Mission: To provide disaster relief and development assistance in a compassionate and dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion.
About the Organization: Founded in 1993, Islamic Relief USA works to provide relief assistance in the aftermath of human and natural disasters and alleviate poverty through sustainable local development projects that empower communities to better help themselves. In addition to disaster relief and emergency humanitarian aid, the organization's areas of focus include children, education, food aid, health, refugees, women, and water and sanitation. With regional offices in northern California, southern California, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia, IRUSA also works in thirty-four countries.
Current Programs: Islamic Relief USA's Disaster Response Team is the first Muslim organization to partner with the American Red Cross. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the team — which previously had been helping survivors of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina — has been working with the Red Cross to provide relief and shelter at the Dallas Convention Center for families evacuated from the greater Houston area. In addition to providing shelter management, evacuee assistance, and training for local volunteers, the IRUSA team plans to help out with disaster assessments over the coming weeks.
The organization's other projects include free health clinics in Detroit in Chicago, orphan support and sponsorship programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and support for the Community Institute of Technology in India.
Website: Visitors to the Islamic Relief USA website can learn about the organization's focus areas and projects; watch videos or browse case studies and news items about the organization's work; keep abreast of developments through the organization's blog; and/or subscribe to IRUSA podcast. Those interested in volunteering can sign up and search for events and opportunities by zip code or date. (The volunteer sign-up for the shelter at the Dallas Convention Center is at capacity and closed.) Visitors also can make a donation in support of specific programs/sectors and/or countries or regions, learn more about donating a vehicle or shares of stock, or donate to the organization via text message or other channels.
Funding: Islamic Relief USA is funded by foundations and individuals.