Every NGO would have engaged a few volunteers at one time or another. But, very few NGOs have made it their organization culture to engage the community and build upon the power of volunteering. Often, it becomes easy to hire paid staff and get the work done rather than engage volunteers from the community. Engaging volunteers has its own challenges and those who learn the art and science of engaging volunteers effectively are able to create sustainable programs and grow with the community participation.

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For the sustainability of any program, community participation is key and volunteering is a good way to begin the process. When you engage volunteers, it accomplishes the task of sensitizing the public at large on the issue the NGO is working for.When there is community participation and engagement, there is a joint ownership for the cause which ensures accountability of the NGO’s work. An added bonus is that volunteers make for cost effective and qualified man power. Volunteering also instils the spirit of ‘Seva’ (selfless service) in a large number of people and also a sense of connectedness and belongingness to the society.When more people are involved, there is an opportunity to create more positive change agents in the society which would strengthen the health of society. Solutions for a community’s problems can be evolved locally without much external interference.The need for external funding is greatly reduced. Volunteer engagement enables participation of local communities in all stages of developmental programs from need assessment-design and implementation.

  • Annual report writing: Workshop for NGOs

    On May 10th,2018, Youth For Seva hosted a half-day workshop entitled “The Art of writing an Annual Report for an NGO at Gopalan Skill Academy, Bengaluru. The workshop was presented by Swathi Ram, National Co-ordinator, Youth For Seva.


        The purpose of the workshop was to bring together a variety of NGOs to learn about the art of writing an attractive, comprehensive, appealing annual report. The  68 workshop participants represented 43 not-for-profit organizations.

    The agenda began with an overview of an Annual Report and context of why an effective, well articulated Annual report is needed for an organization. Speaker then shared the details of preparation and planning required along with having stories of change, testimonials, attractive and relevant photographs as part of the Annual report.

    The session continued with discussions on the contents of an Annual report, marketing the cause, showcase of partners and donors, distribution of the Annual report and so on.

    The workshop was followed by Q&A session, wherein the participants came out with many questions which were answered confidently and comfortably by the speaker. The Q& A session was potential and value added to all the participants.

    The workshop concluded with snacks and networking amongst the participating organizations. The participants were engaged in interactions with organizations with similar mission and goals. The networking ensured meaningful contacts at different levels.

    In order to develop and promote a good working relationship, a network of NGOs is formed which will be going forward used for coordination, organization and facilitating workshop opportunities and other mutually beneficial opportunities.


    NGOs that participated  in the Workshop:

    Helping Hands Foundation

    Sidra Social Welfare Trust

    Sahana Charitable Trust For The Disabled

    Sri Vivekananda Sevashrama


    Dev Sanskriti University

    Sneha Seva Trust

    Vanavaasi Kalyana

    Surabhi Foundation Trust

    Jana Seva Samruddhi Trust

    Society for Space Education Research & Development

    Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled

    SGS Vagdevi Center

    Indus Group of Rural development

    Asha Kirana Trust

    Viveka Vikasa



    LokaSeva Pratisthana/Graama vikasa

    Nele Foundation

    Nachiketha Manovikaasa Kendra Trust

    Sambhav Foundation

    Shishu Mandir

    Full circle


    Human Welfare Society

    Block resource center


    Lets Endorse

    Swami Vivekananda Shrestha Bharatha

    Enable India

    Disability NGOs Alliance

    Anatha Shishu Nivaasa


    Samarpaka Sewa Trust

    Hindu Seva Prathishtana

    Gopalan Skill Academy


  • April 2018 – Volunteer engagements with Partner NGOs

    We are proud to share many events which we took part and made it a fruitful one. Only and only with our ever-energetic volunteers and helpful hands which joined us as a Partner N.G.O’s. Here is a list of the quick note of the same.

    Meraki NGO opportunity was looked up by Arkesh one of the volunteers who were with Srirampura children for the celebration of the same.

    Mrs. Anasuya Kashy was connected as a counselor to Ashraya Seva trust for group counseling of the members.

    Our volunteers Chitra and Ashwini took part in the Audio recording of books which was done offline for “Premanjali Trust”.


    It was Manohar in Vijayanagar and Amulya in Girinagar who were the part of N.R colony Medicine distribution programme for free homeo clinic along with our partner N.G.O of Kotak Mahindra Retired officers association.

    YFS with ENSYDE had an “E-Awareness Camp” at Indira Nagar club where six of our volunteers took part in the event and also put up e-waste awareness camp stall. We look forward to Eram Khan, Ashish, Bhaskar, Vijay, and Sneha for your active participation in future events.

    Hanumathon – Which was lead by 4 volunteers and Srinivas as the lead to the group with the partner NGO being “Uttista Bharatha”. The event had many sportive events like the marathon, cyclathon where our volunteers helped in the registration of the participants control the traffic for the smooth functioning of the event, excelled in crowd management and helped the participants by providing water at many scheduled water points.

    Shyam and his friend volunteered to conduct summer camp at Kodichikkanahalli near Bommanahalli for students to make their summer holidays useful and fruitful.

    Enable India had conducted “Finger Chat” an event which is also a community initiative to enable India to spread sign language awareness to all so that we understand the deaf culture. 10 of our volunteers took part in the event and enjoyed to be a part of a new world of deaf and their culture. We look forward to Anushri, Eshwari, Kiran, Srinivas Niveditha Mohan, Mallaishwari, Namitha, Prajwal, Raghunath, Surichi, Priyanka, Priya and Monisha for their support in future events.


    Our YFS volunteer Monisha and Sunil Kumar helped people of “Sri Sai Seva Trust” in drafting emails to the trustees and other documentation.

  • March 2018-Volunteer Engagements with Partner NGOs

    Bengaluru Volunteers who spent their time and energy in a variety of volunteering opportunities ranging from Serving food at an Annual Day function for the Special Children ,felicitated the Visually Impaired for their achievements, training the Special children for their Annual day,supported the govt. initiative of Pulse Polio Immunization by administering polio drops to the children,engaged the elders with mind games,Bhajans to name a few and prepared Fruit Salad and served them at an oldage home.


  • January 2018-Together We can

    Youth For Seva  planned some activities for the Wells Fargo corporate volunteers at Premanjali
    Trust for Visually Impaired as a part of Wells Fargo CSR activity.

    YFS organized few games involving employees and the inmates at Premanjali. They had a one to one interaction,  exchange of creative Friendship cards etc.

    Few inmates exhibited their musical talent and mesmerized the audience with enticing

    Then , finally, few employees took up the actual volunteering activities like Book recording and

    This was followed by group picture session as a memory and sweet distribution was followed. With this, the events concluded.

  • October 2017-Lighting the Lives

    As a part of CSR activity, Wells Fargo and YFS together had been to Manonandana Rehabilitation center for Mentally Retarded children on 6th Oct 2017, wherein 11 volunteers from Wells Fargo interacted with 40 children at Manonandana for about 6 hrs. Prior to which these volunteers were briefly educated about the nature and kind of children, they were going to interact with.
    Later they were divided into two groups for involving them in activities.
    Group (a) took up Diya painting activity
    Group (b) took up making gift envelopes and greeting card making activities.
    A demo was given to the volunteers before the activity. Later the groups swapped the activities in the second half of the day.
    Finally, there was a pleasing outcome of:
    a) 40 decorative painted Diyas.
    b) 15 envelope covers
    c) 15 beautifully made greeting cards.

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