Daan Utsav 2019: 10 Ways To Volunteer
Flood victims wait in line to pick up tea and snacks at a relief camp. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Daan Utsav 2019: 10 Ways To Volunteer

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Ready to Daan Your Time and experience the joy in giving? Here are 10 simple events you can volunteer in, this #DaanUtsav, across various locations in India.

Daan Utsav 2019: 10 Ways To Volunteer

Helpage India And iVolunteer

What: ‘Nostalgia - a 100 stories’ invites people across the country to spend three hours with an elderly person and document their happiest memories from their childhood, youth, school or college days. The elderly person can be someone in your neighbourhood, an elderly security guard, an alms seeker, someone in a senior centre or old age home. Volunteers are required to document the life of the elderly person but focus on memories that are joyous – best friends from school, favourite past time, first love, siblings, life in their home town, favourite movie, film star. These will be compiled and shared. A template is available for those interested.

When: Oct. 2-8

Where: Anywhere in India

How: E-mail aarti@ivolunteer.org.in

An elderly woman walks past metal pipes on a street in  New Delhi. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)
An elderly woman walks past metal pipes on a street in New Delhi. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

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Abhyudaya

What: As part of #GivingTuesdayIndia, this DaanUtsav, volunteers can participate in Educational Charts Making Workshop at Konanakunte. Volunteers will prepare educational charts on various subjects, like history, physics, GK, culture, sports, etc. These charts will be distributed for free to 83 leaning centres across Bengaluru.

When: Oct. 8, 6-7 pm

Where: Bengaluru

How: Call Paneendra at 9880784082

School students from government schools across nine states participate in a Read-A-Thon on the eve of Literacy Day, on Sept. 7, 2019. (Photograph: PTI)
School students from government schools across nine states participate in a Read-A-Thon on the eve of Literacy Day, on Sept. 7, 2019. (Photograph: PTI)

Bakul Foundation

What: ‘Paint the City’ is mobilising the public including artists, writers, academics, civil servants, sportspersons, politicians, actors and celebrities to participate in painting a public wall in Bhubaneswar, between Forum Mall and Bakul Library, Satyanagar.

When: Oct. 2, 8 am to 5 pm

Where: Bhubaneswar

How: Call Sujit at 9937052417 or e-mail at sujit15@gmail.com

A school student runs her hand on a freshly painted mural on the boundary wall of her school, on Aug. 1, 2019. (Photograph: PTI)
A school student runs her hand on a freshly painted mural on the boundary wall of her school, on Aug. 1, 2019. (Photograph: PTI)

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Achyutant Trust

What: A charity football tournament for women, followed by a cultural event at Lakshmisagar High School, Jharpada and distribution of toys, clothes and other materials. Volunteers to help co-ordinate on the event day.

When: Oct. 8, 9 am to 4 pm

Where: Bhubaneswar

How: Call Roma at 9861722268 or e-mail radevibes.roma@gmail.com

A customer browses toys at a store in Mumbai. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)
A customer browses toys at a store in Mumbai. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Books For All

What: Volunteers as individuals or teams participate in the BooksForAll DaanUtsav Challenge 2019 by volunteering at book donation stalls at Delhi Metro stations and/or fundraising stalls at Indian Oil Petrol Pumps. During the challenge, volunteers shall run the donation stall, answer queries of commuters, and encourage people to contribute for the cause. Requisite training, orientation and support material shall be provided.

When: Oct. 2-8

Where: Delhi

How: Call Sankalp at 8095931444

Students sit studying at a college in, Uttar Pradesh. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)
Students sit studying at a college in, Uttar Pradesh. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

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GEPC

What: Gandhi Environmental Peace Festival #GEPF2019 at Pul Prahladpur Phase 1 DDA Park will start with a peace march to observe the 150th birth anniversary of Mahamta Gandhi and close with a Safai Abhiyan of the park. Other activities like plantation, yoga, blood donation camp, eye checkup camp, painting competition, Gandhi walk and more are planned parallel. The aim of the programme is to spread messages of Gandhi of non-violence, self-dependence, truthfulness, kindness and cleanliness in an attempt to awaken the consciousness of the citizens and build an inclusive society where the whole planet can thrive peacefully.

