US Muslim Charity to Host #OneNationOneCause July 27
Back2School Drive in 35 states, 70 + cities, over 30 days;
Community Donations Welcome
The national non-profit, ICNA RELIEF (Islamic Circle of North America Relief; www.icnarelief.org), will distribute backpacks and supplies to children in need, as part of their #OneNationOneCause Back2School Drive held in 35 states and Puerto Rico, in more than 70 cities, over 30 days.
ICNA Relief Chicago intends to distribute 2,000 backpacks and supplies, a $50,000 value, over the summer. They will also provide free medical checkups through their brand new Mobile Medical Clinic, free haircuts, food, and fun activities at a mega distribution event on July 27, 2018, from 11 am to 1 pm at North Side Tabernacle of Praise Church in Chicago. This drive is in collaboration with various local faith groups, non-profits, Chicago Police, Chicago Public Schools, libraries, village halls, Target, Starbucks, Walgreens, and 15 more businesses. The list grows daily.
The community-at-large is invited to support the effort. Supplies can be shipped, and/or checks mailed to ICNA Relief Chicago, 1793 Bloomingdale Rd, Suite 4, Glendale Heights, IL 60139. Deadline for in-kind or online donations at icnarelief.org/back2school: July 17. To volunteer, be a sponsor, or to partner, email email@example.com. You can also support ICNA Relief through Amazon Smile.
“20 percent of American kids live in poverty. We know that our back to school efforts represent much more than just backpacks and supplies for these underprivileged kids,” said Dr. Saima Azfar, Director, ICNA Relief Chicago, “it shows them that we care about their education and value them as the future leaders of our great nation.”
In 2018 alone, ICNA Relief USA distributed 43,000 backpacks with supplies, in over one hundred locations in 35 states. Since 2009, ICNA Relief has distributed nearly a quarter million backpacks filled with supplies, nationwide to needy children. Its services, provided through 56 chapters, include 17 transitional shelters for women and children, car donations, refugee assimilation programs, professional counseling and food pantries.
The following states also have events: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI and Puerto Rico.
ANERA fundraiser dinner Oct. 11, Washington D.C.
2019 American Near East Refugee Aid Annual Dinner
Learn, Create, Grow: How Hope Finds A Way
This fun and inspiring evening will raise funds for Anera’s work that opens doors to learning opportunities and building livelihoods across Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan.
Tickets/Reservations for the dinner can be made after July 1, 2019. More details coming soon!
October 11, 2019
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The closest Metro stop is Farragut North on the Red line. Valet parking will be available.
For 51 years, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose.
Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate emergency relief and for sustainable, long-term health, education, and economic development. Our staff serve in their communities, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most.
That’s how Anera delivered more than $69.8 million in programs in 2018 alone, and it’s how we will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.
The Arab-Israeli War of 1967 left hundreds of thousands of Palestinians homeless and impoverished. As various international entities struggled to respond, a small group of concerned Americans began working to provide immediate assistance to the victims of the conflict.
The result was the creation of American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera).
From these modest beginnings, Anera began decades of committed work responding to the critical needs of the Palestinian people and others caught in regional conflicts. For more about the earliest days, read “How Anera Came To Be” and “Recollections of Anera’s Early Years.”