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OWC Charities
OWC funds and serves the needs of 22 charities in the greater Bangalore area. These charities cover a wide spectrum of the underprivileged, including the destitute, terminally ill and HIV+ patients, orphans, women in need, the elderly, and physically and mentally challenged individuals. There are many factors to consider before volunteering with a charity. It is important to first feel well settled in Bangalore before undertaking any volunteer work. You should also think carefully about your time constraints, the type of work you enjoy doing, as well as the nature and length of your commitment to doing volunteer work. Changing or stopping your involvement abruptly affects both the charities’ delivery of services, as well as your relationship with the clients. Finally, it is important to remember that volunteering is a two way process where you not only give to the charity but also receive unique benefits in terms of learning and developing new skills.
Please find below the list of Charities supported by the OWC, the contact details, description of work and activities, volunteer opportunities and Eicher Bangalore town map reference.
OWC Contact: Please refer to the Rangoli for contact details of the Vice President of Charities or stop by the Charity Desk at the Thursday Coffee Mornings.
Click here for the current funding of our charities: OWC Charity Fund Distribution
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Map of OWC Charities
Click here for a listing of OWC Charities: OWC Charity Listings

1. ACCEPT Society
245 K.R.C Road, (Next to Visthar), Dodda Gubbi P.O
Bangalore, 560 077
Tel:+91- 80 22714110, 28465802, 65990452 
Email: acceptindia@gmail.com or rajujoyce@gmail.com
Website: www.acceptindia.org
Rangoli Article: April 2010
Contact Name: Raju K. Mathew, Chairman (9448619619) or Vivian David Varghese, Administrator (9036202435)
Activities: Runs an HIV/AIDS Care and Support Centre, as well as a home for HIV+ orphans and focuses on awareness, care and counseling, testing and medical help and support.
Volunteer Opportunities: Medically trained volunteers needed to assist doctors and nurses; to help with office work and patient care; and to teach arts and crafts, English and Math, general knowledge to patients and children.

2. ASHA Foundation

No. 58, 3rd Main, SBM Colony, Anand Nagar,
Bangalore, 560 024
Tel:+91- 80 23332921 
Email: ashafblr@yahoo.co.in
Website: www.ashaf.org
Rangoli Article : May 2009   March 2012
Contact Name: Dr. Glory Alexander, Director
Activities: ASHA spells Action, Service and Hope for AIDS and provides support and care for the HIV+/Aids community in Bangalore. It operates the AIDS Hotline as well as a telephone counseling service, free clinic, awareness programs, and support to family members of patients.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to help with fundraising; spread awareness; publicity; and data entry.
Eicher Map Reference: H5

3. Asha Niketan

CA 7, 80 Feet Road 20th Main, 6th Block,Koramangala, Bangalore 560 095
Tel: +91- 80 25524584
Email: ashaniketanbangalore@gmail.com
Website : www.fmrindiaashaniketan.com
Rangoli Article: March 2009
Contact Name: Paul Joseph
Activities: A home and vocational center for mentally challenged men and women and their families. Asha Niketan is committed to teaching these individuals how to take care of themselves and each other and learn different skills such as gardening, crafts, etc.
Volunteer Opportunities: Any help with fundraising; volunteers needed to teach craft and design skills such as stitching and candle making and to work with students in the vocational training units; help with fundraising, house chores and office admin; and to spend time with the residents and students in leisure activities.
Eicher Map Reference: J 10
4. Ashraya
Jawan's Quarters, BDA Park, Double Road, Indiranagar HAL Stage 1, Bangalore 560 038
Tel: +91- 80 25251929
Email: ashchild@airtelmail.in
Website: www.nriol.com/ashraya
Rangoli Article: October 2011
Contact Name: Nomita Chandy, Secretary
Activities: Operates 7 creches throughout Bangalore, a centre for abused and abandoned women and a residential school for children of migrant labourers
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to assist teachers or create activities and spend time with children at any one of the crèches.
Creche locations: Shivajinagar, Yelahanka, Siddapura, Avalahalli, Banaswadi, Indirnanagar, and Arsinakunte.
Eicher Map Reference: K9

