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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 🙂

Community Tree Plantation

Community Tree Plantation

 

ConnectFor is back with another popular, and much-awaited volunteering event- The Tree Plantation Drive VicTree 4.0 Pune. Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and provide habitat. So, as you can tell trees are kind of a big deal. Trees are essential to us, and our lives.

 

 

Despite their importance to life as we know it, humans have still cut down trees specifically for paper, agriculture, building materials, and fuel. The cutting down of trees is a huge problem in the long run, but planting trees is a solution. Planting trees is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to positively affect the environment. We need trees now more than ever! Tree planting is a method where you can add and replace trees that can serve as a big help for the future generation. With this, there are many benefits that we can enjoy!

Here are a few reasons why we should be planting trees:

  • When we plant trees, we are providing shade for ourselves and local wildlife
  • Trees provide shelter, habitat, and food
  • Trees hold soil in place, reducing erosion around watercourses and around the property as well. They absorb and store rainwater
  • Healthy trees absorb carbon dioxide and reduce the effects of climate change
  • Trees provide food. Food producing trees provide fruits, nuts, berries, and leaves for consumption by both humans and animals.
  • Believe it or not, trees help reduce stress, anxiety, and allows us to reconnect with nature. It’s impossible to ignore that feeling of elation you feel walking through a calm and quiet forest.
  • You get to spend time with your near and dear ones and also create a difference at the same time!
  • Not to forget the sense of happiness you get after planting those trees and doing your bit to help increase the green cover!

These are just a few benefits of what happens when you plant trees! Feeling motivated and inspired? Want to make a difference? Go ahead, sign up to plant a tree! We may not see a better and bigger change soon, but the next generation will surely benefit from it!

The link is provided below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3h95m7LN6hNYMg78RTte8L-XQD-XbcwffSbypPkQt8wdo6g/viewform?usp=sf_link

10 easy ways on how you can be a Changemaker!

10 easy ways on how you can be a Changemaker!

I have always wanted to ‘create a difference’. Not just in my life, but everyone around me.

Giving little joys is a really big part of my life. And with the kind of upbringing and family values that I was brought up with, it all seemed natural.

Growing up, I realized that we need more people to spread love and make this planet a better place to live in. My friends and family are always excited when I come up with some volunteering opportunity and are self-driven and willing to contribute to it. But, I have found in many ease that the lack of ‘known opportunities’ to them is limited and this restricts them from doing their part for the society. So, in this blog, I have listed 10 easy ways in which you can be a change maker.

1. Smiles and Greetings –

As a human we have materialistic needs, physical needs and emotional needs. Our materialistic needs and physical needs are fulfilled in some or the other way. But what lacks are our emotional needs- the need to feel loved and cared, And we don’t even realize this.

So, just sending a smile across to your watchman or house help can actually lift their burden of a hectic day. Simple handmade greetings or notes on special occasions and festivals to our drivers and helpers can really add a spark along with the materialistic gift that you might be giving them.

 

2. Carry your own water bottle –

Whether we visit malls or impromptu street shopping trips, we have water stations available almost everywhere. You can refill your bottle when you need it. Even temples and railway stations have this facility these days. You will not just save money, but reduce plastic waste and keep your environment clean. Carrying your own shopping bag gives added points!!

 

3. Food for better –

Never throw food or waste food. You can take out all the extra food you have to a nearby underprivileged area and distribute the food. The smiles on their faces will take away your sheen of walking to that place.

 

4. Bird feeders matter –

Make it a rule to place a bowl of water at the minimum in your balcony or terrace. You can be creative, and make little homes using plastic bottles, cartons or shoe boxes to make it easily noticeable for the little birdies.

 

5. Vegetable waste is not waste –

Toss your vegetable peels and scrap into your gardens or pots or get a compost container. If you don’t have a garden or plant pots, you can use the compost in public gardens or give to a friend or a family member who has one.

 

6. Make your morning walk more interesting –

Pick up all the waste in your morning walking track or route and dispose of it properly. This added exercise will ensure that the extra calories you put on are burnt properly. Not just your health but the environment health matter too!

