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.

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ConnectFor celebrates Independence Day!

ConnectFor celebrates Independence Day!

“Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is a disaster in this one world that can no longer be split into isolated fragments. That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we may fulfill the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity,” said Jawaharlal Nehru in A Tryst With Destiny.

At the stroke of midnight on the 14th of August, 1947, India gained independence from the British Rule and although we gained independence from colonialism, we are yet to be freed of many social, economic, and political issues within the Indian society. The 73rd Independent year of India marks a period that is defined by economic and financial progress, technological advancements, global recognition, and relative equality. As Indians, we take a lot of pride while singing the national anthem and hoisting the national flag. But at the same time, we should be mindful of the same citizens of this country that do not have access to the bare necessities of life — food, clean drinking water, education, and medical help.

The Huffington Post revealed earlier in 2019 that 56% lack the ability to meet these basic needs. Even the people who are officially above the poverty line are still vulnerable to such harsh conditions. Hunger remains a daily fact of life for the poorest of the poor but health care, drinking water, and sanitation constitute 40% of the population’s unmet needs by value.

India is celebrating its 73rd year of Independence in 2019, so the day takes on a whole new meaning when you take some time to volunteer, to make life easier for someone else. This Independence Day, ConnectFor aims to address the issue of hunger by collaborating with the Robin Hood Army to organize food distribution drives in Mumbai, Bengaluru, and our two new partner cities Delhi and Ahmedabad!

So, this Independence Day, make Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision for an India free of poverty, ignorance, disease, and inequality of opportunity by doing your bit and volunteering with ConnectFor!

The Water Crisis and How ConnectFor is helping!

        The Water Crisis and How ConnectFor is helping!


Water crisis brings with them depletion of groundwater and drought. Maharashtra has been in a serious state of a drought for the last 15 years, but media coverage for this drought only gained momentum in 2015, after a gradual rise in farmer suicides. Maharashtra’s water crisis has spanned across the region, and ConnectFor is taking great measures through volunteering to tackle this crisis in numerous ways.

Drought is a global issue due to its lack of a universal definition and since it is arguably the biggest single threat from climate change. As of now, international agencies refer to national governments before declaring a drought, because they say it is partly subjective and highly political. To further complicate matters, current drought forecast mechanisms, which require good forecast data and local knowledge, are unreliable and are least likely to be acted on to prevent disaster in the countries that are most at risk. For instance, one of our partner NGOs, Tahaan, aims to make India drought resistant. Tahaan has impacted 1 lakh people, supplied 29 lakh gallons of water, planted 7000 trees, and adopted 17 villages across Maharashtra in pursuit of drought relief.

Another global issue is the depletion of groundwater resources. India is the 3rd largest groundwater exporter in the world, but 21 cities in the country are expected to run out of groundwater by 2021. A sustainable solution to restoring the level of groundwater is planting trees. ConnectFor has been instrumental in planting over 1000 saplings across 3 cities in India while engaging more than 250 volunteers for the same. This weekend, ConnectFor is coming to Pune with its 4th edition of ‘VicTree,’ where we aim to plant 300 saplings.

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!

ConnectFor Expands to Delhi and Ahmedabad!

                       ConnectFor Expands to Delhi and Ahmedabad!


You guessed it right! ConnectFor is now expanding its operations to 2 new cities, Delhi and Ahmedabad. With this expansion, we aim to demonstrate the value of the human resource for non-profit organizations, by creating high-value matches based on an organization’s needs, and an individual’s time and skills.

We, at ConnectFor, were often asked about volunteering opportunities in these two cities and have partnered with 20 NGOs in each of these cities so far, with more partnerships on the way!

But why Delhi and Ahmedabad?

Delhi has more than 350 NGOs, and as the political capital of India, the city has been witnessing a surge in social issues related to pollution, traffic, and grave gender inequality. A few of the volunteering opportunities that ConnectFor is proud to provide in Delhi includes the Wealth Foundation, Earth Saviours Foundation, and Save The Girl.

Similarly, Ahmedabad is facing a discrepancy in sectors of nourishment and hunger, river clean-ups, and education. ConnectFor’s approach to tackling these discrepancies is through volunteering for NGOs such as Robin Hood Army, Aasmaan Foundation, Datri, and Teach for India.

Ultimately, ConnectFor aims to address these issues and bridge the gap between NGOs and volunteers in these 2 new cities, making our mission come to life yet again: Cause meets passion meets impact.

Happy Volunteering, Delhi and Ahmedabad!

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Ways to Volunteer During Monsoon

                       Ways to Volunteer during Monsoon!

The monsoon is finally upon us, and in the bustling cities that ConnectFor operates in it has brought with it some great opportunities to volunteer with organizations near you! Volunteering during this season is especially crucial, as it helps ease the hardships for those who cannot afford to simply sit back and enjoy a hot cup of tea while watching it pour.

Read on to discover five ways you can volunteer this monsoon:

  1. 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!

2. Monsoons are believed to be the best time for planting trees as, during this time, the earth, which is dry and parched due to the scorching summers is able to absorb moisture and becomes more conducive for planting. Join our tree plantation drive in Bengaluru!

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3. Due to increasing pollutants and contaminants in the atmosphere, as rain falls, it collects these toxins and pours in the form of acid rain. The acid rain etches its way into painted walls and other building exteriors, but for some, this damage cannot be repaired. ConnectFor is organizing the Paint-A-School activity in Pune and in Mumbai, so if you are someone who wants to have fun while adding color to the lives of the students at the school, join us to make a difference!

4. The rain often prohibits children in NGOs from engaging with activities outside, so volunteer for an NGO near you with seniors or children for 2–3 hours a week and see the smiles when you engage these children for however long you can. You can find lots of opportunities to do this as per your convenience here.

5. Commitments during the week can often be overwhelming, especially with all the rain, so devote some time to volunteer on Saturdays and Sundays with ConnectFor’s Weekend Volunteering opportunities to unwind, while also giving back to the community.

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!

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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!

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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:

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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!

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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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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!


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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!


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  • 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.


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  • 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 !


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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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!