ICNA Relief made it possible for my goal of assisting Syrian refugee families a reality. Through their interfaith tutoring opportunities, my husband and I are working with middle and high school students who are new English speakers and just learning to navigate the American school system. I get to bring my years of experience as an English teacher and ELL Coordinator to help these families. ICNA relief also made it possible for two coworkers of mine to tutor; for my friend who is throwing a birthday party for her daughter to use ICNA Relief's registry to gift to Syrian children; for my friend who runs a NYC Tour agency to launch a project wherein she will acclimate Syrian families to NYC. In short, ICNA Relief builds bridges! I would like to especially thank Umber Siddiqi and Leila Elfane for their tireless efforts on behalf of refugee families. They are angels!
I've volunteered for ICNA Relief for over 2 years now. I've been involved in the the food pantry, homeless feeding, mobile clinic, and back to school campaigns. No one is turned away due to background, ethnicity, or religion. Hearing recipients thanking the volunteers profusely is very rewarding, to say the least. A big deal of that gratitude goes to the donors, for enabling such services to be given, through their generosity. Then the other part goes to the few staff members and big number volunteers, who work tirelessly to ensure people get the help they needed while maintaining their dignity. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve.
Seeing the ICNA Relief staff and volunteers giving their all inspires me to work harder. The compassion of our Refugee Volunteer Services shines through even on the weekends. I have seen volunteers and staff dedicate even their weekends to mentor, advocate and teach refugees as if they are their own family members.
I cannot compare it to any other nonprofit that focuses more on other priorities - events donors, or gaining popularity rather than making the client their sole focus. Having a balance between marketing and meeting a client's goal is ultimate proof to the success of a nonprofit. I can see the sincere intentions and successes of ICNA Relief through the people they serve. You can see it yourself every single day: www.facebook.org/icnarelief
The back to school give away, Women's housing project and homeless feeding programs alone make this organization worthy of your donation. Their low overhead is commendable, they consistently do more with less.
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I've been volunteering with ICNA Relief USA for a long time now and their work is very needed and appreciated. I worked in making and distributing food, gutting out houses and distributing water during hurricane Sandy. The organization is very hands on and involved with various programs like their Back To School Giveaway that gives school bags to children and families who need it. The Food pantry that serves people groceries, and various other programs designed to bring ease upon peoples lives.
I have been volunteering with ICNA Relief,USA since 2008 last responded as a Disaster Relief team at Oklahoma tornado that was my third tornado response including Floods and Hurricanes. Alhamdulillah my experience was eye opening very humbling heart warming i learn so much about my life and how thankful i am what we have.
ICNA Relief USA is a Multicultural organization for human development and community building. The Purpose of ICNA Relief is to address the basic human needs of the undeserved communities in the United States. As a visionary and value-led organization ,ICNA Relief operates under the principle that all people are created equal and deserve to be help when needed. If these people are given the right tools and guidance ,they will make steady progress and bring a change in their own lives and in the lives of their communities. ICNA Relief's mission is to create opportunities for less fortunate to lead healthy and productive lives.
ICNA has been involved in the relief work since its inception back in 1969. In 1994, ICNA Relief has been established as a separate 501-c(3) non-profit organization. Later on, in 2005, another entity, ICNA Relief is only Muslims organization for domestic relief.
ICNA Relief is Department of
ICNA :Islamic Circle of North of America
ICNA Relief is a Domestic Faith Based Social Service and Disaster Relief Organization,Serving the needs of the under privileged in America. Charity begins at home and the best charity is given our own back yard.
Alhamdulillah ICNA Relief have 15 field Offices in US.
ICNA Relief Programs:
Muslim family Service
Feed the Hungry
back to School
In last two years responded 19 disasters .
Affiliated with FEMA + Red Cross + UMCOR + Homeland Security + Catholic Charities and ETC.Responded federally declared Disasters 9/11 + Hurricane Katrina ,Rita,Gustav,Ike + California Wildfire.and Sandy, Waco,TX and Tornado,OK.
Trained Disaster Relief Response teams.
Muslim Family Service:
4 Professional Family Counselors + Crisis hotline + Family , Marriage and Youth Counseling + Matrimonial services,
Alhamdulillah 10 Shelters in progress and 4 under construction total 11, In last year 247 sisters came to our shelters among them 12 were non-Muslims Alhamdulillah 3 toke Shahada.
Muslims those who can not afford to bare the funeral expenses,Funeral of unclaimed bodies.
3200 Muslim Children waiting for Muslim families to Adopt them.
Feed the Hungry:
Alhamdulillah 12 Food Pantries + 2 Thrift Shop + 3 Soup Kitchen ICNA Relief provide food to 157,000 People at 18 different location Deliver warm food to the Senior Citizen at there home + USDA Summer food Programs.
Back to School give away:
ICNA Relief distributes book bags and School supplies to Children in undeserved communities 36,500 in 32 different cities in USA.
Health Care - Health Clinic:
Alhamdulillah ,Currently we are running clinic in Atlanta ,GA Charleston,SC , Southern California and Mobile Clinic.
Medical Services,Cash Assistance, Refugee Services and Donate a car etc
I volunteered with ICNA Relief during their Back to School Project as well as Hurricane Sandy Relief. It was hard work, but definitely worth while. The staff and volunteers were very nice, sincere and skillful.
During the Hurricane Sandy relief the organization did a lot of work, and volunteer opportunities that I could participate in. They were life changing experiences I will never forget and the people we helped would also probably never forget.
I volunteered during Hurricane Sandy last year, I did various things such as gutting out, mucking out and my personnel favorite was cutting down hazardous trees. Its a great organization and the supervisors i worked under were very interactive and kept all of the volunteers enthusiastic. I have gotten to know ICNA Relief very well since then and have found out about their numerous projects all which are as good as their disaster relief program, such as Back to school giveaway, Hunger prevention, and Women's shelter and these are only projects that they have in NYC.