CAIR Launches Muslim Volunteerism Campaign
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/1/05) - CAIR today launched an initiative, called “Muslims Care,” designed to promote volunteerism in the American Muslim community. The summer-long campaign offers Muslims the resources and information they need to help improve the communities in which they live by volunteering for worthwhile activities and causes. “Muslims Care” is designed as an annual effort, with a focus this year on health awareness, helping the needy and activities for the youth.
CAIR launched its campaign through a new website, www.muslims-care.org, at which potential volunteers may download a toolkit containing information about how to become a volunteer and suggesting volunteer activities such as blood drives, health awareness fairs and student tutoring.
The “Muslims Care” kit also offers advice to Islamic religious leaders about how they can promote volunteerism in local mosques and suggests partnering with established volunteer groups such as the American Cancer Society and Big Brother/Big Sisters. For example, Muslims will participate in the Komen National Race for the Cure in Washington D.C., on June 4th. (Register at: http://www.nationalraceforthecure.org/)
Visitors to the “Muslims Care” website may submit local volunteer opportunities and see what activities are available in their state.
“We believe this important effort will not only help those served by the volunteers, but will demonstrate in a concrete manner that American Muslims care about and want to improve their local communities,” said CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed.
Ahmed quoted Prophet Muhammad, who said: “If you are kind to your neighbor, you will be a believer. If you want others to have what you wish for yourself, you will be a Muslim.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
1) Download the “Muslims Care” toolkit from: http://www.muslims-care.org
2) Search the website for volunteer opportunities in your area.
3) Submit volunteer activities that are occurring locally so that CAIR can share those activities with others.
4) Form a “Muslims Care” committee to coordinate Muslim volunteerism efforts in your community.
5) Come up with your own volunteer activities. For example, Muslim physicians could offer blood pressure screenings at houses of worship.
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