How Day of Dignity Helps
By the Numbers
More than 316 million people live in the U.S.
22% of American children live in poverty
3.5 million people experience homelessness in any given year
(Sources: National Coalition for the Homeless and U.S. government)
More than 46 million Americans—including 16 million children—live in poverty. According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, the number of Americans living in poverty rose by 3.8 million between 2008 and 2009. From 2010 to 2013, the percent of Americans living in poverty remained steady at 15%. These rates are significantly higher in black and Hispanic communities.
Day of Dignity creates an opportunity for caring individuals from diverse communities to provide services to their neighbors in need. Islamic Relief USA brings volunteers around the country together each year to distribute food, clothing, blankets, medical care and other services.
Despite its name, Day of Dignity is not just a one-day event—it is an effort to mobilize communities and establish long-lasting programs that foster the spirit of service and volunteerism all year round. The program serves as a means through which volunteers learn about service projects that they can participate in throughout the year. Most importantly, Day of Dignity provides the people it serves with information about resources available to them for whenever they need them.
Information About Homelessness in the U.S.
- National Alliance to End Homelessness
- National Coalition for the Homeless
- U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
- U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
- Wikipedia page about homelessness in the United States
Be a Part of the Day of Dignity Movement
Day of Dignity site coordinators help us provide vital services to low-income and homeless neighbors. Bring Day of Dignity to your community by submitting an application here.
Check out the resources below to learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply for 2014.
- Day of Dignity Request for Proposal form
- Day of Dignity Budget Template form
- Day of Dignity Board and Staff Template form
The community participates in Day of Dignity by volunteering to distribute packets to homeless neighbors; spreading the word about the event—and the movement—to friends and family; and showing support by becoming a part of the Islamic Relief USA page on Facebook and by tweeting #dayofdignity13 on Twitter.
To learn more about Day of Dignity, connect with Kyle Ismail at email@example.com or 703-236-0414.