Volunteer Overseas · Volunteering

Volunteering in NIGERIA !

The Beginning After seriously considering the decision of applying for VSO, it was an interesting journey right from writing an application to VSO to all the way until my placement in Nigeria ended. The interviews, assessment day, ‘preparing for change’ sessions etc. was a unique set of experiences. Based on my expertise and past experience,… Continue reading Volunteering in NIGERIA !

Impact Volunteering · Volunteering in India

Calling HR professionals : Volunteer for Impact !

Your skills can definitely change lives. So if you are a HR professional and have skills in the following areas and you want to volunteer then do fill in this form http://ow.ly/n00fY  and let us know. We will get back to you with some exciting ways in which you can share and sharpen your skills and at… Continue reading Calling HR professionals : Volunteer for Impact !

Volunteering · Volunteering in India

Celebrate, reward and promote volunteering in India

The first ever iVolunteer Awards ceremony was held in Mumbai on April 8, 2013. The awards identify the champions leading the volunteering movement in India, recognize the contribution of volunteers and organisations that enable volunteering; and aim to celebrate, reward and promote volunteering in India.

Nandita Das, Actor Director with a fiery passion for social change was Guest of Honour at the ceremony, hosted in association with ceremony partners Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. In her keynote address, Nandita Das underlined the need to share and celebrate volunteering experiences saying,“(People inspire me), in a small way if I too can inspire somebody, then that is how we can create a chain of volunteering.”

Shalabh Sahai, Co-Founder and Director, iVolunteer affirmed the need to celebrate and reward volunteering. He said, “Our belief is that volunteers make a substantial contribution to the country’s development, but there is not enough recognition of this work and that is the missing link.”

Nominations and applications to the awards were accepted online for two categories, Volunteer Hero 2012 and Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2012. Entries received were showcased on an online platform where people were encouraged to view,share and vote for the organisations and individuals that inspired them. The finalists were chosen basis public voting (20,000+ votes polled) and screening by the awards team. The winners selected by a panel of National Jury members were felicitated at the iVolunteer Awards ceremony. In attendance were finalists, eminent personalities and thought leaders from the corporate and development sector.

C. Kartheeban was awarded title of Volunteer Hero 2012 in recognition of his pioneering voluntary work. Bangalore based Make A Difference (M.A.D.), was awarded the title of Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2012 in recognition of their efforts to strategically involve volunteers for community development. 

The celebrations ended on a high note with attendees stepping up to pledge to volunteer their time and skills to power India’s social development. Shalabh Sahai, renewing his pledge to volunteer professed, “The challenge before us is how to change India from a country of a million onlookers to a nation of a million volunteers and that’s what the iVolunteer Awards aim to do.”

The iVolunteer Awards Ceremony 2012 may have drawn to a close but the journey in promoting volunteering has only just begun…

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Corporate Social Responsibility · Volunteering

Post Office was never so exciting and informative:)

Get a call on Thursday night at 9, from my super enthu Kiran saying “Aare urgent requirement hain, mail bheja hai, event hai with VI candidates and we need 10-15 volunteers and we will help them know about post office and how to post letters” Letters… Writing letters has always been close to my heart… Continue reading Post Office was never so exciting and informative:)

Employee Volunteering · Volunteering · Volunteering in India

Not just another training

One of the challenges of working with professionals with lots of skills to contribute is that they are very busy and typically don’t have lots of time at hand. However they have a great desire to contribute meaningfully and more than the regular teach kids, clean streets kinds of volunteering opportunities. This led iVolunteer to create… Continue reading Not just another training