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Volunteers Named United Way ‘Stars’ in Silicon Valley

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Shona Hemmady is one of the 15 volunteers named “Stars of the Week” by United Way Silicon Valley.
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    To honor the organization’s “dedicated volunteers,” United Way Silicon Valley recently named 15 volunteers “Stars of the Week” in commemoration of National Volunteer Week April 15-April 21.

    Three Indian Americans were among the 15 featured volunteers on the Web site: Shona Hemmady, Yashwanth Hemaraj and Lola Kashyap (see image - right).

    A summer intern in the United Way Silicon Valley office, Hemmady is president of many service and leadership clubs at Cupertino High School. A National Merit finalist, she organizes blood drives and community service events at local nonprofits and teaches Indian classical dance to children at a dance studio for free.

    Her father, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Shankar Hemmady, told India-West that his daughter has been accepted to Yale University, where she plan to major in economics and international development. She wants to work with the United Nations and other international agencies “to support women, children and causes around healthcare and education,” he added.

    Hemaraj (see image - left), according to the United Way Web site, is a member of the United Way Silicon Valley board of directors and chairs the Young Leaders United donor group, which provides opportunities for professionals under the age of 40 to actively engage in philanthropy and community and networking in Silicon Valley.

    Kashyap is a reading mentor with the “Yes We Can Read” initiative in partnership with Grail Family Services. She works “one-on-one with kindergarten children” and is active in United Way’s one-day volunteer events.

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