5. Bangalore Education Trust

No. 286 1st Allotment, Maruthinagar
Yelahanka, Bangalore 560 064
Ph: +91 80 22712165, +91 80 65731674
Email: bangaloreeducationtrust@hotmail.com
Website: www.bangaloreeducationtrust.org
Contact Name: Mr. Nagaraj, Trustee
Activities: Runs a free school for poor, rural children in Yelahanka and provides balanced meals to students.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to help with IT support and maintenance (especially someone willing to be on call); and to teach English to pre-school children.
Eicher Map Reference: H1

6. Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya

Old Airport Varthur Main Rd., Kundalahalli Gate, Marathahalli, Bangalore 560 037
Tel: 91-80-28476133
Email: karunashraya@vsnl.com
Website: www.karunashraya.org
Rangoli Article: May 2011
Contact Name: Hema Shyam, General Manager
Activities: Fifty bed facility with the aim of improving the quality of life of Advanced Stage Cancer patients. Health care professionals provide personal care, emotional support, respite care, symptom control, appropriate nutrition, and bereavement support. All services are provided free of cost.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed for diversional therapy (games, art, activities)
Eicher Map Reference: O10

7. Belaku Trust

641 Guru Krupa, 29th Main, JP Nagar Phase I, Bangalore 560 078
Tel: +91- 80 26654145
Email: belaku@belakutrust.org.in
Website: www.belakutrust.org
Rangoli Article:   Oct 2011 Jan 2012
Contact Name: Dr. Saraswathy Ganapathy, Director
Activities: Belaku works to improve the health and nutrition of poor women and children in villages in the Kanakpura district. This includes creating income generation projects for women such as embroidery, paper making and block printing.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to help organize village health sessions¸ youth training programs, women’s group projects (recycled paper and block printing) and summer camps; exposure to trips for village children; design programs; organize info sessions; and setting up rainwater harvesters and solar lighting modules.
Eicher Map Reference: G12

8. Deena Seva Charitable Trust
- Little Infant Jesus Children’ s Home
 
Shivaramkarranth Nagar (P.O), Deenanilaya Kothanur Post, Bangalore 560 077
Tel: +91 80 2846 5318
E-mail: infantjesusc.home@gmail.com
Contact Name: Sister Prathiba , Secretary of the Trust
Activities: Deena Seva runs residential home for HIV+ children and women.
Rangoli Article: June 2008   August 2008  Jan 2011 
Volunteer Opportunities: Teaching English, Music, Art & Craftwork after school 3-4pm Rooms are available for those who wish to come from outside Bangalore to volunteer full time(some payment required to pay for living and food expenses).
Eicher Map Reference: L3

9. Divine Light Trust for the Blind

227 Whitefield Main Road, Bangalore 560 066
Tel: +91 80 28452234 or +91 9448810689
Email: dltb@rediffmail.com   dltb@vsnl.net
Website: www.dltb.org
Rangoli Article: July 2008   December 2009
Contact Name: Mr. K.S. Raveendra, Secretary
Activities: A residential school for blind and multiple disabled children, it also provides education and training to enable blind and multiple disabled children to integrate into normal schools. Example of trainings includes computers, horticulture, tailoring and healthcare.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to teach music, dance and crafts.
Eicher Map Reference: Q8
10. Dominican Sisters of the Presentation
80 Feet Road, Indiranagar
Bangalore, 560 038
Tel:+91- 80 25293971 
Email: jiniop@gmail.com  
Rangoli Article: March 2010
Contact Name: Sr. Jini Joseph (9986481649) or Sr. Mariamma Paul (9449833245)
Activities: Runs a creche for young pre-school children of construction and domestic workers from the slums around Indiranagar. Helps support over 200 older children from the Resurrection School and  provide help with homework and a space to study after school. Organises and helps run children's Parliaments and women's self help financing groups (similar to micro credit groups)
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to help in creche (children aged 3 - 5) in the mornings; organize activity sessions and teaching skills; give tuitions and assist with homework for secondary school children from 3.30-5pm; and to help out in the self-help women's groups in the afternoons or evenings twice a month; help with children's parliaments after school from 4-5 pm or 5-6 pm

