WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 11, 2010) – Columbus Day saw a shortage of volunteers at D.C.’s Miriam’s Kitchen, but the Islamic Circle of North America was there to pick up the slack.
Founded in 1983 by a collaboration of The George Washington University Hillel Student Association, Western Presbyterian Church and United Church, Miriam’s Kitchen was created to provide care and services to the homeless in Washington D.C. Miriam’s currently helps D.C.’s 4,000 homeless men and women through individualized case management services and daily meals. Its volunteer efforts remain among the most distinguished of any social services group in the United States.
Members of ICNA’s Council for Social Justice and Alexandria Mosque jumped at the opportunity to lend a hand at the renowned soup kitchen, serving dinner to nearly 120 of D.C.’s poor and homeless. Volunteers helped with preparing and serving food and drinks, as well as setting up the hall prior to dinner and cleaning up after wards. They expressed a sense of pride at being able to “continue the tradition of feeding [the less fortunate] in this country.”
ICNA Northern Virginia joins the ranks of numerous American Muslims across the nation participating in ICNA’s National Campaign Against Hunger, a month-long campaign of advocacy, awareness and service to battle the effects of hunger in the United States. Click here for more information on volunteer opportunities in your area.