United Way of Mumbai

To spearhead & create definitive, long term and large scale sustainable change in key action areas of children & education, women's empowerment, civic issues & capacity building of Non Profits; to impact the social fabric of the country by building synergies between the Corporate and the Development sector of India. United Way of Mumbai conducts and oversees various programs in the field of Education, Health, Women, Environment, Disaster preparedness and recovery. United Way of Mumbai is a premier non-profit organization that endeavors to leverage corporate, employee and leadership talent for community development. Through corporate gifts and employee giving campaigns, United Way...

United Way of Mumbai
309, Nirman Kendra, Famous Studio Lane,
Dr E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi Estate,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400011
India
+91 22 24937676
https://www.unitedwaymumbai.org

Board of Directors

Mihir Doshi, Indu Shahani, Jasu Shah, Sunil Mehta, Sunit Mehra, Pradeep Poddar, Homi Khusrokhan, Anjali Bansal, Devendra Bharma, Jayanti Shukla, George Aikara, Ajay Govale, Subratakumar Mitra

Mission

To spearhead & create definitive, long term and large scale sustainable change in key action areas of children & education, women's empowerment, civic issues & capacity building of Non Profits; to impact the social fabric of the country by building synergies between the Corporate and the Development sector of India. United Way of Mumbai conducts and oversees various programs in the field of Education, Health, Women, Environment, Disaster preparedness and recovery. United Way of Mumbai is a premier non-profit organization that endeavors to leverage corporate, employee and leadership talent for community development. Through corporate gifts and employee giving campaigns, United Way of Mumbai seeks to successfully engage the corporate sector into meaningful Social Responsibility structures bringing about a positive and lasting change in the communities.

Programs

United Way of Mumbai mobilizes resources from the corporate sector only after meticulous assessment of non-profits and develops a partnership committed to making a difference. It follows the highest international standards of due diligence while evaluating these NGOs, and adheres to strict requirements of accountability, transparency, effectiveness, and efficiency. United Way prides itself on being an effective 'change agent' who bridges the gap between the corporate sector and the civil society and collectively helping build sustainable communities. United Way Mumbai Helpline (UWMH), an on ground initiative of United Way Mumbai has been making consistent effort for better disaster preparedness and improvement in the state of civic issues in the city of Mumbai. United Way Mumbai Helpline began as a special initiative by United Way of Mumbai in response to the floods witnessed by the city on 26th July 2005. Since then it has continued to be an on ground program making consistent efforts for better disaster preparedness and improvement in the state of civic issues in the city of Mumbai. Unlike the name suggests, United Way Mumbai Helpline is not a telephonic helpline, but is a forum for facilitating active and effective network of key stakeholders working towards the common goal of making Mumbai a cleaner, safer and better place to live in. It provides a platform for all government and non-government players, students, citizens and corporates to come together and give their best to address the civic environmental issues and disaster situations the city is gravely and frequently faced with. This initiative aims to bring together local civic authorities, residents, NGOs, corporates and other stakeholders to address environmental issues at the ward level and alongside set up a community based Disaster Preparedness Plan for the area. United Way of Mumbai is also the official Third Party Auditors of the Clean- Up Mumbai campaign by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). In an effort to realize the purpose of the initiative, there are several undertakings United Way Mumbai Helpline has initiated. Following is a glimpse into the activities. United Way Mumbai Helpline (UWMH) has been successfully implementing citywide campaigns on key health issues such as Malaria and other monsoon ailments, Hepatitis B and C etc. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai relies on UWMH as the lead NGO partner for carrying out citywide initiatives on health issues through public private partnership. One such successful association has been for prevention of Malaria outbreak in the city of Mumbai "Youth for Healthy Mumbai" was UWMH's citywide campaign in 2010 to address the urgent need to tackle the malaria epidemic that had hit the city. UWMH initiated a special project which brought in its fold not just the MCGM offices in most wards, but also the youth power in the city. During the project period, UWMH reached out to 100 colleges in Mumbai selected to include representation from all the 24 civic wards in the city. Over 3000 students from these colleges were then trained as the Health Educators with inputs from the Municipal Health departments, and who then carried out awareness drives in the vulnerable pockets in their neighborhoods. UWMH also supported the MCGM by sponsoring printing of the Campaign Collateral Kit containing banners, placards, posters and pamphlets for use by the college students. It is a matter of pride for UWMH that our hugely successful model for community outreach and impact has been adopted by MCGM's Health Department, and the Campaign is now run by them every year. Clean-Up Mumbai Campaign- In addition to being invited to partner with MCGM as the third party auditors for its 'Clean-Up Mumbai' campaign, United Way Mumbai Helpline also works on capacity building of the Clean-Up Marshals and facilitating their coordination with the MCGM Ward Officials to ensure smooth and proper implementation of the campaign. Through initiatives such as Warning Card and Fining Card volunteers, United Way Mumbai Helpline endeavors to mobilize citizens' participation in the campaign. It also conducts periodic review meetings with MCGM personnel, security agency heads and Clean-up Marshals to maintain synergy in the campaign and keep a tab on the progress of the campaign. Capacity Building of community stakeholders for better disaster preparedness and response: UWMH has trained more than 15000 Mumbai city stakeholders in disaster response and management. These trainings have resulted into community based disaster preparedness and increase in the awareness related disaster and response to it. Trainings of crucial stakeholders such as police personnel, shoe shiners and porters, community health volunteers, teaching and non teaching staff of safe house schools etc. have led to creation of pool of First Responders in times of disasters. Through basic disaster response trainings for college students, UWMH has been able to channelize the youth for safer Mumbai. Strengthening of Safe House Schools in the city for better Disaster Preparedness and Response: A city-wide project is under development for strengthening of over 120 Safe Houses as identified by MCGM in all 24 wards of the city. Corporations will be mobilized to adopt Safe Houses and sponsor the cost of assessment and strengthening. United Way Mumbai Helpline has initiated the process of strengthening in 20 safe houses from 4 wards on pilot basis and will soon start replicating the same in other safe houses. Hospital Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Training: A one of its kind initiative by United Way Mumbai Helpline, this project aims to equip hospitals and their staff to address crucial and critical aspects in the event of a disaster when a hospital is required to shift gears from routine medical services to emergency medical services. Over 30 senior staff of the Holy Spirit Hospital - a major hospital in K-East ward (the largest ward in Mumbai city) in the absence of a major government hospital in Andheri-East - has under gone this training. Plans are afoot to replicate this model with all the major hospitals of the city.

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