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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 contact@connectfor.org 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.

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.

Breaking Boundaries

2019 is the year that we should celebrate the spirit of womanhood. We should honor every woman who is breaking stereotypes, challenging gender norms and pursuing their passion whole-heartedly. 2019 is the year where women should get their due recognition for their hard work and dedication. From business to sport, women are leading the charge into the future.

Indian Sporting icons like Smriti Mandhana to PV Sindhu for example, serve as an inspiration to countless young girls to work hard and pursue their sporting passion regardless of the obstacles in their way.

On the same lines ConnectFor, wishes to support and encourage women in the field of sports. Cricket continues to be the most played sports in India and with the India Women’s cricket team reaching new heights, we wish to do our bit and encourage young girls, the women of tomorrow to actively participate in the sport.

ConnectFor has organized an all women’s Cricket match on the occasion of Women’s Day 2019 in association with the Female Cricket Academy, an exclusive coaching academy for girls in India. The academy is an initiative by Female Cricket (www.femalecricket.com) which aims to promote and raise the profile of our women cricketers in and around the world. It was initiated with an objective of building a platform for young girls to showcase their talents, nurture their cricket dreams and make progress in their professional cricket career. The academy was envisioned to become a nurturing ground for young and aspiring female talents in the country and is led by former Indian national player Coach Gargi Banerji, who brings her prodigious cricket coaching experience to the table.

The academy would mentor the girls on the event day and might train the girls for free if they show great potential at the event. The participating girls will be playing on behalf of NGOs namely Urja Trust, Udaan India Foundation, Kutumba Foundation and Bright Future.

Several generous individuals and organisations have come forward in supporting us for the event. Parshv Lalwani the owner of The Sports Square has rented out his cricket turf to us without any fee, Jewellery brand Pipa Bella has agreed to reward the players for their efforts by gifting personalised bracelets to all the players as a token of participation, Poshn has taken the responsibility of keeping our players hydrated with its Organic juices and the Soup Magazine would cover this event in their magazine.

We are extremely thankful and grateful for the support we have received and hope the event makes a difference in these girl’s lives, encouraging them to pursue the wonderful game of cricket further.

How to be an outstanding Volunteer?

How to be an outstanding Volunteer?

Volunteers around the world are driven, by one single purpose: to leave the world in a better place then they found it. Even though volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences in your life, it can also be quite challenging. You are volunteering because you want to, but because you also want to make the biggest impact. There are good volunteers, but then there are outstanding volunteers. There is a difference between the words “good” and “outstanding”. What distinguishes good volunteers from outstanding volunteers is their passion and drive to bring about a positive change with their work. Outstanding volunteers do exist, and their impact is extraordinary. The question is: how can you become that outstanding volunteer? Well, here are some tips to become an outstanding volunteer.

 

  • Be Fearless: Volunteering requires you to have a lot of courage. You will need to take risks, and get out of your comfort zone and adjust to new cultures, communities, languages, and people. Volunteering (specifically for a cause) also requires you to come face-to-face with many harsh realities of the world. Your volunteering opportunity might have you work with children who have experienced abuse or pain, women who are trying to rebuild their lives after trauma, or even animals who have faced cruelty. Due to these challenges, you have to learn to be fearless and put their needs before your own.

 

  • Be Collaborative: Volunteering is all about working towards something bigger than yourself. Collaboration is key when you want to be successful. When you start volunteering, there will many projects where you will have to work with a team. Even if personal differences arise, you need to put those to the side and recognize that every member brings a special set of skills to the table. Each of those skills is important. Outstanding volunteers tend to distance themselves from the politics or those arguments because they are focused on much more important things. Learning to work in a team is a life lesson that you will need to learn, specifically as you get older because this is a reality.

