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November 2014
In This Issue
Charlotte Walkathon
Dallas Cancer Awareness
College Buses
5K Walk & More
Special Olympics
Universal Peace Foundation
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Dear Friend,


As a volunteer and supporter of VTSeva, the countless hours you put in to serve the needy, the compassion you show to the people or causes we serve is an inspiration. The care on how you treat everyone with respect and kindness, no matter what the situation is wonderful. We know how stressful it can be for the people who find themselves in need of the services we provide, and your words and actions go a long way toward helping them keep their dignity. We just want you to know that your work hasn't gone unnoticed.  

Thank you for all that you do!

We are pleased to share with you that following nominations were reviewed and accepted by the members for the term of 2014-2016 at the General Body meeting held on July 19th 2014.

President - Dr. Rama Krishna Prasad Pinnamaneni
Secretary - Mr. Kiran Vangala
Treasurer - Mr. Srinivas Vudata
Vice President - Mr. Ravinder Thota
Joint Secretary - Dr. Reena Bommasani
The cyclone "Hudhud" pounded Vizag (Visakhapatnam), India with gale winds of almost 200 kmph on Sunday, October 12th. Lack of power, non-availability of drinking water, disrupted communication, broken roads and depleting essential supplies have caused lot of trouble to the people. As we all are aware, VT Seva supported school for the visually challenged "Nethra Vidyalaya" premises also became a victim of the Hudhud cyclone that pounded Visakhapatnam, India on October 12th. VT Seva CEO immediately contributed an amount of ~$17,000 (10 Lakh Indian Rupees) towards Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Relief Fund to aid in cyclone disaster relief. After estimating the damage to Nethra Vidyalaya school premises, VT Seva has pledged to raise $40,000 to reconstruct the damaged rooms. We have thus far raised about $30,000 towards that goal and further seeking your support to fill the gap. 



VT Seva - Volunteering For Service

Current Programs:
Share Your Holidays with the Needy:
Food/Book/Toy Drive: 

It's that time of the year again, holiday season is a great opportunity for us to team up with local food banks and end the hunger. Hunger is a problem that threatens our future and we can't build a strong future on empty stomachs, let's once again use this holidays season to kick start our VTSeva annual food drive. In some areas food banks might be over whelmed with response and might be in need for books or toys, whatever the cause is, inspire your teams to share their holidays with the local needs. Please consult respective branch directors for their plans.
Program Updates:
UTSAV - Celebrating the "Spirit of Service"

Seattle, WA- October 11, 2014 - What started a three years ago as a small mission to support a few visually challenged kids has transformed into a mass movement through annual event "UTSAV" in Seattle. UTSAV was a tremendous success with participation of 108 children and attendance of over 650 generous people believing in the cause. Donations crossed over $100,000 and still counting.

Click here for pictures.  Watch video of VT Seva CEO HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji's message on the occasion. 

Thank you again Seattle for love, encouragement and support!


Walk-a-thon for a noble cause

Charlotte, NC - Nov 9, 2014 - Cheers to Charlotte VTSeva team for conducting their first walkathon to promote VT Seva causes, inspire the youth on how volunteerism can not only help their communication and leadership skills but also serve the needy. About 70 people joined this fun afternoon of walkathon, tug-of-war, musical chair, sponge buckets and most importantly they raised about $1500 towards the recent Hudhud cyclone relief operations taken up by VT Seva. Special kudos to MS. Kalpana and team for being able to pull this event in just about a week. 

Click here for pictures and more details.


5K Walk/Run for Cancer Awareness

Dallas, TX - October 5, 2014 - It was a beautiful, bright Sunday morning over at the Russell Creek Park in Dallas, Texas where VT Seva hosted fourth annual 5K Walk-A-Thon. The theme of the event was to raise Cancer Awareness, support the fighters, admire the survivors and honor the taken! A big pat on the back of every volunteer and supporter for making the walk-a-thon a big success!! We had more than 350 walk registrants who took part in the battle against Cancer, an oncologist educating all the participants on awareness/prevention steps, an organ donation drive, a bone marrow drive and above all, we had a great participation from the YOUTH. Yes! We have exceeded our goal by reaching double the target for this year to sponsor Cancer screenings (200) and procuring a digital colposcope.

Click here for pictures.  Read on for more details.


