(Washington, D.C., 7/13/2012) Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a relief and development organization based in the D.C. metro area, launched its 2012 Day of Dignity campaign coinciding with the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. At the first of 15 scheduled events across the country this summer and fall, Day of Dignity’s Houston event was attended by 1,200 participants. While fasting, American Muslims and their fellow community members will distribute food, clothing, books, toys, and hygiene kits to their neighbors who have been disadvantaged by harsh economic conditions.
In its 10th year, Day of Dignity is a nationwide campaign in which more than 2,000 volunteers will serve approximately 20,000 homeless people and others in need in the following cities: Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Flint, Minneapolis, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale, and Louisville.
“Day of Dignity provides local organizations an opportunity to be engaged and creative in their efforts to assist communities in need,” said Kyle Ismail, programs manager at Islamic Relief USA. “Day of Dignity serves as a connection point between these organizations and members of their communities.”
Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, Coordinator of 2012 Day of Dignity said “we are very excited to see the level of involvement from the segment of our community that is often forgotten. To see them very happy and excited about this experience does make it the best day of dignity ever.”
Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization with eight consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator. 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. In 2011, Islamic Relief USA programs benefited more than 5 million people in 34 countries, including the United States.
In addition to its 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, 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.