 

  • Determination and Passion: Not everything is going to go smoothly. This is life. So, when there is a dire situation, the one thing that keeps an outstanding volunteer going is their genuine passion and determination for their work. This is why we all keep saying, “Make sure you love what you do.” No matter what happens, as a volunteer, stick to your commitments. Do not flake out! If you committed to contributing to something, make sure you do your best to make it happen.
  • Be Eager: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have tons of things going on, and something doesn’t have enough manpower to handle it. Once you familiarize yourself with the work the organization does, and what their aim is, take initiative and become more proactive about your duties. Don’t ever switch off! It may be as simple as asking friends and family to follow the organization on social media or raising awareness of the challenges that are arising. As an outstanding volunteer, you will find a purpose and way for your beliefs to integrate into your daily life.
  • Communication is Key: This goes to everyone, not only volunteers. However, volunteers should be able to listen and communicate well. Being able to talk to your fellow co-workers and listen to them attentively can only make things go more smoothly and successfully. Likewise, it also important to be able to handle constructive criticism when something needs to be improved.
  • Be Organized: I cannot stress this enough. Since you will have tons of responsibilities at work, it is imperative to have good organizational skills. Your “to-do” list will become much easier to complete and more manageable.
  • Be Social: Not everything is about “work”, or that’s what I like to believe. Work can be fun, too. As a volunteer, don’t forget to make friends, be cordial, and meet new people. Be friendly. Make plans with your colleagues. Go out for a drink, or have team dinners. Participate in activities, together. You will be surprised to see how much you learn about your colleagues and yourself from playing games, and doing something together (i.e. going bowling).

Here is your survival guide on how you can become an outstanding volunteer. Follow these “golden” rules, and you will be successful! Do you have any additional tips to become an outstanding volunteer? If so, add them in the comments section below!

How to be an Outstanding Volunteer!

Volunteers around the world are driven, by one single purpose: to leave the world in a better place then they found it. Even though volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences in your life, it can also be quite challenging. You are volunteering because you want to, but because you also want to make the biggest impact. There are good volunteers, but then there are outstanding volunteers. There is a difference between the words “good” and “outstanding”. What distinguishes good volunteers from outstanding volunteers is their passion and drive to bring about a positive change with their work. Outstanding volunteers do exist, and their impact is extraordinary. The question is: how can you become that outstanding volunteer? Well, here are some tips to become an outstanding volunteer.

  • Be Fearless: Volunteering requires you to have a lot of courage. You will need to take risks, and get out of your comfort zone and adjust to new cultures, communities, languages, and people. Volunteering (specifically for a cause) also requires you to come face-to-face with many harsh realities of the world. Your volunteering opportunity might have you work with children who have experienced abuse or pain, women who are trying to rebuild their lives after trauma, or even animals who have faced cruelty. Due to these challenges, you have to learn to be fearless and put their needs before your own.
  • Be Collaborative: Volunteering is all about working towards something bigger than yourself. Collaboration is key when you want to be successful. When you start volunteering, there will many projects where you will have to work with a team. Even if personal differences arise, you need to put those to the side and recognize that every member brings a special set of skills to the table. Each of those skills is important. Outstanding volunteers tend to distance themselves from the politics or those arguments because they are focused on much more important things. Learning to work in a team is a life lesson that you will need to learn, specifically as you get older because this is the reality.
  • Determination and Passion: Not everything is going to go smoothly. This is life. So, when there is a dire situation, the one thing that keeps an outstanding volunteer going is their genuine passion and determination for their work. This is why we all keep saying, “Make sure you love what you do.” No matter what happens, as a volunteer, stick to your commitments. Do not flake out! If you committed to contributing to something, make sure you do your best to make it happen.
  • Be Eager: Non-governmental organizations (ngos) have tons of things going on, and something doesn’t have enough manpower to handle it. Once you familiarize yourself with the work the organization does, and what their aim is, take initiative and become more proactive about your duties. Don’t ever switch off! It may be as simple as asking friends and family to follow the organization on social media or raising awareness of the challenges that are arising. As an outstanding volunteer, you will find a purpose and way for your beliefs to integrate into your daily life.
  • Communication is Key: This goes to everyone, not only volunteers. However, volunteers should be able to listen and communicate well. Being able to talk to your fellow co-workers and listen to them attentively can only make things go more smoothly and successfully. Likewise, it also important to be able to handle constructive criticism when something needs to be improved.
  • Be Organized: I cannot stress this enough. Since you will have tons of responsibilities at work, it is imperative to have good organizational skills. Your “to-do” list will become much easier to complete and more manageable.
  • Be Social: Not everything is about “work”, or that’s what I like to believe. Work can be fun, too. As a volunteer, don’t forget to make friends, be cordial, and meet new people. Be friendly. Make plans with your colleagues. Go out for a drink, or have team dinners. Participate in activities, together. You will be surprised to see how much you learn about your colleagues and yourself from playing games, and doing something together (i.e. going bowling).

