Volunteer with Goonj

Volunteer with Goonj and be a part of our community of do-gooders, where you would get to meet the spirited 10-year-old Prikshit to the wise and wonderful 70-year-old Usha!

Then Goonj is the volunteering space for you to not only think about solutions but act upon them!

Goonj in a few words : By contributing your surplus materials, you help in mobilizing, motivating, and enabling communities across India to address their own issues and develop community assets. Sounds fascinating right? But there’s more. We use your contributions as a means to generate livelihood through the processing and upcycling of material.

Explore and Begin an Adventure

Experience Processing Unit

Commence on an exciting exploration at the processing center, where you’ll dive into the action with hands-on involvement in processing and sorting activities.

Field Immersions

Embark on a hands-on adventure as we journey to the nearby field area where our groundbreaking initiatives come to life.

Become Part of the Movement

Sparking the Goonj Celebration

 Unleash excitement by organizing a vibrant Goonj festival in your city! Dive into the festivities with collection camps, packed with fun activities, and later, deliver the gathered materials to the nearest Goonj office. It’s more than just a collection—it’s a spirited event for a great cause! Here are some ideas to make your drive colourful and fun!

Innovative Champions

Craft comprehensive campaigns revolving around old newspapers, spectacle frames, one-sided used papers, and Goonj’s ki Gullak.

Engaging with young minds

Partnering with schools to arrange engaging sessions, lively stalls, eye-opening exposure visits, and collection drives for Goonj. Contribute by spearheading school material-focused campaigns or bridging the gap with stationery manufacturers to support the cause. Let’s make giving back an exciting adventure for the kids!

Break the Silence on Menstruation

Dive into the mission of shattering the stigma and silence surrounding menstruation. Join the movement and raise your hand for women’s dignity! To know more please refer https://goonj.org/njpc/

Sharing Talents

Bring your talents to the table by volunteering in IT, mastering Corel Draw and Photoshop, weaving captivating narratives, capturing moments through videography, excelling in translation, and more. Let’s turn your skills into a force for positive change!

Activate and Unleash Influence

Talk to Ten

Going Beyond Money and Material – Amplify the buzz in your network for a range of uplifting initiatives! From sponsoring Goonj Kits to payroll giving, from spreading the word about Goonj Ki Gullak to establishing connections with wholesalers, retail chains, and transporters. It’s more than just talk; it’s a ripple effect of positive actions!

Leading the Eco-Charge

Going Green

 Unleash the power of upcycled wonders crafted from the last threads of fabric! Be a catalyst for change by introducing these sustainable gems at conferences, workshops, camps, and beyond. Open up connections between Goonj and organizations championing eco-friendly lifestyles, or set up vibrant stalls in corporate spaces, schools, colleges, exhibitions, and more. Let’s paint the town green!

“Goonj ka Jhola” (Goonj’s Environment Friendly Bag) Movement

Championing the stylish switch from plastic to cloth bags! Let’s make a statement while saving the planet. Join the trend and carry the Goonj spirit with eco-friendly flair.

Raise Funds to Sustain the Momentum

Supporting with funds

Becoming a vital part of volunteering by making monetary contributions for essential logistics requirements, transportation, and other crucial needs.

Goonj ki Gullack (Goonj’s Piggy Bank)

Sparking excitement and fostering a culture of savings and sharing through the vibrant use of Goonj ki Gullack (Raise Funds to Sustain)! Join the fun and make a difference—one coin at a time!

Team 5000

Unite with Team 5000 and pledge a specific amount to Goonj on a monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis. Let’s amplify the impact together!

Volunteer Bytes

Volunteering opportunities available in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Kochi, Dehradun, Rishikesh throughout the year. During October and November volunteering options could be taken up in Padosi Sheher as well.

Stories of some of our Volunteers

Dheeraj Razdan

Dheeraj Ji is one of our lead volunteers who has always been at the forefront and has widely encouraged…

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Radhika Gulati

Radhika Ji, is a dedicated Goonj volunteer from Noida. With a Master’s degree in Social Work, she has..

