CHENNAI: BHUMI NGO,Today organized India’s first national conference on Volunteering ‘VolCon’ At IIT-Madras. The vision says “Social change can only truly happen if a lot of people give their time to be part of the solution. One of the ways to do this is to volunteer with NGOs, who are set up to address problems in education, health, livelihood, disability etc”
VolCon 2015 is a conference that aimed to create an opportunity for NGOs to hear from experts on some aspects which will strengthen their volunteering initiatives as well as for them to learn from each other. Organized by AID India and Bhumi, VolCon was conceived with the motive to recognize the need to manage volunteers better and structure out robust volunteering programmes.
“The conference had an interactive panel discussions and hands-on workshops in solving every day challenges in volunteering – including pro bono volunteering, technology in volunteering, and volunteer profiling and motivation” said Dr. Prahalathan, Co-founder, Bhumi.
Winner of the iVolunteer’s Volunteer Hero Award 2013, Selva Ganapathy from AID India adds that “the conference inspired non-profits, corporates, colleges and non-profits with insight into successful models, the conference will explore possibilities and share ideas to work for a better tomorrow within this network”
Key aspects Included: India’s first national conference on volunteering, Over 110 participants from 60 organizations participated and While most of the registered organizations are from South India, VolCon witnessed couple of organizations coming from as far as Delhi and Chandigarh!
Panel discussion on the topic ‘Volunteering for Social Change’ involved Dr. Balaji Sampath (Founder, AID India), Krishnan (Volunteer, Art of Living), Pandiarajan K (Founder, Ma Foi Consultants),Rahul Nainwal (Co-Founder, iVolunteer),Ranjani Ramamoorthy (Volunteer, Bhumi) and Ashwin Mahesh (Founder, BPAC) was host to discussion.other speakers also graced the occasion.
“Every person is born with a potential to make this world a better place. That person, who realizes this, is inspired, self motivated and passionate about making this difference, is a volunteer. A true volunteer does not expect any reward; the very act of making this difference gives him or her joy and fulfilment. Every volunteer’s smallest step cascades into making this earth a better, happier place for all” – Mr. N.P.Krishnan, Director – Marketing, Consul Neowatt Power Solutions Pvt. Ltd., and Volunteer, Art of Living
“Volunteering for a festival ‘Daan Utsav’ India’s only festival of giving may initially sound absurd, till one realises the power of being able to do what one wants to do and then chooses who to do this for; this is open volunteering that one can mature to, beyond the ‘boxed’ volunteering that most are subjected to” – Rajan, Volunteer, Daan Utsav
“Volunteerism enlivens the spirit of humanity. Technology only makes the spirited hearts, barrier less, across the globe. Kudos to VolCon which brings them all together” –Venkat Sriraman, co-founder, eVidyaloka, said.
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