Day of Dignity

Day of Dignity

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.

Here is what participants in Day of Dignity Portland had to say about their experience last 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.

Information About Homelessness in the U.S.

Be a Part of the Day of Dignity Movement

The special day took place in 16 cities around the nation in 2014, masha’Allah. 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.

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 #dayofdignity15 on Twitter.

To learn more about Day of Dignity, connect with Sara Hamid at or 703-236-0414.


by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.


by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.


to the Day of Dignity fund to support this effort.