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.
Hurricane Michael – EMERGENCY
On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle, and also had impacts across other states such as Georgia and Virginia. The Category 4 storm brought winds of up to 155 miles per hour and is the strongest storm to hit the U.S since 1992.
As of Friday, October 12, 2018, the death toll was 17 people, a number that is expected to continue to rise. Before the storm hit, 30 million people were under hurricane/storm watch or warning, across six states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina).
Islamic Relief USA has declared a state of emergency and launched an immediate emergency appeal. IRUSA is closely monitoring the situation and preparing to send aid. Our Disaster Response Team (DRT) is also preparing to mobilize to help survivors and those affected by the storm. Your help is desperately needed and will continue to be needed for recovery – please donate to survivors now.
IRUSA previously responded most recently to Hurricane Florence that hit the East Coast in September 2018, when one million people were asked to evacuate their homes.
Disaster Response Team Receives $500K grant from American Red Cross
Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) has received a nearly $500,000 grant from the American Red Cross (ARC) to implement rebuilding projects and programs for residents who lost their homes during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.
“We’re extremely pleased to receive this grant from such a respected organization and partner,” said Hani Hamwi, manager of the Disaster Response Team at Islamic Relief USA. The grant will go toward setting up a dormitory for volunteers to stay at during the home rebuilding project that will take place in Houston. IRUSA plans to rebuild between 15 and 20 homes each year.
Serving Neighbors in Need: Meat, Meals, and Health Care
More than 46 million Americans—including 16 million children—live in poverty. The U.S. Census reports that close to 15% of Americans live in poverty, including 1 in 5 kids. In 2018, IRUSA served 30,000 neighbors in need through our annual Qurbani meat-sharing program.
In early summer 2018 (the timing for the Islamic month of Ramadan), Islamic Relief USA answered the call of our neighbors in need by providing over 5,000 Ramadan food packages. Each package helped extend the amount of food that low-income families have—anywhere from a few days to two week.
IRUSA has also long-supported health care clinics that provide free care for low-income and homeless Americans, like the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) health center in Chicago. IRUSA’s annual Day of Dignity events provide health screenings, food, clothes, and more to the homeless in cities nationwide. Our partners and donors also help refugees acclimate to their new homes and share zakat with families going through emergencies.
Disaster Response and Long-Term Recovery
IRUSA stands ready to serve entire communities during times of disaster. The Disaster Response Team (DRT) moves as quickly as possible to provide urgent relief to those hit by tragedies.
Recently, DRT helped survivors of the 2018 N. California wildfires. In 2017, DRT members also 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: IRUSA’s DRT works with partners on longer-term recovery. That’s happening now for survivors of Hurricane Matthew, which hit North Carolina in Oct. 2016. IRUSA staff and volunteers still dedicate time every month to help with muck-outs and rebuilding of homes. None of this would be possible without your support: give to USA Humanitarian Aid.
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“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.