Join ICNARelief's Ramadan Challenge
HOW IT WORKS
Starting the first day of Ramadan, you will receive a daily email regarding a campaign chosen by the ICNA Relief team. Simply support that project with a donation amount of your choice. If you choose to opt in for our automatic giving, you will receive a summary donation email regarding the project you donated to each day.
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Learn about a new project each day and donate as much as you want.
Feel your deeds multiply during this blessed Ramadan!
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– Hadith from Tirmidhi
The Muhajirin greatly appreciated the good deeds of their Ansar brothers, and told the Prophet (s): "O Messenger of Allah, we have never seen anything like this people to whom we have come: if they have a little, they are still willing to help, and if they have plenty, they are most generous. They have supported us and shared their wealth with us, so much so that we feared that they would receive all the reward." The Prophet (s) said: no, not so long as you praise them and pray to Allah for them.'
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Be the Ansar Project # 1: Giving non-food essentials to those struggling in PA during COVID-19
The Specialty Pantry at ICNA Relief's SHAMS Clinic in Philadelphia provides individuals with all their essential needs that are not covered by food stamps.
"No one should have to choose between putting food on the table or having basic hygiene products."
By providing items such as diapers, shampoo, detergent, soap and more we hope to improve the overall health and well being of these individuals. The pantry is open every 2nd Saturday of the month. As part of the Covid-19 relief efforts, we have launched a door to door delivery service of these essential supplies. We need your support to continue providing to those most in need.
Their goal, to raise $5,000. This will allow them to provide toiletries and other essential supplies to over 200+ people every week.
Project 9: Help keep our communities healthy
Seven of the eight ICNA Relief Health Clinics are part-time clinics, mainly weekend clinics, that offer primary medical care and limited subspecialty care. The South Carolina Shifa clinic is a full-time clinic that is open Monday - Friday with a broader range of specialty services, including Dental, Vision, and OB/GYN services. Our clinics are open for people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and cultures.
ICNA Relief Health Services include primary care, sub-specialty care, immunization services, free lab tests, EKG, Ultrasound, free medicine dispensing, etc.
Our mobile clinics serve patients in the disastrous areas where regular clinics cannot reach. However, mobile clinics also visit remote cities to provide services to patients who otherwise have no access to medical care.
In 2019, 8,500 medical visits took place through all of our locations across the US. Also, 3,129 people were served through mobile clinics, and 6,145 people were helped through community health fairs.
During this challenging time of COVID-19, our clinics are offering patient care through telemedicine service. ICNA Relief Health Services in Georgia is providing Tele-screening for COVID-19 cases in collaboration with the Department of Public Health (DPH).
Project 17: Give the Luxury of Iftar to a Refugee or Child in Need
While some of us have the privilege of working from home, many of our neighbors do not. With families dependent on their weekly incomes and non-essential stores closing, people are dipping into savings. New refugees and most immigrants don’t have these said savings. These families are rationing their meals, and many are simply asking for some dry pasta and canned goods.
While we all feel the hunger as iftaar draws near, many within our own communities feel it for much longer.
While we think of which cuisine or dish to cook, many are thinking how long before this box runs out and how long before we can get another one.
During this blessed month, make sure another soul is given some food to break their fast, or feed their children.
Project 2: Ramadan Food Boxes for Refugees and Elderly Across the US
More than 22 MILLION Americans have lost their jobs in the past month due to the COVID-19 crisis. We need YOUR support to help our Refugee, Elderly and vulnerable families put food on their tables during this blessed month of Ramadan. Remember, it is SUNNAH to help your local neighbors first and foremost.
Our beloved Prophet has said, “He is not a believer who eats his fill while his neighbor beside him goes hungry.”
As you find yourself beginning your day with a hearty meal and ending your fast with a feast, don't forget about your neighbors, who may not have much to break their fasts.
Project 10: Healthy Families = Healthy Communities
We are living at a time that the modern world hasn't experienced before. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to change our daily routines by pushing us to stay home in order to flatten the curve. Due to this, many people have been impacted financially, socially, and psychologically. Muslim Family Services is a program of ICNA Relief that provides services using a holistic approach. We see each person as a whole and provide services using a multi-dimensional framework. This means that our services address the financial, psychological, and social needs of our community. Our case managers are actively working to provide people with the best plan to be self-sustainable. Our licensed mental health counselors are available to help people process and navigate through this uncertain and stressful experience. Refugees who are resettled in this country are being taken care of through our refugee resettlement services. We are providing hygienic products, cleaning products, and baby products to vulnerable members of our community through our specialty pantries. Needless to say, we are on the front lines assisting those impacted by this crisis. With the support of the community, we will continue to support the vulnerable. We will continue to serve, one family at a time.
