PLEASE NOTE: Donations made toward IRUSA’s United States Humanitarian Aid fund in excess of the support requirements for emergency appeals may be used to support other important emergency or long-term work across the country.
California Wildfires Displace Thousands, IRUSA Mobilizes to Send Aid
More than 15 massive wildfires are surging through northern California and have already taken nearly a dozen lives. Low humidity and high winds aid them in their rapid spread—a rate equivalent to one football field every 3 seconds.
The damage is severe and continues to occur: several of the fires have been named the largest in California’s history with a total of nearly 475,00 acres burned. The smoke from the fires is causing dangerously unhealthy air quality. Almost 40,000 people have been evacuated, and hundreds are staying in temporary shelters, unsure about their future.
Disaster Response and Long-term Recovery
IRUSA stands ready to serve entire communities during times of disaster. Your Disaster Response Team moves as quickly as possible to provide urgent relief to those hit by tragedies, just like right now for the wildfires in California, including the Carr Fire which is one of the worst wildfires to blaze in California’s history.
IRUSA is on the ground working with partners to deliver humanitarian aid to disaster-stricken regions affected by 15 blazing wildfires across the state. Please donate now to speed the delivery of humanitarian aid to people who desperately need it in California where thousands are evacuating and hundreds of families who do not have homes to go to are seeking temporary shelter. Firefighters are also experiencing considerable fatigue.
In 2017, DRT members worked to help support victims of the shooting in Parkland, FL, and also aided people hit by disasters like those affected by wildfires in California, or our neighbors hit by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
But our response doesn’t stop there: just as recovery may take years, IRUSA’s DRT works with partners on longer-term recovery processes. That’s happening right now for survivors of Hurricane Matthew, which hit North Carolina in October 2016: IRUSA staff and volunteers dedicate time every month to help with muck-outs and rebuilding of homes still damaged by the storm. This continues now. None of this would be possible without your support: give to USA Humanitarian Aid. Join the movement now to fight suffering here at home by volunteering, donating and advocating for humanitarian programs across the country.
Focus on Qurbani: Feeding Our Neighbors this Eid
In 2011, IRUSA began offering Qurbani in the United States to help our neighbors in need at home, and the program has grown quickly. You can donate to give Qurbani in the United States now.
Poverty is not a foreign phenomenon. More than 45 million Americans—including 16 million children—live in poverty. According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, close to 15% of Americans live in poverty, including 1 in 5 children in the U.S.
This year, we aim to serve 30,000 neighbors in need through our Qurbani program.
Serving Neighbors in Need
This Ramadan Islamic Relief USA answered the call of our neighbors in need by providing over 5,000 Ramadan food packages. More than 46 million Americans—including nearly 16 million children—live in poverty. That’s about one in seven of us!
Each package helped extend the amount of food that low-income families have—anywhere from a few days to two week. That means more food for more time, and every bit of help counts. With your help, we were able to make Ramadan a reminder of hope instead of hunger.
Another basic need is health care, and IRUSA has long supported clinics that provide free care for low-income and homeless Americans, like the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) health center in Chicago. Day of Dignity events provide health screenings, food, clothes, and more to homeless residents in cities across the country each year. And our partners and donors are helping refugees acclimate to their new homes and sharing zakat with families going through emergencies.
4 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
“Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should serve his neighbor generously …” The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), as narrated by Sahih Al-Bukhari
IRUSA donors just like you work hard to fight poverty across the country every day. Support to the USA Humanitarian Aid fund helps see these vital efforts through. From emergency aid distributions to bringing clean water to those who desperately need it in places like Flint to lifting our struggling neighbors up as they seek pathways to success—your gifts achieve great things! Learn more in the Projects section below.