Volunteering Together for Service

​​​​​​​​VT SEVA


Because of You, We Serve. 
Because of You, We Empower. 
Because of You, We Save Lives. 
Because of You, We Don't Give Up!


Your Support is Our Strength to Serve!

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VT Seva Bay Area celebrated the commitment of youth volunteers, July 22nd, 2018


VT Seva Bay Area celebrated the dedication and commitment of all youth volunteers for the service activities they conducted in 2017 in the presence of Chief guest, PayPal CTO - Mr. Shivananda and guest of honor Mr. Raj Salwan. They recognized each youth volunteer with US presidential service award and they were amazed to see the footprint of VT seva across the Nation and in India. Each youth volunteer talked about their experiences volunteering with VT Seva and parents shared their journey stating that they saw the compassionate side of their children. Fremont city recognized VT seva for community service.


VT Seva Bay Area monthly Burrito wrapping for homeless shelters, July 15th, 2018


VT Seva Bay Area monthly Burrito wrapping July 15: Community service by providing burritos for homeless shelters , San Jose.

VT Seva Bay Area Adopt A Street program, July 8th, 2018


VT Seva Youth Volunteers participated in Adopt a street program - part of environmental awareness.



VT Seva Bay Area Summer camp led by VT Youth, June 18th - 22nd, 2018


VT Seva Bay Areay Youth leaders led the afternoon section of the week-long Summer camp involving students in various activities - Art, Public Speaking, Introduction to Algorithms and STEM Projects. These activities were all planned and taught by VT Seva Bay Area Youth leaders (Harshita Polisetty, Srija Ponna, Abhinav Nallapa & Saurav Gandhi) supported by adult VT Seva volunteers.


VT Seva Bay Area Burrito Wrapping volunteering, June 17th, 2018


VT Seva Bay Area Burrito Wrapping volunteering for homeless shelters in San Jose.


VT Seva Bay Area Adopt a Street Program, June 10th, 2018


VT Seva Bay Area Adopt a Street Program

 

 VT Seva Bay Area team Monthly Burrito Wrapping, May 20th, 2018

 

 VT Seva Bay Area volunteers Monthly Burrito Wrapping Event .

 

VT Seva Bay Area monthly Math tutions raising funds for VT Seva, May 13th, 2018


 VT Seva Bay Area monthly Math tutions for fundraising to benefit VT Seva supported Visually challenged students.


 VT Seva Bay Area Adopt a Street program, May 6th, 2018


VT Seva Bay Area Adopt a Street program


VT Seva Bay Area Chess Tournament , April 22nd, 2018


Chess tournament form VT Seva Bay Area youth volunteers - in collaboration with Bay Area chess - this was a rated tournament with 35 participants , youth leaders and parents pulled off a great event with awesome dedication! 👏👏👏


​ VT Seva Bay Area Earth Day Celebrations , April 21st, 2018


VT Seva Bay Area youth volunteers volunteered at Stanford educational farm for 4 hours this morning to celebrate Earth Day.
The activities we did are:
Dahlia planting
Potatoes playing and clan up
Irrigation set up for multiple beds
Weed cleaning 
All the produce from this farm goes to Stanford dining halls and restaurants around campus. 


 VT Seva Bay Area team prepared Burritos for homeless shelters, April 15th, 2018


VT Seva Bay Area team prepared Burritos for homeless shelters VT Seva does this every month .


 VT Seva Bay Area monthly Burrito wrapping for homeless shelters , March 18th, 2018


 VT Seva Bay Area monthly Burrito wrapping for homeless shelters


 VT Seva Bay Area volunteers at Adopt A Street program , March 11th , 2018


  VT Seva Bay Area volunteered at Adopt A Street program Santa Clara


 VT Seva Bay Area youth conducting math tuition for fundraising, March 3rd, 2018


 VT Seva Bay Area youth conducting math tuition for fundraising , youth teach math monthly for raising funds for visually challenged kids - Nethravidyalaya


 VT Seva Bay Area Burrito wrapping for Homeless shelter ,Feb 18th, 2018

 

 VT Seva Bay Area Monthly burrito wrapping for homeless shelter in San Jose


VT Seva Bay Area fundraiser through Speech contest , Jan 21st ,2018


Speech Contest conducted jointly by VT Seva and Vrisa Speech Academy for the benefit of visually challenged children. The occasion was graced by kids of all ages entertaining everyone with mesmerizing speeches, more than 15 Toastmasters volunteering to judge the event, dedicated VT Seva and Vrisa volunteers, and plenty of audience touched by these amazing speeches! Can't wait for Speak Your Vision 2019!

