Share and Care Foundation announces new leadership

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Saumil Parikh, incoming president of Share and Care Foundation. PHoto: courtesy Share and Care Foundation.

Share and Care Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1982, to carry out grassroots development projects in India and the U.S., announced Saumil Parikh would serve as President of the Foundation.

Parikh has served the foundation in various capacities including treasurer, board of trustees member, and recently as a secretary and key member of the Management Committee.

“He represents the young and vibrant generation brought up in the USA,” Share and Care said in a press release Oct. 14, 2021. Parikh in his acceptance speech thanked the entire team of the foundation as well as its patrons, supporters and well-wishers.

Because of the kind of work SCF does helping thousands of people on the ground, in areas of women’s empowerment, education and healthcare, it put out a search for a leader from the younger generation “with fine qualities of compassion and supported by a solid background of successes. Mr. Parikh has proven it,” SCF said.

Parikh has experience managing his own business, holds management and accounting degrees from the Wharton School of Business and has earned his CPA after working with a reputable top 5 accounting firm, the press release said.

“Share and Care looks to bring in youth at different levels, as well as capitalize on the deep project experience of the foundations’ volunteers. Younger generations will help to bring in new ideas,” the organization said.

Parikh succeeds Sharad Shah who served the foundation for many years and retired as a President in September 2021. Suresh Patel as treasurer will join Parikh in the Management Committee along with interim Chairwoman Darshana Gandhi and Secretary Sudha Bhansali.

About SCF

Over the years, the SCF has undertaken more than 400 projects covering all regions of India –  Kashmir in the north to Tamil Nadu in south as well as Manipur in the east to Gujarat in west.

“It has uplifted lives of over million people,” according to the organization, including providing assistance after 16 disasters including Gujarat and Nepal earthquakes where thousands of people lost their lives and many suffered heavily after losing their livelihood.

Since 2020, SCF has focused on Covid-19 relief efforts.

“Unlike other disasters, this required working multifold; helping stop the spread, assisting affected people who lost their livelihood, combating severe effects of reverse migration and planning rehabilitation,” the press release said. The SCF team initially started with relief work in the U.S. by providing meals, masks and other needs of the first responders. However, its focus shifted subsequently to India as COVID-19 spread quickly.

“During the pandemic, we helped over half million people get vaccinated, provided nearly million meals and distributed thousands of masks and oxygen concentrators amongst other key items,” the SCF said.

Currently the Foundation is focusing on rehabilitation plans to assist 3,000 people affected due to the deadly disease.

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