MLK WEEKEND OF SERVICE A SUCCESS
Staff & Volunteers Step-up to Make a Difference
“Islam’s focus on justice, equality and
the value of good character should make
the mission of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
one we take personally.”
“MLK Weekend offers a great
opportunity for the Muslim community
to… remind our neighbors that we stand by
justice and equality for all, and we define
ourselves by our deep faith and service
to those in need.”
“It was a truly rewarding and inspiring
experience for all who joined.”
It was a truly rewarding and inspiring experience for all who joined and such a blessing to be able to remind the community that we are here, their neighbors and coworkers, classmates and friends, working toward a better tomorrow, today. Read on to learn more about our exciting 2020 MLK Weekend of Service or check out our photo album below.
MLK WEEKEND OF SERVICE
DAY 1: A Clean Community for Everyone
South Dallas is one of the poorest neighborhoods in North Texas. With streets littered in trash and debris, run down buildings, homelessness, and crime, this polluted environment can have a significant impact on mental health of the residents there. In fact, studies show that cleaning up debris and greening an area can drastically reduce depression, anxiety, and stress levels for the people living in that community.
Every family deserves to live in a community that they can be proud of. To take the first step in facilitating equal access to healthy spaces, ICNA Relief staff and volunteers joined the MLK Clean Team Initiative and worked hard from early Saturday, January 18th to late afternoon to clean up trash and debris in the streets of South Dallas!
It was truly wonderful coming together with other volunteers to make a visible impact and to set an example for the local residents, encouraging them to come out and work together to create a community they, too, can be proud of.
DAY 2: The Food Pantry Makes an Impact
Every week, the ICNA Relief Dallas Food Pantry serves needy families with fresh meat, milk, eggs, pantry goods and household staples. For our MLK Weekend of Service, volunteers poured in to take it a step further. Almost 200 hygiene kits were purchased, packed and distributed to families along with food stuffs and household goods, sanitary products, and cleaning supplies.
We were so proud to see, not only several fresh new faces in the volunteer pool, but even entire families coming out join the effort! Children as young as six were working hard to prep and organize pantry goods and each and every client received service with a smile!
It was a special day for everyone involved, as volunteers got to experience the gratitude of these families in need, our staff got hugs from happy children, and our clients were treated with the respect, dignity, kindness and compassion that is central our faith.
DAY 2: Serving Hot Meals to Hungry Families
The Prophet (s) said:
“He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbor to his side goes hungry.”
One of the greatest injustices in this country is how many unfortunate men, women and children go to bed each night without enough food in their stomachs. Hunger is one of the worst calamities of our generation. On Sunday, January 19th, several volunteer refugee sisters with ICNA Relief cooked a delicious meal for the Union Gospel Mission Soup Kitchen in South Dallas.
Guests were then greeted by the smiling faces of over two dozen excited youth volunteers and ICNA Relief staff, who served them, table-side, conversed cheerily, and made every single person feel welcomed and loved.
DAY 3: Marching for Justice & Equality
ICNA Relief finished off our Weekend of Service by joining CAIR-DFW, FATE and the Muslim Community at large in a march for justice and equality in the 38th Annual MLK Parade in Dallas!
Volunteers and ICNA Relief staff proudly marched through the streets of Dallas carrying a banner that reminded the world that our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (s) and revered activist Dr Martin Luther King, Jr shared in a vision of racial equality and justice for all.
The crowd cheered and joined us as we were led by Brother Ayman El-Sawa, a local Muslim Activist, with chants promoting justice, equality, personal agency, and democracy.
ICNA Relief, through it’s various programs and services, seeks to shrink the gap of inequality for all disadvantaged people in America. Food insecurity, unequal access to healthcare, homelessness, social alienation and joblessness, so many challenges face the American people. But with your support, our Hunger Prevention program can help keep families fed; our ICNA Relief Free CIlinic can provide quality care to the uninsured; our Women’s Transition Home can help single women and mothers build a sustainable future and get on their feet; our Refugee Facilitation Program, ESL Classes, Furniture Donation and Car Donation programs can help families build strong futures and become contributing members of society.
We need your support to continue to offer these beneficial programs. Please consider YOUR impact and donate generously.