S.E.R.V.E, Thousand Oaks, CA
Bal Vikas, Thousand Oaks, CA
YOGASHANTHI classes in Yoga and Meditation
S.E.R.V.E is an affiliated chapter of Sri Sai Narayana Organization, which works exclusively to promote charitable, spiritual, cultural, and educational activities within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. This organization is open to all who believe in Sai Doctrine of unity of all religions, service to humanity, harmony, and peace.
S.E.R.V.E is approved as a Presidential Service Awards certifying group. Together we have made a commitment to helping others, encouraging the spirit of service in our children, bringing us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation.
We are a group of families educating our children on the importance of following a path of truth, love, non violence, peace and service, unity of faith and that the one Supreme is Divine, formless and an embodiment of love. We incorporate yoga, meditation, mantra chanting, and service in our day to day lives. We motivate each other by our hard work. We hope to instill this passion in the minds of our children who will be the future of this nation. In service we believe that there should be only a reflection of love. You should become servants of those you serve. Whoever you serve, you should treat them with utmost respect.
Service to all
Since 2007 S.E.R.V.E is participating in the following services:
Thousand Oaks Residential Health Care : Our adults and children put together musical presentations, participate in games and bring gifts for holidays to improve the quality of life of the residents.
Service Frequency: Weekly
Westminster Medical Camp: We provide healthy snacks and meals to the people who make use of this free medical service.
Service Frequency: Twice a month.
In addition, Yearly during Thanksgiving we provide 108 bags filled with dry groceries including cereal, pasta, sauces, canned food, rice and beans.
Children’s services: We provide back packs and school supplies to the under privileged. Rebuilding a school in Puttaparthi, AP, India and supporting their annual school supplies, ongoing maintenance and upgrades.
Service Frequency: Each Academic year.
Oxnard Medical Camp: We provide assistance in many areas, throughout the Year. Clothes drive where we provide socks to the homeless and to shelters.
Service Frequency:Twice a year
Adopting families during the Holiday season and providing them with groceries for Thanksgiving meals, care kits, toiletries, filling in Christmas Wish lists etc.
Service Frequency: Annually, and As-needed
Education and Character building:
“The end of education is character, and the end of knowledge is love.” –Sathya Sai Baba, in SSS IX, Chap. 43, 219
“Students are the foundation of the nation, the only wealth that I cherish. Students are my all; My entire property consists of students; I have offered Myself to them.” –Sathya Sai Baba, in SSS XI, Chap. 36, 202; XI, Chap. 11, 59; XI, Chap. 36, 206 (old edition)
We provide Educare:
Educare is Children’s education on the values of Truth, Right action, Love, Peace, and Non-Violence. Multi-faith study, understanding of Hinduism as a philosophy and way of life, Vedic Chanting, devotional singing and prayers. Parent group discussion on teachings from Sai Baba relating to personal development and growth, good parenting, service to community, country and the world, discussion and service projects – planning and implementation.
Recycle and Reduce Waste:
Winter Drive: Donate clean and gently used jackets, blankets, comforters, clothes to the homeless shelters.
Indian Clothes Drive: Package gently used Indian clothes and send them to designated stations in Puttaparthi, India, for distribution. Vision: Collect used eye glasses to be donated thru the Red Cross.
Volunteer in the community:
Our group volunteers their time in several areas of the community, schools, art groups, youth camps and cultural centers.
We incorporate Sathya Sai Baba’s ceiling of desires program. We encourage our families to be wise and be aware of the environment by saving / not wasting energy, time, food and money. We hold collection centers for used batteries and used toner cartridges.discourage the use of paper and plastic bags, encourage the purchase of local grown fruits and vegetable, and create awareness of earth friendly projects.
S.E.R.V.E team meetings: Every Saturdays 4pm – 6pm at Cameron Center (excluding public holidays and Hindu festivals)
Love all, Serve all