Project 18: Help Feed Our Michigan Communities
Our Detroit team has seen a 200% increase in clients due to covid-19, and are in need of more funds to meet the demands. The food pantry was established in 2008 and sees an average of 300 families a month. Due to recent events, the pantry is now seeing this number in a week. Open to all faiths, and ethnic groups, the pantry has been a very important part of the Detroit community. In addition to the established food pantry, ICNA Relief Detroit has a mobile food pantry that brings food to vulnerable communities.
Project 3: Ongoing COVID-19 Relief Efforts Across the US
As the largest domestic Muslim charity in the United States, we are first hand witnessing the effects the recent coronavirus has had and is still having on our vulnerable community members. As Americans are rushing to stock up on toilet paper, diapers, and other goods, there are those that are unable to afford to do this or are a part of the high risk population, such as our elderly, and are afraid to leave their homes.
It is at this time that we need to stand together and look out for our struggling brothers and sisters, especially during this blessed month of Ramadan. We have 4 specialty pantries, and 36 food pantries established nationwide, that are scrambling to provide amidst the rising demands.
New services we have established include a National HelpLine, Tele-therapy, Curbside Pickup and Doorstep Deliveries of grocery and essentials, and Tele-screening. Join our mission as we work to #SpreadReliefNotCorona. Let's come together to do good and help our communities this Ramadan.
Project 11: Providing Vulnerable Families a Permanent Food Pantry in Minnesota
Our Minnesota team has been serving the needy communities in MN from various locations. Right now, they are looking to have a permanent location and would like to raise funds to do just that! ICNA Relief MN serves over 125 families per week and the need is growing, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Help our team in Minnesota raise the funds they need to be able to provide a permanent food pantry to those in need in their local communities.
Project 19: Give Food for Iftar and Suhoor to Families in Seattle
Our team in Seattle, WA gave 200 Ramadan food boxes at the beginning of Ramadan and also want to give 200 more boxes this week. Our ICNA Relief WA office serves the refugee communities from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia in need across greater Seattle as well as the elderly Muslim community. Around 60 % of Muslim brothers in this community were UBER drivers and now have no work and zero income due to COVID-19. These individuals have been the most affected in the Seattle Muslim communities. They can’t apply for unemployment due to being self-employed and are in desperate need to put food on their tables for their families this Ramadan
Project 4: Help Refugees Find Jobs & Access Services in Dallas
Our Dallas office offers many different services for our Refugee clients. They have started many educational courses such as, ESL classes, Civic courses, empowerment classes for sisters, sewing classes, computer classes, youth programs, tutoring, self defense classes, and Islamic Studies.
Most importantly, many of the refugees involved in our educational classes have now started to volunteer with us so they can give back to the community that has given them fresh opportunities through this program. Since last Ramadan, over 200 Refugee families have been sponsored by ICNA Relief in the DFW area. You can help us continue to give the many refugee families still in need of these resources a wonderful opportunity to make their futures brighter, inshaAllah
Project 12: Mental Health Matters!
The Crescent Counseling team of Southern California is still going strong despite the statewide shutdowns due to COVID-19. Although its office is closed, the counseling team is still meeting around 100 counseling hours per week virtually via webcam. The challenges our communities are facing are greater than ever before, that is why our counseling team is happy to continue serving existing clients while also assisting those who are struggling with new issues. As a result of unemployment and quarantine, many families are newly experiencing Domestic Violence, Depression, and a need for Anger Management. The Crescent Counseling team has adapted its services to be of service to those families.
Project 20: Eid Toys for the underserved children in Houston Tx
Let us bring the spirit of giving during Eid to less fortunate Muslim families in need in Houston, TX. This year, in particular, your contributions will brighten a child’s Eid day. Last year, our Houston office gave Eid gifts to 450 families with 1,200 children receiving toys. This year our Houston team would like to continue the distribution, but as a curbside pickup due to COVID-19. Let’s pool together our Fitra and Sadaqah to put a smile on the faces of the children in the metro Houston communities.
Project 5: Helping Pregnant Women Receive Prenatal Care in South Carolina
ICNA Relief’s Shifa Clinic in Charleston, SC continues to see prenatal patients with modified operating procedures during the COVID 19 pandemic. Most of the visits with patients and routine care is through telehealth but with pregnant patients, they have to be seen and follow-up appointments must be in person. Specifically, because of COVID-19, in-person prenatal care at Shifa Free Clinic has now been reduced to an initial prenatal visit, an anatomy ultrasound, and the 28-, 36-, and 39-week visits. All labs will be conducted during these visits.
