- Food Bank
- Clothing Closet
- Job Referrals
- Budget Counseling
- Eid/Ramadhan Boutique
- Eid Gift Program (Eid-Al-Fitr only)
- Eid-Al-Adha Meat Distribution
- School Supply Collection
ICM SOCIAL SERVICE FOOD BANK ICM Social Service Food Bank provides a monthly food box for community families who need assistance. The community donates non-perishable food items that are then packaged for monthly pick-up. Our distribution list is growing and ongoing donations of non-perishable items are needed so that we may serve all those that need help. ITEMS NEEDED: rice, oil, sugar, pasta, tuna, cereal, kids snacks, dates, tea, coffee, jam, peanut butter, cookies, laundry detergent, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. If you would rather make a donation, please make checks to ICM and include “Food Bank” on the memo line. A basic staple box of food items costs $50. DROP OFF LOCATION: THE ICM MASJID ONLY
ICM collects and distributes meat to the needy in the Gaithersburg community. Collection and distribution dates are set up by the ICM Administration and announced. Approximately 250 – 300 families are served through this program.
ICM SOCIAL SERVICE
Montgomery County Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Neighbors
How We Got Started:
People in the United States have yearned to do more to help alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people for a number of years. Their exodus by water to Europe, with the iconic picture of the young Syrian boy, washed up on a Greek beach in the Fall of 2015, prompted many individuals, faith groups in Montgomery County and elsewhere to try to do something to aid the Syrians.
In October 2015, a number of faith communities and some individuals not associated with faith communities started working with the Islamic Center of Maryland (ICM) to come together in a unified way. This was the genesis of MCIRRN with its hub at ICM.
The group started organizing and reached out to the three national refugee resettlement agencies in Montgomery County. MCIRRN is currently working closely with the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) and initiating a similar relationship with the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS), and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
In June 2016, Syrian refugee families finally started arriving in the United States in higher numbers. MCIRRN has served 38 families from 7 different countries (Syria, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Sudan, Cuba, Colombia, and Chad).
MCIRRN consists of about 14 Muslim groups, 10 Christian groups, and 5 Jewish synagogues. More groups and individuals are learning about MCIRRN and are joining as members or networking groups to provide similar services. MCIRRN volunteers work through committees such as Housing, Employment, Education, Health Advocacy, Orientation/Mentoring, Social Events, Outreach, Supplies, Translation, etc. to accomplish their goals.
We welcome secular, faith communities and individuals to join us in this endeavor. If your group would like a more extensive presentation about MCIRRN, we would be happy to schedule a time to make that possible.
For more information and/or to schedule a presentation, contact:
Shahnaz Baten (MCIRRN Founder)
Bob Cooke (MCIRRN Outreach Committee Chair)