 

7. A glass of water creates magic –

The home delivering option has indeed made our lives a lot easier. But the army behind this — is our delivery persons — make sure that you offer a glass of water and help them beat the sun.

 

8. Take up a challenge –

Productivity increases when you take up a challenge. Create weekly and monthly challenges for yourself. Go plastic free or feed a person daily, take up whatever suits you. But make sure to give it your best to do it.

 

9. Spread the word –

Encourage your friends and family to volunteer along with you. The world always needs more and more people to do good. The more we have, the better. So encouraging others to take up volunteering adds up to the goodness you spread in this world.

 

10. Put the Internet to good use –

Join groups on Facebook or Whatsapp or other social media platforms which volunteer on a regular basis and try to actively participate in their activities. Also, raise your voice here and create awareness about really important issues. Signup on websites which list volunteering opportunities and do your part.

Best practices to keep Volunteers Engaged!

Best practices to keep Volunteers Engaged!

When thinking success for an NGO we often think big picture — the work they have done, the culture that has been created, and the effort put in but we tend to forget the village behind the effort and work put forth.

I’m talking about Volunteers. Building and maintaining relationships with volunteers is just as important. Volunteers make the nonprofit world go round. So, NGO’s here are some tips on maintaining those good relationships.

Work to keep your volunteers engaged:

When I say engaged, I mean not by their volunteer hours! Keep them engaged on other fronts; keep them updated on how they’re making a difference in your organization, ask for and listen to their opinions and ideas, and keep in touch with them outside of “work”. For example, set-up after hour happy hour for them, or an activity they are keen on participating in. The more you engage with your volunteers, the stronger their emotional bond to your organization will become.

Don’t waste their time:

You have volunteers because they want to make a difference in the world. If they don’t feel like they’re making a difference, they wouldn’t want to continue to donate their time and energy. As an NGO you want to remind volunteers a sense of purpose while they’re working with you. You can do this by setting expectations, defining goals, and making sure they have the resources and guidance they need to make the most of their time.

Be flexible:

Volunteers are working with your organization in addition to having a full-time job, school, family, or other commitments. Being flexible is an important way to make sure your volunteers are able to work for you!

Acknowledge your Volunteers:

This is the most important piece of advice you can get! Even though volunteering is “volunteering” and it may not be a full-time commitment, volunteers like to be thanked and acknowledged for what they’re putting forth. Don’t forget to appreciate your volunteers! Even if they don’t donate financially, volunteers donate their time — and that’s just as important. Handwritten thank-you notes, appreciation events, and other outings will do wonders!

Don’t overlook volunteers’ motives:

Volunteers are motivated by different things. Combine their talents, skills, and interests and provide them with an opportunity that they wouldn’t want to give up! Allow them to be curious, take risks, and think outside the box!

So, these were some basic tasks you could incorporate to have a better and sustained relationship with your Volunteering Community!

Feel free to get in touch with us for your Volunteering requirements on [email protected] or visit www.connectfor.org for more details!

Get out of your Comfort Zone — Volunteer!

Get out of your Comfort Zone — Volunteer!

There’s a lot to be said for giving back through volunteering. But finding that “just right” place and assignment to match your interests and skills can be quite challenging. When looking for volunteering opportunities, you try and find a place that’s best suitable for you — but have you ever thought of volunteering somewhere that doesn’t best fit your skills or skills that you are trying to improve upon? In other words, volunteering can be a starting point for you to try new things — kind of like getting out of your comfort zone.

There are certain volunteering opportunities that can be tricky to find volunteers for — they’re more “out of the box”. Below are some volunteering opportunities that can help you get out of your comfort zone, and try something a bit more risky (list categorized by cities)!

Sign up now for Volunteering in Bengaluru:

Sign up now for Volunteering in Mumbai:

Sign up now for Volunteering in Pune:

You may not be the best photographer or that creative when it comes to arts & crafts, but what you can be good at is trying to take risks — even though they might fail, it’s worth a shot!

You can take a group of friends and/or your family and volunteer together. This might even improve communication, self-esteem, confidence, and work ethic.

So join us now and get out of your comfort zone and Volunteer now!