11. Freedom Foundation

No. 103, 1st Stage, 1st Block, HBR Layout, Bangalore 560 043
Tel: +91 80-25435231
Email: freedomg2@gmail.com
Website: www.thefreedomfoundation.org
Contact Name: Dr. Timothy Phillips, Project Manager and Senior Physician
Activities: HIV+/AIDS clinic, small hospital and children's home  providing care and support to HIV+ adults and also to HIV+ children, many of whom are orphans. They also run an alcohol and drug addiction residential centre.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to help with fund-raising and to organize activity sessions for children in art, music or dance.
Eicher Map Reference: L3

12. Helpline Charitable Trust, Project ‘Vishwas’

708, 16th A Main, 38th Cross, Jayanagar IV 'T' Block
Bangalore, 560 041
Tel:+91- 80 26533791 or +91- 80 26630413
Email: vyjayanthiraman@hotmail.com or minnyjayaram@hotmail.com
Rangoli Article: June 2010
Contact Name: Vyjayanthi Raman, Trustee (9341314173), Minny Jayaram, Trustee (9845205338)
A home for orphaned, abused and abandoned children whose main objective is to provide personalized care in a family setting.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to spend time with the children tutoring them or being a mentor; teach skills such as spoken English, dance, music and painting either after school hours, on Sundays or during vacations.

13. JAGRUTHI

87/89 Rama Rishnappa Road, Cox Town Bangalore, 560 005
Tel:+91- 80 2548 0979 
Email: jagru.kinder@gmail.com
Website: www.jagruthi.org.in
Contact Name: Renu Appachu, Director (9845116586)
Activities : Operates 3 crèches and home care centres for children who are sexually exploited or whose parents have died of HIV. It also conducts HIV awareness and education programs, drop–in health clinics, and outreach and service to commercially and sexually exploited people.
Volunteer Opportunities: No volunteer needs at this time.

14. Jeevodaya - Child Care India
No 70, (behind Petra Nilaya Convent), Kannur Village Post, Bangalore East 562 149
Tel: +91 80 25447531 / 3233
Email: gerard_childcare@yahoo.com
Contact Name: Father Gerard or Irene
Activities: Runs a home for boys who have been orphaned, abandoned or come from very disadvantaged backgrounds, a school for children up to Grade 5 and provides after school education for 4000 deprived children across 100 deprived areas of Bangalore.
Volunteer Opportunities: Help teaching basic English conversation and/or grammar, maths & handwriting skills to the primary school children. Any regular time during school hours of 8.45 to 3.50 p.m. Helping boys with homework after shool between 6-8 pm.
Eicher Map Reference: K6

15. Navachetana

F-3 Villa Ranka Colony, Bilekahalli, Bannerghetta Road, Bangalore 560 076
Tel:+91 80 26786409
Email: navachetanablr@yahoo.com
Rangoli Article:  July 2009 
Contact Name: Lissy Gregory, Secretary
Activities: Runs a Rehabilitation Center for mentally challenged adults and provides both short-term and long-term care. It also provides training in social, occupational and vocational skills.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to entertain residents and teach yoga and crafts.
Eicher Map Reference: H13

16. New Ark Mission - Home of Hope

Doddagubbi Village Rd, KRC Road, Next to KRC, Bangalore 562 149
Tel: +91 80 65997274
Email: newarkmissionofindia@yahoo.com
Website: www.newarkmission.org
Rangoli Article: September 2008   September 2009
Contact Name: Mr. T. Raja, Founder/Secretary, 9845281915
Runs a home for destitute and dying people who are picked up off the streets of Bangalore. It provides medical treatment, long term rehabilitation and a dignified place to end their days.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to help bath and groom residents and to entertain them.
Eicher Map Reference: M3

