WeMakeaDifference CSR Program

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM

iPlace believes in giving back. We support our local Pune community through our “WeMakeaDifference” program. Each quarter the WeMakeaDifference team, comprised of employees across the company, selects one NGO (non-governmental organization) with the goal of truly making a difference. There is a different theme for each quarter: humanity, the planet, its animals, and lastly, ourselves.


Team iPlace Visits SPCA – November 2017

 

UPDATE – Saturday, November 18, 2017: As part of iPlace’s CSR program, on November 18, Team iPlace visited Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Pune. SPCA basically operates to prevent cruelty to animals and to provide them with medical treatment and care. iPlacers spent quality time petting and hand-feeding the cute little dogs, sheep, and goats. Your courage and compassion for defenseless animals are exemplary. We salute you! Working with Team SPCA was an immensely rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Check out more photos from our wonderful experience. Click here


The Jorge Kids School Visit, Kharadi – November 2017

 

UPDATE – Saturday, November 11, 2017: As part of iPlace’s CSR program, on November 11, Team iPlace visited The Jorge Kids School located in Kharadi, Pune. ‘The Jorge Kids School’ believe that whether you are addressing healthcare, poverty, population control, unemployment or human rights, there is no better place to start than in the corridors of education. The kids were excited and overjoyed to see us and welcomed us. iPlacers shared fruits and snacks with the kids which made them very happy. It was a good day that was spent at the school. We would like to thank the school for having us as over and spending quality time with the kids.

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LIFE Farm Animal Sanctuary, Mapoli – October 2017

 

UPDATE – Saturday, October 28, 2017: As a part of our CSR initiative, Team iPlace teamed up with L.I.F.E. – (Living in a Free Environment) – India’s first farm animal sanctuary and a haven for rescued animals is situated in the valley of the Bhimashankar Ghat in Mapoli Village, Ambegaon, Pune. Being the first of its kind, L.I.F.E. was started in 2012. The main aim of every member involved is to give all abused, old, injured and abandoned farm animals the free environment that they deserve. iPlacers gathered together on Saturday, October 28, 2017 and spent some quality time petting and hand-feeding the cute little dogs, cats, horses, cows, geese, pigs, sheep, and lots of other animals. The members of Team LIFE were really friendly. They accompanied and educated us about each and every animal at the shelter. We thank Team LIFE, Lorenzo Standen and Singhania Subham and all iPlacers, who volunteered and actively engaged in the kind of work that saves and betters the lives of these injured animals for whom death is almost certain without immediate aid. Your courage and compassion for defenseless animals like these are exemplary! Lorenzo Standen – We salute you! Working with Team LIFE was an immensely rewarding and fulfilling experience. Go Team iPlace!

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NGO Ishaprema Niketan Visit – October 2017

 

UPDATE – Sunday, October 8, 2017: As part of iPlace’s CSR program, on October 8, Team iPlace visited NGO Ishaprema Niketan located in Nana Peth, Pune. CSR for us is not only a responsibility but also an opportunity. It was a very humbling experience to get out of one’s comfort zone, donate our time and help serve our community. It is important to look at the big picture and getting this opportunity to spend some quality time with these children as well as senior residents was truly an amazing and heart-warming eye opener. Our CEO, Hank Levine joined the WemakeaDifference team for the visit and spent quality time with the kids and senior residents at the NGO.


NGO Sparsh Visit – August 2017

 

UPDATE – Sunday, August 20, 2017: As part of iPlace’s CSR program, on August 20, 2017 the team visited NGO Sparsh in Undri, Pune. The kids were excited and overjoyed to see us and welcomed us with a special dance performance. Our CEO, Hank Levine joined the WemakeaDifference team for the visit and spent quality time talking, joking and playing with the kids. Team iPlace sponsored bed sheets, pillow covers, cricket bats and balls to NGO Sparsh. The kids loved their gifts and thanked us wholeheartedly. It was indeed a well-spent Sunday afternoon. We thank all iPlacers who volunteered and actively participated towards this good cause and encouraged others to do the same. iPlacers are proud of being active members in community service and never hesitate in giving back to our society.


Team iPlace Visits NGO SWPH

 

UPDATE – Sunday, August 6, 2017: As part of iPlace’s CSR program, on August 6, Team iPlace sponsored a “special meal” and organized a special musical performance for the kids of Institute of Differently Abled People and Research Center located in Wanowrie, Pune. CSR for us is not only a responsibility but also an opportunity. It was a very humbling experience to get out of one’s comfort zone, donate our time and help serve our community. We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude like the ability to see, hear, talk, walk, and enjoy life. It is important to look at the big picture and getting this opportunity to spend some time with these children was truly an amazing and heart-warming eye opener.

