Update No. 17      
  Painting messages on matkas Tata Communications  |  Delhi
Tata communications Delhi volunteers on 22nd & 24th March, joined hands to commemorate efforts of young girls and women in their everyday struggle of fetching water for their families. The volunteering activity, which started with painting matkas and ended with distribution of painted matkas in nearby communities for storing water in summers, aimed at sensitizing employees as well as young kids from Divya Jyoti Foundation about the issue. Their interest and sentiment was evident in the beautifully painted matkas and overwhelming participation from 80 enthusiastic volunteers and 40 beneficiaries. Volunteers painted valuable messages, such as “save water” and “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, on the matkas.
  Linen donation drive Ginger Hotels  |  Katra
A team of 20 Volunteers from Ginger Hotel Katra carried Linen Donation Drive in nearby slum area of the hotel. They donated linen to more than 100 people including kids. It provided a positive energy to help the people in need.
  Visit to a village Tata Steel  |  Joda
A volunteering team from Joda along with TSRDS employees visited Antra Mantrai village as a part of Joy of Giving and donated stationary items like notebooks and pencils. Dental kit also given to the student of NRBC. This was followed by a talk on health, hygiene and safety for better living.
  Blood donation camp Tata Steel  |  Jamshedpur
A mega one day Blood Donation Camp was organised by Pellet Plant JDC. 50 donors participated in the camp and donated blood voluntarily.
  Plantation drive Ginger Hotels  |  Katra
12 Volunteers conducted a plantation drive within hotel premises. They enjoyed their time volunteering together and giving back to the nature.
  Visit to a school Tata Steel  |  Jamshedpur
A team from TQM department visited the primary school in Gagiburu and organised a Joy of Giving programme for the students.
  Visit to a Cheshire home Ginger Hotels  |  Jamshedpur
15 Volunteers of Ginger Hotel Jamshedpur visited Cheshire home in Sundarnagar, Jamshedpur. The volunteers donated some linens. Food packets were also given. The volunteers purchased some of the handmade candles and cards prepared by these children.
  Visit to a village Tata Motors  |  Jamshedpur
Principal and teachers of Little Angel's School supported by CSR, Tata Motors went to village Tupudang and interacted with the school children and teachers. Having rich experience of teaching the young children by using joyful learning techniques, they shared meaningful insights with the teachers. They also met the members of the women self-help groups (SHGs) and were fascinated to know that the members contribute a fixed monthly amount and created a corpus fund. Members use the corpus for doing micro businesses as groups as well as individually. They also inter-lend money with a consensually agreed interest rate to mitigate exigencies instead of taking loans from money lenders who charge high rates of interest. The teachers committed to support the groups by arranging cash boxes.
  Visit to an emergency center Indian Hotels  |  Hyderabad
GVK EMRI runs the 108 ambulance service and it is the world's largest integrated Public Private Partnership run emergency service provider. The ambulance service receives around 1 lac calls per day only in the Andhra & Telangana states. The HOD team of Taj Krishna Hyderabad visited the center to understand the way the entire set up operates and also how such a huge operations is run so smoothly. They also met the people who are heading the teams there and understood the modus operandi. It was an extremely fulfilling experience for the entire HOD team as they were able to have a first-hand experience of the emergency service providers.
  Species Conservation & Environment Awareness Programme Tata Chemicals  |  Babrala
TCSRD Babrala organised a Species Conservation & Environment Awareness Programme in Green Belt of Tata Chemicals Babrala, Tehsil – Gunnour – Disst. Sambhal - UP. Under the programme, 18 volunteers participated & identified 30 species of birds.
  Drawing and essay competition for children Tata Technologies  |  Lucknow
Tata Technologies Lucknow team organized a drawing and essay competition in Primary school Ganeshpur for students of class 1 to V. Preprinted drawing sheets were given to class 1 and 2 for drawing and students of class 3 were asked to write essay on “My favourite festival” in Hindi and students of class 4 to 5 students were asked to write essay on “My Best Friend” in Hindi. The volunteers gave away drawing books and sketch pens to everyone in class 1 &2. Chocolates and chips were also distributed as token gift to all towards their participation. Prizes were given to students at every class. A team of 17 volunteers participated in the activity wherein everyone got engaged with the students.
  Plantation drive Ginger Hotels  |  Baroda
Ginger Baroda team with the idea of greener future in mind, arranged for a plantation drive at Deepika Garden. Young children also participated and helped in planting trees.
  Interaction with children Tata Motors  |  Pune
A team of seven volunteers from Tata Motors-Pune visited the Society for the Education of the Crippled (Child & Adult) at Naigaon Taluka Maval. The team distributed biscuits, fruits, chocolates, water bottles and note books to the children. They also bought groceries according to the requirement of the society. The children welcomed volunteers with handmade greeting cards and entertained them. Senior leaders spoke to the children and guided them.
  Linen donation Ginger Hotels  |  Manesar
Team of 5 Volunteers from Ginger Hotel Manesar donated old washed linen among people of slum areas of IMT Manesar. 40-50 people received it and were very happy after receiving it.
  Linen donation drive Ginger Hotels  |  Mangalore
Linens were distributed to the old age inmates at Cheshire Home an NGO housing elderly citizens. Bed sheets, Bath Towels & face towels were also given. The outsourced launderer washed the linens free of cost & the travel desk provided vehicles to transport linens, food items, cleaning equipment & staff members on a complimentary basis as they wanted to contribute to this noble cause.
