There are several ways in which you can get involved with
Udavum Karangal. While donating money is the obvious way, you
can also get involved by donating your time and volunteering for
the local Bay Area Udavum Karangal chapter.
Udavum Karangal Bay Area Chapter has enthusiastic and devoted
volunteers who have helped organize several fund raisers in the
Sign up here to volunteer and to find out how you can have a
lot of fun while helping better the world, one child at a time.
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Check out what some of our volunteers from UK-SFBA had to say
about why they volunteer for this organization.
Anitha: I will have to admit my motives, when I first volunteered for UKSF,
were purely selfish! As someone new to the bay area I was looking for
avenues to meet people- so when someone mentioned they needed a person
for a fashion show – I eagerly agreed.
On my first day of 'rehearsal' I was surprised to find, behind closed
doors on the quiet streets of Saratoga, different groups of people –
singing , dancing and walking to different Indian songs. Although, I
didn't know anyone there I found the group to be very friendly and
welcoming – in fact, so much so that I volunteered to be in another
Sparing the details of a very fun filled enjoyable journey – I will
tell you that being a volunteer for Udavum Karangal SF is above everything- FUN! But
let it not be said that Udavum Karangal SF never fails to forgot or remind its
volunteers, that the motivation for the fun is to help a very serious
cause. Through its various events and volunteers, UKSF has assisted
with the sponsorship of numerous children and projects – including the
purchase of a vehicle, computers and medical equipment. Being able to
be a part of an organization that helps those in need in a way that is
enjoyable – made me sign up year 2!!
For those of you thinking about volunteering for a charity, wanting to
meet new people or even if you just simply want to be part of a
fantastic stage production – UKSF is a great place to meet fun people,
be creative, and last, but not least, help those who most definitely
need your help.
I'm very glad I got 'roped' in 2 years ago - UKSF has helped me meet a
lot of wonderful people and allowed me to contribute to a great cause!
Mary: Volunteer of Udavum Karangal SF Bay Area for 5+ years.
Well, I had the urge to do something back for my home country but never explored an opportunity to do anything about it. My journey as a volunteer began when I met one of the Udavum Karangal SF Bay Area volunteer at a social event.
The volunteers are wonderful people to work with, it is the only organization (from what I remember) where the operational cost is almost nothing. One hundred % of funds raised at bay area reach Chennai for various projects. I met Vidyaakar- founder of Udavum Karangal twice when he visited bay area. Many of our volunteers bring pictures/videos from Udavum Karangal Chennai whenever they visit. I am amazed by the quality of service Udavum Karangal offers to people in need.
Oh, I got to mention about Galaata - our annual fund raiser for Udavum Karangal SF Bay Area. I keep hearing this from so many people also, ‘It is soooooo much FUN to work for Galaata’. Good to work with people with so much energy, great ideas, leadership skills but most importantly I feel very satisfied to contribute for a great cause.
Volunteering for Udavum Karangal is so much fun, I don’t even realize that I take additional effort in contributing; it is part of my life now :-)
A volunteer who recently visited the Udavum Karangal
premises in India: I had been to UK about 10 days ago. I
also got to talk to Vidyaakar for about 45mins. He was extremely
personable and humble. He said he spent most of his time with
the children (on the "field") and lesser of it on the
administration (which he claimed he was not good at). I also got
to visit the UK school/orphanage and spent time with one of the
kids for about an hour. The campus is beautiful and well
maintained. All the kids are so polite and well-mannered. The
child I met was just about 8 years old, but the values instilled
in him by the people at UK were remarkable. He was running about
with the chocolate boxes I had taken for him, wanting to share
with all his friends and other younger kids. He said it being
the new year they had been to the temple, but on Sunday they
would go to the church- so they are being brought up with
respect for all faiths. Overall, UK and Vidyaakar sir are trying
to provide a nice environment for these children to grow up in.
So come join your hands with Udavum Karangal to make a
difference. If you would like to join us send email to