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NGO Sparsh Visit – July 2017

UPDATE – Sunday, July 23, 2017: As part of iPlace’s CSR program, on July 23 the team visited NGO Sparsh in Undri, Pune. Sparsh is a home that provides unconditional love, care, and emotional support to 30 children aged 5 to 15 years. These kids come from mixed backgrounds, some are street kids, orphans, and children of sex workers. Sparsh not only aims at providing these children with good education to make them self-reliant people with a healthy lifestyle, but also obtains for them a sustainable quality of life by providing them with food, shelter, vocational skills training, and spiritual growth and development. We received a warm welcome as always from the lovely children at the home. iPlacers spent quality time with these kids playing musical instruments, reciting poems and stories. Team iPlace also got to sponsor some evening snacks and refreshments for the children. We thank all iPlacers who volunteered and actively participated towards this noble cause and encouraged others to do the same. iPlacers are proud of being active members in our local community and never hesitate in giving back to our society.

 

About the NGO: Sparsh is a home that provides unconditional love, care, and emotional support to 30 children aged 5 to 15 years. These kids come from mixed backgrounds, some are street kids, orphans, and children of sex workers. Sparsh not only aims at providing these children with good education in order to make them self-reliant people with a healthy lifestyle, but also obtains for them a sustainable quality of life by providing them with food, shelter, vocational skills training, and spiritual growth and development. Feel free to contact NGO Sparsh and contribute in making a difference and giving back to our society.

Check out more photos from our wonderful experience. Click here


Blood Donation Drive

 

UPDATE – Friday, July 21, 2017: iPlace India in association with Pune Blood Bank organized a company-wide blood donation drive on Friday, July 21, 2017. All iPlacers actively participated in this initiative. We all agreed that donating blood is a great way to help save lives and contribute in giving back to our society. It sure was a good experience and a proud moment for iPlace. This initiative was carried out in loving memory of our dear friend and colleague Denis Dsouza.


Team iPlace Visits Ayodhya Charitable Trust

 

UPDATE – Saturday, April 8, 2017: iPlace India’s CSR committee visited Ayodhya Charitable Trust, Wanowrie on Saturday, April 8, 2017. This home provides safety, love, and care to 75 children with special needs. NGO Ayodhya is a residential school. Its main aim is to provide education and rehabilitation services to differently-abled children. We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude like the ability to see, hear, talk, walk, and enjoy life. It is really important to look at the big picture and getting this opportunity to spend some time with these children was truly a heart-warming eye opener.

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Happy Meal At McDonald’s With The Kids Of NGO Sparsh

 

UPDATE – Saturday, March 18, 2017: As part of iPlace’s WeMakeaDifference CSR program, Team iPlace sponsored a “McDonald’s –  Happy Meal” for all the kids of NGO Sparsh.

Most people would agree that we have a lot to be thankful for. After all, many of us live a lifestyle full of conveniences. We live in comfortable homes, wear nice clothes, and have reliable transportation. We have no shortage of clean water or healthy food. We have access to quality healthcare, great jobs, and education, and basically live a good life with a lot of freedom, safety, and security. While it’s easy to take these wonderful blessings for granted and sometimes get into the habit of focusing on what we don’t have, millions of people around the world live without the necessities of life.

CSR – “Corporate Social Responsibility”, for us is not only a responsibility but also an opportunity. What is it that is most appealing about children? Is it simply their cute, adorable looks? Is it their openness to loving and being loved? Their playfulness, their innate humor? Beyond all these things, children are beautiful because they are innocent and they can trust everyone around them implicitly. They want only to be loved, to learn, and to contribute. The time spent with these kids was a very humbling experience. Watching them enjoying their meal and playing with the toys, sure gave us all a sense of peace and gratitude.

Spending precious moments with these kids helped us realize how blessed we all are. How valuable and priceless our life and everyone in it is. It takes great courage and a mighty heart to step out of one’s comfort zone and spend our time to give back and help serve our community. It is important to look at the big picture and acknowledge the importance of experiencing and expressing gratitude through the little things in our lives.

The opportunity to spend time with these children was truly an amazing and heart-warming eye-opener for all of us. We acknowledge and thank all iPlacers, their friends and families for their personal support and contribution in making this initiative a successful one.

About the NGO: Sparsh is a home that provides unconditional love, care, and emotional support to 30 children aged 5 to 15 years. These kids come from mixed backgrounds, some are street kids, orphans, and children of sex workers. Sparsh not only aims at providing these children with good education in order to make them self-reliant people with a healthy lifestyle, but also obtains for them a sustainable quality of life by providing them with food, shelter, vocational skills training, and spiritual growth and development. Feel free to contact NGO Sparsh and contribute in making a difference and giving back to our society.

