Activities

Karuna Charities Washington, Inc. has donated well over $400,000 to good causes since its inception in May 1998.  Karuna’s activities are summarized below.

 2021:

Karuna Charities Donates to India for COVID crisis —$10,000.00
Karuna Charities has donated $5,000 to the Greater Washington Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GWAPI) and $5,000 to Guru Nanak Foundation of America (GNFA) for Hemkunt Foundation, who will each send medical supplies and equipment on behalf of Karuna Charities to India towards COVID relief efforts. May

 2020:

Water bill for client, Montgomery County Abused Person’s Program, January
Monetary support to Abused Women’s Shelter in Montgomery County, MD for cleaning and essential supplies for COVID, March
Monetary support to Embry Rucker Shelter, VA for COVID, March
Monetary support to Abused Women’s Shelter in Loudoun County, VA for cleaning and essential supplies for COVID, March
Prepared and served an Indian meal to 100 people at Embry Rucker Shelter, Reston, Virginia:, March
Catered a hot Indian meal to Embry Rucker Shelter, Reston, VA, May
Monetary contribution to Montgomery College Foundation, student emergency assistance due to COVID, May
Monetary contribution to Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), student emergency assistance due to COVID, May
Monetary contribution to the Universities at Shady Grove, student emergency assistance due to COVID, May
Monetary contribution to University of the District of Columbia, student emergency assistance due to COVID, May
Monetary contribution to Arlington Food Assistance, emergency assistance due to COVID, May
Monetary contribution to Manna Food Center, emergency assistance due to COVID, May
Monetary contribution to Baltimore Health Professional Mutual Aid Corp., emergency assistance due to COVID, May
Monetary contribution to National Center for Children and their Families for COVID-related supplies, May
Monetary contribution to So Others May Eat (SOME), COVID Emergency Fund, May
Monetary support for Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services for client to purchase baby items, June
Sewing machine for client at Montgomery County Abused Persons Program, July
Blossoms for Pink, plant supplies for Karuna Fundraiser, July
Monetary contribution to Arlington Food Assistance, VA towards COVID needs, July
Monetary contribution for Stepping Stones Shelter, VA towards COVID supplies, July
Rent for client at Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence, August
Monetary support for COVID needs at Loudoun County Abused Women’s Shelter, August
COVID-related monetary contribution towards Embry Rucker Shelter, Reston, VA, September
Catered two hot Indian meals to Embry Rucker Shelter, Reston, VA, September
Eyeglasses for client at Montgomery County Abused Persons Program, MD, October
Embry Rucker Shelter, VA, catered a hot Indian meal for 50 people, November
Embry Rucker Shelter, VA monetary contribution towards Walmart/Target gift cards, November
Friends of Sparsh, MD (monetary contribution towards sleeping bags, tents, blankets, and socks), November
Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, VA, moneoary contribution towards the Karuna Relief Fund, November
Central Unions Mission, DC (Thanksgiving donation), November
Arlington Food Assistance, VA, monetary contribution, December
So Others Might Eat, DC, monetary contribution, December
Manna Foods, MD, monetary contributions, December
Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, MD, tution fee for an educational course for a week, December

2019:

Auto repair for Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter client, February
Indian meal prepared and served at the Embry Rucker Shelter, Reston for about 100 people, March
Early Learning Center for Montgomery County Abused Persons Program, April
Stepping Stones Shelter – Service, April
Auto repair for Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter client, May
Transportation needs for Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter client, July
Driving school fees for Montgomery County Abused Persons Program client, July
Driving school fees for Montgomery County Abused Persons Program client, July
Water bill for Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter client, August
College classes for Montgomery County Abused Persons Program client, August
National Center for Children and Families, Bethesda – service, August
Driving School fees for Montgomery County Abused Persons Program client, September
Car payments for Montgomery County Abused Persons Program client, September
Mother Teresa Center, Washington DC – service, October

2018:

