Sustainability Award of the Year

San Diego

The San Diego Action Center initially consisted of a 5 core member team, mainly students from San Diego State University. After further networking, we now have a Board, which consists of 10 active core members, and a database of 108 volunteers, varying from professionals and students alike, who have one purpose; to build relationships and increase our opportunity to raise awareness about Child Rights & You.

Our Action Center thrives by working together as a team and creating friendships. Before every event we all get together and do a potluck as our way of not only planning/strategizing but also building camaraderie among our members. The bond we share further inspires us to work hard in our efforts. As a National Event, we held our second annual CRY Walk, and raised $10,204.21, easily doubling the amount we raised from our 2009 Walk at $5000. We also decided to be bold and host CRY Bollywood Night during our first year as an action center entitled, "Nite Heist," we raised a total of $1900. "Nite Heist" was a huge success! We sold out our tickets, even on the very last day people were asking for tickets! Due to the astounding feedback, we look forward to another Bollywood Event this year, which is currently under planning stages for March of 2011.

As a way to build the CRY empire, San Diego Action Center decided to go full force with outreach efforts. We had a total of 7 tabling events throughout San Diego, (Totaling $1661 of revenues altogether); one in particular is the joint effort of CRY San Diego Action Center and NetIP San Diego - the "Drum Circle". This was a community outreach event, held at Balboa Park; a way of creating awareness in world events and various philanthropic causes. As soon as the beating of the drums took a pause, CRY members spoke to the group regarding the organization and its importance. Therefore, interests were sparked; many decided to volunteer and donated money. "Green Elephant" even went as far as giving gifts to those who donated to CRY. As a matter of fact, "Drum Circle" won best community award during the NetIP annual conference. Another event that has made an impact in San Diego would be the Light Music Orchestra for CRY Benefit. Tamil Sangam allowed CRY to take part in their annual picnic to spread the news regarding CRY as well as sell merchandise items. CRY Booth was also set up adjacent to the line, where the CRY banner was visible enough to lure curious minds and register enthusiastic volunteers! We were so well received, that a percentage of the event's profit from CD Sales was donated to CRY.

From the humble beginnings of starting our action center, just like a budding rose, we have bloomed into an organization that has won the hearts of many Indians and Non-Indians in San Diego, providing a lasting impression of philanthropy and achieving great heights through team work and persistence. This year, we will continue our upward trend!.