Volunteer + Outreach

GET INVOLVED!

Volunteer opportunities at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo are plentiful and spiritually rewarding. We encourage you to lend a hand to sustain the good works of the mosque!

Here are a few ways that you can offer your time and talents for the benefit of the Center and community:

  • Greeter
    • help greet those new to the community on Eids, Iftars, social gatherings at the Center, as well as Jumu’ah and Sunday,
    • welcome and guide our visitors to the elevator, Prayer Hall, Imam Eid’s office, Social Hall, etc.
  • Weekend school
    • volunteer to teach our community children Islamic studies and tajweed to read the Qur’an correctly
  • Sunday Kitchen
    • join the group to help prepare brunch for the community
  • Friday bake sale
    • help prepare fatayers and/or samosas in our commercial kitchen for people to enjoy after Jumu’ah prayers
  • ICGT Cafe
    • make cappuccinos or espressos for our guests in the coffee shop on Sundays for a couple of hours
  • Funeral committee
    • help guide visitors and with set up for funeral services
  • Babysitting
    • volunteer to babysit kids of our members during special events, so young parents can also participate in programs
  • Landscape maintenance
    • help take care of our beautiful grounds by mowing, watering the plants, and general landscaping when you have some free time
  • Volunteer with the Islamic Food Bank of Toledo (IFBT)and help feed our neighbors in need throughout Toledo and northwest Ohio. Join us at the Center on the second Saturday of each month for the Mobile Food Bank visits, in which we cook and pack 200+ meals. Distribution follows afterward on site in two downtown Toledo neighborhoods. The IFBT also hosts packing events for food boxes with fresh meat provided to area families during Ramadan and after Eid-ul-Adha, and for weekender food bags given to at-risk children at area schools.
  • Come to an ICGT Council meeting, meet the leadership, and share your ideas! The Council meets at 2pm on the first Sunday of the month in the library on the second floor of the Islamic Center. Each meeting begins with public comment time. You are welcome to sit in for the meeting or just stop by to share your ideas or voice any concerns. We want to hear from you!

The Islamic Food Bank of Toledo and its Mobile Food Bank are operated under the umbrella of the Foundation of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Inc. (both a registered Ohio Non Profit Corporation and a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization as per Internal Revenue Code). The Foundation of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Inc., works to solicit, support, and manage long-term contributions and funds for the perpetual trust of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Inc., and for other religious, charitable, and educational purposes qualifying it as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For your reference, our Federal Tax Identification Number is 31-1549667.

The Islamic Food Bank of Toledo and its Mobile Food Bank initiative engage in the following food distribution program initiatives in Toledo and Northwest Ohio:

  • Seagate Food Bank Food Baskets: Each basket contains enough food for a family of four for one week. Distributions are done via the Seagate Food Bank in Toledo, Ohio. During Eid Al-Adha and around the holidays, meat and turkeys are also distributed to those in need.
  • Weekender Food Bag: Through local public school systems, at risk elementary school students receive two meals and a heavy snack during the school week, but have limited access to food through the weekends. The purpose of this program is to bridge the weekend dietary gap. Distributed weekly on Fridays through the term of the program, each bag contains enough to feed each recipient throughout the weekend.
  • Chase Academy K-8 Heavy Snack Program: Provides heavy snacks to at risk children at Chase Academy in the Old North End.
  • Masjid Al-Islam Ramadan Meal Program: Funding is provided to assist our partners at Masjid Al-Islam on Bancroft Street with their annual Ramadan Meal Program. This program serves approximately 130 people daily during the month of Ramadan with a full hot meal and beverage.
  • The Mobile Food Bank prepares hot meals at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on a Saturday (once per month) and distributes meals to those in need in Toledo and the surrounding area. Our first service delivery took place on October 14, 2017.
  • Miscellaneous or emergency requests as needed.

Altogether, 10,000 meals or more are distributed on an annual basis through our programs.
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