Volunteerism and Relationship Building:
ILM Foundation’s social capital lies in its ability to attract a diverse group of committed volunteers, cultivating relationships that builds a reputation of credible trust in the neighborhoods we serve.
Narratives and Relations
In 2010-11, Humanitarian Day (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 organized HDAY’s first community drive for hygiene kits, which covered 70-80% of our inventory logistics! To this day, we have a community support strategy for collecting socks and hygiene kits for this and other efforts.
“Verily all actions are but by intention.”
HDAY is a special event to many. It is a place where volunteers grew up and come back to serve as leaders. It identifies personal capacity, self-interests, and strengthened core values. Dignity, love, and respect are by-products for those who serve the public. Experienced leaders share their own experiences to train others for developing leaders and community transformation. HDAY develops a professional understanding with civic leaders, the medical community, law enforcement, philanthropy and most of all – the people whom we serve, which continues to expand.
We utilize compassion as an innovative assessment tool to “detect-intervene-serve.” We detect root causes in communities, so we can intervene and advocate for the underprivileged, and serve the public by enabling each person to obtain life’s hierarchy needs. “Thank You for An Opportunity to Serve!”
ILM Foundation’s Network, the Coalition to Preserve Human Dignity
The Coalition to Preserve Human Dignity (CPHD) consist of volunteers, organizations and institutions who collectively share resources for humanitarian projects. We mobilize communities of faith to provide direct services; which also makes an impact on American domestic issues of cultural differences. It embodies “Faith in Action”.
Humanitarian Day, is one of the largest advocacy for homelessness in America held during the sacred month of Ramadan. This is the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar, where Muslims observe fasting while providing the general public with goods and direct services. 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.