If your corporate life has you stuck in a rut and questioning your own principles, fret not, we have a way you can fix it. Here are some great NGOs from all over Delhi that you can volunteer at {whenever you have the time} to give life some more meaning.

Teach For India

Teach for India started as a nationwide movement to get the youth of today to help children who weren’t lucky enough to have the same opportunities. They need people to go to school to teach, so volunteers are required to come mostly on weekdays. If you have a month-long break from college, or are taking a bit of time off from work, you should definitely consider this.

Contact: 011 65658666, 011 40543751

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

Friendicoes

Probably Delhi’s most famous animal rescue and shelter, Friendicoes is located in Jangpura. The shelter {and adoption centre} provides a helpline ambulance service for animals, has a mobile equine clinic for horses, and also runs a neuter/spay programme. Friendicoes even has an animal sanctuary {with over 1,000 furry fellows in residence} in Gurgaon. They’re always looking for volunteers and donations, so you know you’ll be welcome!

Contact: 011 24320707, 011 24320303

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

Smile Foundation

Image courtesy: Smile Foundation

Image courtesy: Smile Foundation

If you’re unsure about what you’re good at, but know you want to help then you should approach Delhi-based Smile Foundation which has been around since 2002. Their organisation covers everything from healthcare and education to empowerment and disaster response.

Contact: 011 43123700

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

Make a Wish Foundation

This NGO works with children who find themselves in the grips of terminal illness, and tries to to make them a little happier—by granting them that one wish they most desire. It can range from something as simple as a Doraemon toy, to being a pastry chef for a day. The volunteer programme is very flexible, so you can choose the number of days, hours, and area of work as per your liking.

Contact: 011 26686831, +91 9350295940

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

Rahi Foundation

Image courtesy: Rahi Foundation

Image courtesy: Rahi Foundation

Rahi focuses on creating a supportive environment for women who have been survivors of incest and child sexual abuse. One of the most important steps to creating that environment, they believe, is to create awareness around the issue, which is what they require their volunteers to help them with.

Contact: 011 26274041

For updates, follow them here.

Child Rights and You {CRY}

Child Rights and You has been championing children’s rights for decades. Helping the millions of underprivileged children in India stay clothed, in school, and safe from violence is a tough task. Sometimes throwing money at a problem doesn’t solve it, but getting up off the sofa and giving a few hours of your day does.

Contact: 011 29533451/52/53

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

Robin Hood Army

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Image courtesy: Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army approaches local restaurants and donates their excess food to feed the underprivileged population. Initially a small team of volunteers, they have now grown into a national organisation spread across multiple cities, and could always use an extra set of hands.

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

Om Foundation

With a focus on education and local development, Noida’s Om Foundation runs a variety of programmes and a school located in Sector 51. Open to NGO and corporate sponsorship, the foundation also offers individuals the chance to choose the number of days, or specifically hours, they can volunteer for.

Contact: 0120 6681706

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

Genesis Foundation

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Image courtesy: Genesis Foundation

Known for providing medical and financial support to children in need, the Genesis Foundation provides funding for the surgeries and treatment of critically ill children {they’ve saved over 700 children}.

Contact: 0124 4081528

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

Katha

With the aim to spread literacy and the importance of education, Katha has worked with over 600 writers and translators to help them publish books for children and adults. If words are your weapons, then Katha is probably the foundation suited to you. With carefully crafted programmes in publishing, social activism, and schooling, there is something for everyone, volunteer and beneficiary alike.

Contact: 011 41416600

To volunteer, apply here.

The Toy Bank

Image courtesy: The Toy Bank

Image courtesy: The Toy Bank

If you’ve ever wanted to play hero, then The Toy Bank is the NGO for you. Collecting and recycling toys for children in need, the foundation has the ability to leave both the recipient and the volunteer with silly grins on their faces. There are many ways to get involved, from donating or collecting toys, to organising camps and volunteering.

Contact: 011 23782233

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

Lotus Petal Foundation

A charity and NGO for underprivileged children. The Lotus Petal Foundation focuses on healthcare and education for the less fortunate. They have three locations-the Vidyananda School, the Pratishthan Learning Centre and Aarogya Wellness Centre-which focus on emotional wellbeing, skill training and healthcare. Based in Gurgaon, they are could always use a helping hand, or a donation.

Contact: +91 9811707273

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

People for Animals

Image courtesy: People For Animals

Image courtesy: People For Animals

People for Animals is one of India’s largest animal welfare organisations, with a large national network of over 20 hospitals and 165 units. In Delhi they can be found on Ashoka Road. If you love animals and want to help make a difference, we suggest you give them a call.

Contact: 011 23357088, 011 23359241

To volunteer, apply here.

For updates, follow them here.

Picture Wala

A non-profit entertainment company for children, Picture Wala is an engaging and unique initiative. Using the mediums of music, film, art, theatre and comedy, the NGO entertains children of underprivileged families on the streets. Due to the nature of their work, the set-up is constantly shifting. This kind of effort requires as much help as possible, so shoot them an email and we’re sure they’d love your enthusiasm and help.

Contact: Write to thepicturewala@gmail.com

For updates, follow them here.

Featured image courtesy Teach For India