Check out more photos from our wonderful experience. Click here


Clean Out Your Closet – Clothes Donation Drive 2017

 

UPDATE – Monday, March 13, 2017: As part of iPlace’s CSR program, we conducted a clothes donation drive. This drive consisted of clean, usable, ironed clothes and toys for both adults and kids. iPlacers donated generously towards this program. The team visited NGO Sparsh in Undri, Pune and handed over the collection to them. The kids were overjoyed to see such a lot of stuff, especially all the toys. The clothes were sorted out according to size, age, and gender. Unusable fabrics will be recycled into cloth products like bags, table covers, quilts, and dusters.

We thank all iPlacers who volunteered and actively participated towards this noble cause and encourage others to do the same. We are proud of being active participants in giving back to our society.


WeMakeaDifference – CSR Fun Fete Event 2017

 

iPlace’s CSR fundraising fete returned with loads of fun, food, and frolic on Friday, 17 February 2017 at iBistro. iFete is all about fun and excitement but we at iPlace take it as a platform for spreading a smile on the faces of our less fortunate neighbors.

Thanks to everyone who visited our iFete stalls – we hope you all enjoyed yourselves. We really appreciate your support. It was a fun event with a fantastic response from all iPlacers!

The Fete’s Main Aim was:
• To donate the money raised towards humanity
• To provide a great day of fun and entertainment for all iPlacers.


iPlace USA Visits NGO Sparsh

 

UPDATE – Saturday, January 14, 2017: As part of iPlace’s CSR program, on January 14th, the team visited NGO Sparsh in Undri, Pune. Sparsh is a home that provides unconditional love, care, and emotional support to 30 children aged 5 to 15 years. These kids come from mixed backgrounds, some are street kids, orphans, and children of sex workers. Sparsh not only aims at providing these children with good education in order to make them self-reliant people with a healthy lifestyle, but also obtains for them a sustainable quality of life by providing them with food, shelter, vocational skills training, and spiritual growth and development.

We received a wonderful welcome from these lovely children. They introduced themselves so well and we even got to see them perform an entertaining dance number. The committee members spent good quality time with these kids playing football and badminton, reciting poems and stories.

Team iPlace also got to sponsor some evening snacks and refreshments for these kids. We thank all iPlacers who volunteered and actively participated towards this noble cause and encourage others to do the same. We are proud of being an active player in our local community and giving back to our society means a lot to us. We acknowledge and thank Burzin Mistry’s family for their personal support and contribution.


Fundraising Event – Flea Market By Elements Bazaar

 

iPlace organized its second Flea market in association with The Elements Bazaar, where there was something for everybody, be it Fashionable Clothes, Modern Home and Kitchen Utilities, Beauty and Personal Grooming Products, Homemade Chocolates, Scented Gel Candles and much more. A part of the proceeds from this flea market will be donated towards animal welfare.

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LIFE Farm Animal Sanctuary, Mapoli, Pune

 

UPDATE – Sunday, September 11, 2016: As a part of our CSR initiative, Team iPlace teamed up with L.I.F.E. – (Living in a Free Environment) – India’s first farm animal sanctuary and a haven for rescued animals, situated in the valley of the Bhimashankar Ghat in Mapoli Village, Ambegaon, Pune.

Being the first of its kind, L.I.F.E. was started in 2012. The main aim of every member involved is to give all abused, old, injured and abandoned farm animals the free environment that they deserve.

iPlacers gathered together on Sunday, September 12, 2016, and spent some quality time petting and hand-feeding the cute little dogs, cats, horses, cows, geese, pigs, sheep, and lots of other animals. The members of Team LIFE were really friendly. They accompanied and educated us about each and every animal at the shelter.

We thank Team LIFE and all iPlacers, who volunteered and actively engaged in the kind of work that saves and betters the lives of these injured animals for whom death is almost certain without immediate aid. Your courage and compassion for defenseless animals like these are exemplary!

Check out more photos from our wonderful experience at LIFE, Click here


WeMakeaDifference – Second CSR Fun Fete Event 2016

 

iPlace’s CSR fundraising fete returned with loads of fun, food, and frolic on Friday, 12 August 2016 at iBistro. iFete is all about fun and excitement but we at iPlace take it as a platform for spreading a smile on the faces of the underprivileged animals.

Thanks to everyone who visited our iFete stalls – we hope you all enjoyed yourselves. Really appreciate your support. It was a fun event with a fantastic response from all iPlacers!

