Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund awards ICNA Relief $25,000

  • The Islamic Circle of North America Relief organization serves neighbors in need during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

    The Islamic Circle of North America Relief organization serves neighbors in need during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Courtesy of Asma Jarad

 
Submitted by Asma Jarad
Updated 5/20/2020 12:18 PM

An award of $25,000 was given by the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund in recognition of ICNA Relief's outstanding impact and tireless efforts to meet the needs of those impacted by COVID-19 through wage loss, school closures or other extreme circumstances.

With this award, funders of the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund recognize ICNA Relief's key role in addressing the most critical needs for the residents of the Chicago region. The fund acknowledges ICNA Relief for advancing its core mission in the face of the current challenges and its commitment to strengthening the resiliency of our residents.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"We cannot do all that we do without God's blessings, our committed staff, our many volunteers, and our generous donors," said Dr. Saima Azfar, Midwest Regional Director of ICNA Relief. "If you've contributed to ICNA Relief, you ensured we could reach those hurt by COVID-19. The impact this award will make is your continuing legacy."

Between March and May 10, ICNA Relief Chicago distributed more than 17,200 pounds of food valued at more than $137,000, serving more than 14,200 people. It has provided financial assistance worth $20,350. It serves families in need of all backgrounds and faiths.

The organization is currently soliciting $50 per child for gifts for Muslim kids in need who will celebrate Eid on May 24, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Donations are accepted online at www.icnarelief.org and via check.

In collaboration with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to gather the funds raised by Chicago's philanthropies, corporations, and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the region.

ICNA Relief (www.icnarelief.org) is a nonprofit based on Islamic principles with offices nationwide. It serves the needy of all backgrounds with transitional homes, food pantries, refugee services, and more. In Chicago, its head office is at 1793 Bloomingdale Rd, Suite 4, Glendale Heights, IL 60139. A satellite office and food pantry are at 2809 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659 in West Rogers Park.

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