Stepping Stones Shelter, Rockville, Maryland: diapers, paper plates, cutlery, bath tissue, etc., February
Embry Rucker Shelter, Reston, Virginia: Prepared and served an Indian meal to 100 people, February
Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (Loudoun County) Bus Ticket for client, March
Office for Women & Sexual Violence Services, Fairfax County: Ice-skating class for client’s daughter: April
Abused Persons Program (Montgomery County) CDL course for client: May
Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (Loudoun County): Eyeglasses for client, May
Abused Persons Program (Montgomery County): Rent cost for client, May
Universities at Shady Grove: $5,000 towards the Karuna Endowed Scholarship Fund, May
Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC): $5.000 towards the Karuna Endowed Scholarship Fund, June
Abused Persons Program (Montgomery County): Housing costs for client: June
Abused Persons Program (Montgomery County): Tuition for University of MD client, July
Embry Rucker Shelter, Reston, Virginia: Prepared and served an Indian meal to 100 people, August
Abused Persons Program (Montgomery County): Dental work for client’s son, September
Abused Persons Program (Montgomery County): Babysitting cost for client taking educational course, September
Abused Persons Program (Montgomery County): Rent cost for client, September
The National Center for Children and Families, Bethesda, MD: Pillow sheets, bedding supplies, etc., September
Mother Theresa’s Home, Washington D.C.: Food and cleaning supplies, October
Attorney fees for Fairfax County client, October
Car repair for Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter client, November
Car repair for Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter client, December
Transportation needs for MCAPP client, December
Rent for Fairfax County client, December

2017:

Montgomery College: $5,000 towards the Karuna Endowed Scholarship Fund, February
Diapers, paper plates, cutlery, bath tissue, etc., Stepping Stones Shelter, Rockville, Maryland, June
Embry Rucker Shelter, Reston, Virginia; Prepared and served an Indian meal to 100 people, August
Computer and printer costs for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, August
Pillow sheets, bedding supplies, etc., The National Center for Children and Families, Bethesda, Maryland, August
University of the District of Columbia, $5,000 towards the Karuna Endowed Scholarship Fund, August
Food and cleaning supplies, Mother Teresa’s Home, Washington, D.C. September
Educational course for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, October

2016:

Driving school costs for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, January
Car down payment for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, March
Tuition towards a nursing course for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, May
Prepared and served an Indian meal to 100 people at Embry Rucker Shelter, Reston, Virginia, May
Diapers, paper plates, cutlery, bath tissue, etc., Stepping Stones Shelter, Rockville, Maryland, June
Moving costs for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, June
Lawyer’s fees for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, June
The Universities at Shady Grove Foundation, $5,000 towards the Karuna Endowed Scholarship Fund, Maryland, June
Donation, Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association, Delhi, India, July
Car repair costs for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, July
Learner’s permit costs for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, August
Pillow sheets, bedding supplies, etc., The National Center for Children and Families, Washington, D.C., September
Food and cleaning supplies, Mother Theresa’s Home, Washington, D.C., October
Car repair costs for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, November

2015:

Kaiser Permanente bill for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, Maryland, March
PEPCO bill for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, March
Storage bill for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, May
Rent for need woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, May
Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) $5,000 towards the Endowed Scholarship Fund, May
Embassy of Nepal, Washington D.C., $10,001 to the Earthquake Relief Fund, June
Donation, Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association, Delhi, India, August
PEPCO bill for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, August
Pillows, sheets, bedding supplies, etc., The National Center for Children and Families, Washington, D.C., September
Attorney fees for needy woman, Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and and Sexual Violence Services, Virginia, October
Diapers, paper plates, cutlery, bath tissue, etc., Stepping Stones Shelter, Rockville, Maryland, November
Food and cleaning supplies, Mother Theresa’s Home, Washington, D.C., November
Car insurance costs for needy woman, Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and and Sexual Violence Services, Virginia, November
Car repair costs for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, December
Car repair costs for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, December

