SBI Foundation - e-Volunteering




SBI Foundation is extremely excited to announce our Volunteering Initiative for Retired Officials.

Why should pensioners volunteer?


Volunteering has its benefits for people of all ages. However, in the case of the elderly, it becomes even more beneficial in the following ways:

Socialise: Senior citizens struggle with being social especially after retirement. Isolation leads to higher health risks and the chances of developing a serious illness. Volunteering provides a great opportunity to socialise and pull them out of isolation.

Cognitive Abilities: At an older age, people are prone to developing cognitive issues, memory issues, etc. Through volunteer engagement initiatives, senior citizens stimulate their brain consistently through meaningful conversations and activities.

Gift of Giving Back: The elderly persons have accumulated extensive wealth of life experiences. Their knowledge and skills are unmatched by individuals who are relatively younger. They can pass on that knowledge and mentor someone younger to them.

Meaningful Utilisation of Time: Retirement may be exciting at first as one has lots of free time but over time, staying idle becomes a challenge. Especially in the case of individuals who have dedicated their entire lives to service, they might find it difficult to sit idle. Volunteering can offer a great platform to spend their time meaningfully and also keep them busy. 




Global Volunteering Trends for Pensioners


Pensioners around the world have sought different ways of giving back to society through volunteering. Some of the volunteering opportunities they engage in are listed below:

Put Your Skills to Work: Senior citizens who have spent their entire lives working in a certain sector are capable of passing on their knowledge and skills to those who are newly entering the workforce.

Get Creative: Elderly people might have worked in a certain profession for decades but volunteering is also a great way for them to be creative. They may engage in storytelling, help students with language and mathematics, conduct financial literacy sessions at school, etc.

Tutor a Child: The percentage of children who cannot afford quality education is very high in the world; senior citizens can help them learn basic skills like reading, speaking in public, basic maths, etc.

Help Out with Taxes: Filing tax returns isn’t an easy task. Senior citizens help young individuals in filing their tax returns.

Professional Skills: Senior citizens can help non-profits to manage their budgets in an effective and systematic way. They can use their professional skills to help in NGO management.

 

                                                                                                           To register, kindly visit https://forms.gle/KTdXrPf3LrB7ign67


                                                                                                           Or scan the QR Code from your mobile phone to register online.

                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                             For any query, email to volunteering@sbifoundation.co.in

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Past Events



About Words of Wisdom Webinar

We conducted a webinar with school teachers in collaboration with Gyanshala. We invited our retired SBI officials as speakers.


The webinar was an experience-sharing platform for SBI pensioners who shared their life experiences/journey with tips for mid-career teachers/supervisors. The opening remarks were given by Mr Nixon Joseph, President and COO, SBI Foundation. The webinar was conducted in collaboration with the Education Support Organization.

This platform provided an opportunity for teachers to seek advice/ guidance on the many challenges that they face through the course of their professional life. Retired SBI officials also talked about their life experiences and how teachers can adopt some of the practices to maintain a better work-life balance.

                                                                                   


                                                                                                                              Good Deeds Challenge
                                                                                                                                (June- July 2020)

We all are aware of how lockdown and social distancing has added to our stress. Watching the news from all around the world, all we can do is just hope that things get better for those suffering from the disease and those caring for them. Due to the norm of social distancing, it is out of the question to go out and volunteer. We are bringing to you a series of very small challenges that will enable you to contribute in your small way to the larger cause. 

Challenge 1: Post a Poster!!

Get your children and family together to create an engaging poster about any of the causes that you care about. At SBI Foundation, we are working in the following areas: education for underprivileged children, reducing inequality, village empowerment, youth development.  
Get to know more about our programs by visiting our website- https://www.sbifoundation.in/.  
You can choose your favourite cause. Draw, paint a simple poster, write an emotional post or an interesting data point about any of the programs that you feel strongly about. Post it on social media (your Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn page) under the hashtag #makingchangefromhome and tag SBI Foundation. 

What’s in it for you? 

Get featured on our social media pages in our volunteering from the home story. 
Stand a chance to be one of the top 5 volunteers to get a certificate of recognition from our managing directors. 

Challenge 2: Thank our Doctors!

These are tough times for all healthcare professionals. We all thanked our healthcare provider by beating thalis at our windows. Let us not stop spreading this message of how thankful we are to them. 
Gather family members, collect thank you messages, make a collage (online), and share it on social media. Get creative and record a short one-minute video to express your feelings. Post those videos and pictures on your social media handle under the hashtag #makingchangefromhome.

What’s in it for you? 

Get featured on our social media pages in our volunteering from the home story. This will inspire thousands of people watching your post.
Stand a chance to be one of the top 5 volunteers to get a certificate of recognition from our Managing Directors. 

Challenge 3: Recycle!

We all have witnessed one good news during this pandemic which is “Mother earth is recovering gradually from the losses of human-led phenomena”. Let us do our bit to contribute to our planet’s recovery from the enormous environmental damage that we have caused since centuries. 
Find those old clothes, papers and stationery at your home and get recycling - 
Examples: 1) make paper bags for your neighbourhood Kirana store 2) make cloth masks 3) turn bottles and vessels into pots and develop your green space.
Post a picture of you doing it with your awesome family under the hashtag #makingchangefromhome. 

What’s in it for you? 

Get featured on our social media pages in our volunteering from the home story. This will inspire thousands of people watching your post.
Stand a chance to be one of the top 5 volunteers to get a certificate of recognition from our Managing Directors. 

Challenge 4: Fight the Disease, Love the Diseased

We all hope that this struggle ends soon and we all wish to help those suffering from this deadly disease. Yes, we cannot go out physically to help them but we can tell them that they are not alone in this. 
Send virtual hugs to people who are ill, alone and afraid. Take a selfie, a video and share widely on your social media under the hashtag #makingchangefromhome and tag us.

What’s in it for you? 

Get featured on our social media pages in our volunteering from the home story. This will inspire thousands of people watching your post.
Stand a chance to be one of the top 5 volunteers to get a certificate of recognition from our Managing Directors.  

Challenge 5: Long journey ahead!
No, this is not over yet. Let’s continue to do and spread good deeds with our families and fill the survey to tell us how it felt to give back to the community.

Winning Entries of the challenge