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Be The Change 2009 @ Indiana University

October 6, 2009

Last Saturday, October 3rd, the Indiana University the Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. hosted the event, “National Gandhi Day of Service: Be the Change 2009” in celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

The birth of Gandhi is commonly known as Gandhi Jayanti or Gandhi Day. Mahatma Gandhi was a very simple man and held very high values. He believed in non-violence and was instrumental in getting India its independence from British rule in 1947.

Be the Change is the annual national day of service coordinated by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to inspire and foster civic engagement through volunteerism and community service. Every year, thousands of volunteers participate in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote: ‘ You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’ Be the Change 2009 was Saturday, October 3rd in cities and campuses nationwide under the theme, ‘Giving in Action’.” (SAALT, 2009)

Over 75 students (both South Asians and non south Asians) gathered on Indiana University’s beautiful campus and were sent to different charitable organizations in Bloomington, Indiana. These organizations included the Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Shalom House, Middle Way House, and Parks & Recreation.

This is yet another very innovative and meaningful way for Asian students in universities to get involved with philanthropy and volunteer opportunities. After all, what better way can there be to pay respect to “Bapu.”

“This experience was a wonderful opportunity for all of the students and was definitely something new for Indiana University. I hope this event will encourage more students to engage in philanthropic giving and inspire students to regularly take part in volunteering opportunities like this. “ – Nishi Patel, Service Chair of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. Indiana University.

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