How Day of Dignity Helps
By the Numbers
More than 317 million people live in the U.S.
More than 1 in 4 children in the United States 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.
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
Here is what participants in Day of Dignity Portland had to say about their experience this year. Video courtesy of Elijah Hasan Media.
Humanitarians from a variety of organizations throughout Oregon came together with Islamic Relief USA to serve our low-income and homeless community members.
This is just one example of the power of Day of Dignity. The special day took place in 16 cities around the nation this year:
Aug. 13: West Palm Beach, FL
Sept. 14: Atlanta, GA
Sept. 20: Dallas, TX
Sept. 21: Portland, OR
Oct. 11: Bronx, NY
Oct. 11: Detroit, MI
Oct. 11: Houston, TX
Oct. 11: Kansas City, MO
Oct. 11: Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 18: Washington, DC
Oct. 25: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Oct. 25: Philadelphia, PA
Check out this clip from last year’s event in Philly, courtesy of Ibrahim Souadda.
Oct. 26: Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 8: San Diego, CA
Check out this clip from this year’s event in San Diego, courtesy of Somali Family Service of San Diego.
Nov. 15: Seattle, WA
Nov. 29: Newark, NJ
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 2015.
- 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 #dayofdignity14 on Twitter.
To learn more about Day of Dignity, connect with Kyle Ismail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-236-0414.