Press Clippings

Safia Jamal, left, greets Mayor Lori Lightfoot during a dinner for Afghan refugees’ first Thanksgiving in America, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Golden House Restaurant in Uptown. Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

November 24th, 2021

Afghan refugees celebrate first Thanksgiving, ‘a new beginning’

Mayor Lightfoot, Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and others joined 34 refugees for a Thanksgiving meal Tuesday.

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November 17th, 2021

The Council of Islamic Organizations Hosted 29th Annual Gala

Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago hosted its 29th annual "Community Annual Dinner" on Sunday, Nov. 14th, at Drury Lane

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October 19th, 2021

Triangle people of faith call for action to address climate emergency

The 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, begins on October 31. We believe people of all faiths and all people of conscience have a moral duty to act now to care for creation.

Jean Lewis with her pastel paintings behind her. She said she usually doesn't get to see them all at once like this because they're usually

September 27th, 2021

Local artists show jewelry, pastel portraits at Park Forest Art Fair

Dozens of artists attended the Park Forest Art Fair to sell their artwork. Among them were Glenwood resident, retired art teacher at Hillcrest High School and pastel painter Jean Lewis.

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September 9th, 2021

Chicago can take important steps to welcome and assist Afghan refugees

As Chicagoans we must do everything in our power to honor our commitment to Afghan refugees and welcome them as neighbors and valued members of our community.

August 23rd, 2021

A suburban group has helped Afghan girls get an education. Now their future is uncertain.

The future of that school, and girls' education in general in Afghanistan, remains uncertain with the Taliban seizing control of the Central and South Asian nation.

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July 26th, 2021

Zakat Foundation of America offers $20,000 in scholarships to high school seniors

To encourage such community-oriented selflessness and volunteerism, Zakat Foundation of America has set aside $20,000 in scholarships for high school seniors entering college. Learn more.

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July 19th, 2021

Want to spread joy this Eid?

If you’d like to give a little more this Eid, here are five easily accessible online places you can donate to from the comfort of your own home.

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May 10th, 2021

'Every Good Deed is Charity' – 8 Charities That Need Your Support in Ramadan

Engaging in acts of charity is incumbent upon Muslims (and really, all of us) year-round, but especially more so in Ramadan and in the last 10 days of this holy month.

Volunteers organize boxes of food during a giveaway of hygiene packages and 250 hot meals in Greensboro

May 6th, 2021

Local nonprofit supporting 15,000 North Carolina residents this month

Zakat Foundation of America is also working with elected officials nationwide to ensure their constituents who struggle most receive the help they need.

Chicago’s first lady, Amy Eshleman, recently visited the Protect Chicago Plus vaccination clinic located at UI Health Mile Square Health Center to greet the community and provide encouraging words of support to those receiving their COVID-19 vaccines.

May 6th, 2021

Around the Neighborhood: May 2021

Learn about events and opportunities around the Chicago area.

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May 3rd, 2021

Nonprofits get more resources from American Rescue Plan

The most recent Covid-19 relief bill offered more aid to nonprofits than the previous relief bills, but even with the support, recovery across the sector isn’t expected to be uniform.