When: Oct 2, 7-11 am

Where: Delhi

How: E-mail gepc2050@gmail.com

A Mahatma Gandhi statue in Kolkata. (Photograph: PTI)
A Mahatma Gandhi statue in Kolkata. (Photograph: PTI)

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Akanksha Axom

What: Anna Daan (food donation drives) in different places of Guwahati

When: Oct. 3

Where: Guwahati

How: Call Arup at 7399548836 or e-mail akankshaaxom@gmail.com

Specially-abled children donate food packets for the flood-affected, in Navi Mumbai, on Aug. 13, 2019. (Photograph: PTI)
Specially-abled children donate food packets for the flood-affected, in Navi Mumbai, on Aug. 13, 2019. (Photograph: PTI)

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Prithvi Innovations

What: Sustainability Week celebrations involving plantation and river clean up. 100 volunteers are needed for the event.

When: Oct. 3, 9-11.30 am

Where: Lucknow

How: Call Anuradha at 9415009158 or e-mail prithviinovations@gmail.com

College students participate in a cleanliness drive on the banks of the Krishna river in Karad, Maharashtra, on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photograph: PTI)
College students participate in a cleanliness drive on the banks of the Krishna river in Karad, Maharashtra, on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photograph: PTI)

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Goodwill Initiative And Bhumi

What: Dharavi Clean up Drive + Nukkad natak at Kamraj School, 90 feet road, Dharavi.

When: Oct. 2, 11 am

Where: Mumbai

How: Call Rashmi at 9830704898

A man passes on a garbage-strewn road in Dharavi, Mumbai. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)
A man passes on a garbage-strewn road in Dharavi, Mumbai. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

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Bhumi

What: ‘Seva Sandwich’ - volunteers get together to make sandwiches and distribute them to those in need at MKSSS Sanstha, Karvenagar, Pune.

When: Oct. 6, 7 am

Where: Pune

How: Call Hitesh at 9511813559

Volunteers prepare and serve food to flood victims at a relief camp. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)
Volunteers prepare and serve food to flood victims at a relief camp. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

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10 More Ways To Daan Your Time

1. Get the domestic help, guards and others in your area registered for government benefits, using a platform like Haqdarshak.com. This will help you learn just how difficult it can be for them to get the documents and benefits that we take for granted in our lives.

2. Clean up or beautify a park or wall near your home or office. You’ll get a first-hand view of why India has not yet become ‘swachh’, and what it will take for us to get there.

3. Find an NGO near your preferred location at guidestarindia.org or IamHere.mobi, reach out to them and explore how you can help- it will give you a chance to know more about a specific cause or organisation.

4. Assist a public servant for a day (at a traffic light, police station, govt hospital, etc.) in delivering public services. You’ll learn how difficult their job is and also how difficult the public finds it to avail of the services that are their rights in these places.

5. Organise a small collection and distribute materials to those who need it. You’ll learn how easy or difficult it is to mobilise support, our attitudes towards giving and how the poor respond to doles.

6. Visit platforms like Connectfor.org, iVolunteer.in or iChangeMyCity.com to find hundreds of other opportunities to volunteer. You’ll get to pick something that excites you and no matter what you do, there’s always something you learn from it.

7. Pick any of the ideas from this Smile Deck and just do it. These simple ideas give you an opportunity to experience kindness and discover the good in yourself.

8. Make and distribute sandwiches or other food to the hungry. Talk to them before you hand over the food and you’ll learn a lot about the daily challenges of the homeless people.

9. Spend a day doing someone else’s job- on Oct 2 or over the weekend; take over the job of a fruit seller, paanwala, house help or security guard or rickshaw driver or a daily wage labourer and do their entire shift for them. You’ll get a clear sense of how easy or difficult their day is, and whether what they earn are ‘fair wages’ or not.

10. Create and run a crowdfunding campaign for a cause you care about deeply. You’ll learn to get out of your comfort zone and do something most of us hate - ask others for money.

Venkat N Krishnan is principal trustee at the India Welfare Trust.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of BloombergQuint or its editorial team.

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