This post was written by Shivani P. in response to the Day 24 Challenge: Schedule a time to volunteer and commit to seeing it through.
Volunteering, more often than not, is an engaging and fulfilling activity. However, when taking college into account, volunteering becomes more of another item on your list to excel at and less of a charitable act. There is a constant pressure to volunteer enough hours and volunteer for meaningful organizations, essentially pressuring us to weigh the true worth of the organizations we volunteer for. With college applications sent out, the pressure has significantly decreased, and it is safe to say that volunteering is a much more enjoyable activity. I have taken several steps to support local causes.
Earlier this month, all of the leads in SACA (Students for Asian Cultural Awareness), including me, decided to get together and have a fundraiser for a local charity in honor of this challenge. The charity we selected is called Anubuthi. Anubuthi is a charity that focuses on providing children in India with a welcoming atmosphere, allowing them to thrive educationally. Their main focus is instilling lifelong learning habits and providing them with technical resources that enable them to succeed. Anubhuti strives to enlighten children about inherent perfection to create a better society and believe that “education is a journey to character building and [is a] process that does not stop at school." They aspire to remove any financial constraints that may keep children from pursuing an education and simultaneously empower families to become self sufficient. Another focus of Anubhuti is to empower women. Anubhuti runs a self help group called Kamdhenu for stay-at-home home mothers that focuses on helping these women market and sell products.
In addition to this charity, I began trying to volunteer for some more local events. I signed up to help out the musical for the past few shows a few weeks ago for NHS. While this was a local cause, it was still through an organization I had to fulfill a volunteer requirement for, so I looked into volunteering at the local food pantry. I’m excited to keep searching for more local causes I can volunteer for!