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Dozens Including Jewish Disaster Response Agency Participate in ICNA Relief's Week-Long NY Rebuild



Alhumdulillah! ICNA Relief ended it's week-long Rebuild on Long Island, NY Sunday on a positive note. "A lot of our volunteers were so motivated and encouraged that they want to continue doing this on Sundays InshaAllah," said Br. Arif Ali, who headed the volunteer project. Volunteers from ICNA Relief made up of local residents and students from Stonybrook University teamed up with volunteers from NECHAMA, the Jewish disaster response organization for this effort. After mudding and taping drywall in a house in Cedarhurst, the group moved on to work in Babylon.


Superstorm Sandy caused "substantial damage" to more than 3,000 homes on Long Island according to news reports and homeowners are still recovering. "When I look at the plywood, I look at the walls and if you had seen this house two years after having three feet of water, you would not believe the difference from then till now," said Gina Bonner, owner of the Babylon house the group worked on. "So many people have reached out including ICNA Relief to help us get our lives back together and my undying gratitude to them [for doing so]."


"This is definitely God's work," said her boyfriend Bob Coffey. 


Watch their testimonial here.




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Day 2 of ICNA Relief's New York Rebuild: More Mudding and Taping Drywall in Cedarhurst

Volunteers from ICNA Relief and NECHAMA, a Jewish disaster relief organization, continued to work together today to tape and mud drywall in a house in Cedarhurst damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  "What we're doing is just helping survivors of Sandy recover," said Br. Arif Ali, who is leading the volunteers. "These were people that didn't have insurance and we're here after they got [all the help they could] from FEMA." Tomorrow the group will move on to a house on Tameling Avenue in Babylon.


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ICNA Relief and NECHAMA Team Up To Help Rebuild New York
Today was Day 1 of ICNA Relief's "Rebuild New York" project in Cedarhurst, Long Island. ICNA Relief volunteers led by Br. Arif Ali, who came all the way from Florida to participate in this effort, teamed up with volunteers from NECHAMA led by Br. Michael Hrkman. NECHAMA is a Jewish organization providing disaster response services nationally. Sr. Jamilah Ameen from New York's Sister Wing and Br. Shahid Farooqi, director of ICNA Relief North East, also participated in the rebuild which lasts till this Sunday, March 23rd. The effort is dedicated to rebuilding houses lost during Superstorm Sandy.
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One Year After Super Storm Sandy

It has been one year since Super Storm Sandy devastated parts of NY and NJ and ICNA Relief USA is still helping those families and individuals in areas impacted by Sandy. ICNA Relief USA was one of the first Muslim relief organizations on ground to offer services immediately after Sandy hit the United States.101 1778

Sandy left New York and New Jersey with a massive loss of casualties and a material loss of more than $100 billion. Over 100,000 houses were damaged. ICNA Relief USA began its Hurricane Sandy: NY/NJ disaster response in Baton Rouge, LA. Departmental conference calls and shura stood-up 12 National Disaster Response Team members from across the country. Disaster resources staged in Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, and in New York and New Jersey.

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Relief work continues for Pakistanis who banded together after Sandy

Courtesy of Al Jazeera America

by Gwen McClure October 26, 2013

Before other help arrived, ICNA Relief distributed food, filled prescriptions —€” and the work still isn't done



NEW YORK — On Neptune Avenue, near the intersection of Brighton 7th Street in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, Moviz Siddiqi is unloading bags of frozen goat meat from the back of his car. On behalf of ICNA Relief, he is donating the meat, recently slaughtered for Eid al-Adha — the Islamic holiday of sacrifice — to the local grocer, who will pass it along to community members who might otherwise go without.

“Still there are people who don’t have the money,” Siddiqi said.

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