and women affected by this dreaded disease.Here are some items they require — Oil Tins, Pure Cow Ghee, Wheat, Kaju

You can drop these items at the respective NGOs anytime between October 2 — October 8, for exact addresses or if you have questions, please feel free to reach out to ConnectFor at +91 79773 47851.

Since giving back to our community can not be measured, even the smallest actions count. Do share your #SmallJoysofGiving moments with us on social media. Let’s connect for happiness!

ConnectFor Ambassador Program

          ConnectFor Ambassador Program

Be a ConnectFor Ambassador!

Albert Einstein once said, “The only source of knowledge is experience”. Experience truly is the greatest teacher. Past experiences shape the people we develop into. We must strive to experience new activities, take on new challenges and leave a positive impact through our actions.

ConnectFor is offering a wonderful opportunity to positively impact the lives of others by becoming a ConnectFor Ambassador! What exactly does that mean? Read on to find out:

What is the ConnectFor Ambassador Program? The ConnectFor Ambassador Program is an extraordinary opportunity for young adults to engage and participate with non-profit organizations and create a positive impact through social change. ConnectFor seeks to build a community of leaders in various Indian cities to facilitate this positive social impact.

Why has this program been launched? India has the largest youth population in the world. But as a developing country, it also faces many hurdles in socio-economic growth and in overall progress as a nation. Serving as the bridge between volunteers and NGOs, ConnectFor believes that launching the CF Ambassador Program is a step in the right direction. The goal is to provide young adults a platform to engage with various types of non-profit organizations and create positive impact through social change, by contributing to the overall growth and development of our nation.

Who is eligible for this program? Young adults, in Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Pune, who are between 18 to 25 years of age are eligible to apply for the CF Ambassador Program. If you are aspiring to be a change maker, this program is just right for you!

If you do not live in the above-mentioned cities or fit in the age bracket of 18 to 25 years, but still want to still want to make a difference in society, sign up on the ConnectFor website {www.connectfor.org} for updates on A range of volunteering opportunities.

How long do you have to stay connected with the Program for? The ConnectFor Ambassador Program is a one-year commitment. As an Ambassador, some of your engagements will include:

  1. Attending meetings and sessions every fortnight at city chapter level
  2. Accomplishing tasks and activities as per the program modules
  3. Organizing city chapter event once every two months in coordination with fellow ambassadors and teams under the guidance of CF city chapter and core team. If appointed as an Ambassador, you will be provided requisite training and support during the program. The Ambassadors will also be exposed to external speakers, experts in various professional fields and other guests to conduct specific mentoring and training sessions.

To apply for this Program, please make sure that you have signed up on our website: www.connectfor.org, and also fill in the registration form here: https://tiny.cc/CFAmbassador2018, as the first initiative to participate in this program!

You are not only getting a great leadership opportunity that will build on your experiences and knowledge, but you shall also add value to an organization like ConnectFor, which is one of the most innovative start-ups in India’s social sector as of today. Working amongst NGOs, children, youth, and adults from various socioeconomic backgrounds are among the most rewarding experiences you can have as a ConnectFor Ambassador. Do sign up now and be the face of change in your city.

For more information about the ConnectFor Ambassador Program email us at [email protected]

7 Great Volunteering Opportunities in Pune

7 Great Volunteering Opportunities in Pune

Namaskar Punekar!

There are numerous reasons you could be looking for volunteering opportunities in Pune. You may be looking to devote your time and energy to a cause you care about or you may be keen to make a difference and contribute to society or you may even be looking to fulfill a school or college project requirement. Whatever the reason may be, ConnectFor is the perfect platform to help you identify a volunteering opportunity that suits your interests.

ConnectFor is a volunteering platform dedicated to connecting NGOs to volunteers. Our wide network of diverse NGOs ensures we have volunteering opportunities across a range of causes from educating children to caring for animals. ConnectFor believes in the immense potential that human capital has to offer in the social sector. Active for over 2 years, we have successfully matched numerous volunteers to NGOs in Mumbai and Bengaluru. We are thrilled to offer volunteering opportunities in Pune and look forward to a journey of changing lives and making a positive impact in and around the city.

There are several worthy causes you can devote your time to. ConnectFor is here to provide guidance on selecting the opportunity most suited to your needs. Read on and select the option that most appeals to you

1. Volunteer as a Teacher/Mentor – 

Are you inclined to be a mentor or a teacher? Mentor Together has pioneered the youth mentoring movement in India. They are looking for mentors to take-up a one-to-one mentoring relationship with a high school mentee. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with India’s underprivileged youth, empowering them to develop crucial life skills.

