Volunteerism and Relationship Building:
ILM Foundation’s social capital lies in its ability to attract a diverse group of committed volunteers, cultivating relationships and building a reputation of credibility and trust in the neighborhoods we serve.
Narratives and Relations
In 2010-11, #HDAY was faced with an inventory dilemma. Hygiene kits are a staple product that we distribute to the homeless, but due to international incidents, our in-kind donor redirected its priorities elsewhere. A few weeks before our first event, several of our youth heard about our inventory dilemma and said, “We want to help, let us try, we can do it!” This band of young leaders helped organize #HDAY’s first community drive for hygiene kits, and they covered 70-80% of our inventory logistics! To this day, we have a community support strategy for collecting socks and hygiene kits for our programs.
“Verily all actions are but by intention.”
Humanitarian Day is a special event to many. It is a place where volunteers grow up and come back to serve as leaders. It identifies one’s personal self-interests and builds that capacity around three gifts: dignity, love, and respect. Experienced leaders share their own experiences to train others in leadership development and community transformation. #HDAY’s relationships with civic leaders, the medical community, law enforcement, social justice organizers and most of all, the people, we serve, continue to grow and expand.
Together, we facilitate compassion through an assessment tool of detect-intervene-serve: detect social root causes, intervene for the underprivileged, and serve, enabling each person to obtain life’s hierarchy needs. “Thank You for the Opportunity to Serve!”
ILM Foundation’s Network, the Coalition to Preserve Human Dignity
The Coalition to Preserve Human Dignity consists of volunteers, organizations and institutions that collectively share resources for Humanitarian Day projects, and an intersection between inter/intra-faith communities, providing direct services to alleviate the negative impact of American domestic issues. It embodies “Faith in Action”.
Humanitarian Day is one of the largest civic engagement programs in America, held during the sacred month of Ramadan. This is the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar that Muslims observe by fasting and doing good works for an entire month. Humanitarian Day’s working model contains of three core practices: coalition building, direct service and community organizing.
Since 2000, ILM Foundation, along with the Coalition to Preserve Human Dignity, has worked to maintain an honorable station as custodians for social direct service. These works have served as a source of capital to assist others and to counter the negative propaganda directed toward the Muslim community. These programs highlight the great potential humanity has in working together to lighten the burdens of others.