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October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

I have been volunteering for Udavum Karangal in the Bay Area for 5 years. I knew the organization from India and was happy to have an opportunity to help an Indian grass roots organization. The experience over the last 5 years has been rewarding. Our annual fund raiser Galaata has been a very successful event and a strong rallying point for volunteers. The organization needs to reach out to a broader base of potential supporters, both individuals and foundations

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

ability to help the disenfranchised in India

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

South Asian IT professionals

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

I started to participate in the Fund-Raiser cultural event in the San Francisco Bay area and it begun to take different forms and shapes. Now, I am an active Volunteer in the Udavum Karangal "Helping Hands" Bay Area chapter. I volunteer every year for any fund-raiser event that is planned by the SF Bay area Chapter of Udavum Karangal.

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

if you sponsor a child, they are very professional in sending you frequent and regular updates about the kid you sponsor. How are they doing - Academically & Personally. What are their interests / hobbies, etc.

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

Awesome. I still cannot forget the 1st person my wife and I befriended in the year 2006. We are very good friends now that started as an acquaintance.

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

work wonders!!! Will take the support provided to 21000 children (already with the organization) to the next level and empower a wide range of communities and destitute children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

This is a grass roots level organization and you can actually visually see the impact when you are in Chennai or Coimbatore. The kids are so happy and cheerful. The place is very clean and the food they serve is healthy. The gang here in the bay area is a very fun gang and lots of social opportunities. Its more fun and friends than volunteering. So that's why I like the org.

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

helping children

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

the people I have made friends with

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

extremely friendly and polite

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

keep most children in India in school and well fed

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

How many of us take the time to think about someone else at least for a few minutes each day? Probably one or two of us have that time even. But what I have realized after being a volunteer at Udavum Karangal SF Bay Area Chapter for over 6 years now is, there are many who think of someone else who really needs help every single day. I'm proud that I have found that group and been part of it for so long. Whether it is the children, adults or seniors at Udavum Karangal in Chennai, India, the motto is clearly 'service, care and concern' for one and all. We may very well never live to see a perfect world during our time, but being part of an organization like Udavum Karangal, can make you realize that that dream is possible. There is a lot of sharing, pride and cooperation amongst us volunteers and the overall willingness to go the extra mile for an underprivileged child to get food, education, clothing and hope for the future. I thank God that we, volunteers, have been brought together and that he has kept us financially well enough to think of others in every which way we can. I walk away about every event we organize thinking, 'life is a very simple thing to live, if only we had so many people to help us live it constructively and happily in every moment that we have.' Thank you Udavum Karangal for giving me that hope and that belief to this day! :)

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

the quality of volunteers within our group, the joys and smiles that I see from the children we serve at Udavum Karangal and the endless fulfillment I get after every event we organize here.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get more involvement from India if possible and a better understanding of how and where the funds that we generated are best used back home.

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

the genuine care and concern within the group for the well-being of Udavum Karangal and those that we take care of back home.

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

refreshing individuals with unparalleled creativity, energy and enthusiasm. We need more like them! :)

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

take better care of those in need and try to eliminate need altogether, if possible. But 25 years later, our founder still hopes that that 'need' will disappear forever and it still hasn't.

Ways to make it better...

our enthusiasm within our volunteer base is steady all the time. It varies from time to time based on individual time and energy constraints and it would be better if we had a steady group of folks who generate the kind of enthusiasm we need year-round.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

making it a more mainstream, appealing organization even to donors who may not be Asian-Indian. Trying to build a non-profit organization that goes beyond race, caste, language or nationality and one that addresses people's needs alone should be our goal.

One thing I'd also say is that...

People matter most in this lifetime and we still haven't woken up to that fact yet, there isn't much of a point in being part of any non-profit cause or claiming to do great things. The purity of our hearts should dictate our actions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

Its easy to leave the world's problems to be fixed by tree-huggers, governments and non profits. But its not until you join a non profit like Udavum karangal that you realize you are SO close to changing the life of a child. You can chose to volunteer, or sponsor a child in as low as $10 a month. The organization is run by people passionate about the cause, who have visited the orphanages in India, are straightforward about the progress they have made and communicate the needs on the ground to fundraising arms such as the Bay Area Chapter. I continue to work for the children of UK, and I urge you to join us at our next event at www.ukwalk.org !

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

all of their fundraising events over the last two years.

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

save all those children who you saw in the movie slumdog millionaire & thousands more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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