2014

Auto services for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, January
Karuna Charities Endowed Scholarship Fund – $5,000 Montgomery  College Foundation, Maryland, May 
Karuna Charities Endowed Scholarship – $11,000, The Universities at Shady Grove Foundation, Maryland, May
PEPCO bill for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, June
Diapers, paper plates, cutlery, bath tissues, etc., Stepping Stone Shelter, Rockville, Maryland, June
WSSC for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, January 2014, Maryland, July 
Donation, Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association, Delhi, India , August 
Pillow sheets, bedding supplies, etc., The National Center for Children and Families, Washinton, D.C., September 
Apartment holding fee for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, October  
Childcare services for child of needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, October 
Food and cleaning supplies, Mother Theresa’s Home, Washington D.C. , November 
Rent for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, December
Rent for a needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, December

2013:

Rent for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, February
Donation, Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association, Delhi, India, March
Car insurance for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, May
Diapers, towels, brooms, trash bags and cleaning supplies for Stepping Stone Shelter, Rockville, Maryland, June
Moving expenses for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, July
Donation (Scholarship) University of Shady Grove Foundation, Maryland, Maryland, July
Beauty School Kit and Exam Fee, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, September
The National Center for Children and Families (school bags and school supplies), Washington, D.C., September
Mother Theresa’s Home, Washington DC (food and clothing supplies), November
Missionaries of Charity, Washington DC (food-meats, cleaning products, napkins, coffee etc.), Washington, D.C., November
$10,001 Donation to Red Cross donation for the Philippines Disaster Relief, Decemb
Odhisha relief efforts – $500 Odhisa Society of America, December
Car costs for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, December

2012:

Attorney fees, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, February
Registration fee, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, March
Small household appliances, coffee makers, vacuum cleaners, cooking utensils, and healthy after school snacks for children, Stepping Stones Shelter, Rockville, Maryland, March
Attorney fees for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, April
Attorney fees for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, April
Donation (Scholarship), University of Shady Grove Foundation, Maryland, Maryland, June
Attorney fees for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, June
Car costs for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, July
Donation, Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association, Delhi, India, August
MVA fee for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, August
Educational fee for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, August
Electric bill for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, September
Condo fee for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, October
Rent for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, October
Auto repair costs for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County, Maryland, December
Community Service, The National Center for Children and Families, Washington, D.C., December

2011:

Donation to the District of Columbia (UDC) Foundation in January
 Telephone bill for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County in February
Community Service, cooked and served dinner for 75 people at at shelter in Reston, VA in June
Small household appliances, coffee makers, vacuum cleaners, cooking utensils, and healthy after school snacks for children at Stepping Stones Shelter in June
Baby products, small appliances, bed sheets and basic toiletries for the National Center for Children in July 2011
Donation for the Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association, Delhi, India in July
WSSC, Water Bill for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County in August
Rent for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County in August
Rent for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County in September
Community Service on Gandhi Jayanti at Missionaries of Charity, Mother Theresa’s home in September

2010:

Donation to Nabaldip Sarasvati Balika Bidyapath (School in West Bengal, India) in January 
Donation for Haiti Relief to the American Red Cross in March 
Community Service, DC Central Kitchen in June 
Donation  to Delhi Commonwealth Women Association in June 
Rent for needy woman, Fairfax County in August 
Attorney fee for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County in August 
Rent for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County in August 
B. G. & E. electric bill for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County in August 
WSSC, water bill for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County in August 
Rent for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County in September 
National Center for Children and Families (baby products, small appliances, bed sheets and basic toilet supplies) in September 
Mother Teresa’s Home (cleansing products and kitchen and cooking supplies) in November 
Lawyer’s fee for needy woman, Abused Persons Program, Montgomery County in December 

2009:

Provided help to a needy woman at the American International Institute of Health through the Abused Persons Program in January
Conducted Community Service at the National Center for Children/Family in February
Paid the utilities for two needy women through the Abused Persons Program in April
Established a Karuna Endowment Scholarship for $11,000 at the University of D.C. Foundation in May
Conducted Community Service at the Stepping Stone Shelter in May
Paid the training fee for a needy woman through Reston Interfaith in June

2008:

