iMAD – Idea of the Fortnight (August 16-31, 2012)

Have you thought about thousand of villages that don’t have electricity? Losing temper when there is no power for long time during summers? Electricity has become one of the key needs in this modern life.

For few, they get it in abundance… For many, it is scarce and luxurious. Moreover, electricity generation has ended up in warming our mother earth more.

Lets switch off all the power appliances for an hour every week and save power for those who do not have it.

This is our iMAD idea for the fortnight – ‘Have a Power Free hour. Switch off all appliances in your home for an hour and save power.

Share your MADness to inspire others and also to let us know the impact we have created together. Read our blog post to know how you can share your MADness.

Happy Volunteering to all!

iMAD – Idea of the Fortnight (August 1-13, 2012)

Not in touch with a friend for a long time? Why not bring a smile to their faces and renew friendships with an email or call.
Send a surprise e-mail to your friend whom you have not contacted for a long time.

Share your MADness to inspire others and also to let us know the impact we have created together. Read our blog post to know how you can share your MADness.

Happy volunteering to all.

One Small Step Closer for a Cleaner India

When we see pictures of foreign places with clean roads, green lanes and swept streets, its always crosses our minds that how come our city/town/village can’t be like that. But in truth even our small villages can become a beautiful place. But it’s all in our hands. It’s a very common phrase that we hear, “Charity/cleanliness starts at home”. And iMAD is implementing it in this very scenario.

One volunteer made this illustration.

Every day we are walk down the streets, let’s throw trash into trash bins, make our own streets clean. Just cleaning the streets won’t solve the problem, we have to stop littering too. People around us will also acknowledge it and before you know it they will also start doing it. Dustbins and trash cans are installed everywhere, so all one has to do is just pick it up, find the closest trash can and dispose it there.

The response from many volunteers was astounding. While some picked up trash, with other bystanders also helping, another made awareness by illustrations

Removed 6 trashes this fortnight– Gunasundari

Illustration done by one volunteer to create awareness on Cleaning Trash

Once again we’ll like to thank all volunteers who became a part of iMAD.We encourage the volunteers to share their MADness with us to motivate others to do the same. Learn how you can Share your Madness here.

202 Notes of Gratitude

Acknowledgement of a persons service is the best gift one can get however small it may seem. This fortnight iMAD decided to tap that one concept to make the world a little brighter and happier. Convey it in words, pictures and not to forget with a smile is all one needs to do! Then stay back and let the magic do the rest.

In the Garden of Peace School in Vellore, TN. with streaks of color and words the students put forth a staggering 122 thank you cards which they gave with a smile to the people in their village :D  

One of the volunteers helps out the kids in making their TY cards.

Full of their creativity and gratitude the kids display the cards they made that will reach to across their villages.

Volunteers Thanked the Garden of Peace founder and School staffs with one of the TY cards.

Many grownups, instead of passing on their business cards, it was thank you cards that they gave. 8 volunteers gathered together to make Thank You card for others. Here is what they have made:

 Volunteers who made the Thank You cards:

One of the volunteer thanked the servent who cleaned the table where he had his breakfast

One of our volunteer emailed her admin services to thank the lady who serves her coffee everyday.

“Thank You Akka!!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ‘AKKA’ who serves coffee @kumbakonam coffee counter in Ground floor cafeteria.

She always welcomes us with a warm smile and she asks coffee/milk and then she gives us saying ‘coffee madam/sir’ Her patience, handing those hot things with care and
Managing to serve us with a warm smile are simply great!! Just wanted to ‘THANK’ her…. &I do everyday”

Thanks through MS paint by a volunteer.

All in all in these two weeks there was a distribution of 202 thank you cards from all age groups and not to mention all the countless Thanks that has been spoken to all the people who were not just doing their jobs, but contributing to a better good in society.

Last but never the least We Thank all the volunteers who became a part in iMAD fortnight knowingly and unknowingly :) . We encourage the volunteers to share their MADness with us to motivate others to do the same. Learn how you can Share your Madness here.

iMAD – Idea of the Fortnight (July 01-15, 2012)

Write a thank you note / email to someone who offers you a service
It can be your maid, driver or admin person in your office…

Let us thank those people who offers us a service and make their day cheerful.

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. - William Shakespeare

Share your MADness to inspire others and also to let us know the impact we have created together. Read our blog post to know how you can share your MADness.

Happy volunteering to all.

*iMAD – ‘Ideas to Make a Difference’ or ‘I can Make a Difference’. Read about iMAD here.

1327 monitors switched off in a fortnight

Dear All,

Thank you for the tremendous response for the Everest Serve India iMAD-Fortnight initiative. iMAD means ‘Ideas to Make a Difference’ or ‘I can Make a Difference’. Team Everest have launched the iMAD-Fortnight initiative to promote volunteerism and make a difference through simple ideas.

After launching our first iMAD-Fornight idea, 1327 monitors have been switched off by various volunteers to save power. Thanks to all the volunteers who Made a Difference.

Few volunteers after switching off the monitors, have made a hand written request to switch off the monitors as well.

One of our volunteer have used her drawing skills to create awareness:

Voice of Volunteers:

When I switched off a monitor, one of my friend asked whether is it me who switched of his monitor too? I told Yes.. Hopefully he will start switching off his monitor from tomorrow – Dhanala

Switched off 14 monitors today which is less than the yesterday count of 25 - Devarajan

I’m in night shift and I switched off 23 monitors while leaving at 6AM -Sukumaran

Thanks to all the volunteers who Made a Difference.. We encourage the volunteers to share their MADness with us to motivate others to do the same. Learn how you can Share your Madness here.

iMAD – Ideas to Make a Difference

Dear Friends,

One of the important goals of Everest Serve India initiative is to motivate and educate people on
  • the importance of volunteerism
  • the simple ways to make a difference (MAD)

To achieve this goal, Team Everest has been working on a book which offers you a whole list of simple ideas to help others without money or with little money. We call this book iMAD’ – Ideas to Make a Difference.

We have decided to pick one Idea from this book each fortnight and promote it so that all of us can implement it to make a small difference in this beautiful world. You will get our MAD idea of the fortnight (iMAD – Fortnight) starting this month.

What is iMAD – Fortnight all about?
  • Team Everest will share an Idea every Fortnight from iMAD via email, blog , facebook and twitter.
  • We will encourage volunteers to execute the idea sometime during the 2 week period by creating awareness on the idea and by promoting it.
  • Volunteers who have executed the idea can share their experience by commenting in Everest blog, blogging the experience, share it in Facebook or twitter.
  • We will publish the number of people who have executed the idea with interesting details at the end of every 2 weeks.

Each idea is very simple to act upon by anyone, but has the power to spread the fragrance of kindness across and create a ripple.

iMAD also means ‘I can Make a Difference’ in addition to ‘Ideas to Make a difference’.

Get ready to create a whole new world of kindness, one small step each fortnight…