Here is your survival guide on how you can become an outstanding volunteer. Follow these “golden” rules, and you will be successful! Do you have any additional tips to become an outstanding volunteer? If so, add them in the comments section below!

Volunteers for Non-Profit

ConnectFor is an online platform that aims to connect different kinds of NGOs to volunteers of all ages. One of our goals is to facilitate volunteering so that it becomes a positive impact on the NGO and the volunteer. We analyze the NGOs and try to best serve their needs by working closely with them. If you have ever wondered how much of an impact you can really have with ConnectFor, imagine how vital those roles are to non-governmental organizations or NGOs. These organizations are specifically designed to work on helping people, animals, and our community as a whole. They support causes that are struggling. Because these are non-governmental organizations, they tend to have lower budgets than the organizations that do make money. This is where volunteers come in, by providing the labor and support they need.

Without the contributions of volunteers, many NGOs may not exist. In today’s blog, we are going to discuss how volunteers are an important asset to an NGO, and why they are needed to make the world a better place. Here are some reasons how volunteers support NGOs:

  • Cutting Down on Costs

Employees at NGOs work hard to ensure that much of their time is used in supporting that specific NGO. Most of the employees at NGOs accomplish their goals, but it’s the work of volunteers that allow them to dedicate even more of what they raise to the issue they are trying to solve. Volunteers cut costs for NGOs by donating their time to the organization. Instead of getting paid, volunteers gain valuable life experiences, knowledge, and interests in the different fields. They are able to have that satisfaction of doing work that contributes by making a positive change in the community.

  • Raising Awareness

You will be surprised to know how words can be just as powerful as work when it comes to fighting for the people and causes that need our help. When an NGO is trying to get an important message across, it then naturally becomes the responsibility of the volunteer to become an ally and start conversations like these through social media. One single click will allow a volunteer to post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, which will, in turn, inspire their family and friends to discuss the issues. In the 21st century, volunteers don’t necessarily need to travel across the globe to help NGOs spread the word about their cause. This can automatically happen in the touch of a button.

  • Innovative Ideas

Volunteers contribute to the NGO by offering their own insight, opinions, and ideas to help solve problems and produce results. When young adults see an issue right in front of their eyes, they take it upon themselves to come up with a solution. They include their family and friends who help them to come up with potential solutions. Whether a volunteer is helping to solve a problem within an organization, their ideas help strengthen and spread the work on NGOs around the world.

Volunteering is an incredibly valuable use of time, both for the non-governmental organization and the volunteer. NGOs receive that support they need to be effective. Additionally, they receive life experience and the opportunity of connecting with different cultures and people and making a difference. This is where ConnectFor comes in. ConnectFor doesn’t only provide this experience for the volunteer, we also benefit the NGO by giving them the opportunity to meet different volunteers. So, let ConnectFor be a part of your journey. Let us help you grow, whether it is as an NGO or as a volunteer.