 

VT Seva Bay Area Adopt A Street Program , Jan 7th, 2018


VT Seva Bay Area Adopt a Street Program in sunnyvale


 VT Seva Bay Area volunteering at Alamden Community Center 2, Dec 16th 2017 


VT Seva Bay Area youth volunteers enjoyed in participating in the 3 hour activity - sorting of fruits and cleaning of the premises in the community center in addition to getting a tour of how the food is collected and stored at the center. Total amount of food sorted this day by 30 volunteers was ~3000 lbs


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VT Seva Bay Area volunteering at Alamden Community Center , Dec 9th , 2017 


 VT Seva Bay Area food sorting activity - around 15000 pounds serves in Alameda county


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 VT Seva Bay Area Adopt A Street activity, Dec 3rd , 2017 


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  VT Seva Bay Area Burrito Wrapping and Holiday Food Drive,  Nov 18th 2017 


VT Seva Bay Area had two exciting events this weekend : 

VT Seva Bay Area burrito wrapping for San Jose Homeless shelters.

Another one is holiday food drive for  major Counties in Santa Clara - youth volunteers collected nearly 600 lbs of food and donated to second harvest food bank. 


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 VT Seva Bay Area Volunteered at Big Family Housing Supportive , Oct 15th, 2017


  VT Seva Bay Area youth volunteers prepared and delivered lunch for the residents of BigFamily Housing Supportive Shelter as part of our monthly volunteering activities.

We had a total of 18 youth volunteers who did most of work, including frying tortillas, preparing the filling and wrapping the burritos for the residents. They prepared nearly 100 burritos that were delivered to the shelter before lunch time along with 2 types of fruits, chips and juice. This shelter houses families, mothers and children who are homeless, the residents are supported with food and housing for a limited time, while they seek job opportunities to support themselves.


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​ VT Seva Bay Area RA:GA 4th Annual Event , Sep 15th, 2017


VT Seva Bay Area 4th Annual Event : 
 
RA:GA , in Bay Area was a grand success.  we accomplished yet another grand event with the help of 15+ volunteers and youth members.
Thank you for all the volunteers who contributed their time and energy to make this event successful. 
 
We collaborated with professional bollywood dance school this year and we had a scintillating 2.5 hours of performances with 1500 props, huge LED screens with 3D images , 100 performers with wide variety of 
dances and a wonderful Sci-fi musical.

During the course of the event, our marketing team excelled in working with social media - facebook, instagram, twitter, sulekha and corporates. We had several " live on-air " interviews with 
local radio stations to spread the word about VT Seva and the local activities that are being conducted in Bay Area.

Our youth volunteers did an outstanding job on presenting the local events in Bay Area, their personal inspirations about VT Seva and how some of the kids transitioned from Prajna into VT Seva.  Our presentation was laid out on 20 feet LED screens and the auditorium full of 300+ audience were spellbound by the philanthropic work done by VT Seva and how we are imparting the volunteerism in our children in this country away from our homeland.

We would like to share some of the testimonials from a big group of physicians who attended the event and supported the cause.

By Dr. Vemulakonda:
Amazing show! Kids enjoyed it too! VT seva has shown such passion and dedication... it felt great even to be just a small part of it by just attending the show! 
I really liked the presentation on blind kids and also personal experiences of VT Seva youth...  

By Dr. Pai:

The show and the dedication of the volunteers was awesome; Enjoyed meeting all our friends too outside of the work place, It took us back to our Med school days 
where we had similar presentations at youth festivals.

By Dr. Sastry:
I had a wonderful time - It planted the seed for volunteering  for my 12 yr old -
Grateful ; The dedication of the volunteers was commendable.

By Dr. Maddineni:
 All of us enjoyed the show. My son had lot of questions regarding the blind kids and what volunteering means. My daughter mentioned she want to do some volunteering work. 
I am glad that I was able to bring to this program because of you. They were able to  come out of their routines and the program made them to think what the other side of world is like. 
Awesome contribution by the volunteers for a good cause. 

This entire journey made us realize the true essence of selfless service in our daily lives and how important it is to keep thinking of helping the under privileged.
 
VT SEVA, Bay Area​​


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VT Seva Bay Area Sandwich Seva , July 23rd,2017

 

 VT Seva Bay Area youth volunteered for Sandwich seva .


