IRUSA ATLANTA , Ga. – Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization has provided a $10,000 grant for the Day of Dignity at the Riyaddah Conference, which will take place from July 25 to July 28.
The conference will take place at three locations:
Mohammed Schools of Atlanta, 735 Fayetteville Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316;
Community Masjid of Atlanta, 547 West End Pl SW, Atlanta, GA 30310;
Atlanta Masjid, 560 Fayetteville Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
The Riyaadah Day of Giving is a day to remind brothers and sisters about the responsibility to serve humanity. Held on Thursday, the lunchtime food drive will challenge everyone to take lunch and help distribute food and school supplies to the homeless and undeserved.
IRUSA will be providing 250 backpacks for the homeless population. They will be distributed during the lunch period under Grady Bridge on Edgewood Avenue.
“Islamic Relief has held the Day of Dignity campaign for several years,” said Sharif Aly, chief executive officer of Islamic Relief USA. “The events enable people who are in some of the direst circumstances to get access to necessary items and services. Poverty and homelessness, unfortunately, remain major problems, and indications are both problems may grow worse. Thus, Day of Dignity events provide a major service. In addition to receiving food, clothing and health care, they also learn about the different agencies and other entities that exist which they can connect with and continue receiving the guidance and resources necessary to help them get on a path of self-sufficiency.”
The Day of Dignity campaign consists of a series of events held around the country to help people who are homeless or from low-income households, among other sociological conditions, gain access to meals, along with other items like hygiene kits and health screenings.
Islamic Relief USA works with various community organizations throughout the country to help facilitate the events. Attendees can also receive information on finding jobs, housing and event getting their criminal records expunged.
The events put a spotlight on the effects of income inequality and poverty, which remains a persistent problem in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 40 million suffer from poverty as of 2015. The problem could grow worse if recently announced cuts to various social services are enacted by Congress.
Day of Dignity helps provide, at least for a day, relief from the regular hardships that are faced by an impoverished population, regardless of race, creed, or nationality.
Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.
Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.