YOUth Empowerment

YOUth Empowerment

From lemonade stand fundraisers to ideas that grow into global movements, young adults in various communities are discovering and owning their ability to take action that can change the world. Sometimes all it takes is a small idea to start something big. Creativity is in us all, starting at a young age. You have the talent and the imagination to think beyond what is known to be possible, and find unique solutions and ideas to solve the challenges we face.

Don’t believe us? Here are just a few success stories (out of the hundreds) from Changemakers to show you how it’s done!

Neeraja Mehta

Neeraja was a volunteer at Kutumba Foundation. She mentioned that when she went to meet the children for the first time, she noticed “how excited and eager they were to learn something new”. This feeling on their face led her to believe that she had to be a part of their journey. During her time at Kutumba Foundation, Neeraja shares how “the children have taught me so much about life that no number of books or years spent in the four walls of a classroom can”. Besides her experience, Neeraja was also extremely satisfied with what the Foundation’s aim was. The Kutumba Foundation does not only focus on academics but also helps children develop a well-rounded personality.

Priyanka Raval

Priyanka: Interested in social media? Then, Priyanka can give you all the information you want! Priyanka is extremely fond of Instagram, and this platform has helped her become a food blogger. This love of Instagram gave her the opportunity to volunteer her time by managing an Instagram account for Aftertaste India. Priyanka and Aftertaste India agreed on a social media plan, that would not only allow the company to grow, but also give Priyanka a chance to learn. Priyanka was connected to Aftertaste India by ConnectFor. She states, “My experience was great. I learned about the struggles that different NGOs face, their motivation and more importantly the hope they have in their work. This opportunity was indeed a perfect one for me.”

 

Arya Kadakia

Arya: Ever since Arya has been introduced to ConnectFor at her school, he has been extremely impressed by the work put forward. He first contacted them in July for volunteering opportunities, and as a result, chose to work with an organization called Artscape. He states, “As soon as I walked into the Artscape office, I was overwhelmed by a sense of warmth, excitement, and zeal to work for the common good that immersed me into the world of expressive arts therapy.” At Artscape, Arya co-facilitated sessions wrote impact assessment reports and created content for programs, a few of the many responsibilities that helped him further her interest in Psychology. Arya believes in positive collaboration, something that he saw at Artscape. He mentions, “The atmosphere of mutual collaboration amongst the entire team, the opportunities to express our own ideas, and the independence to do a lot of important work by ourselves, really helped build my confidence in working with a myriad of psychology-related tasks as well as made the experience so much more unique and memorable.” Arya is extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity by ConnectFor!

Ankit Kumawat

Ankit: After volunteering at an animal shelter in Thane, Ankit realized that he could be doing more with his time. He could be doing something more meaningful. He contacted ConnectFor, where he was matched based on his skills and interests. ConnectFor connected Ankit to “The Healing Dove”, an NGO that helps juvenile children in and around the Mumbai area in their rehabilitation by education, training, therapy, etc. Ankit helps out by creating content and business development. He states, “so far, I have been working with them to build their organizational profile, grants proposals, documents, etc.”

Tanvi Nambiar 

Tanvi: Tanvi did her bit by volunteering as a storyteller, game simulator, and mentor. Tanvi was introduced to Toybank, an organization that believes children learn through play. She was connected to Toybank by ConnectFor, where her responsibilities included storytelling, simulating games to foster compassion and empathy and build on moral and social education. Currently, she attends play sessions. She states, “I enjoy being a child and I feel this offers a platform for implementing my pursuit of helping children being more resilient, empathetic and compassionate. Knowing the change one can bring about to lives on seeing the love and energy received while conducting these sessions acts as a direct motivation for me to actively participate.”

 

Even though all of these volunteers have completely different ideas of volunteering, they contributed to the community by making a positive impact. Making a contribution, at first sight, may not always be possible-it probably won’t. But, learning about those issues or roadblocks and just being informed will help in creating solutions that will have an impact on you. There are SO many ways one can make a difference in the community. Grab a friend, and/or a family member and do your part as the future generation!

Happy Volunteering!