Within the past year, Helpers to Good began working to ramp up its activity around the community. Our organization is dedicated to supporting community members during times of need by providing services and products like groceries, clothing, and meals. The organization launches several projects on a regular basis and aims to increase their funding so they can offer more free services to the community.

Aqabah Karate instructor Muhib Rahman giving a self-defense seminar at the Rockville Women’s Interfaith Shelter

Helpers to Good’s volunteers consist of students, staff, and community members. Once a month, the volunteers serve breakfast and dinner at the Rockville Women’s Interfaith Shelter and the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. They also set up other activities at these shelters like henna by talented local artists and self-defense seminars by professional blackbelts from Aqabah Karate

Another service the department provides once a month is free groceries. Depending on how many people request groceries, Helpers to Good prepares bags of groceries that they dole out to these community members. “A lot of the food we bring from businesses like MOM’s will be out-of-date and expired so this is a good thing for the environment. Our food production system is really out of order in terms of the amount of food we’re wasting, and this is a good example of a local project that reduces food waste,” said a neighbor who received grocery bags. 

Every three months, Helpers to Good runs a clothes drive. Community members drop off their new or gently used clothes at the school, and on the day of the drive, anyone can come and take as many clothes as they need. After the drive, if there are any leftover clothes, Helpers to Good sells them to fund their other community service projects. 

Some families from around our DMV area regularly donate meat to Helpers to Good every month. This meat is handed out with the grocery bags or to families in need that specifically submit requests. One of the more frequent services they provide is handing out perishable foods once a week. After collecting perishables through food drives and donations, Helpers to Good distributes them to the general public and saves the leftovers for the next week. The department also set up a free health clinic where anyone in the community could come in for free-check ups. Specialists in gynecology, geriatrics, and other medical fields offered their expertise as community service.

Gift basket for community members in need by Helpers to Good

Helpers to Good takes time to prepare food for sick community members. They have about thirty sisters working with the department who take turns cooking meals and preparing gift baskets. “We find that by doing these kinds of things, our community is instantly brought closer. We pray for each other and give each other these things to help each other get better,” said a member who organizes these services. 

For more information or to get involved, email ansaarulbirr@darussalaam.org.