The Fete’s Main Aim was:
• To donate the money raised towards animal welfare
• To provide a great day of fun and entertainment for all iPlacers.

For more photos of the iFete click here


iPlace USA Visits ResQ Charitable Trust, Pune

 

UPDATE – Saturday, July 16, 2016: The third quarter of the “WeMakeaDifference” Corporate Social Responsibility Program is dedicated to the most neglected beings in the world – Animals. iPlace teamed up with RESQ Charitable Trust, a full-fledged organization that rescues and rehabilitates thousands of injured and sick animals each year across the city of Pune.

On Saturday, July 16th iPlacers gathered together to add value primarily to the organization by providing hands-on assistance with cleaning grievous wounds and bandaging deformed limbs of animals. We also helped the organization by sponsoring 400 gunny bags and 10 iron vessels.

Some of us devoted our time to the shelter, where injured animals are housed for recuperation and physical therapy. The injuries these animals sustain are gruesome. We assisted in providing necessary medication, bandaging and preventing ticks and flea infestations. This place is not for the faint hearted as working with these animals whose injuries and ailments are like nothing you have ever seen, smelled or heard before. This job demands open-mindedness which causes you to invest undeniably. We quickly learned how to separate our feelings and emotions that naturally arise when confronted with animals who are treated inhumanely.

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. We thank Team ResQ and all iPlacers, who volunteered and actively engaged in the kind of work that saves and betters the lives of these injured animals for whom death is almost certain without immediate aid. We would also like to specifically acknowledge and thank Rakhi Kolhe’s family for their personal support and contribution towards animal welfare. Your courage and compassion for defenseless animals are exemplary. We salute you! Working with Team ResQ was an immensely rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Check out more photos from our wonderful experience at ResQ. Click here


Animal Welfare: Fundraising Event CounterStrike Tournament

 

UPDATE – Saturday, July 9, 2016: The third quarter of the “WeMakeaDifference” Corporate Social Responsibility Program will be dedicated to the most neglected beings in the world – Animals. As a part of our contribution, we will be working closely and supporting animal welfare programs in collaboration with NGO’s like ResQ, Jeev Raksha, L.I.F.E (Living in a free environment) Bodhisattva and Blue Cross, Pune to ensure that animals are treated humanely and responsibly. The role of animal welfare will be dealing with animal abuse, cruelty, illegal trade, rescue, habitat destruction due to environmental degradation and adoption. Every day that each of us contributes towards this noble cause, we move the world one step closer to improving animal’s’ well-being.

To support this cause we successfully arranged a counterstrike tournament as a fundraising initiative for all our employees. The after work CS gaming tournament began with five competitive teams ready to knock out each other in the championship arena. The competitors played tactfully to battle it out against fellow iPlacers and enjoyed every moment of adrenaline, sportsman spirit, and good cheer together.

We would like to express our gratitude to all iPlacers who actively participated and contributed towards making this day a big success.

Come join the animal welfare movement, participate in hands-on efforts and assist with implementing innovative projects that will benefit animals around us. Stay tuned for more photos, events, and updates on animal welfare.


Warje Flyover Bridge Makeover – Part II

 

Warje Flyover Bridge Makeover – Cleaning + Painting – Mission Accomplished!!!

UPDATE – May 22, 2016: On Sunday, May 22nd members of Swachh Pune – Swachh Bharat, LetsRISE, Lazy Humanz, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Bhumi and Team iPlace India gathered together for the final beautification of the Warje Flyover.

We were really happy to see a large group of enthusiastic volunteers working together to improve our city – Pune. The attendees were eagerly waiting for Sunday morning. They came well equipped with a range of paints, brushes, paint rollers and their artistic minds ready to turn the pillars of the flyover into a canvas of vibrant colors. The before and after photos speak for themselves and the feeling of accomplishment is priceless!

On behalf of Team iPlace India we would like to thank each and every participant for their valuable time, hard work and efforts, put towards making this project a success.

Special thanks to Team Swachh Pune – Swachh Bharat for initiating the project and for the incredible support. You guys are awesome!

Check out more photos of the beautiful transformation of the Warje Flyover Bridge here.


Illegal Posters Cleared From Warje Bridge Flyover, Pune

  • iPlace CEO – Hank Levine and BDM – Ben Brody also lent a helping hand in clearing posters and debris dumped on the pavements along with 45 citizens who participated in the operation to reclaim the ugly pillars of Warje Bridge flyover in Pune.

