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iVolunteer celebrates Daan Utsav: India’s Joy of Giving Week

Posted: Thursday 10 December 15, 2.58pm GMT

In 2015 iVolunteer held a number of corporate as well as general volunteering based activities for Daan Utsav. The activities took place in Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkota between 2nd and 8th October 2015 and featured over 800 volunteers!

iVolunteer’s mission is to bring volunteers and organisations together to share time, skills and passion to promote India’s social development. Daan Utsav is India’s “festival of giving”! Launched in 2009 and celebrated annually, it is held during the week that includes Gandhi Jayanti, the national festival to mark the occasion of Gandhi’s birthday. It brings together Indians from all walks of life, to celebrate giving. Typically some 3 million people take part across 100 towns and cities, more information about Daan Utsav can be found here.

SEVA sandwich is one of the major activities that iVolunteer delivers during Daan Utsav and this year SEVA Sandwich was also delivered by some of their corporate partners. This year more than 862 people volunteered to make sandwiches to feed children across India.

Also delivered were GYAN capacity building workshops for professionals in the social sector. Industry experts volunteer to facilitate these sessions that are custom designed to the training needs of each participant.

Other activities for Daan Utsav included making stationery to raise money for children and mentoring children on civic responsibilities.

To learn more about the activities iVolunteer’s delivered for Daan Utsav with their business and NGO partners please read iVolunteer’s comprehensive impact report, it also contains testimonials from the volunteers and beneficiaries.

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