Our Journey

Our Team

Our Directors

Our Vision

To create an inclusive world where there are opportunities for everyone, there is no poverty; everyone has access to quality health care and education.

  • Making people aware of the social issues in their communities and encouraging them to stay invested and connected to these causes thus inspiring them to make a change.
  • Ensuring their contributions are directed effectively towards addressing the most pressing issues.
  • Setting the highest standards of integrity.

Our History​

United Way Chennai is part of the global United Way network that is operating in more than 46 countries and in 7 states across India.

A decade of change and impact – we’re grateful for the immense support from our donors and partners. We invite you to take a walk down memory lane with us by scrolling below.

Our Journey

2010

The Beginning of the Journey

UWC OPENS IN THE CITY
Part of United Way Worldwide, a global non-profit movement that channelizes the giving power of corporates to create an impact in the neediest communities

2011-12

Establishing our CSR & Volunteering verticals

Provided assistive devices & employment opportunities to the differently-abled
6 AVAZ devices worth Rs. 40,000/- each was donated to children of Vidya Sagar, a center for special education. 100 differently-abled individuals trained and placed in companies such as GE, Hinduja, Kotak Mahindra etc
Organized the first CEO Run in Chennai

34 CEOs ran for nearly 2 km at IIT Chennai, raising 45 Lakhs for causes supported by United Way Chennai

2013-14

Striking collaborative partnerships​

First Budget Meet organized

Speakers included Mr. PN Vijay along with Mr. Nandkumar Surti and Mr. Sankaran Naren. Raised Rs. 30 Lakhs with 11 corporate sponsors

Organized our First Dream Madras Exhibition

To commemorate Madras’ 375th birthday, students from different schools exhibited their ideas about their perspective of Chennai. In the following year, we partnered with TOI to organize UWC’s first public performance with Ms. Shobana

10,000 runners participated in The Wipro Chennai Marathon

Included international participants from Uganda, Dubai, Algeria, and Ethiopia. A number of physically challenged persons were seen running, including India’s first blade runner, Major Devender Pal Singh.

2015

Pitching in to turn it around

UWC’s First Day of Action held;

The largest day of volunteering in the state with more than 10,000 volunteers participating in clean up campaigns, spreading awareness on cleanliness and hygiene.

Championed Flood Relief Efforts during the 2015 Chennai Rains

We partnered with 8 corporates and 18 NGOs for the Flood relief program. Corporate volunteers distributed 24,000+ packets of food, 25,000+ liters of water, 3 lakh+ soya milk packs, 1000+ packets of Oats, 3000+ mats and blankets, 4000+ kgs of rice, Essentials like medicines, candles, Odomos mosquito repellent cream, sanitary napkins, and Items for rehabilitation – clothes, provisions, utensils, etc. We helped 4,00,000 affected people.

Piloted the first WaSH program in Sholinganallur Govt. Higher Sec School

Constructed a girl-friendly toilet block fitted with incinerators for sanitary napkins as well as two group hand wash stations and a ground-level reservoir. Made provisions for water filtration & re-use and conducted awareness sessions on menstrual hygiene.

2016-17

Creating a Culture of Giving

Kickstarted the Anganwadi Programme with ICDS & UNICEF

Enables underprivileged children aged 0 to 6 to become ready for mainstream schooling through pre-school education, immunization, and nutrition in Anganwadis. UWC partnered with the HT Parekh Foundation, ICDS & UNICEF to pilot the program in 10 Anganwadis in tribal areas.

Happy Hands initiative was born

2000+ Volunteers from various colleges and corporates across the city taught 10,000 children in Govt. & Panchayat Union schools about the need & importance of safe handwashing habits. As part of United Way Worldwide’s Day of Action Competition 2017, UWC won the Greatest Scale as well as Best Photo Award. 

Set up the first Child-Friendly Court Room in Madras HC with UNICEF

Courtroom trials are intimidating and to ensure that children have a non-threatening experience during trials, United Way Chennai in partnership with UNICEF & IIT Kanpur, conceptualized and created a child-friendly courtroom in the Madras High Court. 

