(PRINCETON, NJ, 4/8/08) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) is urging members of that state’s Muslim community to volunteer April 17, 2008, to help serve some 200 hot lunches to the homeless, hungry and working poor at the Morristown Interfaith Community Soup Kitchen. The volunteer opportunity is being coordinated by the “Muslims Against Hunger” project.
The Morristown Interfaith Community Soup Kitchen is an ecumenical effort supported and operated by funding and volunteers from 34 congregations and businesses from the greater Morristown area.
WHAT: Volunteer Opportunity for New Jersey Muslims
WHERE: Morristown Interfaith Community Soup Kitchen, 36 South St in Morristown, NJ
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 2008, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Full work shift; option to work partial shifts: 10 – 11:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)
CONTACT: Zamir Hassan, email@example.com or 908-364-4441
Those unable to volunteer time are encouraged to sponsor a meal for $5.30.
In an ongoing effort to promote volunteerism through CAIR’s “Muslims Care” campaign, CAIR-NJ Community Relations Director Afsheen Shamsi has committed to volunteering with the soup kitchen on an ongoing basis and encourages others in the New Jersey Muslim community to do the same.
Shamsi quoted Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, who said: “O people! Spread greetings of peace, feed (the poor and needy), behave kindly to your relatives, offer prayer when others are asleep, and (thus) enter Paradise in peace.” (Al-Trimidhi)
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Community Relations Director Afsheen Shamsi at 908-938-5990 or firstname.lastname@example.org