17. ProVISION ASIA

727 2nd Cross, 2nd Main, Chinnanna Layout, Kaval Byrasandra, Bangalore 560 032
Tel: +91-80-23541234
Email: info@provisionasia.com
Website: www.provisionasia.com
Rangoli Article:  March 2009   Sept 2010   July 2011   Oct 2011   Dec 2012
Contact Name: Selvanayagam
Activities: Provision Asia works with physically challenged, blind, and deaf people. It provides specialized equipment to increase mobility as well as physical therapy, corrective surgery, vocational training and job placement services.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to help with promotion and publicity, including writing articles in the local press; help with quarterly camps  that hand out mobility aids; help out with 'family playgroup' every 2nd Saturday in the month at Coles Park with activities for young children.
Eicher Map Reference: H6

18. Sai Shankar Loving Lights Trust
c/o People's Trust
Doddaballapur Road, Arkere Post, Sriramanahalli North Bangalore 
Email: bobji@saishankar.org
Website: www.saishankar.org
Rangoli Article: August 2010   April 2011
Contact Name: Bobji Levine, Managing Trustee (9845510804) or Sreeshaila (9845032141)
Activities: Free residential program called T.R.E.P. (Total Residential Education Programme) which provides not only academic education but stresses Values, Life-skills and Devotion for disadvantaged girls and boys.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to teach and inspire students in English, personality development and practical skills such as tailoring, sports, gardening, music, computer, photography and arts. Help also needed in developing and conducting special weekend programs and tours.

19. Sheila Kothavala Institute For the Deaf(SKID)
Rustum Bagh, Old Airport Road, Bangalore 560 017. Tel: +91-80-2526 2274
Email: skid_71@yahoo.com
Rangoli Article: October 2008
Contact Name: Mrs. Jessy Samuel, Principal
Activities: Educational institute for hearing impaired children, mainly from financially disadvantaged families.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to teach writing to 5-10 year old children in the mornings and also teach basic computer skills and craft skills such as drawing and embroidery.
Eicher Map Reference: K9

20.Shristi Special Academy

13/1, 6th Cross, 9th G Main Rd, Behind BBMP Maternity Hospital, Byraveshwaranagar, Moodelapalya, Nagarabhavi, Bangalore 560 072
Tel: +91-80-23180318
Email: contactme@shristispecialacademy.com
Rangoli Article: January 2008       February 2009
Contact Name: Suchita Somashekaraiah, Co-Founder/Tech. Director
Activities: The school's overall objective is to enable self reliance and improve the quality of life for mentally challenged and autistic children. It runs many programmes, including early intervention, autism awareness, ADHD, a respite care unit and vocational training.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed to help in vocational training unit and to visit villages for community based rehabilitation program, working with children by doing activities, helping with fund-raising and finding information on funding agencies and procedures.
Eicher Map Reference: D8
21. Spastics Society of Karnataka
No. 31 5th Cross, Off 5th Main, Indiranagar 1st Stage, Bangalore 560 038
Tel: 91 80 4074 5900 or 9845409861
Email: office@spasticssocietyofkarnataka.org  or
rabiisaac@spastocsspcietyofkarnataka.org
Website: www.spasticssocietyofkarnataka.org
Rangoli Article:   October 2008 
Contact Name: Rabindran Isaac, Associate Director
Spastics Society runs educational, medical, rehabilitation and social services for infants, children and young adults with neuromuscular disorders and development disorders. 
Volunteer Opportunities: Many volunteer opportunities available, including helping children with reading, music and play activities; organizing school trips and sales of home-made product; helping with fund-raising and finding information on funding agencies and procedures.
Eicher Map Reference: K8

22. Vision India

Abayahsram, Kattamnallur, Virgonagar Post
Bangalore, 560 049
Tel:+9845220194
Email: jobyjv@rediffmail.com
Website: www.vision_india.net.in
Rangoli Article : March 2011
Contact Name: Joby Jacob Verghese,Trustee (9845220194)
Activities: A residential facility for mentally ill destitute women whose primary goal is the psycho social rehabilitation of these vagrant women found in and around the streets of Bangalore.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers needed (female only) to visit with the women and help with simple rehabilitation activities including craft and gardening.