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Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, International, International Human Rights, International Relief

Mission: Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM) is engaged in humanitarian and educational activities. Our mission is to provide humanitarian aid to people affected by conflict and natural disaster within the MENA region, and to bring cultures and people together to build bridges of understanding.

Target demographics: people affected by conflict and natural disaster within the MENA region, and to bring cultures and people together to build bridges of understanding

Geographic areas served: Jordan, Lebanon, Greece, Washington State

Programs: Medical Aid, Humanitarian Aid, Food Drive, Clothing Drives, Solar Lantern Initiative, Skills Training, Refugee Resettlement, Educational Programs

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit Organization was started by a relative of a friend of mine when the Syrian crisis started. They are an amazing group of hard working people who’s focus is 100% on their mission. I can tell you they do not have a CEO who is making millions, it all goes to help refugees. I highly recommend this organization and I give to them whenever I can.

2 Lulu H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago via an international quilt donation group, I discovered the Salaam Cultural Museum and their amazing refugee assistance programs. The employees behind the scenes at SCM are immensely caring, coordinated, efficient, and focused on giving a safe, new life to refugees from Syria and other countries.
SCM is trustworthy and immensely hard-working on behalf of refugees struggling to make their new lives in new countries.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everything they get they give it ALL to the people that NEED it. No fees for themselves. Awesome love and giving has been demonstrated by owner and volunteers

3

Donor

Rating: 5

SCM is simply fabulous---wonderful people coming from the heart and activating the community to accomplish real miracles. They have an army of knitters and quilters all over two countries turning out beautiful warm hats and other items for refugees---largely children--- living in tents in the desert, and crowded into city apartments. They raise money to purchase solar lamps so people can read in the evening and s women are safer going to the toilets at night. They round up massive quantities of medical supplies and equipment. They founded and run a refugee women's clinic and a center for children iin Amman, Jordan. They organize visits from medical professionals to people with no other options for health care. Rita Zawaideh. the founder of SCM, deservedly won Seattle's Humanitarian of the Year award a few years back.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What Rita Zawaideh puts her hand to, she does with panache - and a big heart. One cannot imagine the scope of this project - to get needed medical & educational supplies, household items, baby clothes, adult clothes. bedding, cosmetics, etc, etc, etc, - and then to sort, package, label, count, box, crate, deliver, and then distribute these items to those who need them the most - the refugees in Syria, in Greece, in Jordan and other places. It is S-O-M-E enterprise - all done by volunteers, including Rita herself. The hours I've seen her spend on the phone and at the computer reaching out to people all over this country for donations, contacts, where to find stuff, etc, are mind-boggling Do you know that there is a group that has been knitting baby clothes, making bibs, socks, jackets, caps, blankets, etc, just for babies? Who would think of babies, when we think of "refugees"! Also the toys, books, art supplies, games, pencils and pens, etc, for young children to enjoy - and alleviate their miserable experience as refugees. And then making sure our clothing stores know whom to contact at the end of each season for their donations ( they, in turn, get a tax break!!)
It is a STUNNING effort - all stimulated by Rita Zawaideh, with the help of her many volunteers, and donors ( who contribute their time, energy and resources to a valiant effort, by one woman with heart and courage). BRAVO, Rita! Our hats off to you and to your volunteers for caring so much about the less fortunate.
With deep admiration for you, and all those dedicated volunteers and donors, who help make this happen, Sincerely, Huda Giddens

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! They really focus on what people need and doing work where nobody else is.
A truly powerful organization and your donations and time will be well spent!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a retired pediatrician. I went on a one-week medical mission to Jordan in 2014. The multi-disciplinary team visited a different site each day and made a significant impact. The SCM staff was dedicated and passionate, but also made those long days fun despite the seriousness of the work.
I will never forget the experience.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen some of the leaders of this organization in direct work with helping refugees. I have donated both material things, furniture and money and will continue to do so. The founder, Rita Zawaideh, runs the organization with as little administrative costs as possible, making one know that your donation is going into the hands of the refugees. She and the volunteers work tirelessly to aid refugees who have travelled in boats for safety, relocated to countries overseas and who have relocated to cities in the USA. The organization then helps the refugees acclimate to their new surroundings and help them maneuver through all the things they need to know and do to become part of their new country. SCM also helps the new host country learn more about the settled refugees through education, mutual get-togethers and festivities where both cultures are shared together through learning about the cultures, the language and even through sharing each other’s food. SCM is one of the few organizations that I have total belief and trust in.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

A very dedicated group of people
With missions all over the world

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe that SCM has a simple, direct and effective way to help
refugees in a variety of situations. They are centered on the refugee
and not on featuring their organization. I have found being a volunteer
offers me an immediate and straight forward manner to contribute.

