Volunteer Appreciation Month Spotlight
We at ICNA Relief want to recognize those who make a difference and demonstrate what working together can accomplish. The compassion our volunteers show to the people we serve is an inspiration for us all. We have noticed how our volunteers treat everyone with respect and kindness, no matter what the situation is. We know how stressful it can be for the people who find themselves in need of the services we provide, and your words and actions go a long way toward helping them keep their dignity. We at ICNA Relief just want you all to know that your work hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Thank you for all that you do.
Get to know some of our volunteers that have selflessly dedicated their time and effort to our offices across the United States!
“I am currently a Junior at Suffolk University, Boston. I am from Somalia and have been volunteering with ICNA Relief for a couple of years. I started volunteering at my local mosque and that is how I learned about the amazing work they do in the community. I respected the work that ICNA Relief was doing, serving those most in need and being able to make a difference and seeing the changes that are made right then and there. The smile on people’s faces is what always kept me coming back and being part of the change is something that warms my heart and always made me come back. These collective experiences have helped in gaining skills and personal growth for myself but also it gives me experience and made me want to serve the greater public. I want to be useful for the society and if I wanted to change what is happening I had to be part of it. The staff always reminded me of the importance of service and seeing how they truly care about the work they do always motivates me. The respect and appreciation they have for their volunteers is something I have not witness in other organizations. Making a difference is so important to me that I continue to volunteer with ICNA Relief because of the value they hold. I respect the work the organization is doing, serving those most in need and being able to make a difference in people lives on a regular basis. I know whatever career I choose after graduating, ICNA Relief will be a place I will always come back to service others because it kept me appreciative of the things that I have and made me a better person.”
“I love volunteering my time at ICNA Relief Atlanta. ICNA Relief is such a wonderful place that helps so many people in so many different ways. I have a great life and have extra time and there is nothing I would rather do than volunteer. The staff is incredible and the people are interesting. By volunteering I help the community and gain life experiences that I will never forget.”
Rosemarie Lewis (Aiesha)
“Assalamu Walaykum Ramatulah Wabarakatu! I was born on the beautiful nature island of Dominica (not the Dominican Republic). You might have to google it to know where I am talking about! I became a Muslim about 10 years ago and if you had asked me about Islam then, I would have said ‘Oh the people that bomb the planes?’. Yes, that’s what I knew then about Islam. But Alhamdulillah, Allah had a better plan for me. He opened my heart and gave me Islam and it lead me to ICNA Relief. Alhamdullilah, volunteering at ICNA Relief’s food pantry for the past 4 years has taught me so much about people and the hardships they are going through. It has taught me patience, love, understanding people’s needs, compassion and caring for others. We feed over 300 families at the food pantry so we need your help by donating to ICNA Relief to keep our food pantry going and to continue to help those in need. Alhamdullilah, I’m so happy Allah gave me this opportunity to help and interact with Muslims and non-Muslims in a way I would never have dreamed of.”
Mr. and Mrs. Chigri
A very wonderful couple from California that started volunteering 4 years ago. “Volunteering with ICNA Relief makes us feel powerful and important.”
Maaz Ahmed Baqai
Maaz Baqai of Philadelphia is currently working towards obtaining his Masters in Health Administration. Having graduated with a bachelor’s in public health, he has always been advocate for access to health care. In early 2018, he even went as far as opening a free health clinic in Northeast Philadelphia. Since the opening of the clinic, Maaz has stayed involved in the day to day operations and management and is also on the Clinic Board. He hopes to further expand the clinic along with the rest of the team to include dental as well as, OB/GYN services. Maaz has also been involved in a variety of other organizations all throughout the Greater Philadelphia area such as Helping Hand, IQRA Institute, and the Khair masjid project. “Maaz is such an asset to our community and the clinic”. His dedication is inspiring to so many!” Sr Dana Mohamed, ICNA Relief Program Manager- PA & Assistant Director of HR-National
I am a blessed mother of 3 and grandmother of one. I truly love to see the smile on the faces of the recipients at the ICNA Relief Atlanta Food Pantry. It is a reminder to me to be grateful of what I have been given by Allah”
“As a volunteer, I get to experience many different settings and atmospheres in order to help out my local community. Volunteering with ICNA Relief in North Carolina has started to become a passion for me, I get to reconnect with my community, help out local residents in need, and even build new connections with others! Throughout my experience, I learn more about others and get to experience what our communities go through and what truly helps them. With recent changes, we can proudly say that we are continuously expanding nationwide across the U.S. in order to help out in more communities. ‘Our community is your community’.”
