We Keep Young People Away From Drugs, Gangs & Pimps
You Can Use Your Zakat To Save Hundreds of Children From Falling Into Drugs, Gangs, Slavery (human trafficking), Prostitution and more.
Under My Wing Mentoring Program Being Launched In Wedgewood - Dorothy Hassan Would Lead The Project
Peace and blessings to you and to your loved ones.
In 2017, there were 17 shootings and 7 homicides in Wedgewood Village Apartments on the westside of Columbus. That's when we launched several programs and engaged Columbus Police to work with us. That brought a dramatic change in the community. There was no shooting and no homicide for the next 17 months. On December 28, 2018, another teen, 19, was killed in the same apartment complex. We launched a new series of programs and hired several youth to help with several programs in their own neighborhood. It regained us the peace and significantly reduced the crime rates again. Now during this COVID-19 pandemic, on April 23rd, 2020, a 16-year old was shot to death in the same community.
This is not just sad, it's very tragic. It tells us that our constant presence is required in the neighborhood. We know that we do not want this to happen ever again and we are ready to do everything possible in our capacity to stop this. We are reaching out to potential partners with grant requests. We are also expanding our Academic Support program in the partnership of the Columbus City School District. The Reading Warriors program has been continued on Zoom. Thanks to the United Way of Central Ohio, with their help we have been able to launch an online mentorship program, Under MY Wing, this week. It will help college-bound students in enhancing their various skills. Please see the details below on the flyer.
In addition to Under MY Wing, we are also looking into launching another mentorship program to support all teenagers in the neighborhood with the challenges that they face within their homes, community and this neighborhoods. I am hoping to give you more details about that program within the next few days.
In the meantime, I need your full support. As you can see that we are working with actual people right here in Columbus, your donations make direct impact on their lives. These are our own kids. They are precious, and they need our help. Their parents are not capable of moving from there or protecting them from the criminals in the neighborhoods. If MY Project USA wraps up their business in this neighborhood, the criminals will surge again and who knows how many more youths will lose their lives and their futures over the years, God forbid.
Unfortunately, at this time our organization has been hit hard by COVID-19 and we are not sure if we could keep our doors open long enough unless we could raise $100,000 in the next 60 days. Without proper funding, we can only do so much and we have done it in the last five years. We have incurred loans for doing so much for so long that we have to take a pause now and assess ourselves. We have set a fundraising goal of $100,000 for this Ramadan. Unless we raise that amount now, we cannot function beyond COVID-19 Pandemic. This is our reality. I am hoping to change it with your financial support, inshaAllah.
Founder & Executive Director MY Project USA
7 Ways To Make An Impact By Your Zakat
1. General Funds To Sustain The Organization - The Most Needed
Help us build an infrastructure that would serve the cimmunity for years to come.
2. Food Pantry / Soup Kitchen
3. Protect & Empower A Youth
Help us foster strong, compassionate, caring Muslim youths free of drugs, gangs and other crimes. Help us raise leaders of tomorrow through Reading Warriors, Mentorship Program, Sports, etc.
4. Help Uplift A Family In Need
We support families in need by paying for their Rents, Utilities, Baby Items, Debts, Cash Assistance for Essentials and also by job training and employment if applicable.
5. Parent/Adult Education
We offer ESL Classes, Parenting workshops and one on one counseling to refugee parents struggling with day by day parenting challenges in a new country.
6. Support Victims of Human Trafficking
7. Support Victims of Domestic Violence & Child Abuse
We are Zakat eligible since it falls into six of the eight categories of Zakat as commanded by Allah SWT in the following verse of Quran:
"Zakat expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler - an obligation [imposed] by Allah . And Allah is Knowing and Wise. (Quran 9:60)"
The first and second category of “for poor and for the needy” applies since we are helping poor local and refugee Muslim families.
The fourth category of "bringing hearts together" applies since we serve all needy people regardless of their faith, ethnicity or race. We also work with individuals that are attracted to Islam and Muslims and prefer working with us to learn more.
The fifth category “freeing captives” applies since we are addressing human trafficking, the modern day slavery, prevention and intervention. We are specially focusing on freeing sex-slaves from their masters and then helping them in reestablishing their lives.
The sixth category of "paying the debt" applies since we take care of families, single moms and family violence victims dealing with debts and financial instability.
The seventh category “the cause of Allah” applies because we are protecting and empowering Muslim youth and families in America. Through our work we are addressing drugs, gangs, violence, suicides, radicalization, homelessness, and hunger through capacity building of the individuals and the community. Through the documentation and publicity of our work we seek to address Islamophobia as well. Our goal is to preserve Islam and Muslim community in America at its best.
According to the majority scholars, Zakat can be given to those who volunteer to fight in the cause of Allah (SWT) and do not receive a fixed salary from the government. This also applies to the operational cost/salaries of a non-profit organization like ours that fits the other categories of zakat eligibility.
You can choose any of the following method to send your zakat or other donations to our way.
MY Family Pantry Is Serving About 300 Families Weekly - It's A Drive-Through Pantry Now
We have been working very hard in securing grants and building collaboration with other partners to help our clients. Thanks to The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, and IMPACT Community Action, we are now able to help more of our families with their rent and utilities. If you or someone you know needs help, please ask them to contact us at 614-905-0977 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Due To COVID 19 Pandemic, MY Deah's Store Has Been Closed Until Further Notice
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 email@example.com.