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Dear Community, 

MY Project USA was a dream that I saw with my open eyes. It's humbling to see how much we have achieved in just five years. A few of you helped me with laying the foundation stone when we started it from my own kitchen. So many of you have joined along the road and together we have served more than 100,000 clients with so many different initiatives. It's time to celebrate our achievements, our youths, our community. I am looking forward to seeing each one of you at the dinner.
Please book your seats now

Our Annual Banquet is not just a dinner, instead it is an amazing gathering of hundreds of inspiring individuals from all kinds of ethnic and cultural background. We gather the creme of Columbus to celebrate our youth, to renew our commitment to protect and empower them. This is a unique gathering of Muslims and non-Muslims who share the same values and are committed to uplift the most underprivileged youth and families within our communities.

The proceeds of this dinner help us save and empower hundreds of children and their families right here in our own backyards through multiple services. 

Please Join Us for an Inspirational Evening with Elected Officials, Interfaith and Community Leaders and our Youth Leaders as we gather to Support and Celebrate Columbus Youth and Families. Book your tables today and bring your friends and families over. 

In Solidarity with Youth & Families, 

Zerqa Abid, 
Founder & Executive Director, 
MY Project USA
More Info & Tickets Here


Student Ticket: $40/Seat
Adult Ticket: $65/seat
Book A Table - Save $15/Seat
Table of 8: $480/Table


Student Ticket: $50/Seat
Adult Ticket: $75/seat

Book A Table - Save $5/Seat - Table Sale Ends February 20, 2020

Table of 8: $600/Table

Deah Barakat Awards Nomination Deadline Tomorrow

Nominate Young & Old Community Volunteers & Leaders That Are Making Change In Your Community

Tomorrow marks five years to the murder of Deah, Yusor & Razan. You can honor their legacy by recognizing, empowering and celebrating more youths like them. 

Deah's Community Service Award is given in honor of Deah Shaddy Barakat. A 23-year-old Syrian American that dedicated his life to humanitarian causes. He was a 2013 graduate of North Carolina State University who had majored in business administration. In 2015, he was a second-year student in the UNC School of Dentistry. He and ten other dental students were planning to travel to Turkey to treat Syrian refugees as part of a project organized by UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and the Syrian-American Medical Society. He also worked to provide free dental supplies and food to the homeless in his spare time.

Unfortunately, he, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were brutally murdered by a neighbor on February 10th, 2015. This incident is known as the Chapel Hill Shooting. Collectively, they have been called and celebrated as Our Three Winners by their families, friends and the rest of the world.

All three of them were outstanding, caring, vibrant, beloved, bright young Americans working at home and abroad,  selflessly, to ease other people’s pain and to make this world a better place for everyone. Their short but well-lived, focused lives are great reminders for us all. May they all rest in peace and receive the highest rewards in the Heaven. Indeed they were all winners in this world and will be in the Hereafter.
In the last five years, we have had the privilege to work with several youth from different backgrounds. We have proudly fostered them and have seen them turn into awesome community leaders. We recognize that there are many Muslim youth across Central Ohio that might also be investing their time in helping other communities through other organizations. We would like to recognize their leadership and community service by presenting them with different awards honoring the legacy of Deah, Yusor and Razan. 

We are currently accepting nominations for our Award Ceremony which will take place at the Boat House on February 23rd, 2020. We have four prestigious awards that recognize and honor exceptional individuals who make volunteerism and community service a way of life. in Central Ohio. Those who exemplify the best in volunteering, a sense of caring and responsibility for others that connects citizens and solves community problems. Each award winner must be someone who make selfless and extraordinary contributions. in addition to those associated with their normal job duties, for the betterment of the local community and beyond.

These awards include:
1) Deah's Change Maker of The Year Award
2) Deah's Excellence in Community Service and Leadership Award
3) Deah's Community Service Award

The criteria of each award nomination is listed on our website along with a link to the nomination form. All nominations must be submitted online by 8:00 pm, Friday, February 10th 2020.  
Nominate A Chrys Gee Award Winner Now
Chrys Gee was a loving wife and mother in Columbus, Ohio, who became an activist in the aftermath of the 2016 elections. Though she had always worked hard to make this world a better place, following the Election, Chrys seemed ever present.  

Alongside her husband and children, she showed up at every rally, march and vigil.  She showed up for hearings and testimonies and visited our legislators’ offices, sharing her concerns and advocating for a better future.  She did not aspire to leadership and never looked for fame.  Instead, Chrys selflessly showed up, whenever and wherever she was called.

When she wasn't standing out front, fighting for the rights of others, she was in the background, doing the hard messy work to keep the progressive grassroots engine going.  

Chrys cared about community.  She helped at the My Project USA warehouse, volunteered at her children's school and supported our immigrant neighbors in sanctuary, with her laughter, love, time and resources. Chrys was a DOER with an incredible heart and she gave with every ounce of her being.

Her sudden death in December 2018 was not only a shock, but a true tragedy that has left a huge void in our community. This award is to honor Chrys and the remarkable person she was, as well as further her legacy in the hope of inspiring others to continue the amazing work she started.
Nominate A Chrys Gee Award Winner Now
MY Deah's store

We Need Your New & Gently Used Clothes, Shoes, Toys & Books 


10 Locations In Columbus & 2 Locations in Dayton To Drop Off Donations - Truck Pick Up Available For Large Donations

You can now drop off your donations of new and gently used clothes, shoes books, toys and other small non-breakable items in a donation box near you. These location Include: 

Noor Islamic Cultural Center -  5001 Wilcox Rd. Dublin 43016
Masjid Omar Ibn El-Khattab -  580 Riverview Dr, Columbus, OH 43202
Masjid Nimrah - 4501 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232
MAS Youth Center - 4615 Northtowne Blvd, Columbus, OH. 43229
Turkish American Society of Ohio (TASO) - 2885 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Ahlul Bayt Society - 2580 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
The First Congregational Church - 444 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
Quick & Easy Mart -  4197 Cleveland Ave. Columbus
MY Deah's Store - 3036 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, OH 43204 - During Business Hours Only
MY Deah's Warehouse - 4004 Fondorf Dr. Columbus, OH 43228
Dayton Mercy Society -  2277 Maue Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342
Osman Gazi Mosque -  1508 Valley St, Dayton, OH 45404

We are looking for more locations. If interested in helping us or have any other question, please contact us at

MWF  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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Save These 2020 Dates Now

March 28, 2020 - Muslim Youth Town Hall 

April 14, 2020 - Muslim Youth Lobby Day

May 9, 2020 - Annual Iftar Dinner With Social Justice Advocates 

August 2, 2020  - Fall Festival for Wedgewood kids

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