Provided rent for two needy women through the Montgomery County Abused Person’s Program, Maryland, in January
Donated to the Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association school in India in January
Provided tuition assistance to two Montgomery College women through the Montgomery County Abused Person’s Program, Maryland in January and February
Added to the Northern Virginia Community College Scholarship Fund  Donated cash to the Nabadip Saraswati Balika Bidyapath in Bengal, India  
Paid attorney fees for a woman in the Montgomery County Abused Person’s Program, Maryland  
Paid for the Post Office exam for a woman in the Montgomery County Abused Person’s Program, Maryland  
Paid landlord fee for a woman in the Montgomery County Abused Person’s Program, Maryland
Provided community service at the National Center for Children & Families  
Provided community service at Mother Theresa’s home  
Provided community service at the Stepping Stones Shelter  
Contributed to Missionaries of Charity in December  Winter clothing drive

2007:

Provided rent for a needy woman through the Montgomery County Abused Person’s Program, Maryland, in January
Donated to the Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association in India
Provided tuition assistance to a Montgomery College woman through the Montgomery County Abused Person’s Program, Maryland
Donated cash to the Nabadip Saraswati Balika Bidyapath in Bengal, India
Established Montgomery College Foundation scholarships in Maryland for needy and deserving students
Provided household supplies to the residents of the Stepping Stones Community Shelter, Rockville, Maryland 
Provided rent for a needy woman through the Montgomery County Abused Person’s Program, Maryland, in October  
Provided rent for a needy woman through the Montgomery County Abused Person’s Program,  Maryland, in November  
Provided household goods for the needy through the National Center for Children/Families  
Donated household supplies to the Missionaries of Charity, Washington D.C.                        

2006:

Provided supplies for AIDS patients at Sisters of Charity
Donated toiletries to residents of the Stepping Stone Community Shelter in Rockville, Maryland
Donated cash for Nabdip Saraswati Balika Bidyapath in Bengal, India
Donated cash for the Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association in Delhi, India
Donated cash for a burn victim in Kerala, India
Donated cash for a needy patient in Kerala, India
Two Annual Karuna Scholarships (for $1000 each) established for needy students at the Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia
Donated needed items to the Abused Persons Program in Montgomery County, Maryland (May)
Donated needed items to the House of Ruth in Washington, D.C.
Donated needed items to the Abused Persons Program in Montgomery County, Maryland (March)

2005:

Donated $10,001 for Hurricane Katrina relief to Louisiana Congressman, Bobby Jindal from New Orleans
Donated toiletries and other essential items for the disadvantaged to Reston Interstate Incorporated in Virginia.
Supported three individual in the Abused Person Program offered by Montgomery County in Maryland.
Provided money for a child’s brain surgery in Kerala, India.
Donated cash for a school for poor/disadvantaged girls in West Bengal, India.
Donated a sewing machine to facilitate a Baltimore woman’s independent living.
Tsunami victims, India–contributed $10,000 to the Prime Minster’s Relief Fund.

2004:

 Regional Cancer Association, Trivandrum, Kerala, India–contributed towards the construction of a waiting hall for the patients.
G.G.S.F–supported a young cancer patient’s treatment.
Provided cash to enable a needy woman under Crisis, Income, and Victims Services, Montgomery County, MD. Assistance was given for her transition towards independent living 
S.A.B–Supported a needy woman in her transition toward independent living.  Community Service–National Center for Children and Families.
Donated cleaning supplies, including vacuum cleaners, baby supplies, etc.  
Provided pro Bono legal services to three distressed women.  
   Supported a  young, teenage girl, a cancer patient from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.  
Provided career training for a young Sri Lankan woman who was under counseling with the Abused Persons Program.                  

2003:

 Donated turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner to the residents of Central Union Mission, Washington, D.C.
Donated housewares, child care items, and $300 cash to the residents of the Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville, Maryland.
Donated cooking materials, food, and cleansers to Mother Teresa’s home in Washington, D.C.
 Donated housewares and baby care items to the residents of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.
Donated $500 to a pastor for assisting a young Harijan boy with leukemia in Sasphavattpop village, Kerala, India.  
  Donated $500 to the Jan Kalyan Trust in Noida, Delhi, India towards financial support for a 24/7 medical facility for the elderly.                 