For more details log on to www.connectfor.org

Why don’t we Volunteer?

You may like to volunteer, but not everyone does! Here are the top reasons why many people don’t volunteer

 

  • The classic excuse: “I don’t have time: Simple but true. We live in a busy world where people are involved in many things. But if you were given a few more hours in a day what would you chose to do? Would volunteering be your first choice? Probably not. The most common reason for not volunteering is a lack of free time. So, what’s the best solution for this excuse? Make volunteering more accessible and automatic. In other words, plan for events during the weekends so it’s easier for volunteers to participate! Here are some events you can volunteer on weekends.

 

 

  • I do not like traveling: Going off of the “I don’t have time” excuse, we all lead busy lives between work, family, friends and other commitments that come with them. Adding “it’s too far” is another issue that we face. As we know that traveling in India is not fun, so having a volunteering commitment on the other side of town is a bit annoying! However, there are ways where you can help by volunteering from home! Ultimately, you decide what works best for you and your lifestyle. Here are the opportunities that you can volunteer for from your home.

 

  • I don’t have enough information and most volunteer roles aren’t interesting: Another very common reason is that people don’t have enough information about where to volunteer, or if they do, the job itself isn’t meaningful. For example, the younger volunteers are more motivated by preparing for the future-such as increasing skills, knowledge, and advancing their careers. On the other hand, the older generation is looking forward to extending their skills and knowledge by having a meaningful experience. When a role isn’t interesting no volunteer is interested in participating. That’s why ConnectFor provides a permanent solution. ConnectFor makes sure they are matching skills and experiences of their volunteers to the roles that have available. We discuss the background of the potential volunteer to closely match it to the needs they have. 9 causes to volunteer for.

 

  • “I was never asked,” Many people say that they don’t volunteer because no one asked them to; so let’s ask! Organizations that are most successful at recruiting and retaining volunteers get volunteers who are capable and interested in growing their skills, talents, and curiosity. Volunteers who want to feel included in the goals of the organization and their work are valued and appreciated. So, if you know a friend who volunteers, ask them and get started! Click here to begin your volunteering journey.

 

  • “I don’t know where to start” Another cause for reluctance is that potential volunteers don’t clearly understand where to begin or what they are being asked to do. People tend not to volunteer because it takes too much work to find out what it’s all about. Well, here at ConnectFor we’re here to make the initial process much easier! Just tell us what you’re interested in and things you want to do to grow as a person, and leave the rest to us! That’s how easy it is!

 

  • I do not prefer direct interaction with beneficiaries: Sometimes it’s not the “work” that scares volunteers, it’s the thought of socializing with other volunteers. Some volunteers do not feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone. Surrounding yourself with new and diverse people can be challenging and awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, you will feel more comfortable! So, what can you do to overcome this fear? Set goals. Set a goal that this could be something you do everyday — meet a new person, explore a new part of a city, learning a new language, etc. Whatever your goal is make sure it stretches you beyond the borders of your comfort zone. Make yourself comfortable with diversity, with a difference, with trying new things and experiencing a variety of ways of living life.

 

At ConnectFor we will be sure to contact you and give you something to do, especially an activity that matches your interests and expertise. We recognize the importance of building a team of volunteers because there are many reasons to get involved! We will not let you down. Feel free to reach out to us for further information on how you can get involved!

 

9 Cause Areas to Volunteer

9 Cause Areas to Volunteer

 

 

Interested in volunteering but not sure where to begin and what cause to choose? Well, that’s why ConnectFor is here! We are going to list nine various fields of opportunities that might interest you and where you go begin your Volunteering Journey! Here they are:

  • Advocacy & HR: If you’re interested in working directly with people, love to learn more about marketing and social media, and want to see the company grow, then volunteering in organizations that require HR is just for you! When volunteering in Advocacy and HR, you are given the opportunity to expand awareness of the organization by engaging the employees by practice their skills and broaden team leadership capabilities. Furthermore, you can be in charge of helping to advance social change and take advantage of networking, professional development, and branding opportunities.

 

Visit https://www.connectfor.org/causes/advocacy-hr/ for opportunities related to Advocacy & HR !

