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October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

Have been involved as a volunteer with Asha ever since being introduced to it at the Univ of Illinois in 2001. As a Univ chapter, the volunteer group was intimate yet highly enthusiastic and motivated. Served in the capacity of event organizer for the semi-annual fundraiser. Moved to LA for work in 2003 and was involved remotely with the LA chapter, more as a donor this time. Moved to the Cal Bay area after getting married in 2005 and joined the Silicon Valley chapter right away. Involved primarily in fundraising, event organization and donor relations. Love the attitude of volunteers: professional, thorough yet a lot of FUN! The Team Asha marathon program serves as inspiration to do bigger and better things for the chapter and the organization as a whole. The Work an Hour campaign is very innovative and motivating in itself. What I love most about Asha is its flat structure along with zero-overhead, 100% volunteer driven organization! I am Asha :)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Team Asha marathon program, its growing scale speaks volumes of the power to empower if we set our minds to the cause.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the platform to socialize and network with people while serving a good cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic and motivated!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread its wings more to all districts in the nation :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

I've been volunteering with Asha's Seattle chapter for the past 6 years and the journey had really been life changing. What stood out for me is really the sincerity, humbleness and dedication of all peer volunteers in empowering underprivileged sections of the society. Another amazing thing about this organnization is really it's flat structure - every decision is made in open public meetings with everyone having just one vote - this is really participatory democracy!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

improving lives of poor people in India.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

peer-group interaction and learning from dedicated volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

sincere, dedicated and humble.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

The knack to work towards the education of underprivileged children was inculcated within me during my school days via the literacy program.Little did I know that the values and knowledge that was imparted to me about empowerment via education would become an integral part of my life. Circumstances, the need of the hour and academic deadlines did not allow me to think about the aforementioned values after school. The inner passion and thought was rekindeled only after my husband(more aptly my faincee during those days) relocated to US for his studies.Asha for Education Cornell University chapter motivated him to work for the cause. He became an active volunteer of Asha since 2002. Since then many of our long-distace tele conversations ended up speaking about Asha and directly or indirectly as you may inerpret I became a silent supporter of Asha since 2002. After relocating to US in 2005 I volunteered to work as a web master for Asha Cornell chapter. Slowly my involvement with Asha increased and currently I am one of the board member of the organization. Presently, since 2008 I am coordinating the publicity and public relation activites of the organization. Asha in Indian language means 'HOPE'.The flames of 'HOPE' have helped the organization to grow from 3 volunteers in 1991 to over 1000+ volunteer in 2009.. The biggest challenge as well as achievement of Asha for Education is its volunteers. Volunteers of Asha are located across the globe. None of the volunteers are employed by Asha for Education. Dedication is the backbone while determination and passion is the driving force towards the sustenance and growth of the organization.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, passionate and committed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 4, 2009

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October 4, 2009

Asha -- an organization that literally gives hope to children in India who don't have the resources or opportunities available to them I joined Asha as a freshman at the University of Ilinois Urbana-Champaign and began volunteering. For the next three years of my undergraduate, I joined the board. Asha volunteers have shown such dedication and passion to the cause of Asha, that with each year we come closer and closer to bringing progress in the educational levels of underprivileged children. The purpose is to fundraise in order to support and promote education for underprivileged children in India, and Asha does this by helping out certain education-related NGOs in India. The funds are collected via marathons, cultural events, donations, and more. A 100% of the money gained is provided to the projects in India, so that they can utilize the money for better resources. The projects team works very hard to evaluate each project for validity, how the funds are being used, and each student's individual progress. This meticulous process really helps funnel the resources not only to the right places, but also ensures the right use of them. I don't believe that any cause can be worked for without passion, and these volunteers have shown true care. The amazing achievements and awards that Asha has received over the years commemorate the milestones reached, and keeps Asha going strongly even today.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

While I was a board member and an active volunteer, I could best see the results of Asha's hard work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Cultural programs!! But more than that, I love the energy I see in all the active members!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

VERY friendly, caring, and passionate about the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I think it could possibly have a HUGE impact on the literacy rate of India! The poor would have so many more resources and be educated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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