Mission

Indian Circle for Caring USA Inc., (ICC) is a volunteer non-profit organization focused on providing urgent or emergency support for our fellow community members and their families as they may encounter unplanned events such as serious sickness, hospitalization, accidents, family crisis, and death and bereavement of a loved one.

  • A network of 200+ volunteers who serve clients directly, with a few that help run the organization administratively
  • A membership base of over 8,000 individuals, supporting all we do and helping to spread the word about ICC to friends, family, and others who may be in need of assistance
  • Collaborators with over 70 organizations (including Indian organizations focused on social, religious/spiritual, professional, services and media/entertainment) as well as other state, local, and private support organizations

Initiatives

ICC was founded in 2007 and the first service it started providing and continues to provide today is emergency services to community members and their families for unplanned events such as hospitalization, serious illness, accidents, family crisis, and death and bereavement of a loved one. From helping with arrangements with the funeral homes, finding a priest for last rites, helping connect up with the right experts in the field for any illness, hospitalization as well as law.

Indian Circle for Caring USA Inc., (ICC) is a volunteer non-profit organization focused on providing urgent or emergency support for our fellow community members and their families as they may encounter unplanned events such as serious sickness, hospitalization, accidents, family crisis, and death and bereavement of a loved one.

  • Health Care Proxy and Living Will:
    We inform, educate and empower our community about the need for preparing this important legal, often neglected, document. We have conducted presentations and seminars in fourteen (14) states at over 70 venues within the United States and distributed over 15,000 Five Wishes documents to prepare Health Care Proxy and Living Will.
  • Retirement Planning: A new initiative to broaden the awareness and provide meaningful resources for preparation before and while retired.
  • Other programs include –
      • Planning and preparing for Special Needs – child or adult in the family
      • Arthritis Exercise Program and Arthritis Educational Seminar
      • Community Initiative for TB Education (CITE)

Evidence has shown that we, South Asians face chronic illnesses of Heart Disease and Diabetes in far greater numbers than the general population. These chronic illnesses and their impact could be described as “Our genes load the gun, and our lifestyle pulls the trigger.”

To address this problem that affects south Asians disproportionately, ICC has partnered with South Asian Heart Center to bring a proven program to prevent the onset of heart disease and diabetes. ICC is committed to serving our community through a transformative new program that includes:

  • Education and Awareness through regularly scheduled, planned Health Seminars on various related topics as well as the impact of Lifestyle programs in mitigating the risks
  • Screening Program to identify undiagnosed and under diagnosed conditions of these twin epidemic since in many cases these silent diseases may or may not have presented with symptoms
  • AIM to Prevent™ Program which provides an opportunity for participants to learn about various aspects of Lifestyle changes to reduce their own risks. This is a culturally tailored, evidence based proven program at South Asian Heart Center (the Center) at El Camino Health, California (www.southasianheartcenter.org). Working in collaboration with the Center, ICC is building a team, capacity to serve and replicate the proven program to serve our community

Impact

Updated on – 30th March 2021

1,100

Clients and Families served
300 clients served under family services by Sewa International

12

Affiliated organizations mentored in eight states

250

Volunteers available

75+

Organization support received

8,000

Members

80

Health Care Proxy workshops in 17 states in the USA

15,000

Health Care Proxy & Living will delivered

Recognitions and Awards

Recipient of $100K over
4 years for community
education, awareness

On May 27, 2010, ICC was among a group of organizations invited to the White House to celebrate the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), in recognition of successfully developing innovative and effective solutions to national and local challenges. While in Washington, DC, we had an opportunity to meet and share information about ICC with a number of congressional delegates.

Community Service Award was given by Gurjar, Gujarati Association of New England for the initiative and continuing services to the Indian Community in November 2013.

ICC team member was also a recipient of the New England Choice Award 2017 (by India New England).

“Charity of the year 2017” award by the Foundations TV in April 2018.

India Association of Greater Boston awarded its first “Hall of Fame” award to ICC for community service in August 2018.

Jayanti bhai Patel, Director of ICC has received the “Community Heroes” award by Lokvani in December 2018.

ICC director Chetan Mepani receiving the Community Services award by NTT Data in Tokyo, Japan in 2019

Chetan Mepani, Director of ICC has received the “Community Services” award by NTT Data, a global corporation at a special event in Tokyo, Japan in May 2019.

ICC has received Best Non-profit organization in New England at New England Choice Award (NECA) on November 15, 2019.

Yogesh Parikh, Director of ICC received the “Community Heroes” award by Lokvani in December 2019

Girish Mehta received an award for collaboration and support to Sewa International in support of the “Family Services” program in September 2019

  • In March 2014, the Medical Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (MACET) recognized Indian Circle for Caring USA Inc., (ICC) for the exemplary contribution is made towards the elimination of TB in Massachusetts.
  • Both the House of Representative and the State Senate of Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued separate citations to Indian Circle for Caring USA Inc., (ICC) for its role in working with Dept. of Public Health for Community Initiative for TB Education (CITE) project for TB elimination and education in 2014.
  • India Association of Greater Boston recognized service to the community over the years with an award in August 2015.
  • Krishna Kalghatgi , ICC Director received the “Community Heroes” award by Lokvani in December 2017.

Meet Our Team

Girish A. Mehta

Founder and Executive Director ICC

Girish conceived, planned, and established the Indian Circle for Caring USA Inc., (ICC) on August 15, 2007, recognizing the unfulfilled need of the growing Indian Community in the United States. Since the early beginnings, Girish served the community by building a team of volunteers, adding additional initiatives, and expanding its geographic reach beyond New England states.

Akkad, Amit

Director ICC and Lifestyle Ambassador at Indian Circle for Caring USA Inc.
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Apte, Samita

ICC Program Coordinator
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Gandhi, Raman

Director ICC, Family Support Services
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Kalghatgi, Krishna

Director ICC, Family Support Services
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Mepani, Chetan

Director ICC and community outreach
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Patel, Jayanti

Director ICC, Family Support Services
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Saxena, Sangeeta

Director, Community Outreach
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Shah, Hemant

Director ICC, Marketing
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Turkhia, Manoj

Director ICC, Technology Platform
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Vyas, Bindu

Director ICC, Family Support Services
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