It’s been a little over 2 years since I decided to work in the non-profit industry. During these 2-ish years, I have struggled to come up with a standard and universally (and/or socially)-accepted definition of what I do.
8:20am: I laboriously open my eyes and glare at my phone as the alarm blares as it would on any weekday. Today, being Samvatsari, the last day of the Jain period of fasting, is a holiday, but I have forgotten to undo my alarm the night before and so am forced to deal with it now.
About a year ago, my best friend’s sister (who is now my Co-Founder) casually mentioned the idea of ConnectFor to me. She off-handedly asked me if I would be interested in helping her start one of India’s first volunteering platforms.
It is hard for me to believe that two months ago, I was nervous about moving to Bombay. I was not quite sure what I was doing with myself. Here are the simple facts I did know at the time:
Udaan was meant to receive a volunteer who had committed to design their Annual Report for the year 2014–2015; however, at very last minute, the volunteer dropped out, and Udaan had no replacement for the same. They were in a time crunch and had to find someone urgently to take on this entire project.
One of our partner organisations, Kherwadi Social Welfare Association, had called us with an urgent need: they need someone to assist their…
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