The 6th edition of iVolunteer Awards, the only Indian recognition for excellence in individual as well as organisational volunteering, were declared today at Bal Gandharv Rang Mandir, Mumbai.
“I firmly believe that an India of 1.2 billion will not change unless we undertake the change ourselves” says Shalabh Sahai, Co-Founder & Director, iVolunteer. To catalyse this volunteering revolution iVolunteer Awards celebrate, reward and promote volunteering and volunteers in India.
The awards process is designed to widely share the inspiring stories of ordinary volunteers and have an outreach of about 40-lac people. 1000s of people vote for the nominees they find most inspiring. These coupled with ‘experts choice’ form the finalists for the Awards. A national jury selects the winners who were announced today.
“I am inspired by the passion, dedication and creativity exemplified by the finalists & winners. It is through their leadership and lives that I am able to see what is possible for the world, especially for solving our greatest social needs. These individuals, organisations & companies represent what we can all aspire to be and do”, said Mr Gared P Jones, representing the National Jury. Gared is Chief Network Officer of US based Points of Light Foundation – worlds largest body of volunteering involving organisations.
Naveen Prathapaneni received the coveted ‘Volunteer Hero’ award for having volunteered with 22 schools and three NGOs, primarily focusing on education and sustainable agriculture. Alongside his full time job with IBM, he was successful in providing guidance and support to over 1000 students in pursuing education of their choice while using his technical expertise to develop apps for the same.
“I was delighted, amazed and humbled by the work that people are doing around the country”, said Mr Suman Srivastava, marketing guru & author, felicitating Brillio Technologies as the Leader in Employee Volunteering.
Udayan Care, a Delhi based NGO, bagged the award for Leader in Volunteer Engagement for ‘… the comprehensive volunteer policy, strong monitoring and training support for volunteers to play diverse roles in all aspects of organisations work with underprivileged children.’ Dr Kiran Modi, Founder & Managing Trustee, says “Volunteers are special to us because they bring meaningful change and tangible impact with passion, expertise and skills.”
The Youth Champion award was given to Bisathi Bharath from a village in Ananthapuramu district of Andhra Pradesh.
It was an evening packed with inspiring moments and wonderful memories as related by the guests, dignitaries and awardees alike.
iVolunteer is a social enterprise that promotes volunteering with the mission to bring volunteers an d organizations together to share time, skills, and passion to promote India’s social development.
Founded in 2001 by Shalabh Sahai & Rahul Nainwal, both alumni of the Rural Management progra mme at IRMA, iVolunteer offers a variety of volunteer engagement models for individuals, corporat ions and NGOs to choose from. Volunteers commit from anywhere between two hours to voluntee r in their neighbourhood or virtually up to two years of volunteer service across India. iVolunteer actively engages 12,000 volunteers annually and reaches out to more than 350 credible NGOs across 20 states in India through iVolunteer Centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad. Over the years it has also sent Indian volunteers to 40 other developing countries across Asia- Pacific and Africa.
For further information on the awards as well as to nominate volunteers, please visit www.ivolunteerawards.org