Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This quote of Mahatma Gandhi is one of the main driving factors behind the efforts at ConnectFor. When we try by doing good to others, we are most essentially ourselves. When we care for others, we are acting as our true selves. ConnectFor aims to help others, by connecting volunteers to various NGO’s based on their interests, skills, and curiosity.
Today is July 15, which also happens to be World Youth Skills Day, a day that has been established by the United Nations. In today’s day and age, there are many young adults who are more likely to be unemployed, and/or are working in less supportive jobs, because of unfortunate personal and/or economic reasons. Therefore, the government has initiated the idea of World Youth Skills Day to draw attention to how young adults can be inspired to develop, enhance, and execute their skills and achieve their maximum potential.
ConnectFor combines the acquisition of skills and the ability of young adults to make informed choices about how to better utilize and further develop their skills, by giving them the opportunity to volunteer at differentiated NGO’s. Besides placing volunteers “at the right fitted” NGO’s, ConnectFor ensures that all young adults have the appropriate support, guidance, and confidence to help them in making choices and raising awareness about education, health, environment, and other imperative topics.
In many countries, including India, technical and vocational education and training is available, however, the focus is also shifting to the softer skills, with strong inter-personal skills that make having an opportunity accessible. Volunteering gives people the ability to work in a team, a skill that is recognized as crucial, specifically, these days. Having and giving such commitment to people is particularly important in a region with a younger population, and where World Youth Skills Day should have a particular resonance.
Today, we at ConnectFor have a challenge for you! Here are just a few options that you can pick from to volunteer.
Grab a friend or a family member, and do something that you have not done before-try and get out of that comfort zone :) Being selfless can often be the best way to be happy. Your actions, whether big or small, will have an impact on someone’s life. Volunteering allows you meet people, and gives you the chance to form real relationships and connections that have a lasting impact on your life. We believe that we should try and make World Youth Skills Day every day, not only on July 15!
So, ConnectFor followers, are you ready to take on the challenge? Let us know what volunteer opportunity is next on your bucket list!