(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/13/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced that local Muslims will participate in clean-up initiative in southeast Washington, D.C., as part of the summer-long “Muslims Care” volunteerism campaign. SEE: www.muslims-care.org WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 2005 10 a.m. WHERE: Islamic Information Center, 301 L St, SE Washington, D.C. CAIR’s “Muslims Care” campaign offers American Muslims the resources and information they need to help improve the communities in which they live. The first month of the campaign focused on health awareness issues. Muslim communities in Ohio, Florida, California, Michigan, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C., organized blood drives, health fairs and participated in the Relay for Life. July’s theme is “Helping the Needy.” Muslims nationwide are being encouraged to coordinate clothing or food drives and to organize or participate in efforts to feed the homeless.
Visitors to the “Muslims Care” website may submit local volunteer opportunities, see what activities are available in their state, and share their own volunteer experiences.
“We need to build on the successful beginning of the ‘Muslims Care’ campaign to do whatever we can to help those who can benefit from our individual and collective efforts,” said CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed. CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About