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Madhu Arora

From Childhood we have always seen our parents always supporting friends, neighbors, relatives, staff…

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Aravind Srinivasan

This dedicated volunteer with five years of service at Goonj is a true asset to the organization. Their…

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Pushpa Agarwal

Her journey with Goonj started in 2015 when she gave away more than 50 sarees to Goonj and visited the…

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Alka Damle

The senior citizen with a resolve of steel is Alka Damle ji. She has been a volunteer at Goa for more…

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Sudhir Patel

In 2015, what began as a personal journey to dispose of a few bags of clothes in an optimal manner…,

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Richa Gupta

About a decade ago, there was an encounter with information about Goonj in a magazine, prompting the….

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Falguni Trivedi

Falguni ji has been the consistent and sole volunteer of Goonj in Ahmedabad for a decade. From creating…

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Smita Rane

A decade ago, a passionate volunteer joined GOONJ in search of a cause that resonated with their values…

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Gazala Ji’s Journey with Goonj started a few years back.She charaterized Goonj as a blessing that provides…

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You are requested to Register for Volunteering

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Frequently Asked Questions

Hello friend! So, you’re ready to dive headfirst into the world of volunteering with Goonj? If you still have a few questions, no worries – we’ve got you covered with our dedicated FAQ section.

Here are a few easy ways to kickstart your journey:

  • Write to us at [email protected]  
  • Call up the GOONJ office (011- 41401216,26972351, 7042399564) to find out what suits your circumstances. 
  • Register through this link https://goonj.my.site.com/s/contributor.

Absolutely not! At Goonj, we work with everyone from school kids to senior citizens. We have had children volunteer in some of the most creative fundraising activities you can imagine! We had them crafting Gullaks (piggy banks), whipping up delicious cookies, and selling lemonade like mini entrepreneurs. Senior citizens too have volunteered their time and in organizing collection camps in their areas that have garnered massive response. So, whether you’re 8 or 80, we’ve got a volunteering adventure waiting just for you!

When it comes to volunteering with Goonj, we’re not sticklers for formal qualifications or a laundry list of skills. However, if you’re a ninja at some specific skill, feel free to spill the beans. We’d love to tap into your secret talent vault and put it to good use! While having specific skills is awesome, we believe that the most important qualification is your passion and enthusiasm. We’ve got plenty of interesting and meaningful opportunities for you to get involved in. So, if you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and join our Goonj family, you’re more than qualified to make a positive impact with us!

There’s no strict minimum time commitment because we believe in the freedom to choose your own adventure. You can start by visiting our processing center or nearest collection drive. Ultimately, it all depends on the activity you take up and your availability of time and resources.

Well, we have a wide range of exciting volunteering opportunities for you. You can start off by tapping into the immense power of your own social network. Spread the word about Goonj among your friends, family and colleagues to get more people to take some positive action. To learn more about our volunteering opportunities, head over to the section on “Volunteering in Different Ways.”

 If you can round up a bunch of like-minded individuals who are ready to volunteer with us, we’d be thrilled to have you on board. Please write to [email protected] to join us from your city.

We would be more than happy to have you as our volunteer. All you need to do is make sure that you have all the requisite visa requirements and permissions from the Indian Government in place and then you are good to go!

We’re more than willing to explore all the exciting possibilities of remote volunteering with you. If you reside in cities where Goonj has offices like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Dehradun, Patna, and Rishikesh, then you would need to visit the office of Goonj  and understand our operations better. Find the locations of our offices here https://goonj.org/our-offices/. In case you reside in other cities, you would need to attend the orientation to understand about the work of Goonj and also to understand the different options to remotely volunteer.

We promise not to keep you in suspense for too long. It’ll take us somewhere between 24 to 48 hours to go through your application.

