(Washington, D.C., 9/11/2012) Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a relief and development organization based in the D.C. metro area honors its tens of thousands of volunteers and supporters who have contributed their time and resources since 9/11 to help provide relief and development in the U.S. and throughout the world, particularly in countries like Pakistan, Somalia, and Afghanistan.

In the U.S., IRUSA has invested millions in social service programs from California to New Jersey to help lift Americans out of poverty.  Through partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, IRUSA has funded a summer feeding program for children of low-income households.  Many of these children rely on school for their meals.

IRUSA has also partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Capital Area Asset Builders and other local groups to deliver valuable financial literacy education and savings-match programs to help lift Americans out of poverty.

In California, along with local partners, IRUSA supports ongoing programs that helps provide access to quality health care for low-income individuals.

Partnering with other faith-based organizations like the Latter-Day Saint Charities, IRUSA has provided disaster relief in places like Haiti, New Orleans, and Somalia.

“On this tragic anniversary, we recognize that communities can come together and provide hope where there is despair,”  said CEO of IRUSA.

IRUSA has helped to provide support in developing countries like Pakistan by helping to re-build villages devastated by floods and by providing livelihood programs in Afghanistan.

“As an American charity, we aim to not only provide relief and development, but to help build bridges between the US and the Muslim World,”  said Ayoub.

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.

Hebah Reed
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
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