Mayor Nan Whaley: "I am honored that Zerqa chose Dayton to start a New Chapter of MY Project USA
Dayton Benefit Dinner Was A Huge Success!
On April 21st, 2018, we joined hands with the Dayton Muslim Community leaders, Mayor Whaley, YWCA Dayton's CEO Shannon Isom, Dayton Police Department, and many other agencies to protect and empower Dayton youth and families through social services and civic engagement.
In her keynote speech, Mayor Whaley shared her vision of fostering healthy and violence free families and communities in Dayton. She welcomed all refugees and once again pledged to serve all people in Dayton regardless of their faith, ethnicity and citizenship status. She shared her excitement about the initiation of MY Project USA Dayton Chapter. She spoke highly about Sr. Zerqa Abid and her work in Ohio. She ended her speech by saying that. "I am honored that Zerqa has chosen Dayton to start a new chapter of MY Project USA."
Sr. Zerqa Abid shared her excitement and gave a lot of credit of starting a Dayton chapter to Mayor Whaley since Welcome Dayton's office reached out to Sr. Zerqa back in 2016 per Mayor's instructions to look for solutions to address domestic violence cases in the Dayton Muslim community. She also give a shout out to Br. Ismail Gula, Mehreen Raja, Dr. Irshad Hussain, Dr. Sarah Hussain and Ahsan Subzwari for their hard work in making this event a major success.
We are still amazed at what happened on that night. All attendees, people from different mosques, different ethnic and faith communities, people from all kinds of professional background, came together to found a new village to protect and empower under-served children and families in Dayton.
We founded a village to address domestic violence, gangs, drugs, human trafficking, hunger, poverty and so much more through social services and community organizing. We became a family with a noble mission. This is an amazing achievement and God's blessing on us.
God willing, our team will be unrolling different initiatives in Dayton soon. Please keep us in your prayers and support us through your donations.
In Solidarity with Youth & Families,
Board of Directors of MY Project USA
Naser Saadeh, Morgen Morrissette, Dr, Sarah Hussain, Adam Miller and Zerqa Abid
Ohio State Representative Adam Miller Joins the Board of Directors of MY Project USA
Rep. Miller Brings More Professionalism, Compassion, Community Service & More to our BOD!
We are thrilled to announce that the State Representative Adam Miller has joined MY Project USA's Board of Directors April 18th, 2018. Adam Miller, a practicing attorney specializing in representing school districts, educational service centers and statewide educational associations, proudly serves constituents of Ohio's 17th House District. This includes the Hilltop area that we serve as our pilot neighborhood in Columbus. Click here to see his full professional bio.
Adam has been involved with My Project USA since the January of 2017, when on a cold Saturday morning, he noticed a lot of commotion (people) outside our food pantry at MY Deah's. He parked his car and walked inside and found us. Since that day he has been constantly checking on us and has been a great asset in mentoring and recognizing our youth. Under his leadership, we are hoping to get more funds and resources being brought to our under-served refugee community on the westside and beyond. Please keep us in your prayers and support us with your donations and volunteer hours.
On Sunday, May 29th, the wedgewood youth leaders decided to have a Spring spruce up day! They did a wonderful job and we are super proud of the Boy Scouts troops and packs stepping up and helping with this initiative!
They went all over the neighborhood and inside the building and collected trash for two hours. These kids wants to see their neighborhood clean and they are willing to step up and do the work it takes and we commend them for their hard work and dedication. Because of them, Wedgewood is a beautiful neighborhood!
Thank you to Samira Mohamud for ordering the cleaning supplies and thank you to Keep Columbus Beautiful for providing it for us!
Our hard work in putting programs in the Wedgewood community has been making such a difference and so could you!
To protect and empower little children and youth in our neighborhoods, we have collaborated with the Boy Scouts of America, Wedgewood Middle School, Eakin Elementary School, Wedgewood Management, and many other organizations that help us in different ways. Currently, we serve about 125 kids every week through our programs.
We need more volunteers to give more attention to each child in the program. Please sign up to help as much as possible.
We have partnered with the Legal Aid, Columbus Police Division, Shalom Zone of Greater Hilltop Area, United Way of Central Ohio and many other organizations and agencies to bring the needed programs to the parents on weekly basis.
But organizing these weekly programs are costly. We have to pay for the custodian, interpreters, food for the parents that come directly from their work, and for the program coordinator salary.
We need your help with food. Please sign up to provide cooked meals and dessert. Your donations can help us empower these parents and save their children from drugs and gangs.
Columbus Fasting 5k 2018 To Support Wedgewood Youth & Families
Sunday | June 2nd, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Noor Islamic Cultural Center | 5001 Wilcox Rd. Dublin, OH 43016
Get excited for the Ramadan event of the year! Ten cities and hundreds of athletes will embrace the spirit of the month by fasting, fundraising and building community for good through our annual 5K event. This year, Fasting5k is working with organizations providing resources for youth safety against violence. This year's fundraising beneficiary is My Project USA.
Sunday | June 10th, 2018 | 7:00 pm | Dublin Rec. Center
Join us for the 3rd Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner to support Orphans, Refugees and Needy in Columbus. This year we are opening it to more interfaith community members. Our interfaith guests will share the experience of Ramadan and fast breaking with their Muslim neighbors, co-workers, and friends while supporting the less fortunate youth and families in the community.