October 6th, 2020
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India Center Update

Another major milestone this month with our bright and shiny patio built! The new building is almost weatherproof with the slab and windows now complete. We are excited to share the beautiful center with the community soon, but we need your support. Please click the donate link to become part of the India Center family. https://iswonline.org/Donate
Keep up with the progress on our website.
ISW Virtual Navratri
Celebrate Nine Nights of Navratri
Join ISW's for the first ever virtual celebration of Navratri October 17th to 24th. Highlighting the diverse celebrations across India, from north to south, east and west.
Look out for more details on the website

Hold the Date for ISW Diwali Celebrations
November 21st, 2020 Details coming soon!
Join SAYAA online Oct 7th, 8:30 pm
Hello community members! We are excited to host our first monthly meeting for South Asian Activists and Allies (SAYAA) on October 7th at 8:30 pm!

SAYAA is dedicated to disseminating resources about important social justice and racial equity initiatives while also increasing our own self-reflection of the role South Asian communities can play in supporting social justice and promoting activism to combat such trends.

If you are between the ages of 15-35 and are interested in joining us or learning more, please email sayaa@iswonline.org.
India Day Brochure

ISW is proud to launch our very first digital e-Brochure. This brochure showcases our amazing India Day 2020 virtual event. Please check out the online version of the the e-Brochure
Pre-Register for Free Flu shot @ ISW HealthStop

ISW Health Stop will be offering Free flu shots to the community member. Due to limited supply we will are requesting everyone to pre-register so we can plan the drive-thru flu shot clinic. Please use the link here for pre registration. Click to register for flu clinic
Back Issues of ISW eSandesh newsletter
If you have missed a previous issue of eSandesh or just joined, you can find and archive of past issues here. Enjoy! As always your feedback and contributions welcome.
Our very first classes were held on September 26-27. It was really wonderful to see all the smiling faces. We had 17 classes in full swing with 138 students registered. This weekend the classes were held with a special art assembly by Priya Vaidya on making a Diwali Greeting Card using colorful paper and introducing the kids to WARLI art
We are also excited that the textbooks came for Gujarati from Navneet Publications, Ahmedabad, for Tamil, from the American Tamil Academy, Texas and for Hindi from Hindi E S, New Jersey. They will be available for pick up by the parents at the India Center.

Ruchi Chauhan 508-439-7607 Shiamin Melville 508-353-4316
Contact: School@iswonline.org
ISW Tutoring Match Program Update

ISW School launched an online Tutoring Match program to help hassled parents by providing one on one online tutoring for kids. Tutoring is done by by IYG (Indian Youth Group) students in subjects of Math, Physics, Science, English, Languages (Spanish/French) and Life skills like Time Management. 

The tutors accumulate volunteer hours and our hassled parents get the support they need from ISW. In the last month we have matched 31 tutors with pupils and have received incredibly positive feedback. If you have a student who is interested in being a volunteer teacher or if you have a child and are looking for help with your child’s online homework, please send an email to tutoring@iswonline.org.

Krishnaa Amin, Mansi Gera, Shubh Agrawal, Ruchi Chauhan & Shiamin Melville
Why is it important to vote
by Aditya Khanna
Asian-Americans are currently the fastest growing eligible voting ethnic group in the United States. Nearly 6 in 10 South Asians are eligible to vote and Massachusetts holds a large portion of them. Whether it’s a local, state, or national election, voter turnout is extremely important; turnout is essentially how many eligible voters actually cast their ballot and often times, elections are decided by this factor. In Massachusetts 51% of South Asians are eligible to vote, but only around half of them actually cast their ballot.
If you are unsure if you’re registered, eligible, or need to update any information in order to vote, you can visit this website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr. For the upcoming elections, Massachusetts is offering a Mail in Vote option where you’ll receive a pre-stamped ballot at your home address, fill out your vote, and send it back. In order to request this ballot, you can visit this website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleev/early-voting-by-mail.htm 
Voter turnout is going to be a deciding factor in the upcoming November 3 election. Local precincts are still open and you can find yours at www.ma.gov. Before casting your vote, you should research the candidates and understand the platform they are running on. Our South Asian population can make a real difference in this and every future election. Always remember the 3 R’s: Register to vote, Read up on the candidates, and Receive your ballot.
Partner Profile
With this issue we introduce a new section profiling partner organizations that have worked closely with ISW. Contact newsletter@iswonline.org to add your profile.

An interview with Hemant Shah, Director, Indian Circle of Caring (ICC)
Many ISW members have turned to ICC during times of crisis or bereavement. Yet this nonprofit provides a range of services beyond crisis related ones. We interviewed former ISW Board of Trustees Chair, Hemant Shah about the organization for which he now volunteers.
To clarify to our members, is there a fee for these services and how can one request help? 
ICC services are free for all community members. You can request help on the ICC home page via an online form, or you can call the ICC voice mail: 641-715-3900, ext. 87891. The voicemail is immediately channeled to appropriate members of the ICC team to address the issue.  Learn about their offerings and their latest initiative to mitigate the impact of heart disease and diabetes among the South Asian community. Read the rest of the interview on the ISW website.
Ding Dong Cart
by Pravin Trivedi

Why are the young children attracted to the ding dong cart? And how does grandpa help? A simple story of simpler times. Finish reading the rest of the story on our website.
To contribute to this section please contact us: ProfessionalSelf@iswonline.org
Continue the conversation and join us online at the ISW LinkedIn Group
Pursuing your passion amidst being BUSY
By Priya Vaidya

"Do what you love and love what you do!" Easy to say but not everyone finds a way to do it. ISW member and ISW school volunteer, Priya Vaidya is an accomplished engineer who has pursued her passion of writing, with three published books as well as painting, baking and many other pursuits. She shares five keys to pursuing your own passion. Read her guidelines on our website here!
Contact Information               
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Mailing Address: PO Box 136, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Answering Machine: 508-842-9795
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