  Cleanliness drive Ginger Hotels  |  Pantnagar
A team of seven members rolled out their responsibilities of keeping their locality clean and making it a healthy place to live, not only for themselves but also for the others by cleaning the neighbourhood.
  Visit to an ngo Tata Motors  |  Pune
A team of 70 volunteers from Tata Motors- Pune visited Sadhana Village. This NGO has established a distinctive residential care society for the adults with disabilities at their campus. The team spent quality time at the NGO and donated tables, chairs, groceries and fruits.
  Visit to an old age home Ginger Hotels  |  Mangalore
The residents of the old age home were served snacks, soft drinks, juices, tea & packed biriyani for dinner. The employees served food to them. All of them enjoyed the food prepared by the hotel chefs. Staff members also enjoyed their time. They danced & sang with them.
  Raising funds for an orphanage Tata Motors  |  Pune
VATS (ERC) celebrated a family day get-together at the Corianthan Club in Pune. The celebration had different sections like song & dance stage, party area, kids play & fun area, etc. The Funport was an area for kids to enjoy games & was a real fun place for kids & their parents (employees of TML VATS). An employee’s daughters took this opportunity to organize a game stall (win through the loop) with the simple rule that each participant can pay INR 10 or more, if he/she wins and then gets 2 knowledge chits and if they don’t, they still get 1 knowledge chit. Although no money was to be won by the participants, the knowledge chits contained encyclopedic information from various fields & compelled many kids to play again & again. All participants were informed that the money earned from the stall would go to an orphanage. Many colleagues offered more money for the cause. A total of INR 2000 was collected from the game stall & the same was donated to an orphanage - TARA SOFOSH in Pimple Gurav, Pune for differently abled children.
  Cleanliness drive Ginger Hotels  |  Mangalore
A group of 35 enthusiastic team members took the initiative of cleaning the surrounding land of Cheshire home housing old age residents. This task was done with a smile on all their faces.
  Campaign against use of polythene bags Tata Motors  |  Jamshedpur
Employee Volunteers from CTR made door to door visits in an earmarked area at the Telco Township for campaigning against use of polythene bags. They apprised the residents about the health and environmental hazards posed by use of polythene bags. They pasted stickers bearing messages and illustrations on the hazardous effects of plastic. They also distributed bags made of newspaper by underprivileged ladies living in the urban slums. The campaign reinforced Tata Motors' all out drive to make the Township and adjoining semi-urban areas plastic free.
  Plantation drive Ginger Hotels  |  Vizag
Ginger Vizag team participated in a plantation drive at Prema Samajam, and planted 20 plants of different types along with the school children. This was followed by a short session about Environment responsibility & importance of Plantation.
  Visit to a village TML Drivelines  |  Jamshedpur
With the sole intent of improving the living conditions of Khursi village and making it an epitome of a model village, 45 volunteers reached the village. The day started with visiting the rural school which was attended by 30 students from classes 1 – 5. The volunteers interacted with the students to motivate them for a brighter future. They also talked about the issues they were facing such as lack of footwear, electricity cuts in the school, etc. and pondered for solutions to those problems. A few volunteers even fixed an electrical maintenance problem in one of the classrooms. Pencil boxes were distributed to all the students. Furthermore, new villagers signed up for using it. Plastic water drums (10 litres capacity) were distributed to the villagers who had signed up for using the RO plant. The people were elated with this activity. In addition, the volunteers took a trip to the village farms to take a note of the irrigation system deployed and discussed possible ways in which it could be improved so as to offer efficient irrigation at lower costs. Ideas such as drip irrigation were floated. However, the day ended with the volunteers promising the people for better facilities and solutions to the existing problems in the recent future.
  Training on sign language Ginger Hotels  |  Bhubaneshwar
Ginger hotel Bhubaneswar undertook an initiative to give training on Indian sign language. The volunteers went to a School of Hotel Management and gave training on basic sign language to 40 students and advised them to spread the sign language training to all the friends, juniors and new students. All the students and the chairman of Institute appreciated the different initiative training session and also requested to have same kind of session for all the batches.
  Cleanliness drive Tata Motors  |  Pune
A team of 17 volunteers from Tata Motors- Pune visited Sinhgad Fort. The team conducted a cleanliness drive at the Fort and collected waste plastics bags, plastic bottles, etc. from the area.
  Plantation drive Ginger Hotels  |  Pantnagar
A team of seven members planted few trees in the nearby areas to work towards a greener tomorrow. They also spread awareness amongst general public about importance of plants.
  Road safety awareness Tata Steel  |  Jamshedpur
A team from Fire Safety & OHS organised a Road Safety Awareness Campaign near Loyola Traffic signal to spread awareness on importance of helmets and seatbelts.
  Health checkup camp Coastal Gujarat Power  |  Mundra
CGPL volunteers in association with Helpage organized a health checkup camp in the nearby village. The health camp was organized on holiday and a large number of community members specially the women members, visited the camp and consulted with the team of doctors. The announcement for the health camp was given in advance in the entire village so that a large number of community member can avail the benefit of the health checkup Camp. The community wholeheartedly welcomed the proposal of CGPL and appreciated the efforts. Free medicines were distributed and the community were also briefed about the importance of health care for a happy life.
  *This update covers only some of the activities undertaken by companies.