Zakat Foundation of America Opens New Chicago Community Center

Posted By: Zakat Foundation of America

May 30, 2012

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While most of Zakat Foundation of America's (ZF) programs are international, our Social Services Program was specifically created to help people in the Chicagoland area and across the United States. Alhamdulillah, ZF recently opened a new Chicago Community Center at 1759 East 75th Street in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood to serve local community members.

Thanks to the enthusiastic welcome and involvement of local community members we had our first event: an evening tea honoring mothers.  Participating mothers received gifts and shared their wealth of knowledge as we talked about the community and our collective hopes and aspiration for it.

 

In the community garden we are growing cauliflower, summer squash, cucumber, onion, pepper, tomato, spinach, lettuce, and parsley, which is soon to be harvested and shared with our neighbors. Some of the volunteers come by every day to help in the garden or with the cleaning of the center.

In June, new programs at the Community Center will include:

  • Educational and Tutoring Programs for Youth and Seniors
  • Nutrition and Health Awareness
  • GED, ACT and SAT Prep
  • ESL, Arabic and Spanish classes
  • Cultural Arts
  • Mentoring: Individual and Group
  • Health
  • Employment
  • Marriage and Parenting

Many community events at the center are scheduled for this summer, including our greatly anticipated Open House in July! ZF is committed to serving the needs of the community and we are excited about joining the South Shore community in Chicago to expand our reach.

Zakat Foundation of America, a Muslim charity that collects zakat, sadaqa / donations to provide humanitarian, emergency relief and sustainable development programs to empower lives throughout the world. We offer top Zakat resources including The Zakat Handbook: A Practical Guide for Muslims in the West, Zakat kit, ask an Imam feature, and you can calculate and pay zakat through our easy, online calculator.

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