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Umma-Urban Muslim Minority Alliance

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Causes: Adult Education, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Education, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: The UMMA Center is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals in underserved areas of Lake County. By providing various education, career development, and outreach programs the UMMA Center will strive to remove the large socioeconical gap that exists in Lake County. Focusing its core efforts in Waukegan, North Chicago, and Zion the UMMA Center has begun GED Training, Computer Training, Money Management Seminars, and a Food Pantry. In addition the UMMA Center works in community to educate the community on Islam and Muslims in America. More information can be found at our website www.ummacenters.org

Results: UMMA Center has educated, fed, clothed and served over 25,000 people since our opening in 2004.

Target demographics: Low income residents in Lake County IL. UMMA students range from 16-65 in general.

Geographic areas served: Lake County IL

Programs: The UMMA Center’s Education Empowerment (EE) program provides FREE group classes, individual tutoring, educational assessments and training seminars for low income residents of Lake County. Students generally range from 16 to 65 years of age. Classes Offered in: Pre-GED: Training and assessments GED: High School Level training in Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing Basic, Intermediate and advanced computer training classes From learning how to use a computer to Financial Literacy classes Our Basic Needs (BN) program offers a food and clothing pantry so our clients don't have to go to sleep hungry and can learn about making healthy choices. Our Community Outreach and Development (CO) program serves over 150 refugee families and partners with various community organization to help develop the underserved residents of Lake County.

Community Stories

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

UMMA center has changed my life. The company I worked for the last twenty years moved out of state. So I found myself without a job, 43 years old, no specialized training and no computer skills. Thanks to the UMMA center I'm learning how to use a computer , and increasing my skills. Also at UMMA Center I was thankful to hear of a program CareerLink. This program helps with job skills, resume building, and interviewing skills. The great benefit is that you have the chance to gain an internship with a company. So thank you UMMA for being here for the community and for making this big impact on my life and family.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Attended a workshop on Social Emotional Intelligence. This was a very informative session and I was able to share the information with my colleagues and clients. UMMA has many free resources available to the Community. I work with at risk first-time moms and I was delighted to find out UMMA offers continuing education, GED, computer training, resume assistance, yoga, free computer/printer use, and food pantry.

2 fathma

Volunteer

Rating: 5

UMMA Center provides anyone and everyone a safe space to feel at ease, and more importantly, a community. It's a wonderful learning environment and the people who work there are very clearly devoted to the students and the cause. 5+ stars for UMMA!

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at UMMA Center over the summer and it was such a rewarding experience. The dedication put into this organization on a day-to-day basis is so admirable, and the relationships built within its are truly genuine. The opportunities provided at UMMA are easily accessible and beneficial for anyone who walks in the doors! I love the place, the people on both sides of the door, the work they do, and I can't wait for next summer to come so I can join the UMMA family again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning at the UMMA Center this summer has by far been one of the best experiences. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to work with this non-profit organization that empowers the lives of individuals in Lake County.

1 Ayesha A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The UMMA Center is a wonderful and and amazing non-profit that helps residents of Lake County empower themselves through education and social services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The umma center has helped me a lot as I work towards my GED. I've learned a lot and have also been given opportunities to give back here, it's been a cool experience.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The umma center is really helping me out and the teachers like Mrs. T and Elizabeth are really nice and helpful they work with you no matter how long it takes. Umma center is really a great place to be. i mean i love it here so i know everybody else would...

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

This organization picks people up when they are down on their luck, they do not turn their back on anyone nor do they every give up. They continue to strive for greatness and better, more independent futures for others in their communities that need it most. Thank you for everything you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The issues and struggles that the UMMA center aims to break down have not always been so prevalent to me. I was honestly surprised that such an organization was in place and doing the work they do (instructing GED classes, providing nutrition and giving out clothing to name just a few) was in place and helping the community in Lake County. After volunteering at the center a handful of times, I can honestly and wholeheartedly say that the individuals who work at the center do what they do with a smile on their face and with the hope that the individuals who walk through their doors will have the opportunity to shut out the struggles that have been tormenting their lives for good. I really do applaud those involved with the UMMA center and the UMMA mission for bringing to light issues that the general population choose not to embrace and react towards. Bringing such a positive and life-altering light into so many heartbroken people who are striving for a better life must be acknowledged and dealt with and this is exactly what the UMMA center does on a daily basis. Keep it up!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From it's food pantry to GED preparation to it's computer training, the UMMA Center has been providing quality assistance in Lake County since it's humble beginning. This organization is top notch and it's hard to imagine what they will be able to achieve over then next ten years with their dedicated donor base.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with UMMA Center more than 7 years ago and I can tell you that from the Board to the staff, there is a great deal of care given to executing the goals they have created to align with their vision to help their community. This leadership helps the team remain focused and able to perform at a very high level.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

UMMA Center accepts people at whatever learning level they currently have and helps them achieve greater levels of understanding. Any donations made to the UMMA Center are stretched and managed frugally. I highly recommend this organization. There is no other entity in the community that is reaching the people that UMMA is reaching.

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Donor

Rating: 5

UMMA is well run and well respected organization in the community. The organization helps so many in our community. Allowing them to build for their futures. I looking forward to being more involved with UMMA in the future!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that works for the community. And the community greatly benefits from this organization. The idea of education to self improve the community, is the only answer to break out of the perpetual cycle of poverty.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

MashaAllah this organization has grown so much within the past few years, and has helped the community members that are in need in a number of ways.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am truly grateful to Arshia Ali-Khan & Elizabeth Varghese of the UMMAH CENTER for helping me to find a better career path through guiding and helping me in so many ways. They were always very friendly and caring, not only did they helped me with my resume and filling out on-line applications, they also provided training for job interviews and counseling. I was very fortunate to have these services available. I will recommend them to my friends and colleague to get similar kind of help from Ummah center in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

UMMA helped me build a professional resume and is currently assisting me with finding employment opportunities based on my skills. UMMA has been a huge asset for me to have in trying to better myself educationally and in the work place. I am beyond grateful for the dedication and personal help have received

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

well I'd just like to say that this program has taught me more in 9 months then the kusd district did in 11 years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is very helpful in so many ways, and you meet great people through out this experience

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The services offered at the UMMA Center, are very important to the community. It offers clients an opportunity to feed both mind (educational offerings) and body (food pantry and clothing).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks Umma you give people a chance to do things. Umma is a good environment and people love going there to learn. it is the best non profit organization.