Bit of give and take
Website allows young people to volunteer their skills to NGOs across India, writers, editors, photographers and amateur videographers needed.india Updated: Jul 16, 2011 14:55 IST
Have a few minutes to spare while commuting or Googling? Why not do some good in that time and reach out to others who need help? A website,
, launched two weeks ago, is now giving people in India the chance to volunteer at NGOs within the country and outside without leaving the comforts of their home or car.
The initiative, started by Mumbai-based Rishab Khandelwal and Bangalore-based Sakshi Jain, lets people armed with just an Internet connection offer skills like writing and making videos to any of its 115 registered NGOs. Till date, 400 volunteers have signed up.“There are 3.3 million non-profit organisations in India and 85 million people with Internet connections. We wanted to come up with a platform to connect these two groups and bring in the concept of online volunteering,” says Sakshi, 23, who adds that the NGOs listed on the website are approved only after checking necessary certificates to reduce chances of fraud.
Once on the website, volunteers can create a profile that lists skills they would like to offer like writing, editing etc. Upon completing the profile, volunteers are taken to the task page, where NGOs list various jobs they have. These small jobs can be done within a decided time period and could be anything from creating a logo to writing newsletters.
There is also a tab option available where the percentage of work completed can be updated. This helps the NGO keep tabs on the amount of work done. And to encourage volunteerism, the website is offering gift coupons from a fashion brand as incentive to people who finish their work within the designated time frame. Jain says, “The NGO too needs to recommend you. But we feel that such an offer will add as an incentive and promote volunteerism.”
There is also no age restriction. Jain says, “Such a model works perfectly for college kids and freshers who do not have work experience but can come to our website, volunteer and add what they have done here to their CVs. Also, as people do not have to go to the NGO’s actual location, they can work from home or wherever at their own convenience, whenever they have a few free moments.”
Just log on to www.troopp.com
Get details of NGOs in your area and volunteer there. Also, get information on events. Connect with other volunteers
Add work experience and good deeds to your CV.
Download mobile app that lets you access info on NGOs and receive constant updates while on the go.
Donate in kind or cash.
Get details of off-site volunteering and job vacancies at NGOs.