தமிழ் சிநேகம் (Tamil Sneham)

Florida Tamil Community

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Tamil Sneham History

As its name implies, Sneham (or "Tamil Sneham", as we prefer to call it to distinguish it from others with similar names), is a non-profit organization intended to promote friendship and serve the social and cultural interests of people of common (Indian) cultural heritage in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Even though it was originally conceived and organized to serve the Tamil communityin the Tampa Bay area, its reach has now extended to others through its many educational, leadership and recreational activities for the youth of the community.

Tamil Sneham is now an inclusive organization open to all who share its mission.

In early 2007, a group of friends felt the need for an informal organization to promote "fun and friendship" among members of the Tamil community of Tampa. They wanted to be proactive in organizing activities that would bring Tamil families together to form friendships and do things they enjoy as a group. As its first activity, Sneham organized a family picnic in Lettuce Lake Park on February 19, 2007. It was attended by more than 100 people and provided many new families with an opportunity to get to know others living in Tampa. It was a "fun" experience for all age groups.

Following the picnic, Sneham screened the super-hit movie "Mozhi" on March 24, 2007 and conducted a "Talent Day" on September 8, 2007 to recognize and reward men and women for their talent in various categories.

Tamil Sneham was registered (Doc. No. 07000004600) as a non-profit corporation in the State of Florida on May 7, 2007.

To encourage our own local aspiring musicians to perform in public, Sneham organized a music group, called "raagamSneham", and conducted a Music Concert on May 19, 2007. It was an outstanding success that helped us discover the musically-talented young people who were willing to sacrifice their time and resources to develop and exhibit their skills to entertain and enthrall the audience.

To meet the recreational and athletic needs of our young professionals, Sneham organized a group, called "sportsSneham", consisting of mostly young people willing to participate in sports and games organized by the organization on a regular basis. Those interested in volleyball meet every Sunday mornings at Lettuce Lake Park, in Tampa, FL to play the game.. In cooperation with Tampa Telugus, we also organize volleyball (for men) and throw-ball( for women) tournaments involving local teams.

As the organization grew it added more activities to meet the needs of the community. Noteworthy among them are the Youth Leadership Program for youngsters and the monthly Volunteering Program at a local charity serving the poor and homeless in our community.

Tamil Sneham was granted Federal tax-exempt status, under section 501 (c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, on August 31, 2010 (EIN 65- 1301498).