Women receiving no prenatal care are 3-4 times more likely to experience pregnancy related death than women who receive routine prenatal care.
Help these expectant mothers continue to get the proper care needed during this COVID-19 crisis by donating today!
Project 13: Transitional Home in Boston Needs Supplies
ICNA Relief offers an alternative for homeless women in need of temporary sleeping accommodations and maintains the dignity of clients while affording them the opportunity to heal and develop themselves within a nurturing environment. Women are provided with one-on-one support while they transition to permanent stable housing.
Many of the women who come to ICNA Relief have experienced either emotional or physical abuse as well as neglect. Many are underemployed or unable to obtain affordable housing. ICNA Relief offers them the opportunity to heal while they work towards obtaining the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.
The Amal Women’s Center in Massachusetts has been a safe haven for homeless women and children in the Boston area for many years. Right now, the Amal house is in need of hygiene and personal feminine care products, household basics like bedsheets and pillows, and kitchen utensils. Help our sisters in Boston get the items they need to get back on their feet.
Project 6: Feeding a North Carolinian Vulnerable Community
Our North Carolina team is in need of funding to set-up, buy supplies and buy food for it’s second food pantry to be opened in Durham, NC. The majority of those in need in the Durham Muslim community are Refugees, converts, and large families with 6+ children.
Right now, our team has secured a space at the masjid in Durham.
In order to reach the most marginalized communities of the city and help alleviate some of the suffering felt by the 9,413 food-insecure families in surrounding areas, our team must fully stock the pantry for these families. Help them stock up and help our Muslim brothers and sisters get the food they need to properly open and close their fasts this Ramadan.
Project 14: Feeding the Homeless in NOLA
The New Orleans homeless populations have been on the rise. Many are out on the streets or in shelters and are struggling. Our local New Orleans team has been feeding breakfast to homeless individuals and families twice a month, including some weekends. 200 homeless individuals are able to benefit from this soup kitchen project. However, as the Covid19 crisis hit, many more families are looking for a helping hand and the demand for a meal has increased. With your help, we would like to increase the amount of days we feed the homeless in NOLA and the amount of people we are able to feed.
Project 7: Our NJ Office Helps an Afghani Refugee Family Get the Food They Need
The Story of an Afghani Family in NJ
"I used to do construction projects in Afghanistan. I am new to the country. I was working for a very well-known company in a warehouse and I had a good job. However, people were continuously testing positive for COVID-19, so I could no longer work. I have no income to purchase groceries. I am at high risk of getting sick. I didn't get my stimulus check.
I came from Afghanistan in late 2016 and since then I have been working to pay off a debt. You see, I was a refugee stuck in a 3rd world country. I was seeking asylum in Sri Lanka and for years I was not allowed to work. I had to borrow the money from someone I know in order to survive in Sri Lanka. I originally owed $25,000 but now only owe $5,000.
I was working 60 hrs a week at the warehouse and I was even promoted. We just need milk and pasta."
Project 15: Our Transitional Home Residents in Chicago Needs a Resource Room!
The Chicago Transitional Home, established in 2017, has housed over 24 women & children. With an average capacity for 8-10 individuals at a time, our home provides various resources to these women to help them get back on their feet. Our Chicago team needs your help now to establish an empowerment center at the home; a space where all clients can use to learn and grow, with a library, computer room, area for kids activities, and much more. Our homes are more than just a place to stay, they are a resource center and a place of hope.
Project 8: Our NY Transitional Home Residents Need Supplies
ICNA Relief offers 22 Transitional Homes across the United States as safe-havens for homeless women and children. Our NY Transitional Home has multiple floors with multiple kitchens. Some of these kitchens are missing cooking essentials such as cooking pots, pans, stirring spoons and cutlery. There is also a baby that currently resides at the home that can only wear Huggies Brand diapers due to allergies. With the COVID-19 crisis, the NY home is also in need of more bedsheets. You can help our NY team keep their Transitional Home up and running by donating today and supplying these much needed necessities.
Project 16: Giving your Zakat to Local Families who may be too shy to show they are in need
When one is camping outside in the woods and in need of water, he’s advised to look for running water: a stream or a river. This is because a still body of water collects bacteria and is harmful. The running of water, purifies the water itself. Similarly, Allah commands us to purify our wealth by giving zakat, so we do not have static money year after year, being hoarded. Even then, from His mercy, Allah commands that we give such a little percentage.
Ramadan is a time when we purify our souls so we should take this time to also purify our wealth.
The COVID-19 crisis has led many people in our communities who were once giving zakat, to now become the ones eligible to receive zakat, because of the loss of their head of household and savings.
Give zakat locally, because those are the families and new orphans who are too shy to reach their hands out.