January 26, 2016
I have a big event (Kalaghoda and launching of India’s 1st online Fair Trade Shop) coming up soon for which I required assistance at various levels like content writing, banner designing and SEO optimization etc. My search was going on in different directions to get my work done through various sources as soon as possible. During this search I got to know about this social enterprise known as iVolunteer, which promotes volunteering. Their mission is to bring volunteers and organizations together to share time, skills and passion to promote India’s social development. I thought to give it a try and I have to say my try was a real success.
I contacted, Shruti (Mumbai Office Representative) from the team of iVolunteer and to my surprise, never saw such a quick response. They were there in my office, within a week’s time to get started with the work. WoW! This was unbelievable. Wait, but this doesn’t stop here, they soon invited me to their event known as Skill Marathon which was organized on 23rd January 2016. It’s a platform where volunteer’s showcase their talent on various projects that contribute towards resolving social problems.
I was so impressed by their first step which they showcased towards my project, that I was totally inclined to go to their event. I was not dependent on them, but yes I was looking forward for this event. Till 22nd January, their team was putting efforts to gather volunteers and keep working for my big day event assignments.
On 23rd, as per the invitation I reached the venue sharp at 10:00 am and was again surprised to see, one of the volunteer assigned to my project Mr. Manoranjan Tiwari was ready present at the Skill Marathon event, before me. I remember the day when Shruti had come to my office and had taken all my requirements. Based on the requirements given, they had send their volunteer’s to work on my project. Amazing!
Their team was giving me surprises through out the day. I shared 5 projects and all 5 were completed on that day itself. The entire event was managed with simplicity yet with commitment towards achieving the goal which was set by NGO’s.
I would like to thank all volunteers who, with their skills supported a cause and allowed us to take Fair Trade moment ahead!
Rudra Biswas, Saheli Chaterjee, Walter D’souza, Arunava Basu and Manoranjan Tiwari
Last but not least special thanks to team iVolunteer Shalabh Sahai (Co-founder), Shrutee Limaye, Thryza Dow, Jayita Naha and all other team members.
Saameer Ravindra Athavale
fight poverty via trade not aid!