NGOs all over the world work relentlessly for the betterment of people, animals and basically our Planet Earth. Volunteers are an integral part of the social sector, they prove to be the most indispensable functional asset of a nonprofit organization.
Volunteers lend their support in terms of skills and time, free of cost, many NGOs would cease to exist without the volunteers’ support and labor. NGOs all over the world perpetually function on low budgets and make zero to very little profit.
The volunteers are an extremely dedicated and hardworking team of individuals who are determined to make a difference with their time and resources, in order to make this world a better place. In return, they end up gaining rich life experiences, knowledge and useful skills.
Volunteers often end up providing the much needed insight, innovative ideas, fresh perspectives and solutions to many problems that the nonprofits are faced with, thus contributing wholesomely to the entire dynamics.
A lot of NGOs in our country operate successfully only because of their valuable team of volunteers.
Teach for India (TFI) has managed to help 38,000 students across 7 cities with their team of talented and focused teaching fellows. The volunteers are required to teach the students of the low-income schools holistically, leaving an impact through their initiative. These young leaders play an important role in shaping the future of the underprivileged children and contribute massively to the educational system as well.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) works to eradicate malnutrition and educate the underprivileged children. It works to execute the midday meals program of the Indian government by providing nutritious meals to the children in various government schools of this country. Their aim is to be able to feed 5 million children by 2025, successfully. TAPF is the world’s largest Midday meal program that is run by a nonprofit organization. The volunteers work with a lot of compassion and determination in the social media, public relations, fundraising, operations, finance, logistics, marketing, nutrition and human resources departments of the organization. The volunteers can even arrange a visit to the various governmental schools and help in the distribution of the meals personally. TAPF has managed to serve 3 billion meals so far and continued doing so even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Child Rights and You (CRY) works towards advocating children’s rights in our country. They are dedicated to taking actions focused on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the underprivileged children. They have a team of approximately 5000 volunteers who work with an unwavering passion to propagate and ensure the rightful exercise of the policies pertaining to children in our country.
The volunteers skillfully collaborate with teachers, parents, community members, state governments and children themselves to spread awareness about children’s rights and essential needs.
HelpAge India has been working by taking care of the disadvantaged elderly population since the last forty years by giving free healthcare services to the aged citizens across the country who can not afford treatments. They have conducted over 45,000 eye surgeries and provided palliative care to cancer patients. The volunteers help in conducting the various healthcare activities of the NGO. The team has helped approximately 9 lac aged citizens by restoring their vision and enabling them to be a part of the Indian workforce. HelpAge has received many national accolades for their noble initiatives and accomplishments.
As Mother Teresa rightfully said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop”. Volunteers of our country have been working tirelessly to catapult the Indian social sector to staggering heights of remarkable humanitarian achievements.