Be the Change



Be the Change is an annual national day of service coordinated by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to inspire and foster civic engagement and stronger communities through volunteerism and community service. Every year thousands of participants across the country collectively contribute numerous hours of community service in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s challenge to “be the change you wish to see in the world.” 

Through a coordinated effort on a single day (around Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday), teams across the country identify community sites to volunteer for the day.


“Be The Change [BTC] was a great opportunity to give back, to do good together, to rise above our own needs and busy schedules and dedicate a few hours in the service of others…To know that our effort, however small, would maybe impact a life in some way was a humbling experience. We also enjoyed meeting others who were there for similar reasons. We will be back for Be the Change in years to come.”

Tara , Be the Change – Austin, TX


Be the change presents an opportunity to…

Join thousands of volunteers nationwide for Be the Change on Saturday, October 3rd 2015 to serve your local community. Service projects can include working at sites and organizations that address hunger and poverty, civic engagement, youth leadership and engagement, the environment, and more. 

Be Connected:Develop skills, build relationships, and strengthen your community through service.
Be Engaged
: Join South Asian advocates, activists, students, and allies from your area and across the U.S. to make a difference in your community.
Be Inspired: Learn from energizing community leaders and peers and inspire others to be agents of change.

Register to be a Volunteer! »



We are looking for planning team leaders to lay the groundwork for a great Be the Change experience for local participants. SAALT asks that every city or campus has a planning team leader, who serves as the main organizer and point of contact for the Be The Change event.The planning team leader is also the primary liaison with SAALT staff.

Last year, over 3,000 individuals nationwide came together in teams from 10 cities and 30 campuses to participate in Be the Change. Whether your group has participated before or is a first-time registrant, register by the following deadlines to reserve your spot!

City-based teams: July 31st

Campus-based teams: September 14th but July 31st if possible!

Planning team leaders are committing to:

* Secure a service project site(s) and project during July/August. SAALT can help!
* Recruit individual volunteers, coordinate event promotion, and the event launch
* Manage team registration
* Work directly with SAALT staff to coordinate training and materials for distribution
* Work with your team to organize a kick-off ceremony featuring compelling guest speakers
* Report back to SAALT staff after the event to let us know how your Be the Change event went including the number of volunteers who participated!

Register to be a Planning Team Leader! »


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Donate resources and become a National Partner or Sponsor for Be the Change.

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Be the Change 2015 is generously supported by our National Partner: