Dear volunteers and friends of "Helping Hands",
The second Annual Day of our Community Service Chapter was a celebration of our volunteers' commitment and dedication to helping fellow citizens. At the end of the event there was collective sense of goodwill and renewed energy to continue the service activities to benefit our local community. Heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in the past year. Below is a synopsis of the event.
To start the program the summary of last year's activities was presented,
which represented 533 hours of completed service hours by our volunteers.
During the inaugural year of the chapter we completed 409 hours of service.
During the presentation, two of India Center teachers,
Mrs. Adwitiya Kundu (Music) and Mrs. Nalini Rau (Bharathanatyam)
were acknowledged and thanked for organizing their students' participation in the community service activities.
The following three youth volunteers were recognized as "Volunteer Leaders" for spearheading their own projects and were presented with special awards.
They shared with the audience, their wonderful projects:
The award for " Outstanding Youth Volunteer" was presented to
Riddha V. Iyengar
for doing the most hours of community service in one year
Three new programs were unveiled:
PVSA (President's Volunteer Service Award)
Serve & Celebrate Program ( Tying personal special days to service)
CSC Fund to support the chapter
Many youth volunteers shared their testimonials & experiences
which was quite inspiring.
The Chief Guest was Ms. Lalitha Podila, leader of Asha in Danbury Connecticut. ASHA for Education isa global organization with the mission to catalyze socio-economic change inIndia through the education of underprivileged children. Ms.Podila appreciated our chapter's work, shared her journey in helping underprivileged children in India and distributed certificates and awards to our youth volunteers.
Please see below the list of activities and names of volunteers from the past year.
COMPLETED PROJECTS: 2016-2017
11.16.16Food Bank Afternoon Repack
11.12.16Harrison Public Library
12.7.16Food Bank - Afternoon repack
12.22.16Gift wrapping - Galleria Mall-Food Bank
12.10.16Music program - Schnurmacher Nursing Home
12.8.16Open Doors - Toy sorting
12.17.16Barnes & Noble Book fair
12.18.16Barnes & Noble Book fair
12.17.16Sock Bundle Project - India Center
12.24.16Andrus Nursing Home - Carols Singing
1.14.17Create Math Kits for kids - Elmsford
1.14.16Make Craft Bags - My Sister's Place
1.14.16Bring Joy to Seniors
Somers manor Nursing Home
1.14.16Autism Therapy stuffed animal creation
Andrus Children's center.
1.14.16Pack Diapers for needy families
1.28.16HVPF Pantry-Bake Sale & Drive
2.20.17Pet Food Drive- Pet Goods, Scarsdale
2.22.17Meals on Wheels
3.4.17GNC - Maple Sugaring Party
4.5.17Food Bank -Family repack
4.5.17Andrus Nursing home Library
4.11.17OCI camp, India Center
4.22.17Great Saw Mill River Clean Up
4.23.17Mother's Day Project - Session 1
4.29.17Mother's Day Project - Session 2
5.6.17Mother's Day Project - Session 3
5.13.17Mother's Day Project - Delivery
5.25.17Mt. Vernon Soup Kitchen
4.23.16Earth Day - GNC
5.7.17Blythedale Children's Hospital - Music & Craft
7.22.17Farm volunteering, Valhalla
8.12.17Bake sale - "Joy is the best Medicine"
8.25.17Hunger relief corp-Mt.Vernon
9.4.17Rye Nature Center - Trail clean up
9.11.17Diaper packing - County Center
9.16.17Farm volunteering, Valhalla
ADULT VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS FOR PROJECTS (64)
Adwitiya Kundu Amitha Khatri Angay Vijaykumar Anita Gawde
