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Udavum Karangal Of USA
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.

Ways to make it better...

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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have helped in marketing several events that have been organized by Udavum Karangal SF Bay Area Chapter, organized and managed productional aspects for several shows as well.