Is the reward for good [anything] but good? Ar-Rahman 55:60
Dear MFBCS Volunteers,
International Volunteer Day (December 5th) was designated by the United Nations over 30 years to promote volunteerism and recognizing all those who give their time, energy, and skills to make a positive change.
I wanted to let you all know that it has been an absolute pleasure working with you in 2018 and inshaAllah we will continue with our momentum into the new year. A special thank you to everyone who has helped and supported the MFBCS team.
This year’s International Volunteer Day campaign recognizes volunteers through the theme #ResilientCommunities. Thank you for always being there to take initiative for the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society!
I hope to see you all at the Food Distribution on Saturday Dec 8th, 2018.
May Allah SWT accept our endeavors and continue to allow us to serve in the best of manners. ... See MoreSee Less
You may be thinking that we just had food distribution last week. Yes this is true! If you are scheduled to come in on the third week of the month, please come this Saturday. We will not have food distribution on December 15th. We hope to see our clients and volunteers bright and early! ... See MoreSee Less
At the height of the Syrian upheaval in 2013, Taha Abadi witnessed the destruction of his hometown before his eyes. Bullet holes covered the walls of schools and hospitals. The noise of the shootings silenced the streets and the falling of the bombs forced people to run for safety every few days. Life was a nightmare.
After many years of sheer struggle, things finally took a turn for the better when Taha’s application to seek asylum in Canada was accepted. When Taha first arrived in BC he wasn’t sure if he should go back to school, get some sort of certification, learn English or look for flooring work-a trade he had years of experience in. But he was sure of one thing and that was to become financially independent within one year of immigrating to Canada and be able to take care of his family.
The Muslim Food Bank & Community Services was able to help Taha navigate the Canadian job market, assist him in gaining connections and volunteer experience. In the beginning he struggled to find work and insisted that he didn’t want to go on welfare assistance. We were determined to help Taha not only secure a job but to also support him overcome the challenges that come with being a newcomer in Canada.
Six month later we were delighted to find out that Taha had secured a contract to do flooring for all sixteen storeys of an apartment building! Taha now has the confidence to not only take care of his family, but be a thriving member of his new community.
These are real stories where our volunteers impact and give hope to members of our community that need it. The most beautiful aspect is helping those in need like Taha progress in their lives.
Help us help people like Taha by contributing to our launchgood campaign today! Link below.
It's #GivingTuesday! Alhamdulilah we have raised $119,280CAD with 83 supporters! We are so close to our first goal of $140,000 and we need your help to get there! Please like, share and give today. ... See MoreSee Less
The Employment Readiness Program Workshop #4 is taking place this week and we couldn't be more excited! The Program is run by the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services and funded by the Canadian Red Cross. Over the past few months, we've run 3 workshops already, and have successfully engaged with over 60 participants. This week, the workshop is focussed on engaging female refugees to inspire them to seek employment or advance their skills in order to do so!
Here's a quick overview of the workshop: The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity and safe space for refugees to discuss the fears and challenges they have come across in reference to securing employment. With community leaders and mentors present at workshops, it has been a great opportunity for participants to share their experiences and ask questions regarding employment in the Canadian job market, in a judgement-free environment. With our informative and interactive workshops, we hope clients feel inspired and motivated to seek employment.
If you are interested in volunteering for the program, get in touch with Zahida Jaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org ... See MoreSee Less
Shaima Ahmad, 55, is from a small town in Syria and one of the many people impacted by the work that we do. When she arrived here in British Columbia, Canada she was suffering from untreated lymphedema-the side-effects of breast cancer treatment-in her left arm and had been living in excruciating pain. Her and her family spent months in neighboring Jordan where Shaima did not have access to a doctor. Life as a refugee is tough enough for people with no health issues but it’s so much worse for those with a disability. By the grace of Allah her and her family were flown into Canada in December, 2016, as part of the Canadian government’s efforts to give home to displaced Syrian refugees and was connected with us shortly after. One thing that made a big difference for Shaima was the medical bed that the we the Muslim Food Bank were able to arrange for her. As well as helping her and her family find furniture for their new apartment and feel welcomed by her new Canadian family.
Shaima’s story is just one example of the lives we are impacting right here in our own community. Help us help people just like Shaima by contributing what you can to our campaign for our new warehouse in the link below!
Assalamu' alaikum! We are happy to announce our new campaign in helping us build our new warehouse. In sha Allah we will now be able to serve those in need on a grander scale and make a larger impact...
But we need your help in making that happen. Alhamdulilah because of the generosity from our community members we raised $120,000 from our fundraising dinner-but our total goal is $200,000 to cover all costs and expenses.
Every person counts! Click the link, like, share and donate today!