Sarthak Mittal, a 25-year-old software developer, has successfully worked at companies like TCS and Amdocs. He aspires to be an MBA graduate and has always wanted to give it back to society. On a pleasant day in January 2019, he stumbled upon a Quora answer mentioning UPAY. Knowing about the organization knocked his dormant desire to work on ground for the underprivileged and connect with people from the lowest strata of the society.
Our young and energetic present Zonal Secretary admin describes his first day in heart-warming and soothing words. The fact that no paperwork was involved and he got an opportunity to work on the ground appealed the most to him. On his very first day, he met our most enthusiastic and one of the most selfless volunteers, Abhishek. He had a very positive interaction with him and saw the classes being conducted at Reach & Teach, Karol Bagh center in Delhi.
The very next day Sarthak met our Zonal Director, Mithila, and our then-Secretary of Finance Ankit. The positive vibes from them and the overall enriching environment at UPAY made him stay connected & engaged in volunteering for us. Since then, it has been a journey extending more than 18 months. In this period, he did some groundbreaking & impressive work. He has been a crucial and incomparable part of UPAY’s Delhi Zone. His dedication manifested in the form of a novel Footpathshaala learning center at Tilak Nagar. Establishing this center would not have been possible without his pivotal support. From surveying the area, finding a teacher to making a shed, his quintessential presence felt everywhere.
His dedication and efforts made us realize his immense potential. To benefit the organization by his service, he was soon elevated as Zonal Secretary of Delhi Zone to handle administrative work. The post demands the services of a generalist. The fact that it is considered the right hand of the Zonal Director speaks volumes about the effort and ability it requires.
We got dividends from his work in this pandemic. His involvement in ration distribution ensured timely delivery of ration to the needy people. To recognize his exceptional work, he was rewarded this year with the Volunteer’s Excellence Award. We hope his dedication helps the organization reach new heights and are grateful for getting such a dedicated volunteer.