Zakat Foundation of America Serves Others in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Week


Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Kings’ commitment to service and assisting others, Zakat Foundation of America is launching its 10th annual service week. While Zakat Foundation is known for its international humanitarian work in over 40 countries, it also commits to serving its neighbors throughout the United States. 

Recently, the Zakat Foundation launched a Social Services Center in Harvey, IL, providing low-income families with free clothing, hygiene items and warm winter essentials free of charge to local income families. For Martin Luther King Jr. Week, Zakat Foundation of America will use its local US offices to reach out to under-resourced communities and provide them with winter and essential necessities and address basic needs. 

A core tenant of the organization is “humanity above all” and beneficiaries are always treated with dignity, respect and care. Five states will host various activities expected to impact about 6,500 individuals. The list of events can be found below with highlights including tutoring, winter gear/clothing distribution, grocery distribution and serving hot meals. In each community, Zakat Foundation works alongside local partners including local law enforcement, mosques, assisted living homes, Ronald McDonald houses and schools, among others. Beyond impacting those in need, the MLK Service week allows volunteers, especially youth, an opportunity to give back to their communities. The goal is that volunteers are encouraged to take civic responsibility and take an active role in improving their communities. 

Any person wishing to volunteer or receive assistance may contact Nayma Kose, Outreach & Community Engagement Director at [email protected]. “We are so excited to empower our local communities to help serve our under resourced neighbors”, Kose stated, “Bringing everyone together in the spirit of service celebrates the best parts of ourselves”.  The organization strives to support recovery and development in all its forms, aligning with the UN’s 17 Goals for Sustainable Development. Zakat Foundation of America has been featured in the press including CNN Max, Fox News, WGN, ABC and NBC among others. 

Media including photos and videos are available on the organizations website and social media. Additional media requests or interview requests can be submitted to [email protected] 

Founded in 2001, Zakat Foundation of America is a 501(c)3 NGO that helps generous and caring people reach out to those in need. Zakat Foundation’s mission is to address immediate needs and ensure the self-reliance of the poorest people around the world. Zakat Foundation conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 40 countries on five continents. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-ZAKAT

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