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VT Seva Bay Area : Adopt A Street Program, July 16th 2017

 

     Another successful AAS event from Bay Area's youth volunteers, in-spite of a hot morning. We cleared out 40 pounds of trash.. with nearly 19 volunteers. 

Wanted to share that the City of Santa Clara​ has recognized VT Seva and we have our sign to share the adoption of the Lick Mill Blvd

 

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VT Seva Bay Area volunteers at RAFT - Resource Area for Teaching , July 7th,2017​


  On July 7, a team of 6 youth and adult volunteers over the age of 14 years helped with sorting of the different raw materials that were donated and packaged RAFT hands-on learning activity kits. 

Volunteers help keep the cost of RAFT products affordable for educators.

The volunteers helped with the below typical activities:
-sorting donated bulk materials
-sorting donated office supplies
-assisting with inventory


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 VT Seva Bay Area volunteered in local farm , June 11th, 2017

  

Full Farm Circle VT Seva Bay Area collaborated with Full Circle Farm , which is an urban education farm project of Sustainable Community Gardens (SCG). As part of our environmental pillar, a team of 11 youth and adults volunteers in 3 hours helped at the local farm by weeding and planting seedlings, making the herb garden, cleaning the farm and feeding the farm animals. Our volunteers learnt how to get the soil ready and plant small seedlings. They were taught how remove leaves not needed for cabbage growth and feed these to chickens and ducks, so recycle leaves not needed.


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 VT Seva Bay Area : Adopt A Street program, May 9th, 2017


 VT Seva Bay Area volunteers conducted "Adopt A Street " The event is successful. We cleared out 50 pounds of trash with about 19 energetic volunteers.


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 VT Seva Bay Area Volunteers Celebrating Earth Day, April 22nd,2017


  VT Seva Bay Area volunteers celebrated Earth Day with Creek Cleaning

  

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  VT Seva Bay Area youth volunteered in the local farm, April 8th, 2017


  VT Seva Bay Area - collaborated with Full Circle Farm which is an urban education farm project of Sustainable Community Gardens (SCG). As part of our environmental pillar, we volunteered in the local farm and learnt how to grow potatoes and fed farm animals. It was a great team work and youth volunteers learnt how to cultivate land; it was a remarkable experience taking us back to our roots.


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   VT Seva Bay Area organizes Cancer walkathon , March 26th,2017 : 

  

​   VT Seva Bay Area chapter thanks one and all who participated and supported in making our 1st Cancer Walk-A-Thon event a grand success!! We had 130 ppl who came in to participate in this walkathon uniting to fight against cancer. American Cancer Society representatives who joined us at the event informed us that it was very well organized and they look forward to work with us regularly.


       We had few enthusiastic passers-by in the park join us too , including an 80-yearn and a family that has a cancer survivor kid, who thanked us for raising cancer awareness.


        We specially thank our team of doctors who joined us and elaborated on being self-aware and incorporate healthy food habits and lifestyle . We were successful in raising funds to support ACS in its endeavors to fight against cancer !


             We look forward to embark on the enthusiasm shown in this initiative , and organize many more of such events for the benefit of society!


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VT Seva Bay Area - First Adopted Street : Feb 25th, 2017


VT Seva Bayarea's first Adopt A Street event for making successful. 18 Volunteers collected 50 pounds of trash.

Awesome Team Work!!!


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VT Seva Bay Area young volunteers spreading love at Senior Art Center  : Jan. 28, 2017


How do we show compassion to elders? 
On Jan. 28, VT Seva volunteers spent their Saturday afternoon making valentine cards in different colors for all the senior citizens in Evergreen senior center. Each volunteer interacted with one senior member and asked what they wanted and who would be their valentine.
Some of the seniors spoke , some did not, some responded well...some cards were decorated for mothers, wives, sons, daughters, grand daughters and grand sons.

Our volunteers worked with the seniors with smiles...... kudos to them for making the ​​seniors smile !!!!


