In 2020, we came together to congratulate our college and high school graduates, Class of 2020, which was featured on PBS/MPT's Be Inspired segment; we helped struggling families through the #kcs-cares initiative; and we continue to find new ways to engage the community during this unprecedented time with a virtual family meet every month and other fun, meaningful, and engaging activities. In 2019, we raised over $7,300 to build a house for a widow and daughter through the Snehalayam Project and we volunteered over 120 hours including at the D.C Soup kitchen for the KCS Day of Service. In 2018, we raised over $35,000 for the flood relief in Kerala through Sneha Nidhi for Nava Kerala and we raised over $8,700 to build a house for a Schizophrenia patient and his mentally challenged 17-year-old daughter through the Snehalayam Project.
In 2020, the Youth Team held a Meet & Greet event where they brought awareness on drug and alcohol use in youth, two virtual seminars on socially relevant topics: Tackling Racism and Mental Health Awareness, and a one-week free summer camp for ages 6-18; made cards for our elderlies at senior centers through the #kcsyouthcares initiative; thanked our essential workers in the healthcare industry by delivering protein drinks and snacks; initiated the KCS Kids Club for ages 12 and under; and started a radio channel on YouTube. In 2019, the team conducted a 3-week networking event, Squad Up; raised $1070 to buy toys and gifts for children who wrote to Santa through USPS' Operation Santa program; held a Day Out with family to Busch Gardens; and volunteered over 1200 hours at KCS Kalari, Adopt-A-Road, and DC Soup Kitchen. In 2018, the Youth team had over 1200 hours of volunteer efforts at four KCS Kalari in the area. In 2018, the Youth team volunteered over 150 hours in the community at Grassroots Homeless Shelter and SERVE MANASSAS.
In 2020, we conducted eTalent Season 2; held a virtual Kayikamela with 100s of participants; celebrated Onam virtually for 10 days with 100s of attendees; and are preparing for two days of virtual Jingle Bells and New Year celebration. In 2019, we held the largest mega-thiruvathira in the East Coast with 150 participants and held an outdoor Onam celebration for the first time; conducted Summer Dreams with a fashion show, a kavyashilpam, and culturally-packed performances; and a New Year Party. In 2018, we provided a stage to 700 artists to showcase their talents. Summer Dreams (May 2018), Sneha Nidhi (Oct 2018), Jingle Bells (Dec 2018). In 2017, we provided a stage to 500 artists to showcase their talents. Summer Dreams (May 2017), Utsav (Sep 2017), Jingle Bells (Dec 2017). In 2016, we provided a stage to 550 artists to showcase their talents. Summer Dreams (May 2016), Utsav (Sep 2016), Jingle Bells (Dec 2016).