Have you been having a fun summer? We at Vibha sure are - we definitely know how to have fun with a purpose - spanning different action centers across the United States! While Atlanta wrapped up one of the most exciting dance competition that raised $80,000 to support the education of about 2500 children, Bay Area witnessed 800 participants being a part of the Dream Mile, proceeds from which went to support the Doorstep School in India, and our New York / New Jersey action center had fun with purpose through a game day as effort to expand Vibha’s footprint further! In between all these events, was a volunteer in Colorado who brought the entire Indian community to gather to support a school district to help them provide 100 Chromebooks for 2nd and 3rd graders.
And of course do not miss our volunteer spotlight section - our volunteers are our strengths and the flag- bearers to our mission of being a catalyst!
As volunteers of Vibha based in the US, we take pride in the fact that we are working for the benefit of children back at the homeland. However, India is not the only nation facing problems with education infrastructure. Even here in the US, there are districts and counties that lack funding or staffing to meet the needs of a burgeoning student population.
While Vibha Atlanta has various fundraisers planned year-round, this year, the Action Center came up with a singular concept-Vibe. Vibe was a cultural fundraising event that involved the local leaders, with an intent to create more visibility for Vibha and having the patrons form a personal connection with the cause and celebrate the joy of giving with their family and friends.
The Dream Mile was started first in Atlanta in 1998. With over 1000 participants, VIbha knew this event was going to do big things for the organization and help broadcast our mission to the world. In 2011, it was selected by Active.com as one of the “11 Charities to Run For” across the United States.
The Vibha New York - New Jersey chapter hosted a successful Game Day fundraising event on June 3rd which served to effectively mobilize volunteers in the area. Led by Dimple Kapoor and around 30 other dedicated volunteers, the event was also a delightful way for visitors to spend time with their families. Among other goods and services, the volunteers offered noodles, samosas, desserts, books, mehendi, and face painting. Visitors also took pleasure in playing family-friendly outdoor games, winning prizes, and taking pictures in the photo booth. All of these enticing aspects helped spread awareness of Vibha in the area in an enjoyable manner.