Volunteer Profile: Paul Chawla

  1. What are the basics: Name/Job/Location/life goal (can be serious/funny/quirky)?

Paul Chawla/Salesforce Success Manager/Toronto, Canada/I have hundreds of goals and they keep changing but overall I just want to have a meaningful and satisfying life.

  1. How and why did you get involved with Venture 2 Impact?

I joined this awesome company (Salesforce) that not only encourages but enables  its employees to volunteer. I wanted to take advantage of our 1-1-1 Philanthropic Model whereby we get time off and donation matching to improve communities throughout the world. I had a few requirements when looking at different programs: 1) I wanted to travel and volunteer abroad, 2) I wanted to engage with an organization that did transformational work, and 3) I wanted an opportunity to leverage my professional skills. I attended a Lunch&Learn run by Fadi and found V2I to be a perfect fit for me.

  1. What is your favorite part of Venture 2 Impact?

There is no shortage of travel abroad programs where volunteers can teach English or help build homes. What I like most about V2I is that their projects have real, sustainable impact on the ground. Their mission to break the cycle of poverty is supported by an engagement model that focuses on lasting well-being.  Volunteers have an opportunity to continue contributing and benefiting the communities even after the trip.

  1. What has been your most rewarding experience with Venture 2 Impact?

I was born in India but immigrated when I was 4 years old. I never had an opportunity to go back to India and experience the poverty prevalent there. With the V2I India project last November, I was able to experience, first hand, some of the challenges different communities face. I am glad that we were able to discover some great causes for us to contribute to. I am looking forward to working with a hospital in India on the Anugrah project over the next couple of years.

  1. How has your experience with Venture 2 Impact influenced you the most?

One concern I had before my trip was what impact could 1 week make? Could I really make a difference in the short time? I have to come to learn that small things can have big impact. I now take advantage of even the smallest of opportunities to give back to the communities. I know that my small contribution could have lasting impact on others.

  1. What have you learned since volunteering with Venture 2 Impact? Has your perspective changed?

Volunteering is best known as something that benefits others, but that’s not to say there aren’t lessons we can all learn along the way. I learnt humbling lessons about how communities living in poverty embrace hardships and find a way to happiness.  

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Our family has seen various levels of poverty during our travels. To help combat poverty we mostly made donations in the past. More recently, I’ve volunteered at our local community school and my husband joined the board for a high school in a vulnerable community. As our sense of the importance of community increased over the years, we have become more interested in contributing our time, in a meaningful way.

Everyone Can Make an Impact

I had long thought about ways to give back to the broader community when I stumbled across Venture 2 Impact for the first time. In all my attempts to try and find a way to give back I was struggling with finding something where I felt I could really contribute uniquely with my specific skill set in a way that seemed sustainable to the community I was trying to help.

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“I feel supercharged. What I experienced in Romania with the kids and young adults can combat 1,000 bad days.”

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