MFB Fundrais­ing in R.kI1G b.Hall

The Miracle - - Front Page - By: Ms. Shatha Muh­sen

On Oct 26th, the Mus­lim Food Bank and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices held a din­ner to raise funds for the pur­chase of a new ware­house. A lively night fea­tur­ing sev­eral speak­ers as well as a si­lent auc­tion, the fundraiser was a suc­cess. The event was held at the Royal King Palace in Sur­rey, and fo­cused on the many dif­fer­ent pro­grams of­fered by the MFBCS, and the im­por­tance of hav­ing a per­ma­nent new home for the or­ga­ni­za­tion to con­tinue to grow. The event high­lighted how MFBCS has grown and evolved. From its hum­ble be­gin­nings as a food ham­per dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vice that was run out of a team mem­ber’s garage, the or­ga­ni­za­tion now en­sures that 600 fam­i­lies are as­sisted with food items monthly through its food bank arm,and serves many more through the pro­gram­ming pro­vided through its com­mu­nity ser­vices arm, ASPIRE. Whether it’s through youth pro­gram­ming, case work­ers, job and lan­guage sup­port, ad­dic­tions help, or men­tal health sup­port MFBCS is con­stantly re­spond­ing to the needs of the com­mu­nity, mak­ing it a unique or­ga­ni­za­tion that fo­cuses on em­pow­er­ing and ca­pac­ity build­ing in all of its clients. MFBCS is now be­gin­ning a new chap­ter in the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s his­tory that of a per­ma­nent new home. The new ware­house will be lo­cated at 12925 115 Ave in Sur­rey, in a new com­mer­cial space. At­ten­dees at the fundraiser viewed mock ups and ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings of the space, which showed how the ware­house will be used for both the food bank and com­mu­nity pro­gram­ming. Im­por­tantly, this new lo­ca­tion will have the space to en­sure that clients of MFBCS will now have a per­ma­nent space to go to- whether while wait­ing to re­ceive their food­ham­pers, or meet­ing with case­work­ers to help move their lives for­ward. The fundrais­ing din­ner also high­lighted how im­por­tant it is for the larger com­mu­nity to sup­port­this or­ga­ni­za­tion, whether through vol­un­teer­ing or do­na­tions. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is mainly vol­un­teer run, and the event show­cased how ev­ery vol­un­teer’s unique skills and tal­ents are needed in such an ex­pan­sive and com­mu­nity fo­cused or­ga­ni­za­tion. Whether you have a com­mu­ni­ca­tions back­ground, you’re in­ter­ested in project man­age­ment, coun­selling is your forte, or you just want to make food ham­pers on a Satur­day morn­ing, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has a need for vol­un­teers pas­sion­ate to help in any way. On Fri­day night, through gen­er­ous do­na­tions and sup­port, over $120,000 was raised for the pur­chase of the ware­house. While this is an in­cred­i­ble start, fur­ther funds are needed to en­sure that this or­ga­ni­za­tion can pur­chase the ware­house. To learn more about MFBCS and to do­nate, please visit www.mus­lim­food­bank.com.

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