 

  • Animals: Have you ever wanted a pet, but your parents always say no? If you answered yes, then volunteering at an animal shelter gets you one step closer to having a pet…well sorta! Working with animals gives you the opportunity to create a bond with them so that they can become adoptable. By working with animals, they begin to trust you and other humans in extension. This helps them come out of their shell, stop being timid, and become desirable to adopters. Animal shelters, specifically, need volunteers! Each one of these animals needs love and care. As a volunteer, you will never go unnoticed and you will never feel like you aren’t helping in some way.

 

Visit https://www.connectfor.org/causes/animals/ for opportunities related to Animals !

 

  • Children & Youth: By volunteering with children & youth, you are not only building community amongst yourselves, but you are also ending loneliness, increasing socializing, building bonds between you and the children who might need it, and building self-esteem by providing positivity to children who might need a bit of encouragement.

 

Visit https://www.connectfor.org/causes/children-youth/ for opportunities related to Children and Youth!

 

  • Community Development: Volunteering in the community that you live, or a surrounding community can be quite beneficial. Being with people who live around you will give you a chance to connect with them, by making them your new friends and contacts. Additionally, it will increase self-confidence and will help you stay fit!

 

Visit https://www.connectfor.org/causes/community-development/ for opportunities related to Community Development !

 

Education & Literacy: Love teaching or working with students? Then, sign up for helping out students in the classroom and with their academics! But, if you need a bit of change, then volunteering doesn’t always have to be in the classroom or during school hours. You can participate in helping set-up for school events, assisting teachers in building classroom supplies or creating lesson plans, reading with children, or even offering to tutor them outside of school. Volunteering at a school can be an intimidating and challenging experience, but with little courage and grit, it can be an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills!

 

Visit https://www.connectfor.org/causes/education-literacy/ for opportunities related to Education and Literacy !

 

  • Environment: People get involved in environmental volunteering for different reasons. For some it’s the desire to help the causes they believe in or feel passionate about is, is on the main reasons. Others do it because they would like more excitement and adventure in their lives. In other words, almost any reason that motivates you to want to become an environmental volunteer is worthwhile. Working in the environment field as a volunteer, you will have the opportunities to work closely with nature. This would include the water, planting trees, and being exposed to different areas that might need more of ecological protection.

 

Visit https://www.connectfor.org/causes/environment/ or opportunities related to Environment !

 

  • Health & Medicine: Volunteering at a hospital or a clinic can be very beneficial. You will benefit from an improved self-worth, pride and accomplishment while improving the lives of others. You not only benefit from meeting new people, learning new skills and gaining experience, but you also help individuals get through tough times and contribute to a greater sense of confidence. Some patients may not have family or friends to visit them, so you being that extra pillar of strength means the world to them !

 

Visit https://www.connectfor.org/causes/health-medicine/ for opportunities related to Health and Medicine!

 

  • Seniors: Volunteering with the elder has a few benefits. First, it helps bridge the generation gap. By interacting with younger generations, seniors are able to share important life lessons. Similarly, the younger generation is able to teach seniors new ways of looking at life. By building a connection with each other both generations are able to offer the respect and affirmation that humans crave. Additionally, volunteering with senior citizens help prevent isolation and depression and promotes physical activity.

 

Visit https://www.connectfor.org/causes/seniors/ for opportunities related to Seniors !

 

  • Specially Abled People: Volunteering with people with special needs is heartwarming! As a volunteer you’re making a difference in their lives. Here’s how! Not everyone with special needs is capable of being independent. As a volunteer, you can help encourage someone to be more independent and confident, even when no one else provides that support. Additionally, you can give the greatest gift of all-happiness. Beyond their growth, you may also increase your own happiness and expertise. You can explore new angles of a subject, practice a skill that you love and build your own confidence-which will have a lasting impact for all.

 

Visit https://www.connectfor.org/causes/specially-abled-people/ for opportunities related to Specially Abled people !

Now that you have more of a detailed information on the different causes that we work with in collaboration with over 150+ NGOs, think of a few that you would like to start with! Feel free to reach us, and we can help you connect with various organizations!

