Just if you are enthusiastic about making a difference and have an aspiration to give back to the society, volunteering is perhaps the first step you could take towards bringing about a progressive change.
But that’s not the only reason. This world is competitive, people have found other reasons too – they volunteer to gain career experience, to build their CVs, grow their skills or harness new ones. Others volunteer to build self-esteem, to experience a long-lasting experience of affection and to feel they are making an impact to the society.
Whatever your reason, we believe, volunteering can change you and the world around you. And that’s the reason why we thought to compile a list of 12 NGOs that need you to volunteer or contribute at;
1. Make A Difference – MAD
Founded in 2006, Make A Difference is a platform that empowers youth to become change leaders who make positive social impact and create self sustaining communities. It is an outcome of a wondrous idea of a group of college students from Cochin. For many it might be a stolid prospect, MAD works in full swing with a vehement will to really stand for its name. Make A Difference provides a space for young people to step in, lead and make a difference in their own communities. By providing on-ground exposure, actively initiating dialogue and establishing a culture of entrepreneurship, MAD transforms youth into a potent social force to strategically impact children at risk in their community.
Author’s Note: A bit search over the Internet would give you a fair idea that it’s not easy to get a chance to volunteer at MAD. They are very quality conscious and have imposed a strong filter on applications they receive.
Maya Gawli – a deaf-mute student is an excellent sportswoman and has won several district and state level medals in athletics. Many such underprivileged children have been brought into highlight, and have been nurtured, educated at Aarambh. It is a non-profit charity organization based out of Navi Mumbai. It was formed as a Community Service Center for the most marginalized families living in urban slum communities and rural areas. Volunteering at Aarambh could be the most delightful step you ever took in your life.
33-B, Gitanjali, Plot # 52, Sector 17,
Vashi, Navi Mumbai 400 703, Maharashtra – 400703,
Tel No : 022 27680965
Cell : +91-9820616940
Mail Id : email@example.com
“Life is a war. Doctors fight disease. Lawyers fight injustice. Teachers fight ignorance.
AASRA fights to prevent suicide.”
With this motto, Aasara serves as a baseline organization that works on an entirely new concept. This might sound like a western prophecy, but Aasara works for those who have suicidal thoughts, or those who want to put an end to their life. Other activities that AASRA as part of both forums were involved in for the past 10 years included Anti-tobacco campaigns, HIV/AIDS awareness programs, comprehensive Health Melas in colleges, Awareness programmes/legal literacy workshops/nutrition programs/group savings initiatives, all initiated to benefit women within the economically weaker communities so that they become self-sufficient and independent. Aasara is definitely an indispensable divination.
24×7 Helpline: 91-22-27546669
104, Sunrise Arcade, Plot No. 100, Sector 16, Koparkhairane, Navi Mumbai – 400709
4. Dignity foundation
What is known as Dignity Foundation today really started as magazine “Dignity Dialogue” in 1995. It is committed to change the way people look at ageing in India. It has been putting tremendous efforts to enable senior citizens to lead active lives through easy access to trusted information, opportunities for productive ageing and social support services. You can surely expect to gain a lot of blessings and interminable happiness as you volunteer at Dignity foundation.
B-206, 2nd Floor, Byculla Service Industries Premises,
Sussex Road, Byculla East,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027
022 6138 1100
5. Asha Daan
Run by missionaries of charity, and supported by Hindustan Lever, Asha Daan is a home for 400 abandoned, handicapped children & adults. It was founded by missionaries of charity started by Mother Teresa. Recently, it has evolved by taking care of destitute people and those affected by HIV-AIDS. It has been set up on a 72,500 square feet plot of warehouses of Hindustan Unilever. Asha Daan launches its volunteer program and expects you to be really passionate about bringing out a change. Read this article to know more about Asha Daan.
Missionaries of Charity
Sankli Street, Byculla
6. Asha Sadan
Asha Sadan houses unprivileged children from different backgrounds – some were lost or abandoned, some come from homes with ailing or incurably ill parents, some have convict parents, some are children who have been set free from begging, many have been abused, some are children of commercial sex workers – and all of them are in dire need for a caring home.
Last Lane, Garodia Nagar,
7. Thane S.P.C.A
The origin of Thane SPCA lies in the worry and ultimate vision of committed animal lovers who came together to end the wretched plight of animals in the areas around Mumbai and Thane. Way back in 2002, some like-minded people from Thane began to exercise their exertion by bringing medical aid and respite to stray animals on the streets.
Besides Bhramand Complex,
Kolshet Road, Azadnagar,
Thane, Maharashtra 400607
“Jeev Raksha”, “Jeev Daya” – “Compassion for all life forms to live a cruelty free life”.
The vision of Karuna is to make a safe and sheltered world for animals and to protect these silent creatures from cruelty done by the people. It has come into being to alert people with the notion that these creatures are also an important part of this world.
Karuna, Manav Mandir Marg,
Vasant Vihar, Malabar Hill,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400006
Sneha is a strong and reformist organization that works diligently with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. They’re up with some innovative work in the urban slums to uproot maternal mortality, new-born mortality, malnutrition and domestic violence. Sneha has been successful in all of its campaigns with the core belief that the cycle of ill health can and must be broken by creating an urban society whose foundation is built on a healthy and empowered populace.
Behind Bldg. No. 11, BMC Colony
Shastri Nagar, Santa Cruz (W),
Mumbai – 400 054, INDIA.
Phone : (+91 22) 2661 4488 / 2660 6295
10. Society for the Education of the Crippled (Child & Adult)
The Society for the Education of the Crippled was founded by Fathema Ismail back in 1958. Her concern for the physically challenged came from her personal experience. Being a mother of a polio-affected child, she wanted to recuperate her daughter medically and academically. She was finally successful in her efforts as her daughter was able to lead a normal life. She soon realized of something big, and today, her gusto of realization has transformed her dream into an absolute reality that provides free transport for the students, meals, swimming classes, and medical check-up camps.
SEC Day School (Santacruz)
Maneckji Guzdar Municipal School Building,
North Avenue, Santacruz West,
Mumbai – 400 054
11. HelpAge India
HelpAge India was set up in 1978, and since then have been raising resources to protect the rights of the elderly people and provide liberation to them through various intermediations. They voice the needs of India’s 90 million grey population, and directly impact the lives of lakhs of senior citizens every year.
C-14, Qutab Institutional Area
Block C, Adchini
New Delhi, Delhi 110016
12. Humsafar Trust
Indian writer and LGBT rights activist, Ashok Row Kavi founded Humsafar Trust in the late eighties. At that time bigotry and conservative Indian societal values disallowed MSM and transgender Indians from getting actual health services. The early focus of Humsafar Trust was on activism for providing HIV/AIDS health services to gay men, but soon extended to provide guidance, check-ups, hospital appointments, private HIV testing, counselling and outreach for the whole spectrum of the LGBT community.
1st Floor, Manthan Plaza, Beside Shree Chakra Resturant,
Above Vakola Post Office, Nehru Road,
Vakola, Santacruz East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400055