Alexandria, VA –  As part of Martin Luther King Day of Service, on Jan. 15, and with January being National Mentoring Month, Islamic Relief USA staff and volunteers will do service activities in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, among other areas around the country.

Volunteers will participate in Mid​-Atlantic America’s Islamic Heritage Museum Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the museum, located at 2315 Martin Luther King Junior Ave. SE. Volunteers will distribute 500 hot meals, set up four coffee/hot chocolate stations along the parade route, and participate in the parade. In addition, museum founder and curator Brother Amir Muhammad will speak about the legacies of Dr. King and legendary boxer/humanitarian Muhammad Ali. Ali’s birthday would have been on Jan. 17, which also marks the 2nd Annual International Mentoring Day.

Also, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will package approximately 10,000 pounds of produce at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, 825 South Taylor St., Arlington, Va.

Here are some of the other events Islamic Relief USA volunteers will be participating at other locations during the long weekend. They are:

Date: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
Time: 8 am – noon
Address: Islah L.A., 2900 West Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90043
Project: Provide support to Southwest Islah LA’s Food Pantry distribution by building boxes of
food and distributing them to beneficiaries.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
Time: 8 p.m. – midnight
Address: 5218 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11220
Project: Prepare and distribute 150 – 200 meals and 150 hygiene kits to homeless people under the Herald Square Bridge

Date: Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 152 Derrom Ave, Paterson, N.J. 07504
Project: Preparation and distribution of 500 meals to the homeless and working poor in Paterson, N.J.

Date: Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Address: Masjid-as-Saffat, 1335 West North Ave., Baltimore, Md.
Project: Distributing 100-150 meals, winter items and toiletries to the local homeless community.

Date: Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Address: Various grocery stores
Project: Sponsor a food drive at multiple grocery stores to collect recommended food pantry items to donate to FAITH’s pantry.

Date: Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Address: Penn Station – Newark, NJ
Project: Feeding Project at Penn Station (Newark)

Date: Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Address: South Central MAS Dallas, 1515 Blake Dr. Richardson, Texas 75081
Project: Putting together comfort kits to distribute to local homeless shelter

Date: Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Address: Sahaba Initiative Office- 242 W 5th St, San Bernardino, CA 92401
Project: Prepare 100 hot meals, 100 bagged lunches, 100 hygiene kits and distribute all items to the local homeless community and plant seeds to fix the community garden.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Minhaj Hassan

media@irusa.org

(703) 370-7246

 

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