College Buses sponsored by VT Seva

Hyderabad, India - September 22, 2014 - As better teaching faculty is available in the main city of Hyderabad compared to Shamshabad area, VT Seva CEO HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji has decided to shift Netra Vidyalaya Degree College (College for visually challenged) classes from JIVA campus, Sriramanagar to JET Building @ Domalguda. Two mini buses are procured by VT SEVA for Netra Vidyalaya Degree College to enable the same. Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji inaugurated the bus travel on September 22nd, 2014 and everyday, the boarding students commute to Domalguda in these buses in the morning, attend classes there and come back in the evening to Hostel. The classes started on the same day at new campus inaugurated by HH Sri Devanatha Jeeyar Swami, youth volunteers of VT Seva, teaching & administrative staff of college and the students themselves. - in Hyderabad, India.

Click here for pictures Thank you Houston (~$40,000) and Washington DC (~$10,000) branches for sponsoring these 2 buses!


5K Walk for Visually Challenged

Boston, MA - August 24, 2014 - Educate, Encourage and Empower was the motto for the day. Participants were from ages 5 to Ages 60+. Young and young at heart cheerfully walked the 5K distance enjoying the beautiful flat trails while cherishing the blessings. Together we walked about 500k during this walk and raised enough funds to educate 10 Visually disabled students for a year. 

Click here for pictures.  Read on for more details.


Special Olympics Champions 

Vizag, India- August 24, 2014 - VTSeva supported Netra Vidyalaya won 3 Gold, 2 silver & 1 bronze medal at special olympics. Kudos to our students & faculty for this great achievement. Ram Prasad from 9th grade, Santhosh from 8th grade and Tulasi Das from 7th grade won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in 100 meters running, Geetha from 9th grade won silver in 100 meter. The School won gold in both tug of war and running group competition too.

Click here for details & pictures.  
VT Seva donates to St.Clares Foundation

Parsipanny, NJ- August 2, 2014 - The VTSEVA's "Cancer Awareness Walkathon" was held in Central Park, Morris Plains. The walkathon was organized as part of a community event by both Mazdabrook Preserve and Mazdabrook Commons and Glenmont Commons. The proceeds raised were donated to St. Clare's Foundation. Jeffrey Lamie, Executive Director and Chief Development Officer, accepted the check from VT Seva. Read on for more details.


Give a few hours and feed a few thousand

Dallas, TX - September 6th, 2014 - A group of 18 youngsters and 16 adults from VT Seva Dallas team joined together in months of June and September to do volunteer work of food packing and sorting at North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). This will provide 18, 216 Meals to the homeless and needy. Looking forward to see you all at our next food sorting and packing volunteer opportunity on December 6th. Click here for pictures

Boston, MA - October 19th 2014 - The smiles never withered for a moment from the faces of volunteers right from the chop-chop time to the bye-bye time. It was a Fantastic Sunday. We are selfish as we sought happiness in Kindness, but we think this selfishness is just awesome feeling. The volunteers gathered at Nashua Soup kitchen to cook and serve over 150 Vegetarian meals. Clients who came for the service thoroughly enjoyed Vegetable lasagna, lentil soup, garlic bread, cookies, salad, milk, coffee and ice cream. It is fall season here in New England and the weather was bit chilly in the morning. Hot meals were prepared and served with lots of love. The most important ingredient in making of the meal is "LOVE." We would like to thank IANH for giving this opportunity to serve along with them at the soup kitchen. Click here for pictures
Volleyball Tournaments for a Cause

Albany,NY & Detroit, MI: Sports for a noble cause, brings one and all together. Albany and Detroit branches held their annual volley ball tournaments this summer with a mission to raise funds to support Netra School & College. These tournaments are not only fun but gives one an oppurtunity to create hope and help others in need.  


VT Seva Supports Universal Peace Foundation

Seattle, WA:
Universal Peace foundation is a Charitable non-profitable trust in Coimbatore that is home for about 225 orphans and underprivileged poorest of the poor children, a home for the destitute and differently able persons and home for the un-cared aged persons. With support from generous donors in Seattle, VT Seva Seattle branch has donated $10,000 towards this noble cause and will keep extending it's support to help these needy children. Special kudos to Mr. Sreenivasan Kankasubramanium from Seattle for spearheading this cause.