We are pleased to announce the completion of our volunteer online center. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the center and what it has to offer.
What makes volunteering with CAIR-Chicago interesting? Our volunteer program does not simply enlist random individuals to handle random tasks. A well-organized system is in place that takes into account the skill-set of the volunteer, their preferred area of work, and their availibility; it then matches them with the best fit program available. This way we ensure maximum effectiveness of the work while ensuring that the work is enjoyable for our volunteers.
Ours is a case of organized community activism. As such, our volunteers are not thought of as simply volunteers, but full-fledged community activists, hence the title of Volunteer Activist (VA) that CAIR-Chicago has opted to use in labelling this crucial segment of CAIR-Chicago’s team.
Drawing inspiration from our legacies
Volunteering is a cornerstone of our Islamic legacy. The Holy Qur’an 93:11 states, “And by the Bounty of your lord – Proclaim”. This is a direct order instructing us to share whatever blessings God has showered upon us. This does not simply constitute wealth, but also one’s time, talents, skills, and expertise. Volunteering time, talent, and expertise was indeed instrumental in establishing the first Muslim community in the days of the Prophet (Pbuh). CAIR-Chicago is keen to adopt this social model of our forefathers as one bearing the true Islamic spirit of how to bring about positive change.
Drawing from our American legacy, president John F. Kennedy famously said, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. Becoming a more politically mature, well-integrated, though uniquely Muslim community is good for our country. Fighting prejudices and bias whether levelled against us or against others will better the quality of life in America. And making America a better country fulfills the core of our Islamic message which instructs us to “enjoin goodness” wherever we may be.
Volunteering is therefore the epitome of good Muslim and American citizenship. Please join our team today, and start making a personal difference in causes that matter to you and your family & friends.
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