Q: Do I really need to register to volunteer for Be the Change?
A: YES! This is the only way we can keep track of all our volunteers and ensure you get your t-shirt! If you are an individual, family, or team, everyone must register.

Q: How do I register my children?
A: If you have chosen a project that allows children, please register yourself first and wait for confirmation email. Then email support@givepulse.com with the number of children you are bringing as well as their age.

Q: How do I know if I have registered for a site?
A: You will receive an automatic email message confirming your registration.  Once you receive this confirmation, you are all set!

Q: What is the theme of Be the Change?
A: The 2013 theme for Be the Change is “Stand Together, Serve Together” which showcases how individuals give back to their communities in the spirit of service and their commitment to creating lasting change beyond Be The Change 2013. This is an opportunity for South Asians across the United States to engage in collective public service activities that will lead to further civic engagement, collaboration, and unity.

Q: What is Be The Change?
A: Be the Change is an annual national day of service coordinated by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to inspire and foster civic engagement through volunteerism and community service. Every year, thousands of participants across the country contribute innumerable hours of community service in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Q: What are the goals of Be the Change?
A: Be the Change has various goals, summarized best into these 4 goals:

  • Encourage South Asians and others nationwide to collectively engage in community service.
  • Identify and develop leaders in the South Asian community across the country.
  • Foster effective partnerships with local and national organizations.
  • Build unity and collaboration within the South Asian community in the United States.

Q: How many volunteers did you get last year?
A: Last year we had 1000 volunteers and about a 25+ service projects. This year our goal is to exceed 1,000 volunteers. So let’s aim for 1,500 or more!

Q: How many years has this event been happening?
A: This is our fifth year. The first year we had 50 volunteers and only 1 service project.

Q: Who organizes this annual event?
A:The annual Be The Change Austin planning committee is comprised of volunteers. If you are interested in being on the planning committee please send and email to Info@BeTheChangeAustin.org.

Q: Are there age restrictions for volunteers?
A: Likely, no – we hope to encourage families and people of all ages to attend! If some sites have specific age or physical requirements, they will be listed in the description for that site on the registration page.

Q: When will I actually be volunteering?
A: Your shift time will depend on the site that you sign up for and their specific needs. Most sites will be active from approximately 8am-12pm, although some sites may start earlier and some may end later.