About Us

AID Penn State is a chapter of the Association for India’s Development. It is managed by student volunteers from Penn State University with immense support from the Indian community. 

The primary objective of this organization is to provide financial aid to various projects working towards a social cause in India. Be it promoting literacy in villages, shelter for the less privileged, women empowerment, post trauma rehabilitation, awareness campaigns or relief operations after the nature’s fury; there are many organizations and people in India who are working selflessly,  towards a better tomorrow for someone else! 

We raise funds for these high-impact operations through fun activities and events that are great social mixers and a platform for you to participate in a good cause! So, help us support our heroes back home! 

We truly appreciate and encourage you to Participate, Interact, Volunteer and Donate!

Please browse through individual pages for more information and feel free to contact us for any questions.

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    We ARE… AID Penn State!

    The beginning of Fall is a great time of the year! The weather is great, our campus town – State College starts buzzing again with students. The new batch of students bring in a new wave of energy and positivity to the campus every year. It makes everyone reminisce about the first time they came to this country with new dreams, hopes and aspirations. The Indian student community at Penn state goes an extra mile to make sure the new students have a smooth transition to their new home. Students always look forward to a greater social experience, especially in a new town, and AID is an amazing platform for that! It’s where I have met some of the best people I know and it’s fulfilling to know that you are contributing to a good cause back home. This has always been my pitch!
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    Football volunteering - after three games

    During the fall semester Penn State football is usually in full swing with six to seven home games in the season. Beaver stadium is one of the few, where all the concession stands inside the stadium are staffed by organizations on campus that support non-profit activities, ranging from fraternities raising funds for THON to church groups supporting the local food bank. AID is in charge of running one such stand where we usually raise around $4000 as commission helping us support one or two additional developmental projects in India. A stand usually consists of a manager, an assistant manager and a host of volunteers. Based on the number of volunteers a group is able to field, stands are assigned in order to maximize profitability. In other words, if a group has 20+ volunteers they would work at a large stand in a profitable location. The more a stand earns the greater the commission awarded to a group. Below we have a picture taken at our last game - PSU vs San Diego State on the 26th of September. Football at Penn State is famous in itself - we have people from far away driving in to State College, tailgating, enjoying the game and then driving back. Watching a game is thus on the must-do lists of most visitors and students in the area. The next best thing is volunteering at a concession stand - help raise funds for a charity while watching parts of the game. This is especially true during games against big teams and planned white out games. 
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