At any time, NGOs are welcome to submit project proposals to receive AID funding. Volunteers can then coordinate a project by choosing any one of these proposals and presenting it to the chapter for review. If the project is approved for funding, the project coordinator becomes the bridge of contact between the NGO and AID Columbus moving forward through providing updates of the implementation of the project.
While anyone can participate in project reviewal process and discussions, in order to vote on a project you will need to have attended at least 3 of the last 6 AID Columbus meetings. The project reviewal process begins every Spring semester.
who are aid volunteers?
AID now has around 40+ chapters in the USA, Australia, India, and Germany with around 1000+ volunteers. AID volunteers cover every part of the political, ideological and religious spectrum and are from within and outside India. We are students, professionals, homemakers, and retirees!
We want to learn and understand marginalized communities and the issues that plague them, target the problems of hunger, disease and oppression that affect lives and establish a sense of trust, understanding, and support for each other.
Issues are interconnected. The problems of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, dependency, disease, social inequalities, corruption and the dwindling of natural resources like land, forests and water reinforce one another. This interconnected nature of the problems neither starts nor stops with the people who are poor - it affects all of us.
Through outreach, education, fundraising and creating community, we strive to cover both the breadth of the country and the depth of the problems in a holistic manner.
Attend a meeting: Our weekly meeting is the best way to get the ins and outs of what AID Columbus is about. Join our community!
Ask questions: Each person in AID brings with them a different background and set of experiences, with a different mode of thinking, and ideas - your question can add to everyone's understanding of an issue, project or problem.
Tell others: Tell your friends and relatives about AID. There are 36 chapters around the USA, one in Australia and 6 in India. Encourage them to get involved or donate.
Coordinate a project: AID has 100 projects throughout India. Projects are how AID develops a long term relationship or association with each of the groups that it funds in India. Coordinating a project involves reviewing and presenting project proposals from India to the chapter, staying in touch with the group in India who sent the proposal, and after approval of the project, maintaining contact with the group on an ongoing basis.
Fundraise: Attend or volunteer at one of our fundraising events throughout the year.
Participate in Shramdaan: AID Columbus will be manning food concession stalls at the Schottenstein center and the Ohio Stadium for OSU games. Be a part of this team and be part of the action!