Activity Based Learning – Education | Maarga | Chennai

Maarga is an initiative focusing on identifying students’ interests and in turn assisting them in pursuing these interests. Maarga currently promotes activity based learning to make learning fun, meaningful and relevant.


In the current project, Maarga is looking to implement a 10 week module for students. The module will focus on reading, listening, speaking and writing skills for students by conducting activities relevant to their interests. Maarga requires 25 volunteers for their project. It includes working with students in the classroom (On – field volunteers) and evaluation of student output/ feedback (Off – field volunteers). Volunteers will also be involved in knowledge transfer to students/ teachers/ school management/ Maarga PMOs and fellow volunteers.

Activity Days: Saturday
Time: 1.5 hours during the school session (anytime between 8:50 AM and 12:25 PM)
Place: Hindu Senior Secondary School, Adayar, Chennai
Contact: Aditya KS | Phone: +91 99520 71237

Events for Intellectually Challenged – Disability | Anbagam | Chennai

Anbagam is a charitable trust working for the wandering mentally ill for the past 17 years. During these years, Anbagam rescued 1640 and reunited 1200 people with their families in various parts of India. Currently Anbagam has 240 patients in three centres in Tamil Nadu. The home at Otteri has 35 female residents and Vichur accommodates 140 patients of both genders.


Volunteers needed for: Recreational programmes, creating awareness on mental illness, music programmes, training on vocational skills, gardening, farming, Meditation, yoga etc for the residents of the homes…

Preferred days: Wednesday / Friday / Saturday
Time: At your convenience any time between 10 AM to 4 PM
Places: Otteri & red Hills

Facebook page:
Contact person: Joji Alex | | 9884553950

Road Safety Awareness – Community | Thozhan | Chennai

We are happy and proud for each and everyone of your participation on making this event grand success, Road safety awareness campaign happened on 100 signals in all over Chennai signals with total of 2000+ volunteers.

Event was inaugurated by Tmt.Letika Saran IPS, Director General of Police (Retd.) Mr Anwar Basha, Assistant commissioner of police-traffic as the Chief Guest.

We have distributed 1Lac pamphlets and pasted 50 thousand head light stickers to create more awareness.

I am sure each of your 2-3 hours contribution saved many lives and accidents today, Also you become a role model today for whole chennai citizens.



Traffic Awareness Campaign at 100 Signals:
Adayar, Ambattur, Alwarpet & Teynampet, Anna nagar, Ashok Nagar, Egmore, Guindy, Kodambakkam, Mylapore, Nungambakkam, OMR, Pallavaram, Perambur, Porur, Saidapet, Tambaram, Thiruvanmiyur, Triplicane/MountRoad, T.Nagar, Vadapalani, Velachery, Virugampakkam, Central, Purasaivakkam

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– Thozhan Team

Road Safety Awareness – Community | Thozhan | Chennai

India has the worst road traffic accident rate in the world!  Thozhan is organising a massive Road Safety Awareness Campaign at 100 Signals across Chennai on Sunday, Aug 9, 2015. You can participate in the event as a regular volunteer or coordinate a team of volunteers at a signal during the event.

Coordinators have to attend a special training session either on July 19/26, 10AM – 12 PM @ Saidapet (Details will be communicated after you sign up)
Volunteer Needed

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Logo Design – Digital | Bhumi | Chennai

Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. Bhumi as a platform will enable over 5,000 volunteers in more than 12 cities across India for causes like education, environment, animals, community welfare etc. in 2015.

Bhumi has two core areas of work (programmes)- Education and Civic Projects

> Ignite: Transformational Education
Ignite is Bhumi’s supplementary education programme for under-privileged children. The programme is delivered during the weekends by trained volunteers of Bhumi. Over 10,000 children are benefiting from the programme in 2015 across 12 Indian cities. The programme consists of English, Mathematics, Science, computers, mentoring, arts, sports and life skills support.

> Catalyse: Transforming Citizenry
Catalyse consists of Bhumi’s civic initiatives that engage volunteers in causes like animal welfare, community welfare, disability, environment, health etc. The programmes consisting of one-off and regular volunteering activities engage over 5,000 volunteers each year in over 15 cities across India.

Participate in the logo design contest for Bhumi’s programmes: Ignite & Catalyse
Top Three Things to Communicate through our Logo
• Education
• Transformation / Children
• Volunteers
• Civic initiatives
• Transformation
• Volunteers
Our Target group
• Youth, millennials
• Indians
Styles that we are interested in
• Symbol / Icon  (Ref:Types of Logos)
Values to Communicate
• Youthful
• Modern
• Simple
Colour preferences
• Colours that complement colours of the Indian flag/Bhumi Logo (Orange/safforn, green)
Ideas & Additional information
• EPS vector desirable
• Prizes for the best ideas/designs – Three
• Recognition on our website, social media platform and newsletter.
• Bhumi & merchandise
• Flipkart/Amazon Gift vouchers
Please submit your design / idea by emailing us at

Traffic Awareness – Community | Thozhan| Chennai

As a continuous effort to reduce the accidents in the country, last month, on 31.05.2015, Thozhan carried out the traffic awareness campaigns at following 7 Signals in Chennai.

  1. Ambattur
  2. T.Nagar
  3. Sholinganallur
  4. Ekkattuthangal (Ambal Nagar Signal)
  5. Valluvar Kottam
  6. Tidel Park (with Bhumi)
  7. Gemini Flyover Signal

TAC (1)

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The Event objective was to

• Bring awareness to wear helmet and seat belt.

