Islamic Relief USA

Rating: 4.72 stars   224 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, International, Philanthropy

Location: 3655 Wheeler Avenue Alexandria VA 22304 USA

Mission: Islamic Relief USA strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases worldwide regardless of color, race, religion, 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.
Target demographics: Islamic Relief USA provides assistance to anyone in need, anywhere in the world, regardless or race, color, reliegion, or creed.
Geographic areas served: United States and Internationally. Islamic Relief USA operated domestically in 24 states in 2010, specifically VA, MI, MD, TX, NJ, RI, IL, CA, KS, SD, GA, PA, OR, MN, NY, MA, DC, WA, AZ, NV, ME, CT, OH, and OK. In 2011, Islamic Relief USA assisted with the Alabama tornado devastation. Islamic Relief USA operated in 33 countries in 2010: Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Cambodia, Chad, Chechnya (Russian Federation), China, Columbia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Gaza/West Bank), Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
Programs: ORPHANS 1-TO-1 SPONSORSHIP: Islamic Relief's One-to-One Orphan Sponsorship helps the world's most desperate orphans. The beneficiaries live in the world's poorest and most devastated countries, where millions of children are orphaned and left to struggle for survival. 100 percent of our sponsors' contributions are sent directly to an orphan's guardian, where Islamic Relief's One-to-One Orphan Sponsorship allows children to remain with a loving family member who may not have been able to care for them otherwise. RAMADAN “FEED THE NEEDY” PROGRAM: During the month of fasting, known as Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset. Feeding people at the end of the fasting day represents a very rewarding spiritual act according to Islamic tradition and teachings. The Ramadan “Feed the Needy” Program offers an opportunity for many needy people around the world who face food insecurity and hunger to be provided with a ‘Ramadan Food Pack’, which ensures that their burden is eased during the month of Ramadan. A wide range of beneficiaries were selected, they included categories like widows, orphans, destitute, aged, disabled, refugees and people affected by disasters. The beneficiaries are selected in conjunction with local welfare groups working alongside Islamic Relief offices in a given country. QURBANI “MEAT DISTRIBUTION” PROGRAM: Qurbani “meat distribution” activities are performed during the season of Eid al Adha. Muslims from the United States donate money which is used to purchase and slaughter livestock – mainly sheep, goats and cows. The meat from these animals is then distributed to the needy people in the poorest regions of the world on behalf of the donors. According to Islam, one sheep or goat equals one Qurbani; one cow, buffalo or camel equals seven Qurbanis. Qurbani meat is distributed in three different methods, the method chosen for a country is dependent on several factors including cost, availability of livestock, logistical issues and current situation of that country e.g. war, famine, natural disaster. This year again a wide range of beneficiaries were selected, they included categories like widows, orphans, the destitute, the aged, the disabled, refugees and disaster affected populations. The beneficiaries are selected in conjunction with local welfare groups working alongside Islamic Relief field offices in a given country. INTERNATIONAL GIFT IN KIND (GIK) DONATIONS: Typical donations include hygiene kits, newborn supplies, school supplies, orphans supplies (children’s clothing), children’s toys and books, medical supplies, emergency medical supplies, shelf-stable food, and medicine sent to disaster and relief locations worldwide. DOMESTIC GRANTS: Each year Islamic Relief USA provides cash to assist medical clinics, warming centers, shelters for the homeless and/or victims, educational institutions, food banks, and social service offices. DOMESTIC “DAY OF DIGNITY” PROGRAM: Islamic Relief USA provides beneficiaries in the U.S. with food (on-site meals), canned goods (select locations), clothing (t-shirts, hats, socks, undergarments), school supplies (backpacks, pencils, books), toys, blankets, sheets, towels, medical care (including oral cancer screenings, glaucoma screenings, and blood pressure readings), physical exams, dental care, first aid, wound checks, haircuts, job training (select locations), and other social services to all who attend, regardless of their backgrounds. DOMESTIC “ZAKAT” PROGRAM: Every year, IRUSA uses donated Zakat money to support the Domestic Zakat Partnership Program. Domestic Zakat is administered through local Zakat partners to provide limited financial assistance to those in need. This assistance is primarily focused upon providing basic living costs, such as food shelter, clothing, and other family needs. DOMESTIC “QURBANI” PROGRAM: Every year during Eid Al-Adha, Islamic Relief USA slaughters and distributes Qurbani meat throughout the United States. Islamic Relief USA distributes the Qurbani meat to mosques, Islamic centers, and service organizations across the country, who then distributes the meat to the neediest in their local communities. After the slaughter had been completed, the meat was packaged in five-pound packets and frozen. Local organizations were then asked to distribute ten pounds of meat per family.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered and donated to their various programs. I am familiar with a number of their employees and they are great people, both personally and professionally. IR USA has a number of programs to address the various needs of people around the world. Knowing that their overhead is so low it's a good charity to donate to.
To the guy with the bad review - please read up on the great work they've done and please stop criticizing an entire organization based on a few honest mistakes.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Rating: 5 stars  