 

Employee Engagement through Volunteering

Research shows that employees are the happiest and most likely to stick at companies that are not only innovative and unique but also align with their personal values and growth. Companies give the opportunity for growth and development, cultivate and encourage collaboration, teamwork, and foster an environment where employees feel inspired and determined to be the best they can be. And Volunteering for that matter has been the most effective.

What are the benefits?

  1. Organizing group days of service provides employees an opportunity to work together and get to know each other outside the offices or the workplace.
  2. When it comes to volunteering activities, there’s no sort of corporate hierarchy. Activities, like volunteering at a homeless shelter or filling after school snack bags for low-income children, allows employees from different departments and different levels of seniority the chance to share experiences together and interact with each other on a more personal level, which results in stronger relationships when they come back to the offices or workplace.
  3. Furthermore, good pay and benefits are no longer the only things that attract quality employees to an organization. In other words, newly hired employees are asking about a company’s corporate social responsibility vs their pay or benefits.
  4. Once an organization acquires high qualified employees, it takes effort to retain them. Highly-skilled employees thrive for opportunities to learn and utilize their skills outside of their daily routines. We know that everyone benefits from gaining communication skills, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving skills.
  5. These all come in play when volunteers are volunteering at an event. Volunteering can also present a great opportunity for employees to take a leadership role and network!

What I am trying to say is that employees who are inspired and engaged are happy employees, and this shows in the work that they bring to the table. But with all this said, it’s imperative for a company to develop a strong company culture and increase employee engagements. So, what’s better for a company than to team up with an NGO to help create this culture?

 

ConnectFor brings you that culture. We at ConnectFor want to instill that same passion and volunteerism among workforces. We partner with socially conscious organizations like DBS, Kamani Foods, MTC, and many more to create impactful collaborations that provide support and create value. Here are a few of the many activities that we partake in with the above-mentioned companies:

  • We organize a diverse range of one-day events to engage corporate employees by participating in relevant community service that helps the employees develop team skills.
  • We collaborate with various NGOs and cause areas (education, literacy, environment) to help create awareness of such issues.
  • We create an experience based on your needs! In other words, if the employees at your company are interested in volunteering with animals, we will make this happen! Our programs are inclusive of today’s diverse workforce and provide volunteering and giving opportunities that align with the employees’ environment and schedules.
  • We create experiences to build your self-awareness and confidence. We believe that you don’t feel great by just volunteering. Your volunteering experiences directly affect decision-making, coordination, and conflict management.
  • Lastly, building experiences like these help build collaboration amongst team members, something that is very important in the workplace.

ConnectFor structures its volunteering events in a way that all of these above-mentioned possibilities are applicable. Based on our previous engagements, we have received such positive feedback that we don’t want to stop building positivity amongst your company! So, if you are looking for CSR solutions, feel free to contact us for more details! You can call us on +91 79773 47851/ +91 89282 81214 or email us at [email protected] to learn more!

