Meet the stellar team that keeps our volunteer efforts going around the country. To connect with any of us, please email

Yasmin Mahmoud

Regional Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Mid Atlantic Region

My name is Yasmin Mahmoud and I serve as a Regional Volunteer Engagement Specialist for the Mid Atlantic region at IRUSA. I obtained a double B.A. in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to my bachelor’s, I have researched Global Development and Humanitarian Aid in both the United States and the Middle East. I am based in VA and get to spend a lot of time with volunteers at our new Volunteer & Distribution Center in Springfield, VA. My life’s mission is to alleviate world hunger, and poverty. In addition, I love my work at IRUSA because I get to work with amazing volunteers with similar values. I am passionate about volunteering and working alongside individuals who dedicate both time, and efforts to fulfill the IRUSA mission. Thank you and hope to see you at our upcoming projects!

My favorite quote is when Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: “Be merciful to those on the earth, so the One above the heavens will be merciful to you.” And I am glad to believe that the work we do with the volunteers is a manifestation of being merciful towards others.

Dima Akach

Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Northeast Region

Being personally impacted by the Syrian crisis, I became more passionate about giving back to humanity and helping vulnerable people. I have years of experience in working with humanitarian organizations and refugee resettlement agencies and was fortunate to work closely with volunteers along those years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing, and my interest in having a career path in the nonprofit world was the reason I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Global Development and Peace with a minor in Communication Studies. Working with IRUSA made me even more inspired and humbled by the generosity of time and talent volunteers offer to help those in need.

My favorite quote is when Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: “Be merciful to those on the earth, so the One above the heavens will be merciful to you.” And I am glad to believe that the work we do with the volunteers is a manifestation of being merciful towards others.”

Ali Mir

Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Southwest Region

I engage all southwest volunteers through service projects, general body meetings, open house events and other fun activities. I also enjoy interpersonal communication and love learning more about people – so you may even know my alternate persona behind the microphone: DJ Halal! My favorite IRUSA project has to be our Meal Pack Outs since there is nothing like packaging thousands of meals in just a few hours for those in need around the world.

Favorite quote: “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” (Rumi)

Farhan Nadeem

Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Southeast Region

I’ve loved my time volunteering with Islamic Relief this year, particularly during Ramadan and the Live Appeals. You are trained in advance and fully supported whilst volunteering. The camaraderie and team spirit makes it an even more enjoyable experience. Without doubt the certainty of knowing that people near and far are benefitting from your time and effort is immensely satisfying. All thanks to IR for making these opportunities possible!

Wsmah Siddiqui

Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Midwest Region

For anything volunteer related, I’m your girl! I am responsible for creating and implementing engagement opportunities and programs for our amazing and dedicated volunteers! One of my many favorite memories with IRUSA is when I participated in a meal pack that was hosted at our HQ in Alexandria, VA. It was so awe inspiring watching volunteers give up their valuable time to come together and work hard to make this world a better place for food insecure beneficiaries; one meal at a time. This is exactly the reason why I got into nonprofit work. This kind of work fights for the underserved population that only has an uphill battle I wanted to help them fight alongside IRUSA volunteers that do the same. I love working for a humanitarian organization that helps solve the world’s most difficult challenges.

Favorite quote: “The only time you can look down on somebody is when you’re giving them a hand to pull them up.”

Said Durrah

Assistant Director of Volunteer Engagement

I oversee our entire Volunteer Department known as the Volunteer Management Office (VMO). This means that anything related to engagement of our 15,000+ Volunteers and Interns nationwide is my top responsibility. This is why I am thankful to have such an awesome team in the volunteer department to better serve our volunteers so we can all help more people around the world. I joined Islamic Relief USA over 6 years ago and have worked in our Fundraising and Community Outreach departments an Event Coordinator and Development Coordinator before making the move to become the National Volunteer Manager. I have traveled all over the world visiting the many different projects implemented by the support of our donors and volunteers including refugee camps, shelters, and even disaster sites. I have witnessed first hand how a small collection drive organized by a few youth or a large fundraiser can change lives. I truly believe volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Your time is so precious and I will always feel so special knowing you are giving that time to us. Let me know if I can help you make that happen!

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