2 Georgette I.

Donor

Rating: 5

This small charity is doing incredible work helping Syrians displaced during the 7 years of civil war. It has made sure that the refugees stuck in the burning desert of Jordan can sustain a decent stand of living for the last many years. One of it's most important roles is bringing medical volunteers from the US to the refugees.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Strong mission to help the refugee population here who have relocated as well as those currently struck by adversity in the Middle East. A huge impact made by a small group. Community outreach is another strength of SCM, such as organizing 5K run, donation drop off dates, volunteer dates to load trucks that go overseas. Their message has spread across the US and world, where donations such as knitted items, are regularly sent to SCM. Volunteering for them brings much satisfaction!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fabulous group of volunteers, who hand-carry much-needed items to refugees in camps in Europe and the Middle East. The volunteers are very dedicated and organized. If you donate an item, it gets to the refugees. There are many ways to help SCM - donate your time, make needed items, buy needed items, etc... I have found SCM to have high standards while still making a big difference.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had the opportunity to volunteer with SCM in Lesbos and have been in touch with this group for many months now.
They have a great group of people with big hearts and am glad to know them.
Keep up the good work!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for SCM for several years now and cannot think of a better use of my time. They are such a small in numbers organization, but no bigger hearts anywhere. Every cent goes to the refugees--no overhead-- and all volunteer. I love that they respond quickly to immediate needs with volunteers always on the ground working with the refugees and have people both in Greece and Jordan all the time. Rita Zawediah is a real life Wonder Woman who is very adept at changing as the situation on the ground changes and in meeting every essential need she can. They organize medical teams, get nee3ded medications, have opened a school for the children, have two childrens' trauma centers to deal with the psychological damage of the war, get s much basic food and water and warm clothing and blankets as they can, always respecting the cultural needs of the people in need. I think she should get the Nobel Peace Prize, to be honest.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is my go-to charity of choice as I am very confident that my donations will be received as quickly as humanly possible. I'm set up on the monthly food donation campaign and have never had any problems whatsoever from set-up to getting feedback. I've received personal notes of appreciation and see on the facebook page distribution of donations routinely. A great group of people and I support the quality of work they do to provide aid where it is most needed in a timely manner.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM) is small organization that accomplishes big things. They are able to react quickly to changing circumstances with the refugees. Also, they are able to get donated items to the refugees in a most expeditious way. The quilts and hand-knit items that I donate to SCM are frequently hand-carried in luggage and delivered to where they are needed most within a month or two. This speed of delivery far exceeds other organizations I have supported in the past that may take several years to get the needed items to their final destinations.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

SCM is a small scale group that has tremendous impact because of the personal connections established in the areas served. Many donations are transported and delivered by humanitarian volunteers; cargo containers are sent several times a year and distributed locally. Every effort is made to target donations of clothing and essential goods to the actual need. SCM volunteers, both medical and humanitarian, work with local populations and provide support to many local programs. And every penny collected goes directly to relief efforts. This group is amazing!

3 Kathy273

Donor

Rating: 5

No admin fees. None! Everything goes to those in serious need. They are dedicated to helping and will find ways to help those in serious need. She gets help to people as quickly as humanly possible with no wasted time or money. I have never been disappointed by SCM, only inspired and glad that I am able to help Rita help the refugees. This organization is the cream of the crop.

2 Eiad S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be part of the best group of volunteers that dedicated their time and energy to help the needy and the refugees

2 Reham H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Growing up in Seattle, I've had the privilege of volunteering with SCM while they loaded containers, provided emergency aid, and made a difference in not only the refugees lives they seek to better- but our community as well. I was honored to be involved in missions in Jordan, where I finally witnessed firsthand the amazing work they accomplished overseas and realized how big of an impact their projects had on the lives of those less fortunate. Additionally, Rita Zawaideh (founder and executive director) has a heart of gold. I've yet to meet someone in an NGO who is as ambitious and kind hearted as she is. The world would be a better place if we were all more like her. Luckily, she gets more things done than I ever could in a single lifetime. We're blessed to have her and SCM in this world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SCM is an amazing organization that I'm fortunate enough to have volunteered with. I first heard of SCM when I was a child in this community, and was able to see the amazing all-encompassing work that they do firsthand over the years. From filling containers, collecting donations, and distributing them individually in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon. The board members lead with passion and big hearts- and it reveals itself in the work that they do!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent dedicated board, well organized a focus to the cause they serve, donated and volunteered more than once and will do again