Adopt A Refugee Family Initiative
The UMMA Center's Fifth Annual Ramadan Adopt a Refugee Family Initiative is quickly approaching!
Last year, the initiative was a huge success - we helped more than 120 Chicago-land refugee families settle into their new homes. With the growing number of Muslim Refugees coming to Chicago, the UMMA Center recognizes the need to continue this important work!
The mission of the project is to connect one Muslim American Family with at least one Muslim Refugee Family by providing basic essential household items, schools supplies, toys for the children, and also sharing a meal. By allowing this connection we encourage awareness of the Refugee crisis in Chicago and present an opportunity to give during the month of Ramadan.
We also invite all volunteers/donors to join us for an Iftaar with the refugee families during the gift drop-off day. By sharing a meal during this important season, we promote more personal contact between the volunteers/donors and the refugee community as well as draw real connections with our Refugee neighbors.
All of the refugees are newly arrived within the past year, and include Iraqi and Somali families. Date: Sunday, August 22nd 2010
Drop off time: 6:00pm, Maghrib, and then iftaar.
Location: Zam Zam Banquet Hall
2759 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL
*Baskets should be dropped off at the Uhaul truck located in the banquet hall parking. Additional parking for attendees is available across the street from the hall at the local public school.
Ways you can participate:
1. Provide a care package and drop it off at the event (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the shopping list).
2. Donate funds to provide food for the refugee Iftaar/Dinner
3. Donate money to cover the cost of a care package for a family ($200 per family)
*Please note we highly encourage the putting together of baskets with essential items versus donating a gift card as it can be very difficult for refugee families to purchase some of these items on their own. Many times these families travel using public transportation and it would lighten their load if we provided the families with these items.
Cosponsors for this event include: CAMP-CHICAGO, DIC, IFN, ISNS Rolling Meadows, MWA, and MSA
The UMMA Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving opportunities in employment, education, and community development for individuals living in underserved areas of Lake County such as North Chicago, Waukegan, and Zion.