Vivek­a­nanda Seva (Ser­vice)

(A Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vice Ini­tia­tive of RKVSNC)

Mem­bers of the Rama­kri­shna Vedan­ta Soci­ety vol­un­teer by serv­ing meals on the first Sun­day of every oth­er month to home­less peo­ple at UMD kitchen. If you would like to par­tic­i­pate in this activ­i­ty kind­ly con­tact Abhay Dat­ta , 919-400-5794;

Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vice Volunteer 

  • Any mem­ber of RKVSNC or oth­er local orga­ni­za­tions and indi­vid­u­als liv­ing with­in our com­mu­ni­ty who are able, com­mit­ted, skilled, and pos­sess the desire to give self­less ser­vice to those in need.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Will­ing to go through a vol­un­teer train­ing ses­sion and meet peri­od­i­cal­ly in group ses­sions to share his/her col­lec­tive experiences.
  • Agrees to main­tain con­fi­den­tial­i­ty regard­ing clients and fam­i­lies served.

Ser­vice Eligibility:

Our goal is to serve mem­bers of our local com­mu­ni­ty who need help in sit­u­a­tions that are beyond their con­trol and/or abil­i­ty to han­dle total­ly by their own and when our ser­vice will relieve them at least in a minor way; Indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies who will seek our free vol­un­tary ser­vice on a lim­it­ed basis and who are will­ing in writ­ing to indem­ni­fy our volunteer(s) and RKVSNC for any actu­al and per­ceived dam­age caused by our ser­vice from their view point.

What kinds of Services?

Vol­un­teer ser­vices we pro­vide may have a broad array of sup­port where our vol­un­teers are equipped, skilled and able to pro­vide. Some exam­ples of ser­vices are as follows:

  • Pro­vid­ing relief to pri­ma­ry care giv­er through com­pan­ion care for a tem­porar­i­ly or chron­i­cal­ly sick fam­i­ly mem­ber for few hours per week. Such ser­vices shall be avail­able to fam­i­lies irre­spec­tive of their abil­i­ty to hire pro­fes­sion­al com­pan­ion care.
  • Pro­vid­ing com­pan­ion care to sin­gle per­sons with­out fam­i­ly when such per­son is severe­ly sick and needs vig­i­lance and or care attendance.
  • Pro­vid­ing errand activ­i­ties in fetch­ing gro­ceries, med­i­cines, dri­ving to doctor’s office, hos­pi­tal, prepar­ing short meals and oth­er dai­ly needs when the fam­i­ly mem­bers or indi­vid­u­als are inca­pable to take care of them­selves because of sick­ness and oth­er disabilities.
  • Pro­vid­ing face to face and/or tele­phone coun­sel­ing in sit­u­a­tions where such is sought and where our vol­un­teers have exper­tise to help.
  • Par­tic­i­pate in soup kitchen type of activ­i­ties peri­od­i­cal­ly in estab­lished facil­i­ties in our region.
  • Pro­vide a list of sup­port orga­ni­za­tions with­in our region that are equipped and avail­able to pro­vide free or pay-for-ser­vice in times of need. 

Who could be our volunteers?

  • Any mem­ber of RKVSNC and of oth­er local orga­ni­za­tions and indi­vid­u­als liv­ing with­in our com­mu­ni­ty who are able, com­mit­ted, skilled and who pos­sess self-less car­ing and serv­ing atti­tudes to fel­low human beings.
  • Per­sons of at least 18 years of age.
  • Per­sons who are will­ing to go through a vol­un­teer­ing train­ing ses­sion and will­ing to meet peri­od­i­cal­ly in group ses­sions to share col­lec­tive experiences.
  • Per­sons hold­ing high eth­i­cal stan­dards, abil­i­ty to main­tain con­fi­den­tial­i­ty regard­ing clients and fam­i­lies served, cour­te­ous, hum­ble, pleas­ant and unassuming.

How do we organize?

  • Announce the pro­gram details via Web sites of local Indi­an orga­ni­za­tions and invite vol­un­teers from those organizations.
  • Spread through word of mouth type of campaign.
  • Cre­ate a local area based net­work of vol­un­teers, such as Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, Hol­ly Spring etc.
  • Appoint a Pro­gram coor­di­na­tor and sev­er­al con­tact per­sons with con­tact points.

How do we assess our effectiveness?

  • Through feed­back mech­a­nisms and vol­un­teer eval­u­a­tions from our ser­vice recipients

RKVSNC Con­tact for Ser­vice request and vol­un­teer­ing inter­ests is

Abhay Dat­ta , 919-400-5794;