As we know, the newly arrived Afghan refugees helped Americans in Afghanistan. Now, it is our turn to help them--and we can do just that by empowering them through education and jobs to be more successful, productive members of our community. Our highest priority is the success of the K-12 refugee students.
Some background: Since August of 2021, the Noor Islamic and Cultural Community Center (NICCC) in Concord has been serving over 600 newly arrived Afghan refugees in the community. Staffed almost totally by volunteers, we have been providing food, clothing, blankets, furnishings, and money, helping to obtain housing and jobs, and assisting with everything from getting public benefits to navigating the DMV and getting children enrolled in school. We have also been providing crisis counseling and cultural orientation, translation services, starting an After School program for K-12 students, and more.
A lot has been done and NOW with your help, we can do more. We have plans for programs to provide education and job services to adults, mental health counseling, and cultural orientation. However, we first need to secure funding to continue helping the K-12 students academically.
The Need: The After-School Program currently serves 25 refugee students on Saturdays with teaching and tutoring in English and Math, as well as transportation and food. With your help, we can keep the program running, expand it to serve more students, and add another day of the week for tutoring via Zoom and with Chrome books.
We need $90,000.00 for the After School Program for January 2023-December 2023.
Thank you for whatever you can contribute. No amount is too small. All donations are tax-deductible and are greatly appreciated.
Here is how to donate:
Check: Made payable to Noor Islamic and Cultural Community Center
Please, write on the check memo: “After School Program”
4035 Treat Blvd, Concord, CA 94518
Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Dr. Sedique Popal
Noor Islamic and Cultural Community Center
Giving Tuesday: Afghan Refugee Students Need Your Help
Noor Islamic & Cultural Community Center is a non-profit organization which strives to serve the religious, educational, and social needs of the growing Muslim community of Contra Costa County surrounding communities regardless of their origin, race or color. Noor Islamic Center relies on your generous contributions in order to perform its day-to-day operations as well as put on special events.