Volunteer Recognition Day 2019

Volunteer Recognition Day 2019

Celebrating Volunteer Recognition Day 2019
Today’s blog is a bit different. Instead of sharing volunteer opportunities, today we are going to recognize the positive impact our own volunteers have made. Here are a few examples:
  1. Mother-daughter bond: In this video, a mother shares how she and her daughter had an incredible opportunity planting trees for the environment. She quotes, “age was a matter in this experience, but I am still young at heart. Let me put this age factor on the side, and let me go ahead and do it”. Wow! If this doesn’t scream motivation, I don’t know what does!
  2. Volunteering with Friends: Volunteer to make a difference. But, volunteering with friends makes the experience even more memorable. By volunteering you are connecting to others and become less absorbed in the normal stresses of daily lives. You are building community, ending loneliness, increasing socializing, building bonds and creating friends, and developing emotional stability. So why not achieve all these things with a friend? The more the merrier! Here is how Dhvani and Olenka spent time by Volunteering which in turn strengthen their bond.
  3. Age Doesn’t Matter: Age truly doesn’t matter. Volunteering at this age prevents loneliness and reduces symptoms of depression. Volunteering can make you feel that you are using your time wisely and that you are constantly staying busy. Lastly, volunteering can make the elderly feel that they are connected to the youth or the younger generation, which is imperative in today’s day and age! Here is a story of Colonel T Sundaram.
  4. Volunteering with Colleagues: Employee volunteer programs are reported to drive employee engagement and are said to instill greater employee satisfaction, higher morale and, as a result, pronounced productivity and profitability? While these benefits have been repeatedly proven and extolled, there are several more little-known ones, which tend to be more personal. An uncontested one though, is that volunteering is seen to be a great use of one’s time. Here’s a team of employees from EdleGive who volunteer with ConnectFor on the weekends for beach cleanups, seed ball making, and much more! Inspiring right?
  5. Passion Turns into Volunteering: Vismay shares his story of how his passion for photography turned into volunteering as a photographer! Vismay loved capturing special moments. He has volunteered as a photographer for various ConnectFor events! Read more about his story here.
  6. Sports Meets Passion: Tanveer works for a Sports Foundation, where he trains kids from different areas and teaches them how to play Football. His foundation has partnered with ConnectFor to plan various events where children are given the opportunity to play different sports. Watch the video to see how much of a positive impact Tanveer is making!
  7. Graphic Design Turns Into A Job: ConnectFor teamed up with Schbang to give underprivileged students an opportunity to showcase their art, design, and graphic design knowledge. During the course employees from Schbang volunteered to teach these kids and at the end of this course, one student got the opportunity to work for Schbang based on the hard work, dedication, and art. Read one of the success stories here!
  8. Father-daughter bond: Nothing can beat a father-daughter bond. In this picture, you can see how a father and daughter are working together to plant trees for the environment. As infants grow into the toddler stage, they go through different stages that help them learn, by connecting to the world around them. Similarly, parents help the same children to nurture a tree. This process of cultivating the tree as it grows allows the child to learn the importance of taking care of the tree and living things in general.

These were just a few volunteers (of the very many) who are recognized today because of their consistent dedication, hard work, and the positive impact they’ve had on their surroundings!

For more information or to participate in a volunteering opportunity, feel free to get in touch with us at ConnectFor (www.connectfor.org). We are just one click away!

Volunteering Projects in School or College

Volunteering Projects in School or College.


High School students are required to do X (usually 30–40 hours) amount of community service in order to graduate. The idea of having volunteer work be mandatory is still a debate, but in the meantime, let’s talk about how having mandatory volunteer work is a benefit, and how we at ConnectFor can help!

The benefits of a community service project extend far beyond the classrooms of a school. Students who tend to make a commitment to volunteering gain exposure to people from around the world. Students will gain life lessons, and gain a better understanding of what it’s like to live in a society with various kinds of people. Projects like these help students build confidence, promote community involvement, and enhance happiness.
 Volunteering work is an extra set of credentials that adds to a student’s resume. Getting involved in volunteer work may lead you to meet people you wouldn’t have otherwise. There’s a lot of value in getting involved outside of your school. The more people you meet, especially while doing something worthwhile like volunteering, the more contacts you’ll have when you’re ready to move on in your career. Finding an NGO to devote your hours to, can be tricky. So many options can be hard to choose from! That’s where we come in.

 

In the past, ConnectFor has connected students to NGOs that best suit their needs.

For example, students from Jai Hind wanted to volunteer 30 hours so we connected them to Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust. Students who volunteered at this trust were responsible for book sorting. Sounds simple right? But, not quite. There are so many things that we take for granted, one of them is having access to education. Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust’s main goal is to help children and youth who are in the under-resourced communities by providing them access, materials, and resources to education (in different forms). People from all around India can donate books (used or new). Students who were a part of this project devoted their hours by sorting books.

Additionally, ConnectFor has also connected students from ISDI to Angel Xpress. Students from ISDI wanted to donate their quilts to this organization. Angel Xpress works to transform the lives of underprivileged children throughout regular access to educated adults. They provide a platform for adults to fill the education needs of children who can grow up and make responsible choices.

These are just two examples of how ConnectFor has connected students to two amazing organizations. So, are you a student or a school that is looking to connect to different NGOs? Then, you’re at the right place! Feel free to get in contact with us!

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.