Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability along with the students' team SIGMA (Social Initiative Group for Managerial Assistance) organizes DaanUtsav - Jamshedpur JoyFest every year in October. During the week-long event, the XLRI students are engaged in a variety of events involving volunteerism and giving. The events organised are Vastra Samman and Ann Daan (donation of clothes and dry ration); Gift of Time (visit to Nirmal Hiruday, an old age home); Serving Those Who Serve Us (students serve food to the workers of XLRI); Wish Tree (fulfilling some of the elementary necessities of children from orphanage and old age home)
a. Vastra Samman & Ann Daan: Students visited faculty and staff residences during the Joy of Giving Week and collected items. Also, SIGMA collaborated with various schools across the city of Jamshedpur which served as collection points.
b. Gift of Time: Nirmal Hryuday is an Old Age Home and Orphanage in Baridih, Jamshedpur, meant for those who have been abandoned by the society or their families. It is run by the Missionaries of Charity. During the Joy of Giving Week, students of XLRI visited them, took sweets, provisions for a month along with love and affection and spent time with more than 100 residents of Nirmal Hryuday.
c. Kehkaha Day: A magical day spent with kids - learning from them, reliving childhoods and, inspiring them in little ways to greater heights - an indescribable experience. The event involved students of Sankalp from 4th to 8th standard. It began with a movie screening, followed by a drawing competition and a round of fun games. The event was an important reminder to prove that children, whatever be their circumstances, have immense potential, and are well on their way to becoming change makers of the future.
d. Wish Tree: The students of XLRI fulfilled the wishes of children from the orphanage & the elderly of the Old Age Home through a Wish Tree which had a list of wishes kept at various locations on campus.
e. Serving Those Who Serve Us: The students of XLRI felicitated the workers of XLRI by celebrating 'Serving Those Who Serve Us Day'. It was an opportunity for to give back to the workers of XLRI as lunch was organized for them.
f. Nukkad Natak: Team SIGMA collaborated with Dracula - The Dramatics and Cultural Association of XLRI, to organize a street play during Joy of Giving week of the Jamshedpur fest at the local monthly extravaganza - Jam Street. The play was aimed at raising awareness about the JoyFest and attracted a large crowd.