Archana Khatri Arvind Padmanaban Ashok Pawha Asutosh Kaul Bala Kanna Bharathi Rao Bhavana Agrawal Bhavani Aravind Bhuvana Jayaram Charul Kothari Indu Ravichandran Jaimin Thakor Jessica Patel Kalpana Doraisamy Kamlesh Kothari Kani Uthaykumar Kiran Shet Laavanya Mishra Lakshmi Nadig Mahesh Joshi Mala Sirinivasan Manju Aggarwal Manjunath Shet Mansi Aggarwal Manu Shekher Marsha Moona Maya Srinivas Meena Rana
Minni Sivakumar Muthukumari Velmani Nalini Rau Namita Basavatia Nanthini Sriskandan Nirmala Kanna Nithya Nandakumar Sarika Sanku Sarita Sheth Shaaranya Pillai Shaila Setty Shama Deshmukh Sharath Srinivas Sathish Calangi Sheetal Shenoy
Smitha Mellacheruvu Sudhir Vaidya Suleena Sharma Supriya Rawal Sushma Jaiswal Sushma Katke Tejuswini Varchas Trupti Patil
Uma Somasamudram Usha Kiran Shet Usha Narayanan
Uthay Kumar Vardhini Desikan Vidhya Rao Vinod Muger Voormila Iyengar
Aanya Shetty Abhinav Arvind Abir Kundu Adhijay Arvind
Aditi Khatri Akshara Kumar Akshath Aravind Akshay Seetharam
Amiya Kothari Ananya Dhanawade Ananya Schoetz Angel Mahajan
Anika Aggarwal Aniketh Arvind Anish Joshi Anisha Kumar
Anjali Schoetz Anjali Shekher Anshul Muger Anusha Goel
Anushka Sundar Anushri Rana Arun Menezes Ashwin Sriskanthan
Avaneesh Rao Avni Inamdar Chinmay Joshi Devaki Inamdar
Dhilan shetty Esha Shenoy Eshan Aggarwal Ethan Menezes
Haarrathi Kanna Harshal Shet Harshita Shet Harveen Dhura
Hashini Velmani Ilina Goyal Isha A Joshua Eapen
Kajol Khatri Kasvi Thakor Kavya Mahindru Kevin Eapen
Kiara Mahindru Kunjal Kothari Luke Menezes Maanya Ravichandran
Madhushri Calangi Megha Joseph Mihika Narayan Mihir Patil
Mukund Murthy Mythili Subbanna Nabanita Deb Naina Sheth
Mrs.Nalini Rao's group Naumika Naresh Nayeli Shekher Nishta Nandakumar
Nimisha Gupta Nishi Uppuluri Nishta Nandakumar Nitya Sirinivas
Padmasri Narayanan Parth Rana Pragna Sashidhar Rahel Chako
Rakhee Chopra Ram Narayanan Ria Narayan Richa Narayan
Richa Patil Riddha V Iyengar Rishika Saha Ritvik Somasamudram
Rohit Srinivas Ronin Sharma Rushil Muger Sakshi Gawde
Sanjana Jaiswal Sanjay Kundu Sanjita Gupta Sanvi Patel
Serena Eapen Sharika Kaul Shefalie A Ghosh Shravan Desikan
Shrudhii Kundu Shruti Kanna Siri Reddy Smera Thekkenmar
Svara Gawde Swara Ketkar Tvisha Sivaramakrishnan
Vedika Basavatia Vihaan Dheer Vihaan Shingade Vinay Dheer
Yashica Balasubramanian Zaara Suhai Zahin Bashar
Big bunch of thanks to friends who helped with event in many ways:
Putting out and packing up the chairs, setting up audio, lining up certificates and awards, helping with presentation, photography, escorting the chief guest, bringing food, coffee and flowers, making tea,
setting up lunch table, serving and cleaning up.
We could not have done it without the help of:
Charul Kothari, Amita Ajmera, Anupama Goel, Gauri Diverkar, Kani Udhaykumar Anita Gawde, Angay Vijaykumar, Bhavani Aravind, Zahida Bashar,Kiran Shet Nithya Nandakumar, Sushma Jaiswal, Sriram Sivaramakrishnan, Kanwal Sharma, Marsha Moona, Trupti Patil, Sheetal Shenoy ,Anita Sriram, Zahin Bashar, Abhinav Arvind, Shruti Kanna, Harshita Shet ,Shrudhi Kundu, Tvisha Sivaramakrishnan.
Click here for pictures: CSC Annual Day Sept 2017
Looking forward to another year of continued service!
Parampara - An evening of Indian Classical Dance and Music
Amita Ajmera -Raag Maand
Pt. Kinnar Seen- Rag Kalyan and Rag Bhairavi
Hindustani Vocal by Ben Parag (Finalist of DIl Hai HIndustani TV program , student of Pt. Kinnar Seen)
Nithya Narayana- Kuchipudi
Anindita Ganguly- Kathak
Ranjita Iyer - Carnatic Vocal
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