What started in 2014 with a small group of volunteers, has now slowly becoming a movement. In 2019, making “I for India” the ongoing theme for National Volunteering Week, India@75 was able to forge significant long-term partnerships, both in the corporate sector as well as with non-profits. This year, we have reached out to a cumulative of over 20 million* people through over 1.5 million volunteering hours across urban and rural*.
This year saw stakeholders from different walks of life come together to celebrate and uphold the spirit of volunteering across India. India@75, with valuable partnerships on the ground, has scaled to newer heights both in rural India as well as urban India. There has been an upswing in the participation of corporate organizations like major houses like Jindals, Mahindra, Dell, HPCL participated, and showcased all the work done throughout 2018-19.
Today the outreach has swelled to include citizens from all walks of like corporate employees, companies, civil societies, educational institutions and individuals. Through social media, we were able to reach out to more than 2,17,704* people during NVW’19, which is an exponential rise from an outreach of 56,500 at the time of NVW’18.
NVW’19 is a weeklong celebration of volunteering which is celebrated between 18-24th January every year. The week is celebrated with different activities which sees participation of citizens from all walks of life. This year was no different. Some of the activities that took place during the week:
- Corporate townhalls in partnership with Jindal Stainless which saw participation from reputed non-profits such as Yuvraj Singh Foundation, Noida Deaf Society, Sacchi Saheli, YUWA, Manzil Mystics and Sudeva Sports
- Organisations such as Yellow Streets in Delhi conducted sports event with underserved children of New Delhi.
- Cello in partnership with Hari Dharti and Clean Mumbai Foundation did several activities to create awareness on waste management.
- Hero Fin corp came forward to join hands with Yuvraj Singh Foundation to hold free cancer screening camps for children and women from the neglected slums of New Delhi
- Nirbhed Foundation held different activities ranging from financial literacy for daily wage workers to cleanliness campaigns.
Apart from these, there were many activities that happened across the country with people from different age groups and from different walks of life participating and volunteering their skills and time to build a more inclusive India.