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Mark Malloy reports on how the Syrian refugees who joined Islamic Relief USA to feed homeless US Vets during one of the group’s Day of Dignity event. The Day of Dignity in Seattle provided hot food, hygiene supplies, sleeping bags and free haircuts to the city’s homeless. Mr. Malloy is a Social Media Content Editor at The Telegraph.

Syrian refugees join volunteers helping to feed homeless US war veterans

Islamic Relief USA created a Day of Dignity event to help those who are homeless and hungry

inspire volunteers

Mark Malloy | The Telegraph | 11/26/15

As US politicians voted to effectively ban entry to the country for Syrian refugees the Muslim community came together to support homeless war veterans in Seattle.

Islamic Relief USA, a community of humanitarians and volunteers, organised a Day of Dignity to help the city’s homeless.

Among the volunteers at a recent event were two refugee brothers who were forced to flee Syria with their family two months ago, KUOW reports.

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Inspire Volunteers With Mobile Technology During Your One-Day of Giving Event and Beyond

The Syrian refugees who generously stepped up to help feed the homeless during The Day of Dignity event were inspired to volunteer because they wanted to give back to the community that had done so much for them when they were in need and by a desire to create a positive image of their people and culture.

Using a mobile-first strategy to inspire volunteers to take action can make a big impact to your org’s own one-day special event:

  • Before or during your event, alert your staff, supporters, and donors about time-sensitive volunteer opportunities with text messages that include a link to a mobile-friendly form they can use sign up to help.
  • Volunteers want to know that their contributions are meaningful, so sending them uplifting text updates during and after the event day to show the progress and results of their hard work will keep them motivated and returning to help again and again.
  • Empowering them to become volunteer fundraisers with crowdfunding will help you increase donations on your one-day of giving event. Each volunteer gets a personal fundraising page they can personalize with their own photo and message.

Crowdfunding is just one way to inspire volunteers to help you make a huge impact on the results of your next one-day of giving event.  The average crowdfunder can raise $568 from family, friends and colleagues and help your nonprofit acquire new donors to help support your mission.

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