2002

Donated $5000 to the Friends of Action for Securing Health for All (ASHA) in New Delhi, India. ASHA’s founder and director, pediatrician, Kiran Martin was awarded the Padma Shri award by the President of India for her outstanding contribution to the slum dwellers of Delhi. ASHA provides health care and promotes economic development to the poorest sections of society.
Donated 35 turkeys at Thanksgiving to the homeless at Central Mission Union.
Donated cleaning supplies to AIDS patients at Mother Teresa’s Home. Supported abused women in a program run by ASHA in the Washington area.
Donated backpacks and other school supplies to the residents of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.
Donated cleaning supplies and baby supplies to Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville, Maryland.
Held the fourth annual Karuna Golf Tournament. Net proceeds benefit two battered women under Crisis, Income, and Victims Services, Health and Human Services, Montgomery County, MD. Assistance is being continued for their transition towards independent living.
Net proceeds from the 2001 Diwali Gala–$15,000–went to firefighters. Karuna donated $10,000 to the Firefighters’ Widows and Children’s Fund in New York and $5000 to the Arlington Fire Station in Virginia.

2001

Provided $1,000 cash to an abused woman in the Washington metropolitan area.
Delivered toiletry and other supplies to the Missionaries of Charity “Gift of Peace” in Washington, DC.
Provided Thanksgiving turkey to the residents of Federal City Shelter.
Held the third Karuna Golf Tournment fundraiser and fourth Gala Diwali Dinner and Ball Fundraiser.
Donated School Supplies to National Center for Children and Families, Bethesda, Maryland.
Donated almost $10,500 to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the victims of the Gujarat earthquake, India.
Provided cash support to the Navrangpura village uplift program targeting local handicraft women workers in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Provided financial support to a needy woman supported by ASHA, Inc. in the Washington metropolitan area.
Served meals and provided toiletries to members of the Helping Hands Shelter in Maryland.
Donated clothes and blankets, to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the victims of the Gujarat earthquake.

2000

Held the second Karuna Golf Tournament fundraiser and the third Karuna Gala Diwali Dinner and Ball fundraiser.
Collected and donated clothes along with a check to the American Red Cross for cyclone victims in Orissa, India.
Donated money for legal fees and medical care for two abused women who are protected by the ASHA organization in metropolitan Washington.
Observed Gandhi Jayanti by serving meals to patients at Mother Teresa’s Home in Washington.
Helped a young student in need in Washington. Provided Thanksgiving turkey at the Federal College Shelter in Washington.
Supported Nabha Nishana, a blood collection center in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. Supported Dignity Education Vision International (DEVI), a village-based school for poor children focused on the education of girls. DEVI is headquartered in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Provided money for phone cards for destitute women sheltered by ASHA in Washington.
Provided money for Operation Smile when it operated on children with cleft lips in Jamshedpur, Bihar, India.

1999

Held the first Karuna Golf Tournament fundraiser and the second Karuna Gala Diwali Dinner and Ball fundraiser.
Provided cash donations to an orphanage, the Cancer Research Institute, an abused women’s shelter, and a charitable organization in Pinglewara, India.
Served meals at the House of Ruth and the Federal College Shelter in Washington. Observed Gandhi Jayanti by serving meals to patients at Mother Teresa’s Home in Washington.
Provided a check to Congresswoman Connie Morella for an Abused Persons Program in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Donated cash to the Children’s Hospital in Washington. Helped flood victims in Bangla Desh.
Provided a donation to a charitable institution, Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington.

1998

Held a successful inaugural fund raiser in June and the first Karuna Gala Diwali Dinner and Ball.
Provided assistance to two orphanages, a Women’s shelter, and two hospices in India. Assisted victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America.
Observed Gandhi Jayanti by serving meals at the House of Ruth and visiting patients at Mother Teresa’s home in Washington.