Get More Involved With Vibha

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You can volunteer with your local Action Center and help with their activities or be a member of any one of our National Teams.

You can donate your professional skills – we are constantly in need of specialized skills in various professional areas including Public Relations/Marketing, Financial Accounting, Project Evaluation and Selection, Graphic Design, Web design and Programming, Software Development, Publishing, and Legal.

Local Action Centers drive the creative effort on the type of activities that are organized annually. Action Centers raise awareness and funds for Vibha’s mission by organizing community events like Concerts, Bowlathon, Competitions, and several Kids Focused Activities as well as group volunteering efforts at Soup Kitchens, Hospital visits, Art Projects for Local Children. Vibha Walk/Run is an annual effort and was held in 2005 in 6 cities. In 2006 it will be held in 7 cities. In addition to raising funds and awareness, Action Centers also get involved in project evaluation and selection.

All the above efforts are implemented by Vibha volunteers. Volunteers also spearhead the administrative aspect of their Action Centers in terms of maintaining the budget, website and participating, communicating and sharing knowledge and ideas with other Action Centers and the National Teams.

Vibha’s family of volunteers meets regularly in-person or via conference call.

In addition to conventional methods of volunteering, you can also contribute by sponsoring a project. Volunteers can help adopt a project through an online portal at Vibha’s Adopt a Project Page. At this website, volunteers can search for suitable projects by cause and region. Users can also make a donation and start a fundraising campaign that involves reaching out to near and dear ones to help underprivileged children across the globe.

Vibha Milwaukee brings Mystic India to Vibe 2014

After conducting Vibha Vibe successfully for the last 5 Years in Milwaukee the volunteers were running out of ideas on how to make it bigger and better.  So March 29, 2014 – Milwaukee is bringing an internationally acclaimed Bollywood Musical Dance Extravaganza called Mystic India.

Mystic India is coming to Milwaukee with a troupe of about 20 professional dancers along with lots of colorful costumes, elaborate sets and a fantastic storyline.  This show will be quite a treat for Milwaukeeans.  We are also reaching out to our neighbors in Illinois and Minnesota to come experience a one of a kind show.  If you are a Vibha Volunteer from the neighboring states – then don’t worry about accommodation – as long as you are willing to volunteer on the day of the event, you can crash at our homes :)

Milwaukee is super excited and the planning is on full swing.  This year’s marketing promo will contain flash mob dancing and Bollywood spoofs by the volunteers – so stay tuned on our Facebook page for all the Fun !!!

Call for volunteers – VibhaScope team

VibhaScope is a newsletter that highlights significant stories to share with the global Vibha community.  We are looking for youth volunteers to help compile and edit content for VibhaScope.  Please contact vibhascope@vibha.org for information.

Thank you for your support – Year End Drive $100K target achieved!

In 25 days, in an amazing display of volunteer support, we managed to raise $110,687, going well beyond our target of $100,000!  This will support approximately 6,640 underprivileged children.

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    • $20 funds educational materials for a child
    • $50 funds rehabilitation of a child with learning disability
    • $120 funds quality education for a child
    • $200 funds libraries with pictorial books in two villages
    • $500 funds immunizations for 15 children
    • $1000 funds a non-formal education center for 28 children

This campaign will help fund additional Vibha projects in 2014.  Please visit http://projects.vibha.org/projects/ to learn more about ongoing projects, and http://projects.vibha.org/projects/past for a list of completed ones. 

Record your hours – Four volunteers qualify for Presidential Service Awards!

Last year, Vibha was approved as an Official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Awards program.  We are proud to congratulate four volunteers who qualified for this prestigious award.  More impressive still is the fact that three of these are youth volunteers!

Award recipients can choose among different options for recognition:

  • The official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the president of the United States
  • A combination of all three of the above

 

Pranayi Pala Presidential Award

We encourage anyone who is interested to start logging their hours today.  Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime.  Below are the different levels of the award, varying by hours of service.

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For more information, please refer to this document.

Times of India feature: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Mandate

times-of-india-logoThe Times of India recently discussed Vibha’s role in implementing a corporate social responsibility (CSR) mandate:

“In early October, Vibha, a not-for profit body that works on behalf of some 30 other NGOs dedicated to solving problems of underprivileged children, brought together representatives from a host of companies to discuss the new corporate social responsibility (CSR) mandate.

The three-day event in Bangalore saw each of the NGOs putup little stalls where they showcased their work , and the participation of over 25companies, including big names like ACC, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Cognizant, HCL, IBM, Infosys, Reliance ADA, Target , Volvo and Walmart.”

Read the full article from the Times of India here.

A Letter from the Secretary – Year End Drive

It gives me immense pleasure to report that Vibha has been having some exciting times! We are able to educate, enable, and empower people in greater numbers for the cause of the underprivileged child. With 2068 registered volunteers in USA and 746 in India, our volunteer strength continues to grow. We started new action centers in Michigan, Denver, Chicago, Raleigh, Austin, Boston, New Jersey, Seattle, and Buffalo and our existing centers are spreading awareness to a wider section of patrons through a variety of fundraisers and media outlets. More importantly we are able to make a bigger difference in the lives of more children in the projects we support, through successful replication of proven models.

I am personally very pleased with the growth of Vibha-Youth, where our youth volunteers as young as middle-schoolers are volunteering in local communities and in fundraising events. In the process, they are becoming socially aware and grooming their leadership potential that will enable them to make a bigger impact on society at large. Vibha is very proud to be providing this platform and nurturing their potential.

Our bi-annual conference, Pragati, this year brought together corporates, grassroots organizations, and experts in the field of child development to one platform in Bangalore. In view of the newly passed Companies Act in India, by which it is now mandatory for companies of a certain size to participate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), this was a major step in Vibha’s efforts to enable corporates to participate in the scaling-up of our partner projects.

Vibha is proud of its role in the growth of Sikshana – a model intervention in the public school system, started in Karnataka, scaled up and later replicated in Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat. Following up on the philosophy of identifying and scaling up successful models, we are now focused on replicating the success of Door Step School (DSS) – a model for education of the children of migrant construction workers. What is especially satisfying about this project is that we are able to change the mindset of the builders – today 75% of the budget of these study centers is taken up by the builders themselves. That is real change, at the grassroots.

Together, we can do more! With a strong volunteer movement, backed by an efficient monitoring team in India, Vibha is poised to scale up a number of existing efforts and identify new projects in other states.

Please join the movement and make your annual donation to make a bigger difference in 2014 and beyond! Please make it online at vibha.org or send a check!

Let us do more!

Written by Vijay Vemulapalli, Secretary, Vibha

To read the full publication: Vibha 2013 Newletter

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