On February 4, FHLBank Indianapolis celebrated Mitesh Doshi, our winner of the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citizenship Award. Twenty-one current and former employees have received this honor for their dedication to local organizations, charities, church, and community activities. The award was introduced in 2000 to showcase the talent, character, and citizenship of its employees.
Mitesh is a Senior Data Warehouse Developer and has worked for the bank for 10 years. As part of his volunteer work with the bank, he volunteers in multiple activities like Wheeler Mission, Coburn place, Packing meals, the annual auction for United Way, and more. Outside of the bank, Mitesh is part of multiple volunteer organizations, one of which is the Hamilton County Emergency Response Team, a group of certified individuals who can help support the community in case of disaster. Most recently, he has worked with this team to help during COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites in Hamilton County. Mitesh also does service work for food drives through SEWA (Hindu faith-based humanitarian organization). For the 2020 Diwali celebration, he and other Hindu families donated over 10,000 pounds of food.
“Mitesh is a kind-hearted fellow who is always ready to participate in community service. He takes the lead on food drives and encourages others to donate as well. He does all this and more without expecting any mention or reward,” says his manager, Gurdeepak Singh, who nominated him for this award.
In this virtual celebration, Mitesh’s father was actually able to join us all the way from India. “My parents and grandparents are really the ones who instilled in me the habit of giving back to the community,” says Mitesh, “For me, it was a casual routine to go out and feed the homeless and stray animals…Charity did not take a lot of effort back home. If willing, you will always find people who could use your donation to meet their basic needs.”
In honor of Mitesh, FHLBank Indianapolis is donating $1,500 to Mitesh’s charity of choice, St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Mitesh chose this nonprofit because “seeing kids in pain is the worst thing you can experience as a parent. St. Jude’s takes care of the kids for free, and I want to support that.”
Thank you, Mitesh, for all you do for FHLBank Indianapolis and your community.