Yes. For starters, we kindly request you to visit our nearest processing center. If you reside in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Dehradun, Patna, and Rishikesh, you could access the office locations at  https://goonj.org/our-offices/. We will also organize an online Knowing Goonj session for you to understand our work better. To truly immerse yourself in the world of Goonj, we’ll invite you to attend the nearest collection drive where you will witness our volunteers in action. To understand where the collection drives are please refer https://goonj.org/collection-camps/

 Once you’ve completed your induction and are officially a Goonj volunteer, it’s time to initiate some amazing activities in your area. Now, here’s where the magic happens. After you’ve initiated your activity in your area, we will connect you to the nearest volunteers who share your passion.

We would be happy to help with arranging accommodation and other aspects but given our limited resources we are unable to offer accommodation and other stay related arrangements to volunteers.

We don’t have a dedicated children’s center for teaching, but you can explore other exciting volunteering opportunities under the section “Volunteering in Different Ways”

Volunteers usually don’t receive a certificate at Goonj because we believe volunteering is about doing something selflessly. While we value your time and efforts, certificates are only issued for an internship which is for 1 month at least and involves working full time with the team. For more information on internship opportunities, visit https://goonj.org/internship/

We lovingly refer to our volunteers as the “extended family of Goonj.” So when it comes to expectations, we are looking for people who bring a big scoop of passion to the table. Passion to make a difference. But that’s not all – we’re also looking for people who can understand our ethos and values. What we mean is that you should ensure that your actions never undermine the dignity of self, those we work with, and, most importantly, those we stand with. Lastly, we want our volunteers to take what they learn and spread the Goonj love far and wide. We want you to ignite change in your community and inspire others to join our movement!

Of course! You could volunteer during weekends. You can organize collection camps in your residential society/clubs/educational institution/office. You can also join us for a tour of our Processing Unit where you will witness the transformation of urban surplus to powerful resources that trigger voluminous rural development work pan India. We’d also love to have you conduct sessions with our team. Teach them something cool, share your wisdom, or just spread some cheer by playing some tunes on your guitar! The choice is yours.

Yes, you can travel to the field as a volunteer. We schedule regular visits to fields where you can get your hands, and possibly your shoes, dirty. To join the fun, just fill out form link https://forms.gle/hae5uiCyNwW5hANQ7. This way, we’ll know you’re eager to jump into action, and we’ll reach out as soon as we schedule our next  field visit.

Don’t worry, you can still stay connected with us. We can organize an online orientation which would help you to understand the work of Goonj and the different volunteering options that could be explored. Stay updated on our activities by following us on our social media handles. You can always express your interest in volunteering by filling out our volunteering form https://goonj.my.site.com/s/contributor. or writing to [email protected]. During Joy of Giving event in October, collection camps could be taken up in your city by inviting other volunteers / stakeholders in the same. 

Here are some options below to contribute;

            For Direct/Online Contribution – click here

            You can also make a cheque / draft in the name of Goonj and send to Goonj, J-93,     

            Sarita Vihar, New Delhi-110 076, Tel.- 011-41401216 

You can also join our ‘Team 5000’ family who commit a monthly amount to Goonj. If you wish to be a part of Team 5000, do get in touch with us by writing to Neelima at [email protected]. Spread the word and encourage people in your network to support us.

For receipt purpose, please send your name, amount, email ID, tel no. and address to  

[email protected] , with date & mode of transfer, transfer code/ cheque number, 

Bank’s name and location with the last 4 digits of your account number.

These connections are invaluable to us and by providing the contacts of manufacturers, 

exporters and retail chains, you can help us reach more communities across the 25

States and UTs (as per 2022-23 data)  we work in. Here’s how: We prepare more than 10 different kinds of kits/packs of materials which are channelized to our implementation areas on a regular basis. These kits include materials such as sarees, footwear, blankets, toys and more which are of continuous need. Bulk contributions of these materials would enable us to meet this need. Write to us at [email protected]

Our Volunteers Speak


Volunteers usually don’t get a certificate at Goonj because we believe Volunteering is about doing something selflessly. While we value your time and efforts, certificates are only issued for internship which is for 1 month at least and involves working full time with the team.

Please note that contributing your surplus material is not volunteering.  If you are from a corporate/school/college/institution and want to involve your team in volunteering for Goonj, Please  write to [email protected]

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