• Ensure Safe Road crossing by insisting pedestrians on following rules.

• Bring awareness on importance of abiding Traffic signal.

• Bring awareness on the risks of driving with distractions (Mobile phones, Music players, etc.,)

• Campaign against drunken driving and bring awareness on risks associated with it.


To achieve the above objectives, we did following activities at all signals,

• Guided vehicles to stop before signal stop-line.

• Displayed placards with road safety messages to bring awareness on traffic rules

• Distributed around 4500 pamphlets, with details on road safety and its importance.

• Guided pedestrians on road crossing with insistence on following road rules.

• Affixed around 2000nos. anti-glare stickers onto the headlights.

• Volunteers conveyed the Road Safety messages to the Riders, Drivers and pedestrian’s by one to one contact.

Volunteers Participation:

• Overall there were about 120 volunteers participated very enthusiastically.

• Organizations participated: Naloore Vattam, Bhumi, Ilaingan, Care and Welfare, Aware, MSW Foundation, Loksatta Volunteers, Jagadeesh Academy of Arts.

• All the regular and new volunteers taken the pledge for following Traffic Rules before doing campaign.
TAC (2)

Public Response:

1) There were amazing responses from public at almost across all signals.

2) People congratulated our efforts and committed to follow traffic rules.

3) Even with arguing people, our volunteers, kindly and firmly conveyed the road safety messages.

4) While crossing the Gemini Signal, Mr.N.Gopalaswami, former Chief Election Commissioner, appreciated our volunteers efforts.

5) At Valluvarkottam signal, one small boy from a car opened the door and congratulated us.Even some People said sorry for not wearing helmets and seatbelts.

6) There were numerous occasions wherein people worn helmets and tightened seat belts after our insistence.

7) Ambattur signal had 10 kids from “Jagadeesh Academy of arts” as volunteers, who were very enthusiastically conveyed the safety messages to fellow brothers and sisters of the city. People gave great response to those kids by showing thumps ups and salutes.

8) At many places, people argued due to lack of infrastructures like stop line, Zebra crossing etc.,

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Traffic Awareness – Community | Thozhan | Chennai

India has the worst road traffic accident rate in the world!  Traffic Awareness Campaign at signals is for creating road safety awareness among people. To volunteer in Chennai on May 31 with Thozhan, please signup below.
The campaign at the TIDEL park Signal, Adyar will be exclusively by volunteers of Bhumi &

If you are unable to join the volunteers on May 31, join us for future events

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If you are unable to join the volunteers on May 31, join us for future events

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Chennai Coastal Cleanup – Environment | Bhumi | Chennai

On account of World Oceans Day join us for the cleanup on June 7 @ 6-8 AM at the location of your choice organised by Bhumi with Chennai Trekking Club

Open to volunteers of all ages, individuals & members of other organisations
Detailed cleanup info will be shared in the week before the event

For other volunteering events in Chennai, join our Chennai Volunteers facebook group

1. What should I pick up?
We will be segregating garbage in three main categories. Familiarize yourself with each of these:
1. Glass Bottles: (Alcohol Bottles, Broken Glass pieces, Broken Glass bottles, Glass Medicinal Bottles and other Glass Items)
2. Polythene and Plastic (Predominantly recyclable ): (All polythene wrappers, Carry Bags, PET Bottles, Plastic Containers, Water Pockets, Thermocol, Milk Covers and all kind of Plastic materials)
3. Others: (Shoes, Slippers, Fishing Nets, Styrofoam, ropes and anything not covered in the above two categories)

Your coordinator will assign you to one particular category of garbage. Collect only the garbage that fits in the criteria. There will a lot of other stuff lying around. You can conveniently ignore them because -There will be some other person assigned to pick that up!

2. Why do we have this classification of garbage into three categories
There is one and only one reason -To recycle and reuse the garbage collected.
To enable recycling to the maximum extent, source segregation is the key and hence the classification.

3. Do I pick the garbage with my bare hands?
You will be given one glove (Not a pair. Optimum utilization you see! ). Wear it before you pick up anything.

4. How do I collect the garbage I pick?
Step 1: Choose a partner
Step 2: Collect a re-usable collecting bag from your coordinator
Step 3: Share the bag with your partner and start picking garbage

5. Do I collect glass bottles with the same gloves? Won’t it hurt?
You have a valid point! You cannot collect glass bottles with the thin gloves. So if you are assigned the category one, then ensure that you get the separate thick gloves to pick glass and a separate jute bag to collect.

6. What do I do when my bag is full?
Collection points will be assigned for your zone of which your coordinator will inform you about. A volunteer will be stationed at the point to guide you.
If you are collecting glass, just leave the filled up bag at the collection point and get a new bag.
If you are collecting plastics or others, dump them into the big bags kept at the collection points and resume your work with the emptied bag.

7. What happens to the collected garbage?
our mission is to recycle the maximum (We recycled 80% of the 30 ton garbage that we picked up last year). So all the piles of garbage mounted at the collection points will be loaded onto trucks. The recyclables – glass and plastics – will be taken to the dump yard of our official recycling partner EARTH RECYCLERS from where it would be recycled.
The others category waste will be sent to the dump yard of the Chennai Corporation where it will be let to decompose.

8. What will you guys do if you get money out of the garbage this year?
The collections would be directed towards CTC social activities, tree plantation drives, maintenance & next year’s cleanup.

9. Seriously! What do you guys get out of this event?
The satisfaction that we tried. That we made a difference. That we were able to start a change.

See you all on June 7th 2015 at 6 am.