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Centre for Promotion of Voluntarism (VOLACT) (1994)

Objective: Including and encouraging the spirit of voluntarism. It is perhaps the first systematic attempt to promote volunteerism in the country. It envisages inculcating an ethos of service by building up a corps of volunteers from various target segments like Senior Citizens, house wives, professionals and students.  (This is great! How does one contact them in Mumbai? Vinay)

Strategy: Includes

  • Promoting voluntarism
  • Motivating NGOs in using volunteers
  • Matching volunteers to voluntary agencies
  • Nurturing the relationship between the NGOs and volunteers.

VOLACT commenced its operation in November, 1994, and to date has managed to place 695 volunteers in 110 NGOs. This activity is as yet unfunded but is being supported by SOSVA's scarce resources because SOSVA is convinced of the "need" for a project of this kind and more importantly SOSVA's strategy is not donor drives.
The venture was launched in Pune city in late 1995 out of SOSVA's internally raised resources. It then expanded the base of operations to Mumbai and was supported by the Aga Khan Foundation in this effort.

Results: In the first year, 1995, the results obtained in Pune and Mumbai was very encouraging as the table below shows.

City
NGOs
Volunteers Enrolled
Volunteers Placed
 
 
Male
Female
Total
Male
Female
Total
Pune
46
140
220
360
134
173
307
Mumbai
41
116
200
316
50
97
147