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Caroline Anthony Arun Guides us through some Non–Profit Ways of Spreading Love
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The Joy of Giving week just got over. But if you could not participate or would like to continue giving, here are some ways you can do so this weekend. Try volunteering with these organizations or any other you know of; help them in areas of your expertise, or at least spend time with those living here. There are a lot many things you can do even without being associated with social organizations like giving off your old clothes, excess food, newspapers, etc. You not only help those in need, you also get rid of the clutter in your home.

If you probably always wanted to reach out but did not know how or where, we have a few organizations you can begin with

Missionaries of Charity – Mother Teresa Home
Area of Work:
Sick abandoned people
Started in 1950 by Mother Teresa in Calcutta the Missionaries of Charity has centres all over India and the world. Three are in Pune, in Chinchwad, Hinjewadi and Dhole Patil Road. The nuns care for the sick, orphaned, dying, homeless, abandoned people who are unloved and unwanted by the society. There are about 102 such people in the Pune centres.
How to Get Involved:
The centres work entirely through donations and contributions. You can contribute by giving regular household stuff like soaps, washing detergents, food grains, bed sheets, common medicines, clothes etc. Though visits have been kept on hold due to the swine flu, they will resume after Christmas and you can go visit and spend time with them. These people crave love, so if you want free hugs, this is the place to go.
Venue: Missionaries of charity, DP road +91 20 26058590

Pankhudi
Area of Work:
Educating, imparting life skills to slum kids
Pankhudi began four years back by a group of IITians. They chose to work with children since they are the future of the country. Pankhudi volunteers teach slum kids, promote adoptions and conduct health camps, flood relief and AIDS awareness camps. In Pune, they work mainly in Patil Estate, a slum near Shoppers Stop, Wakdewadi. There are approximately 40 volunteers who select the kids and either teach them at the slum itself, or get them to the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) where they are taught from study material designed by NGOs.
How to Get Involved:
The classes are held every weekend at the Patil Estate or the COEP classrooms. You don’t need to be a qualified teacher to teach them, the existing volunteers will help you start off and provide the relevant study material. You can help by getting the kids to class since many are against studying and will lie to get out of class. Instead of monetary donations, you can buy them books, medicines, stationary, etc. This weekend ask your domestic help about her kids and make sure she is sending them to school, sponsor a kid, buy stationary for kids in need.
Contact: Murthy Penugonda +91 9225652268
Website: www.pankhudifoundation.org

Ecoexist
Area of Work:
Green issues, making India eco–friendly
eCoexist is a social enterprise based in Pune that works towards saving the environment by providing eco-friendly products and sensitizing the public about the environment. They provide organic products and work with socially unfortunate groups like jail inmates, slums, and the differently–abled. Members visit schools and corporates educating them about the effects of plastic, harmful chemicals in colours, etc.
How to Get Involved:
You need to be passionate and committed towards the environment and at least give four weekends to understand the working of eCoexist. Since it’s the festive season, you can persuade your company, society, school or college to use cloth bags for gifts. You can also help them or receive help from them in planning and executing campaigns. Collect used flowers from temples, parties and give it to eCoexist to make colours from these. This weekend, get your friends and have a cleanliness drive in your locality, speak to kiranas about banning plastic bags, segregate your waste, keep a plastic bag in you car so you don’t throw trash out, and if you see someone dumping garbage on the road, stop them.
Contact: Manisha +91 9850084383
Website: www.e-coexist.com

Blue Cross Society of Pune
Area of Work
Animal welfare and animal shelter.
Founded in 1994, the Blue Cross Society of Pune aims at improving the conditions of animals across Pune. They have an animal shelter and an animal hospital, and conduct vaccination drives for stray dogs along with rescue work. They also provide counselling about animal laws, etc.
How to Get Involved:
The Blue Cross Society of Pune needs people across the city who can network to bring injured animals to the hospital, check on vaccinated dogs, identify and help animals in accident cases. Volunteers can collect papers, food from restaurants and parties to feed the animals, help raise funds, update the website, and help find a home for the abandoned animals. You can also spend time with the animals, pet them and take them for a walk. Don’t harm an animal, they can’t talk but can love you just enough. They don’t care how you look or how much you earn, they will love you anyway if you just care. Feed a stray animal, vaccinate your neighborhood dogs – call Blue Cross Society or adopt a stray.
Contact: Anjali Paranjpye +91 9823277766, Subeer Das – +91 9960693063

Deep Griha Society
Area of Work:
Women and child welfare.
Founded in 1975, Deep Griha Society was set up by Dr Neela Onsawale. DGS now provides family welfare services in Tadiwala Road, Ramtekdi and Bibvewadi. They conduct programmes for the empowerment of women and children, the AIDS affected along with medical, healthcare and rural development.
How to Get Involved:
Volunteers need to be committed and spend atleast two hours a week. Areas of work can be based on the volunteers’ strong skills. Volunteers can help raise money, adopt a project or a part of it, sponsor a child or an item on their wishlist. The wishlist is a list of requirements ranging from Rs 60 to Rs 36,700 that can be purchased or sponsored. Those donating money have an option of going back to see where their money was spent.
Contact: DGS, Tadiwala Road +91 20 26124382
Website: www.deepgriha.org
e–mail: deepgriha.eft@gmail.com

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Source: Times of India

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