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Helping hands for local community

A project of Khalsa Media Services
download (1).jpeg Harjeet Kaur
Walnut, California, US
$10,620pledged of $10,000 goal
$10,620goal: $10,000
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Inspiration

“Manas Kee Jat Sabhe Eke Paihchanbo”
This project is based on principle of equality of mankind. We need to create a society in which members live like a family, helping and supporting one another. This project has been initiated to provide support in the form of food and other essentials to the homeless in local communities, as well as to support local community members in need of financial aid.

Main Goal
To help local community members regardless of their religion, gender, ethnicity, caste, and race.

Three broad areas of focus for this project:
1. Homeless Langar Seva (Selfless Service of Food/Essentials)
2. Supporting local community members in need of support.
3. Support initiatives aimed to encourage kids to learn about their history and roots.

Funds would be utilized in the following ways to:
1. Provide food to local homeless communities.
2. Purchase and deliver warm clothes and other essentials to the local homeless community.
3. Help plan medical consultations for the underserved.
4. Encourage kids to learn about their history and their roots by providing recognition and awards for their accomplishments.
5. Cover funeral costs for those who cannot afford it.
6. Aid in temporarily paying rent, providing food, and/or supporting financially in other ways for those who have lost their primary source of income.
7. Hire resume editing services and provide preparation for job applications and interviews.
Overall, the aim is to help people get back on their feet again.

San Jose seva

Progress Thus Far

Our Volunteers are already doing some of this seva in San Jose area and Los Angles Skid Row area. Plan is to continue in these cities and expand to other neighborhoods in the future. Initial focus will be in California and then expand to other cities and states.

We currently have 10 or so volunteers in San Jose and Los Angeles area that do this seva on a regular basis. Volunteers cook, pack food and distribute. We also collect money for other essentials and help distribute them on a very regular basis as well. Seva has been going on for last 7 years. LA Skid Row seva is done in partnership with United Sikhs organization

LA skid row and Oakland is full of homeless people and having worked with Prabh Aasra organization in Punjab for last 20 years motivated us to find seva opportunities and contribute to local community here as well. We also have so many opportunties in our local community to step up and help community members in need, whether providing support for rent, food or other essentials when someone losses their primary source of income.

Join US

Anyone who wants to volunteer or be part of these services can call us or meet us at regular meeting spot on any Saturday. Volunteer work/seva is typically done between 10am to 3pm on weekends.

Our regular weekly cost for food and other supplies is around $400 in each city and we distribute food and essentials to around 250-300 people every week. 

The initial budget for this project would be around $30,000 per year.

  • 05/23/2022

    Project update

    With Waheguru Ji’s grace, around 15-20 Sevadars humbly join every Saturday morning with some accompanied by their entire family. This includes kids of just 5-year-old to 70+ year old grandparents. As the clock strikes 9:30 am, the corner of the langar hall turns into a U-shaped supply chain assembly line. Chanting the Naam (Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru…), all the “goodies” get unpacked and put in place in the order it needs to go in the bag that will be hand delivered to over 200 homeless individuals. The goodies normally include two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a bag of chips, couple of fruits (apple, banana, etc), two granola bars and a bottled water.

     

    These finished bags are then divided across 4 different vehiclesto be taken to various homeless encampments in San Jose California. Sevadars also give lunches and water to the homeless they encounter on their routes, this could be the people we see every day on busy intersections with signs, outside laying in blankets of a strip mall (near 7-Elevens), or found nearly passed out on the sidewalks.

     

    The seva given by the Guru Sahib didn’t stop at just food and water…when the Sevadars learned that the need existed to also to pass out blankets, sweatshirts, scarves, socks, belts, pants, beanies, and gloves periodically. Serving the community for over a year now, Sevadars were blessed to push the boundarieswhen one of the Sevadars took off his shoes and gave them to a poor man and then finished the rest of the route barefoot. There were also plenty of instances of giving up your shirts and sweatshirts during the cold months and that’s what triggered to add additional items.

     

    Getting called names by the ignorant can’t also be ignored. Even going in pairs or team in certain areas to distribute as safety is number one priority. Having a “tough skin” is a blessing by Guru Sahib and joy of getting blessed by so many and having to see smiling faces when a homeless receives the bag of food and water bottle…which in most cases is immediately diving into to enjoy the freshly made sandwich or popping the bag of chips with joy. Just last week a humbled homeless man waited outside his tent, where food is delivered every week, with his folded hands, looking down and speaking softly he opened his hands to hand us over some cash and said please take this as I see you helping us every week. The Sevadars refused and with almost tears rolling out they thanked the man for his so kind gesture.

    Who would have imagined an idea given by Guru Sahib of serving 20-30 folks from your garage for fun on a weekend with few families would have led to this? Who says Guru Sahib is not with us?

    Nanak Naam Chadi Kala Tere Bhanai Sarbat Da Bhala

     

  • 05/22/2022

    Selfless Seva

    Team has been doing selfless seva in San Jose and LA skid row on weekly basis. Team has also supported community members who have lost jobs with rent assistance for last few months as well. Work is going on to help them get back on their feet.

Name Donation Date
K. S. $300.00 August 2022
Anonymous $124.00 August 2022
Anonymous $100.00 July 2022
Administrator Dasvandh Network $320.00 July 2022
Anonymous $700.00 July 2022
Kulvinder Singh $300.00 July 2022
harpreet Singh $275.00 June 2022
harpreet Singh $400.00 June 2022
Sumeet Sethi $300.00 June 2022
Vivek Sawhney $250.00 June 2022
Anonymous $100.00 May 2022
Administrator Dasvandh Network $450.00 May 2022
Anonymous $200.00 March 2022
Administrator Dasvandh Network $450.00 March 2022
S. G. $300.00 March 2022
Chirinjeev Singh $500.00 March 2022
N. D. $5,001.00 February 2022
Sumeet Sethi $450.00 February 2022
Harjeet Kaur $100.00 February 2022