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2. Volunteer as a Content & Story Writer

Put your writing skills to use by volunteering as a story writer at Maher Ashram, an organisation dedicated to helping destitute women, children and men exercise their right to a higher quality of life, irrespective of their background. Help curate and convey their stories with the world.

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3. Volunteer as an Interior Designer

Maher Ashram is looking for volunteers who can help with the interior design of their centres. A great opportunity for anyone experienced in or studying interior design to put their creativity to work in designing a centre dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged women, children and men.

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4. Volunteer as an Awareness & Outreach Participant

Connecting NGO is an NGO that works on preventing suicide by creating awareness on suicide prevention and countering the stigma associated with mental health problems. Join the efforts by volunteering as part of their awareness and outreach program to put up posters across the city (with prior permission) featuring the National Distress Hotline number.

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5. Volunteer as a Gardener

Are you a nature lover? Maher Ashram is looking for volunteers who can conduct sessions on gardening and assist destitute women, men & children in getting more familiar with nature. A great opportunity for any outdoor enthusiast looking to spend more time in nature while leaving an impact on the lives of others.

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6. Volunteer as an Event Manager

The Wishing Factory aims to fulfil the wishes and needs of Thalassemia and Leukaemia patients in India. They are looking for passionate event organizers to volunteer and help organize events in Pune to fulfill the wishes of these patients. This is a wonderful way to bring joy to those who are suffering.

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7. Volunteer as a Designer

Put your creative and graphic design skills to work by helping Maher Ashram present their work effectively through the creation of engaging designs for their brochures, reports & more.

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We hope one of these wonderful volunteer opportunities has appealed to you. The next step is to register for your favored opportunity on the ConnectFor platform. We cant wait for you to be part of our growing volunteering community in Pune!

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ConnectFor : Impact & Our Role In Bridging Social Sector Gaps !

When thinking about why volunteering is important, it is not only about the positive impacts we can make in the lives of those who are less fortunate, but the role it can play in making us more understanding individuals and giving towards the community. Have you ever wondered how much of an impact you can really have towards an organization? If so, imagine the vital role you can have towards an NGO!

The social sector is imperative for India because it includes several components like: health, medical care, education, poverty, environment care, and much more. Non-governmental organizations, NGOs, support causes that are often struggling to get the aide they need to become successful . Because these organizations are non-governmental, they often have lower budgets, a lack of resources, and find it challenging to receive any additional support in terms of human resources. This is where ConnectFor comes into the picture and plays a crucial role!

Started in 2015, ConnectFor is an online non-profit platform, that acts as a bridge or a mediator by helping non governmental organizations find volunteers based on their volunteering requirements and/or help volunteers find an appropriate organization based on skills, talents, and curiosity. These requirements are then turned into volunteering opportunities that are filled with scope of growth. During the past few years, the “sector” has been evolving at a rapid pace. The sectors, or the non-governmental organizations, are becoming more diverse by providing many more volunteering opportunities. People with different backgrounds, who have different hopes, aspirations, and visions of change, are given the opportunity to become more involved with what they are comfortable with. All these components make a vital contribution in the development, and growth of more resources becoming available. One of the many satisfying aspects for us at ConnectFor is being able to visibly see the way things and people are changing as a result of the interactions and matches made by ConnectFor through its online platform. So far, ConnectFor has connected over 2,114 unique individuals with specific opportunities at various non governmental organizations. ConnectFor works with NGOs to help make opportunities available and feasible for volunteers to participate in. Over time, we have realized that the time given, and the value that you can create from volunteering can leave a big smile on many faces!

In an increasingly competitive world, experiencing volunteering can become incredibly important! It shows that you can take initiative and are willing to give your own time to better the world while having gained vital skills that can be applied to your future.Through the experiences you have while volunteering, you may get a better idea of a career path you would like to chose. In any case, these initial moments of giving back might spark an interest in doing more. ConnectFor is right by your side, with every step of the way you take as a volunteer!

Below are two real life stories of volunteers who have shared their experiences while volunteering at an non-governmental organization called, The Healing Dove Foundation. If you are interested in any other volunteering opportunities, please check out our website {www.connectfor.org} or give us a call, to stay updated!