Our generous volunteers make our world go round here at HK. We love getting to highlight these individuals that selflessly give back to better the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.
Nalini Gangadhar is a math teacher and wanted to continue to teach kids important life lessons—especially the importance of giving back to the community. She does just this through her work with the Balvihar youth group volunteer projects.
About three years ago, Nalini was connected to HumanKind Ministries (HK) and shortly thereafter, the Sunday school class she led added helping the homeless to their mission. “We connected to HK because of the hands on volunteering opportunities it provides us in our own backyard and how they serve all of humanity with big hearts.”
The faculty and students at Balvihar and Nalini volunteer with Operation Holiday and at the Emergency Winter Shelter. She loves getting to see the kids making a tangible difference in the community through hands-on service. The kids love to be involved in so many parts of Operation Holiday and being a part of the Wichita community coming together to serve so many in need.
Some of her favorite memories while volunteering are from serving meals at the Emergency Winter Shelter. “We always meet at our temple beforehand to prepare the meals. Watching the kids while they prepare and make the food, you can see their gratitude and I can tell it is a cherished time for them.”
Nalini also loved when the Balvihar Sunday School won the Piece by Peace Award at the 2018 Humanitarian Awards Dinner. The kids all had a twinkle in their eyes and loved being treated like “rock stars” for the night.
Nalini particularly loves volunteering on the Humanitarian Awards Committee as well as Operation Holiday donation drives. When asked why volunteering was so important, Nalini said, “We have all been recipients of someone else’s good heartedness and there comes a point where it’s your time to give back and make a difference. It’s far more fun to give than to receive.”
*Volunteer opportunities are very limited at present due to the pandemic and we can’t wait to welcome volunteers back onto our campus when it is safe to do so.