(COLUMBUS, OH – 9/11/07) – The Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Ohio office (CAIR-Ohio) recently partnered with members of St. James Episcopal Church in a community service event called the Empty Bowls Project.
At the event, members of St. James and CAIR-Ohio glazed more than hand-made ceramic bowls. On October 27, the bowls will be used to serve a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests will choose a bowl to use that day and to keep as a reminder that there are always Empty Bowls in the world.
In exchange for a meal and the bowl, the guest gives a suggested minimum donation of $10. The proceeds will then be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, which can turn every dollar raised into approximately $9 worth of food to feed the hungry. For more information on the national Empty Bowls project, visit the Imagine/RENDER website at: http://www.emptybowls.net/ImagineRender.htm
The event was part of CAIR’s “Muslims Care” campaign, through which Muslims are encouraged to get involved in community service. In addition to projects like Empty Bowls, CAIR-Ohio volunteers regularly participate in community service by preparing and serving food at the YWCA Family Shelter on the second Friday of every month.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates 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-Ohio Legal Director Jennifer Nimer, 614-451-3232