 

UPDATE – May 15th, 2016: On Sunday, May 15th members of Swachh Pune – Swachh Bharat, LetsRISE , Lazy Humanz, and Team iPlace gathered together to clear illegal posters that adorned Warje Bridge flyover and make the city ‘clean, green and garbage free’.

The cleanliness drive began at seven in the morning and took two and half hours to finish. iPlace CEO – Hank Levine and BDM – Ben Brody also lent a helping hand in clearing posters and debris dumped on the pavements along with 45 citizens who participated in the operation to reclaim the ugly pillars of Warje Bridge flyover in Pune.

iPlacers along with volunteers from various organizations and residents of nearby areas showed exemplary leadership and drive to improve the conditions and promote civic awareness. It took 30 minutes to clean one pillar. There were four pillars that were cleaned that day. We sprayed water on the pillars to soften the posters and then scraped seven to eight layers of paper bills stuck on top of each other. These bills staring at us at every nook and corner have ruined the city’s appearance.

The drive against illegal posters is necessary for ensuring that the city is cleaner, greener, garbage free and visually less polluted. It feels great to stand hand in hand with other residents of the city and create a positive impact in and around Pune.

We thank all iPlacers who volunteered and actively participated in making this place look clean, and encourage others to join us next Sunday, May 22nd same place, same time as we will be painting the pillars to make it look pretty and appealing. 

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REDUCE – RECYCLE – REPLENISH – RESTORE

 

UPDATE – APRIL 16th, 2016: The second quarter of 2016 will be dedicated to ‘The Environment – Our Planet.’ As part of iPlace’s CSR program on April 16th, we volunteered towards the initiative of cleaning the Mula-Mutha river at Bund Garden, Pune. The event was organized by LetsRISE and ‎SwachhPuneSwachhBharat committee with support from various organizations and other groups. The cleanliness drive began at eight in the morning and took two and half hours to finish. It feels great to stand hand in hand with other residents of the city and come together to clean the Mula-Mutha river to promote civic awareness and comradery. We thank all iPlacers who volunteered and actively participated in making this a success and also encouraged others to follow their example. This quarter we will be participating in various activities to preserve our precious Mother Earth. So, let’s give back to our society in a meaningful manner and transform lives by creating a positive impact in and around Pune.


 

UPDATE – MARCH 26th, 2016: The iPlace India CSR committee visited The Institute of Differently Abled People and Research Center located in Wanowrie, Pune. Following from the successful fundraising initiative of the fun fete, we were able to provide the institute with 24 ceiling fans which were installed throughout the facility. We were really happy to also contribute towards four annual tuitions for these wonderful children at the school.

We would like to express our gratitude to all iPlacers who actively participated and contributed towards making this day a big success. This will surely bring about a positive difference in the lives of our less fortunate neighbors.


Friday Fun Fete and After-Work Gaming Party

 

UPDATE – MARCH 11, 2016: As a part of iPlace’s CSR program, on March 11th, the committee planned and executed a Friday Fun Fete and after-work gaming parties for all employees.

The Fete’s main aim was to raise money for the children of the Society and also to provide a great day of fun and entertainment for all iPlacers. The attractions of the fete included a food court with stalls selling a spread of delicious meals like pav bhaji, chicken kheema, rolls, kebabs, kulfi, and sodas. Fun and frolic games from Brick in the Bucket, Minion Race, Beer Pong and Tail the Donkey were also a part of the entertainment. The Song Request Stall was very popular among the music lovers and iPlacers loved the idea of requesting a song for their friends and fellow iPlacers.

The after work gaming party began with the Fun FIFA tournament for all our employees. The competitors played hard to battle it out against fellow iPlacers and enjoyed every moment of adrenaline, laughter, and cheer together.

We would like to express our gratitude to all iPlacers who actively participated and contributed towards making this day a big success. This will surely bring about a positive difference in the lives of our less fortunate neighbors.


 

For the first quarter of 2016, the WeMakeaDifference committee selected the Institute of Differently Abled People and Research Center located in Wanowrie, Pune. The Institute’s mission is to rehabilitate orthopedically disabled children. We are conducting fundraising activities to provide meals and school supplies, and providing annual tuition for many children.

 

UPDATE – FEB 13, 2016: As part of iPlace’s CSR program, on February 13th, the teams sponsored a “special meal”, complete with sweets, which are a rare occurrence. CSR for us is not only a responsibility but also an opportunity. It was a very humbling experience to get out of one’s comfort zone, donate our time and help serve our community. We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude like the ability to see, hear, talk, walk, and enjoy life. It is really important to look at the big picture and getting this opportunity to spend some time with these children was truly an amazing and heart-warming eye opener.