The Role of Collective Action in Volunteering: An Analysis of Atmashakti Volunteering Programs


  • Ridhi Dar


Volunteering, Collective Action, Motivation, Odisha, Atmashakti, Mo-Chatashali, Social Capital, COVID-19


The paper explores the role of Collective Action in Atmashakti's volunteering programs, Mo-Chatashali and Young Eagles, in the state of Odisha. Collective Action is the coordinated efforts of a group of individuals or organizations to achieve a common goal or address a shared problem. It involves the collective mobilization of resources, such as time, money, or other forms of support, to achieve a desired outcome. Volunteers can grow professionally, acquire new knowledge, improve their leadership and social skills, strengthen local economies, advance social and environmental concerns, and aid society's most vulnerable citizens. Collective Action is a form of community organizing that involves strategic campaigns and pressuring powerful individuals to improve the lives of community members. It requires and encourages social capital, which is composed of the resources embedded in one's social networks. Collective Action is often motivated by a desire to bring about social, political, or economic change. It requires effective communication, strategic planning, and a willingness to work together toward a shared goal.

Author Biography

Ridhi Dar

Ridhi Dar is a non-profit professional with a passion for social impact. She holds a master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and has over 11 years of professional experience working with organizations such as Room to Read, Beat the Streets National, Learn Today, and Sathi. 

Ridhi has excelled in program management, strategic planning, and donor and stakeholder engagement. Her expertise also includes conducting market research, designing and modifying training programs, and developing partnerships with nonprofits and government agencies. A committed social impact enthusiast, Ridhi's involvement in student governance committees and social impact clubs demonstrates her dedication to creating positive change in communities.




How to Cite

Dar, R. (2023). The Role of Collective Action in Volunteering: An Analysis of Atmashakti Volunteering Programs. Social Innovations Journal, 18. Retrieved from