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VT Seva Bay Area volunteered Sandwich Seva : Jan. 2, 2017

VT Seva Bay Area volunteers kicked off 2017 with a sandwich seva activity for one of the churches. Our volunteers prepared 75 sandwiches for the church, which were going to be handed to unfortunate people who come into the church for help. Attached are few pictures during the activity


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 VT Seva Bay Area for RA:GA 2016 Fundraiser (Dec. 10, 2016 - Jan. 31, 2017)


Our team of VT Seva youth volunteers worked relentlessly raising funds for visually challenged students as part of the annual 2016 fundraiser. Volunteers took to door-to-door campaigning in neighborhoods, shopping centers to spread the vision of VT Seva - Netra Vidyalaya. During the holiday season, volunteers made videos and utilized social media for campaigning the vision. Their efforts have been very successfully and together they raised over $11,000 for Netra Vidyalaya. Attached are some pictures of the RA:GA 2016 fundraiser campaign




Bay Area Health Camp : May 7, 2016

We are glad to announce the grand success of "HEALTH For ALL" , our organization's first Community Health Camp conducted by our Bay Area team at Milpitas Library, California on May 7 from 2 - 5 pm. The free health camp was open to community members and supported by a group of MDs, registered nurses and pharmacy students who supported us in addition to our VT Seva team of youth and adult volunteers. The camp objective was to bring awareness to our community on some of the common ailments and guidance on prevention or monitoring. The team conducted health screening and were consulted by MDs. Talks and valuable guidance was provided on topics related to Diabetes, Nutrition, Sleep Apnea and Cancer Screening. Our volunteers welcomed members into the library, guided them towards our camp, registration, height/weight checks, BMI, blood glucose and blood pressure checks followed by doctor consultation. It was a wonderful program and fun event for all the members involved. Diabetics vendor Pharma Care also participated in our health camp by providing free diabetic monitors to patients diagnosed after MD consultation.
 Thanks to the support from the team of doctors

Dr.Padmaja Vemula, MD (Internal Medicine)
Dr.Srilakshmi Vemulakonda, MD (Pulmonologist)
Dr.Priya Kumaravelu, MD (Hematology/Oncology)
Dr.Rani Ramichandran, MD (Infectious Diseases)
Dr.Satya Chelamkuri, MD (Palliative Care)
Dr.Archana Bindra, MD (Endocrinologist)
Dr.Padmashri Srinivasa, MD (Family Medicine)
Dr.Aruna Sri Kesri, MD
Dr.Chang MD (Internal Medicine)
Dr.Shraddha Patel
Registered Nurses and Pharmacy students. Our special thanks to all the volunteers who helped us to make this event a major success Looking forward to the next Health Camp.

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Monthly Burrito Donation : Feb 21, 2016

VTSeva members participated in a community giving event by providing food to homeless shelter in San Jose, California.

Nearly 12-15 youth volunteers gathered enthusiastically early in the morning to prepare 200 veggie burritos for lunch. They later served the lunch at the shelter to the shelter home residents. Please click here for photos from the event.


Food Drive during Holidays : VT Seva /JET Prajna collaboration : Dec 25, 2015

Every year VT Seva volunteers strive to provide food for local food banks during Thanksgiving/Christmas Season. This year we donated nearly 1000 pounds of food to Abode Services in Milpitas, California.   


Help Nepal Victims : Artwork Fundraiser by VT Seva youth : 24th, May 2015

Once again, all the V T seva youth members/JET Prajna Kids rose to the occasion and showed lot of compassion to the earthquake victims in Nepal.

Anoohya Panidapu and Apoorva Panidapu , ardent painters, displayed their artwork for Fundraiser. Other Youth members approached the crowd and brought awareness of the calamity in Nepal through pamplets and pictures in Fremont Farmers Market.

Bay Area team was able to raise $2,422 towards Nepal victims


RA:GA 2015 : 


RA:GA, our second annual fundraiser in Bay Area is a grand success. With Sri Swamiji blessings we accomplished yet another grand event with the help of 20+ volunteers, 50+ performers and nearly a wonderful audience of 250 people. We raised $40,866 to support Netra vidyalaya and Tribal School children in India. Thank you for all the volunteers who contributed their time and energy to make this event successful.

We had a wide variety of dance performances and they were very well received by the audience. One of the main singers of Acapella Group from Stanford was visually challenged and they were able to connect to the event instantaneously. We received great feedback from new members and they were inspired by the videos of Netra School and Tribal schools.

This year we realized that visuals are far more effective than just showing stats on the presentations. People came up to me and asked whereabouts of these schools and they were digging into details. We need to put in our efforts to create new short videos (about 5 to 10 minute duration each) every year and need high quality HD pictures to show the progress of the schools and causes of support.

