$145,923.85 Spent To Protect & Empower Youth & Families in 2017
Dear MY Project USA Family,
By the grace of God and your help, we accomplished a lot in 2017. Our annual report is now available on our website for you to see the impact of our work in one year.
Here is a quick glimpse in our 2017 fiscal report. We take pride in the fact that most of our work has been done either by the volunteers or by the residents of the Hilltop/Wedgewood. All of our board members, including Zerqa Abid, work voluntarily. Only people that are hired and paid by our projects are the youth and parents that we are trying to protect and empower through our work. We were able to support 25 individuals on our payroll as full-time or part-time employees or youth on stipends. We are humbled to be able to support 25 households by creating employment opportunities for them.
Our Founder and Executive Director Zerqa Abid works as a volunteer. She and her family are the top donors of the organization. She has also done hundred of thousands of dollars worth of work for the organization for free. She has been working 60-70 hours a week for the last two years. Because of her, our expenses are very low in admin, Parent Development and other social services area.
Our Family pantry team also works as volunteers. These college students give 5-6 hours every week to serve more than 100 families on Saturday mornings.
Our Field Coordinator, Samira Mohamud, also give 10-20 hours as a volunteer every month. All Wedgewood youth give several hours every week as volunteers. They only receive stipends for their time in the Boy Scouts Program and sometimes for Reading Program.
We are grateful to the Columbus City Council for their support through a mutual grant for MY Project USA and the Boy Scouts of America. We are also grateful to the United Way of Central Ohio for a small grant we received from them for Parents Education.
The main contributors are our community members. Muslim Community members have been very generous to support this cause. We also have several non-Muslim friends and churches that have supported us by different means. We appreciate all of them. Together, we have made a difference last year. We hope more people would join us this year.
Total Families Served: 110 | New Families Served: 14 | Individuals Served: 584
Families without Children: 23 | Families with Children: 87
Children: 355 | Adults: 203 ⃒ Seniors: 26
Family Size1-3 members: 43 ⃒ 4-6 members : 32 | 7+ members: 46
We’d like to thank OSU’s Health Points for coming to volunteer with us at MY Family Pantry. It was a pleasure serving with them.
We were able to serve free groceries to 355 children, 203 adults and 26 senior citizens. My Family Pantry distributes fresh produce and groceries to hundreds of individuals every week.
A huge thank you to the volunteers who helped out with distributing produce on Saturday and with unloading on Thursday: Zeenet Ahmed, Tommy Jung, Hannah Moore, Mariam Soliman, Heba Raslan, Zoey Lim, Omar Dahshi, Karum Abdulrahman, Bayan Shalash, Daniel Goodman, Esteban Trujillo, Domonique Grothause, Kelly Christman, Caroline Papa, Nathan Ezzone, Bryce Piper, Sarah Beam, Shray Jain, Sameer Goyal, Sameer Chaurasia, Sahana Seth, Mackenzie Coyne, Kaleb Clemons, Jack Xiao, EricSheets, Michael Chung, Salma Dawood, Thurayya Mohammad, and Ayan Elmi.
Boy Scouts of America| Reading Warriors| Girls Clubs
We have 120 kids enrolled in our weekly programs and more kids joining the program every week. We are focused on our Wedgewood and Hilltop community. Boy Scouts:
On mondays Wedgewood Middle School with our Boy Scout troops. From 3:30-6:30pm, the first three hours we have movie time and homework help and the last hour we have our scouting meeting.
On Friday, we are at Eakin Elementary School with our Boy Scouts. From 3:30-6pm, the first two and a half hours we have homework help and educational game stations and the last hour we have our scouting meeting.
Wedgewood Reading Warriors:
On Tuesdays, we are at the Wedgewood office with our Wedgewood Warriors. This is a program that was started by our very own Samira Mohamud and Wedgewood Youth Leaders two years ago and till this day they continued this book club with many kids who are locked out of their homes after school.
Eakin Girls Club Meetings for elementary school girls ar on Friday at Eakin Elementary. We are there from 3:30-6pm, the first two and a half hours we have homework help and educational game stations and the last hour we have our scouting meeting.
On Friday night, we are at the Wedgewood office from 6:30-8pm with our Wedgewood Youth Leaders and girls 14+ for Girls’ Night. During this hour and a half, we bond with our amazing girls and have heart to heart venting sessions.