Humanitarian Raveen Arora with Think Human and Co-host Jim Hall with Crexendo
In this episode of Phoenix Business Radio, Host Karen Nowicki and Special Guest Co-host Jim Hall, get you connected with community builder and philanthropist, Raveen Arora. Listen in as Raveen shares his approach (and life’s work) to advocating diversity and a constant provider of opportunities, education… and a delicious meal.
Since childhood in his native India, Raveen Arora, Founder of Think Human, has lived a life of service. This includes the All India Boy Scouts Association, volunteership with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity to Tempe business owner, caring neighbor, and immigrant community mentor.
Inspired by his humble beginnings, Arora believes there is nothing more important than community involvement and social responsibility. “I am truly humbled and incredibly privileged to be selected for this honor,” he says. “This award is much bigger than me and rightfully belongs to all my neighbors on the Apache corridor who have been on this journey with me. It’s the people who matter.”
At an early age, Arora knew what it meant to be hungry after his family lost everything during war. Growing up in Kolkata (Calcutta), India he involved himself with service organizations such as the Scouts, president of the Leo/Lions Club, and other charitable works before immigrating to America.
In 2003, Arora opened The Dhaba and India Plaza, near Apache and McClintock in an area of Tempe with many challenges. Through the years, Arora has made a positive change by providing clothing, bottled water, and daily free meals to people in need. Several local nonprofits have benefited from his financial support and leadership.
During construction of Tempe’s light rail on Apache, Arora became aware of a dangerous situation for residents crossing the street to utilize public transportation, especially for wheelchair users. He responded by donating a portion of his land for the installation of an accessible ramp and crosswalk.
Arora upholds the dignity of people from all walks of life by providing jobs, giving incentives to further their education, and encouraging the very best in each person he meets. He is known as “uncle” to many foreign students and immigrants living in the area, helping them with their studies and transitioning to a new culture.
For his life of good works, Raveen has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Mother Theresa International Service Award, Don Carlos Humanitarian of the Year, and the National Restaurant Association Humanitarian Award.
Connect with Raveen on LinkedIn.
Crexendo is a cloud-based telephone service provider, helping for-profit and nonprofit organizations cut their telecom costs while improving operational efficiencies. In short, they provide telephone systems that use the internet eliminating the costs and limitations of traditional telephone lines. Telephone calls are often the first impression and last impression of a business. Crexendo connects prospects and customers to your business regardless of when and where your staff is at the time.
Tempe South Rotary is a group of people dedicated to helping others locally nationally and internationally. Tempe South Rotarians volunteer time and raise and donate money through a wide variety of means and organizations to helpothers in need. Thier motto is service above self.
Tempe Community Council is a unique nonprofit organization with a mission of connecting those in need with those who care. TCC interfaces with the City of Tempe and residents in need of services including food, transportation, education, and tax prepartion through agency review and grants.
Jim Hall has a passion for technology and helping others. Jim consults businesses on options for their telephone systems and service, matching the business needs to system capabilities with eyes on cost. When not helping businesses with their telecom, Jim is involved in community organizations and activities including Tempe South Rotary and Tempe Community Council. In his spare time, Jim enjoys playing music, golfing, and outdoor activities.