Can you believe Ramadan is already here? Alhamdulillah! During Ramadan, we're hoping to raise some money to fund Project REACH's development and youth programming. We are pursuing a couple of potential funding sources and will be hosting a vision iftar for targeted prospective donors. However, we want everyone who believes in the Project REACH mission to play an active role in building the organization and raising money for its operations, so we came up with the following idea:
 
As you plan your personal Ramadan iftars, give your guests the opportunity to donate to Project REACH. All you need to do is 
(1) Provide some information to your friends and family about our organization and what we do; 
(2) Have a donation box or envelope available at the Iftar where guests can leave a donation in any amount (cash or checks payable to Project REACH); and 
(3) Ask your friends to do the same for their Iftars! 

If you're down to do this at your iftar this Ramadan, send a quick email to Nasreen Mustafa (nas.must@gmail.com) and Iman Kandil (iman.o.kandil@gmail.com).

Below, I've included some sample language you can use in your invites and emails. I've also included additional information on Project REACH.

Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions to get this campaign moving!

Thank you and Ramadan Mubarak!

 

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Sample messaging to include in your Iftar invitations:
 
If you're looking for a great cause to support this Ramadan, please consider Project REACH (www.dcprojectrach.org), an emerging Muslim-led community development and social justice organization that addresses the needs of DC's marginalized communities. Project REACH is currently focused on youth engagement programming with the aim of reaching out to, inspiring, and encouraging young people growing up in the inner-city of Washington, DC and surrounding neighborhoods to play an active role in improving themselves and their environments. 
 
I will have a donation box/envelope at my iftar for anyone interested in contributing!

 

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Sample letter to send to friends:
 
As you may know, I volunteer with an emerging Muslim-led community development and social justice organization called Project REACH. Project REACH seeks to address challenges and struggles confronting urban communities in the DC area. Our youth development program integrates life skills, community service, and team-building into a series of creative, interactive, and educational activities. Our goal is to reach out to and inspire young people growing up in the inner-city of DC and surrounding neighborhoods to play an active role in improving themselves and their environments.
 
We are looking to Ramadan to start raising money to fund our development and youth programming. You can be a part of that effort! If you are planning on hosting an iftar this Ramadan for your friends and family, we ask you to consider collecting donations for Project REACH. This can be in whatever format you'd like. For example, you can include a small blurb and call to action in your Evite and then have a donation box set up at the Iftar. We can provide you with flyers and brochures or any other support you might need to communicate the powerful work that is occurring in DC.
 
If you want to learn more about Project REACH, visit our website (www.dcprojectreach.org)! Let me know if you are interested in participating in this grassroots effort to support a local organization doing big things in the community!
 
Thanks and Ramadan Mubarak!
 

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About Project REACH


In 2009, the Chicago-based Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN) launched the IMAN-DC Initiative as a part of a wider effort to study the challenges and opportunities that other urban centers could bring, drawing on its model of dynamic civic engagement. Following an in-depth study of the realities and challenges facing DC's inner-city neighborhoods, volunteers with the IMAN-DC Initiative were inspired to develop programming to serve the needs of the city’s youth. The Initiative’s first project was the Summer 2010 Youth Development Program, which sought to cultivate community leaders among Muslim youth residing primarily in DC's inner-city neighborhoods. As many of these Muslim youth were recent converts living amid challenging circumstances, the IMAN-DC Initiative provided a valuable support system to guide them in becoming contributing members of their communities. In 2011, the IMAN-DC Initiative transitioned into an autonomous nonprofit organization known as Project REACH (Realizing an Effective Alliance for Community Hope).

 

At Project REACH, we are currently focused on youth engagement programming with the aim of reaching out to, inspiring, and encouraging young people growing up in the inner-city of Washington, DC and surrounding neighborhoods to play an active role in improving themselves and their environments. Project REACH's youth engagement programs integrate life skills, community service, and team-building into an ongoing series of creative, interactive, and educational activities.

 

Over time, we envision our youth as becoming agents of social justice within their communities. Also, as an organization, we will be broadening our scope and organizing certain service and community empowerment-oriented projects that will be aimed at addressing community needs that have continued to affect DC's marginalized communities.

 

Project REACH Promo Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HQoBlSA2cI

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