I LOVE ISLAMIC RELIEF. I have been a volunteer for well over 5 years now, i have traveled for Islamic relief, been trained with IR , as well as worked with the CEO first hand and have to say he is the most humble, and down to earth humanitarian I have met in my life. After meeting him, I was confident that the money is going to the right place. I am always skeptical about sending money for causes, and the ONLY organization i trust, and request everyone to trust and donate to is Islamic relief. They are in so many parts of the world providing aid, and everyone knows who they are for their amazing efforts in emergency aid, medical aid/ supplies, shelter operations, psychological, and first aid, as well as funding, and sending supplies to those in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

Great organization. Very professional. Used them for years now. Will continue to use them for charity. May they be rewarded for all the work they are doing and all the people they are helping.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Improve the emails. There seems to be a technical proble with the email messages. It gets to me partly cut and cann't read the whole message.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

feels great to be a part of such an amazing cause..may Allah give us all enough so we can keep on giving and reviving the purity of our money. Aameen :)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered for Islamic Relief (IR) in Alabama for a week in 2011 for the tornado devastation. It was such a unique and eye opening experience, and I thank IR for the opportunity to help. Not to mention how accommodating they were to their volunteers, and how much they appreciated all of our effort..! Also, since we worked for the American Red Cross, they were also extremely appreciative of all of our help, and it was extremely lovely and inspirational to be working alongside such dedicated individuals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every time there is a disaster somewhere I see Islamic Relief in the front lines trying to get aid for those who need it. When in my locality a flood came and many houses where damaged Islamic Relief was one of the only organization that I was contacted by to help out.They did a phenomenal job helping people in NJ with the 2011 flood.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you Islamic Relief for being the bridge to the help provide relief to the most needy amongst us. The dedication of your staff, professionalism and just pure energy is infectious. Transparency of your processes is priceless.

IR is the charity of my choice and I make a point to spread the word to my circle of friends to become givers as well.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

emergencies world wide ... from the Hurricane Katrina relief to Haiti to Floods in Pakistan and East Africa challenge. IR is up to it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Spread the word more. Ask people not just for donations. Ask them to tell their friends as well.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked on and off volunteering for Islamic Relief for the past decade and have continually been impressed with what I have seen and who I have worked with. They consistently demonstrate a level of professionalism and plurality genuine of an aid organization with the accessibly and openness found in grass root organizations. I have been happy with the diverse projects and efforts to bring attention to many unfortunate situations that often go forgotten. Most impressive is their low overhead cost associated with their operations, maximizing the amount donated for relief.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Aid for Somalia, Aid during the Tsunami, Aid after Katrina, Aid for Pakistan, Aid for Haiti, Aid for Libya

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

A formalization of procedures and tasks would help improve operations of events.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering for Islamic Relief ever since I was 13, and I can honestly say it has only become more and more rewarding for me throughout the years. IR exceeds the censorship of the media and shows citizens the reality of the tragedies around the world. More importantly, the humble nonprofit organization informs communities of how they can help these causes through their charity work. The hands-on help they deliver through food distribution and orphan sponsorship is remarkable. Islamic Relief gives us the opportunity to be generous in aiding the victims of disasters through donation and sponsorship. They are organized, professional, and outstanding in their work. While volunteering for IR, I worked directly under Nazia Hossain of Volunteer Management and had only the best experience. She is exceptional in her dedication to the causes Islamic Relief supports. It is a blessing to volunteer for this charity organization, and I truly appreciate it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through volunteering, I've found IR's work tremendously rewarding. Islamic Relief allows me to feel selfless whether I'm ushering a benefit concert or collecting donations at a fundraising dinner.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes I would make to this organization; I simply hope that IR will keep growing and improving in its efforts to benefit the world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's been an incredible journey working with Islamic Relief, whether it be through donor efforts or utilizing their resources to advocate for great causes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

at conferences and for specific campaign issue areas.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more staff ! There is too much work to be done.

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