“I work for a cause, not for applause. I live life to express (myself) not to impress anyone. By volunteering I get motivated to understand more about my community and learn through hands on experience.”
“I was born and raised in Texas. I am currently a senior at UT Dallas. I love helping others and this is what makes me happy. You can make a difference and inspire others to do the same. ‘One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time’.”
“I graduated with BS in Biology and I am planning to pursue a career in Physician Assistant studies. I volunteer for ICNA Relief in Dallas because it gives me opportunities to help the under served in the community & teaches me to become selfless. I recommend this organization to everyone and I suggest that if you really are passionate about helping others, then these are the people you need to collaborate with. Let there be a monarchy of love inside you so that your heart only beats mercy and compassion. Spread love and only love.”
Esraa Emam (NJ)
“I volunteer to see a smile on people faces … doing good should not have a reason as it’s something that the person does simply to help others.”
“I am currently a Sophomore at Suffolk University in Boston. The reason why I love to volunteer is because it gives me a chance to give back to the community and keeps me involved. It allows to me to interact with others on a different level, gain real-world experiences and contribute to a cause I care about. Volunteering makes me feel like i’m making a impact in the world whether big or small. Whenever I volunteer, I always leave with a new perspective on life. What keeps me to continue volunteering is seeing the look of happiness on people’s faces after every event and feeling like you just made someone’s day. My favorite volunteer memory with ICNA Relief is during Back to School giveaways because seeing the joy in the kids’ faces as they receive school supplies is precious.”
Abdul Wahab Malik
“When people ask me why I volunteer I struggle to explain it. To me the questions of ‘Should I help’ or ‘Why’ doesn’t cross my mind, but ‘How can I help’. I enjoy the time I spend with ICNA Relief and helping those in need. To do good and make life better for people is such a rewarding experience. Helping is also a fundamental core of the very fabric of Islam. It brings a smile to my face knowing that I am having a positive impact in the community, which is also Sunnah, so smile!”
“You (people) cannot satisfy people with your wealth, but satisfy them with your cheerful faces and good morals.” Related by Abu Ya’la and Al-Hakim graded it as Sahih.
“I have been volunteering with ICNA Relief South Florida for 4 years now. I love volunteering with ICNA Relief because it helps me fulfill my requirements of being a good Muslim and being a good citizen of the US. I am able to give back to the community that has raised me to be the person I am.
I was born and raised in South Florida and have lived here for almost 24 years. I am sad but also excited to be moving onto a new chapter in my life as I relocate to Phoenix, Arizona for dental school. I look forward to meeting the community there and getting involved, and hope that I can one day return to South Florida as a professional to help the community in ways I never could before.”
“I like to volunteer because I feel it is part of being a human being. I think we are designed to help one another. Help comes in many forms, and I believe that volunteering is one way to accomplish what we are supposed to accomplish in this lifetime. Bottom line, it just feels good inside to give unconditionally.”
“I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas. I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology. I volunteer at ICNA because I want to give back to my community.”
Br. Abdullah is a Laundry Love volunteer that has been with ICNA Relief S. California for 3 years. He and his family are always happy and willing to volunteer with ICNA Relief. “We love this organization for the services they provide and we like the nice and social people that work and volunteer.”
If you would like to be a part of our volunteer community, please fill our our Volunteer Form to get started!