During the holy month of Ramadan, individuals and groups can enrich their experience by giving back to the community through joining different charity and volunteer institutions.
Everything changes in Ramadan. The atmosphere becomes livelier, as the spirit changes since people start visiting each other and spending more time with family and friends. The sound of prayer fills the air and individuals pray “Taraweeh” prayers in harmony. The night is very vivid. People’s hearts soften. Love binds them together. Families are united together at the Iftar meal. This is very important because during normal days, based on work hours, families might have different timings for meals. In Ramadan, however, families are united almost every day at this specific timing since they all finish work based on Ramadan hours, as opposed to gathering on weekends only. That is how our life quickly turns around when we welcome the holy month of Ramadan!
Ramadan is a heart-warming month where people surge the acts of giving and generosity. Many individuals as well as communities actively work to distribute necessities for those in need, including food and clothing. Ramadan is a perfect time to start volunteering with charity organizations, helping in distributing the different supplies for people in need.
The UAE is a community that effectively and prominently recognizes the importance of giving back to the community. The Dubai Moms group, an organization responsible for distributing healthy food, carried out its fourth week of distributing healthy food to UAE labor on Friday, the 3rd of June. The objective of this initiative is to ensure that UAE labor workers have a variation of fruits and vegetables in their diet. The Dubai Moms also teamed up with Coega Sunwear and Amana Contracting, which further helped them to carry on with the distribution. Coega Sunwear supplied 500 pairs of swimwear so that the labor can enjoy the beaches. Furthermore, the Amana Group provided AED 50 vouchers from LuLu Supermarket, giving a total of AED 5,000.
So far, The Dubai Moms group has been able to reach over 1,200 workers. However, that’s not the end of it. They wish to reach 2,500 workers during the course of their five-week campaign. They wish to keep growing with the effort of many volunteers.
Of course, you can get involved too! You can volunteer with The Dubai Moms group by donating 10 bags of fruits and vegetables. Each bag must be of at least 2 kgs.
Here are other places where you can be involved in charity work and volunteer work:
- Du: In collaboration with Tarahum Charity foundation, the two organizations are working to pack and distribute 12,000 boxes of food essentials. There are two sets of activities where volunteers can help: packing and distributing. This campaign will run between 1st of June till 15th of June. Ramadan timings are from 5 p.m. till 12 a.m. in Ahdaaf Sports Club.
For further details, you can click here. Please note that the capacity for signing up is already full though, but you can know more about it to consider registering for next year in time.
- Dubai Cares is hosting installations within major malls such as Mirdif City Center, Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, and Sharjah Mega Mall. Volunteers should be 21 years of age or above, and volunteers can sign up for 5 hour shifts.
For more information, please click here. Please note that signing up deadline has already passed, but you can have a look as well to know what to look for next year if you wanted to join them.
- Sheraa, the Sharjah Entrepreneurial Center, is hosting a food distribution initiative for the Cleanco workers at the University City in Sharjah every day during the holy month of Ramadan.
To volunteer, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an individual, you can always make a difference. Ramadan is a great time for us to fulfill our achievements and to work on improving upon ourselves. Be a part of your society and be involved with your community.