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My Experience in Netra Vidyalaya, Summer 2014 - Anirudh Rao Nandella (10th Grade)


During the summer of 2014, my sister and I went to India to visit my parents' families. Being volunteers of VTSeva (Volunteering Together for Service), we wanted to utilize our time well as we were going to be there for a good 2 months. We both agreed that we should volunteer in Netra Vidyalaya, a school run by VTSeva for visually challenged, as we took part as youth volunteers in a Ra:ga event during March of 2014. Ra:ga is a yearly fundraising event in Bay Area, California for the activities of VTSeva, a worldwide nonprofit organization which works on uplifting underprivileged kids & visually challenged kids by providing free education, boarding and food and cancer screenings in the villages of India.

We went to the Netra Vidyalaya school campus and informed the principal of our wish. After asking us a few questions, the principal agreed and took us around the campus. He showed us each classroom and introduced us to the school staff and students. It was amazing and inspiring to watch them read the Braille script, sensing the letters with their fingers.


VT Seva volunteers makes a difference in Tanzania. Sri Muppidi, an active volunteer of VT Seva's own words about the project -


In Swahili, the native language of Tanzania, maji stands for water. Water is essential for life. No living being can live without it. However, nearly 50% of the Tanzanian population does not have access to safe water. Every year countless people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water conditions. Water scarcity and insufficient sanitation negatively impact food security, life choices, and educational opportunities.

To combat this major problem, I initiated a project to help build water retention systems in Tanzania. The project, entitled Magic of Maji,” strove to provide safe, accessible water to a village in Bukoba, Tanzania. I did this by hosting an African culture show to bring awareness of the vibrant African arts to my community and to raise funds for the water retention systems.

VT Seva generously supported this project and looked forward to the success of the project. By collecting a significant sum of money, we were able to successfully fund for the water retention systems as well as a goat pen for the village. Over my winter break, I traveled to Tanzania with my dad to actually work with the community to build the water retention systems and goat pen. Working everyday for over 5 hours in the course of two weeks, we were quickly able to see the completion of the project. This project greatly benefited the Tanzanian villagers, providing a local solution to improve their health and access to education through improved diet and increased income.

It was an amazing experience for me to see the impact of the project on the villagers and how grateful they were for everything. It made me realize how lucky I am and how a small effort on my part was able to make a huge difference in the lives of others. It was a fulfilling experience and I wish to visit once again to see how far the village was able to progress. This project laid the foundation, but the villagers have the drive and potential to go beyond their expectations and really make a change in their own lives.

Bay area volunteers organize 4K walk for cancer awareness


Everyone was expecting a rainy walk, because of the forecast, but it seemed like even nature wanted to support the cause, and to everyone's surprise, the day turned out to be warm and sunny. The walkathon started at 9 in the morning, and walkers were sent in batches of 20-25 members. Some of the enthusiastic walkers carried placards, with anti-cancer promotion, while others handed off information brochures to passersby, containing information on cancer created by VT Seva and American Cancer Association.

Walkers displayed colorful placards with cancer slogans such as "Nip it in the bud", "Arrest Cancer before it kills you", "Early detection is the best prevention", "A minute of smoking brings years of suffering." etc., It was very encouraging to see the group of students, children and walkers distributing the awareness literature to the pedestrians. They have also raised money for the cause during the walkathon.

Many of the participants were strongly motivated and took resolutions towards improving their lifestyle and health. Everyone was happy that a noble cause was being served and they were able to participate in it. T-shirts, walkathon kits, discount coupons from sponsors were given to participants free of cost. When walkers came back they were served with fresh fruits and water. Overall, it was a wonderful program, and renewed everyone's zeal to lead a healthy and stress free life.

Few youth enthusiastic volunteers created signs that said, "Honk for cancer", and motioned to passing cars near different intersections to honk, if they were aware of cancer and its deadly implications. They received over 600 honks=2 0from passing cars in a few hours!

Clubs and students from Notre Dame High School and Monta Vista High Schools volunteered and participated in the walkathon. Monta Vista High School High School Interact club, and the Monta Vista Robotics team both declared partnership to spread awareness to club members. Notre Dame High School's Activities coordinator sent emails out to students to come and participate in the walkathon, and encouraged them to volunteer as well. The students collected pledges for the walkathon and raised funds for the event. A consulting company "Jaya Consulting Inc" matched the donations.

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Bayarea Branch Director : Ms. Archana  | Email: bayarea.director@vtsworld.org | Phone: (408) 623 1798