2018-19

Growing in leaps and bounds across verticals

Expanded our scope of work

Benefitted the differently-abled by creating opportunities for a better quality of life through scholarships & micro-entrepreneurship. Tackling the water crisis through source augmentation and ensuring safe/affordable drinking water for poor communities.

Reversing & rehabilitating flood-affected Kerala

Through our relief efforts, such as distributing 300+ NFI kits, building 50+ transient shelters, cleaning up almost 100 wells, restoring school and community plants, we benefitted more than 4 million people.

CHRIS KEVIN EMMANUEL

PROJECT MANAGER

DEENSHA PG

PROJECT MANAGER

EVANGELINE PEARL J

ASSISTANT MANAGER - PROJECTS & VOLUNTEERING

GABRIEL RAJ

PROJECT MANAGER

KRISHNARAJ T

EXECUTIVE - FINANCE & ACCOUNTS

MEENAKSHI RAMESH

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MRIDULA SWAMY

SENIOR CONSULTANT - MONITORING & IMPACT ASSESSMENT

MARGARET CLARA

MANAGER - PROJECTS

RAZIA K J

ASSOCIATE - IMPACT & COMMUNICATIONS

SHIRLEY VERONICA

ASSOCIATE - PROJECTS & VOLUNTEERING

SUJITHRA VARGHESE

ASSOCIATE - PROJECTS

VIDYA KUMAR

SENIOR MANAGER - HR

MA ALAGAPPAN

Chairman

MA ALAGAPPAN

He was the Former Executive Chairman of Murugappa Group. He is also the Honorary Consul of Hungary.

AMARNATH REDDY

Vice-Chairman

AMARNATH REDDY

He serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of A.R. Foundations Pvt. Ltd.

ANURADHA OZA

Member

ANURADHA OZA

She is a Leadership Development professional with 20+ years of international work experience in the fields of Diversity, Corporate Communications as well as Corporate Social Responsibility. Her experience spans geographies such as Asia, the UK, and USA. She is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government & is accredited by the Govt. of India as a CSR trainer.

KAVITHA DUTT

Member

KAVITHA DUTT

She is the Joint Managing Director of KCP Limited where she has contributed towards varying levels of management. She particularly oversees new projects, financial and human resource management, and spearheads budgetary policies. She comes with over 2 decades of professional experience.

MADHAVAN NAMBIAR

Member

MADHAVAN NAMBIAR

He has a 36-year record of public service as an IAS officer. As Secretary to the Govt. of India at the Ministry of Civil Aviation, he directed the design & development of some of India’s largest public-private partnership (PPP) projects. Currently, he is the Advisor of TCS & Chairman, Kerala Digital Advisory Board.

MAHALINGAM SETURAMAN

Member

MAHALINGAM SETURAMAN

He had served TCS in a number of areas, finally serving as its CFO and Executive Director. He is currently on the Boards of a few Companies.

PRAKASH KATAMA

Member

PRAKASH KATAMA

He was the CEO of TVS Electronics Ltd after serving as Sr Director-Operations for Nokia India Pvt Ltd. He is currently a Managing Partner at Asia Plastics and an active investor in the startup ecosystem.

PRAMOD KUMAR

Member

PRAMOD KUMAR

He is a Senior Managing Partner at IIFL Wealth, oversees the wealth management function in the Chennai and Coimbatore regions. He brings over 3 decades of experience in capital markets with a specific focus on multi-asset class investment management & Advisory.

SABINA NARAYAN

Member

SABINA NARAYAN

She is a community organizer and mobilizes group activities on diverse civic issues. She previously coordinated Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation’s design and community development of the IT Corridor and Adyar Poonga. Her professional background ranges from design and infrastructure to community development.

SRINIVASAN K SWAMY

Member

SRINIVASAN K SWAMY

Srinivasan K. Swamy is the Chairman of advertising major RK Swamy BBDO. He also is the president of the India chapter of the International Advertising Association for 2013-14. He serves on the Board of Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirapally, and is also a Trustee in the Consumers Association of India and CONCERT.