Shirdi Sai Parivaar (SSP) wishes all our Saibandhus a very happy and blissful New Year. With Baba’s blessings and your continued support, in 2015, we participated in several charitable and community services and also initiated a few projects. Below is an update of all our activities in 2015.
|2015 Charity & Community Activities|
|Help Underprivileged||Community Services (Free)|
|Nepal Earthquake support to Virtues Children Nepal Inc, Pourakhi Nepal, & Nepal Youth Foundation: $12K||High school scholarships for underprivileged and deserving high school students from Milpitas Union School District: $5K||Health Fair: served 300+ senior citizens and devotees with blood/cholesterol/ECG testing/acupuncture, ayurveda, homeopathy, dental, internal medicine & psychiatric consultancy, flu shot|
|Middletown high school teachers affected by Valley Fire: $2K||Blankets for local homeless shelters: #162 blankets||Notary, Medicare, Medi-cal and dental consultancy during weekends|
|SAVE, a Bay area based NPO for abused men and women: $1K||Toy drive to Gift Giving program through Family Giving Tree and Milpitas Fire Department: #135 toys||Financial planning and college counseling seminars|
|LIFE ElderCare, a Bay area NPO that provides home delivered nutritious meals to senior citizens: $3K||Second Harvest Food Bank: ~1500lbs of non-perishable food||Blood drive via Stanford Blood Center & Bone marrow drive via Asian American Donor program|
|Onsite cooking at local homeless shelters and deliver prepared sandwiches: $15K||Free classes- language, shloka, dance, Math, SAT, & yoga|
|Satcharita Parayan for the well being of devotees and World Peace: Second Sat of each month, about 125 requests/month|
Charitable Donations from SSP since 2005
- Domestic/international disasters: ~$55K
- Other NPO’s involved in noble cause: ~$35K
- Educational Activities: ~$13K
* The above mentioned donations include SSP’s contributions and donations specifically received from devotees for various fundraising drives and activities.
|2015 Religious Activities|
|Regular Events||Other Recurring Events||New Events|
|New Year: 01/01/2015||Sai Satyavrata puja: quarterly, conducted by a priest and free||Sankshipta Ramayan Parayan for Ramnavami (03/28/2015)|
|Ramnavami: 03/28/2015||Sai Naam jap: 03/21/2015, 06/13/2015, 07/25/2015, 10/18/2015||Gita Parayan (12/27/2015)|
|SSP Anniversary: 06/20/2015|
Kitchen update status: As shared earlier, SSP is in the process of upgrading the existing kitchen so that we can prepare prasadam in the premises during Thursdays and event days for our devotees. This would also help SSP expand its community services by preparing hot food and delivering it to the local homeless shelters.
The city of Milpitas has approved the proposed layout. We have received competitive bids from multiple contractors and are in the process of selecting the contractor for the project. We will keep you updated as we reach the key milestones. The plan is to complete the project in 2016.
Loan Payment Status: By Baba’s grace, over the past five years, we have been able to reduce the loan amount quite substantially from about $4 Million USD to ~$2.3Million. In 2015, we paid $ 175K towards the loan.
Shirdi Sai Center and all our activities would not have been possible without the constant support and cooperation of our devotees and volunteers. We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to you and your family for your constant support over years.
Devotees interested in volunteering or in more information regarding SSP activities, classes or community services that are offered are requested to send an email to [email protected] or call us on (408)-909-1221 or visit our website www.shirdisaiparivaar.org and follow us on Facebook.