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Ramadan Rush for Rewards 2018

RAMADAN RUSH FOR REWARDS 2018
Ramadan Rush for Rewards 2018
This Ramadan, be a part of Muslim Women’s Alliance annual community service projects: Ramadan Rush for Rewards (RRR). Join hundreds of dedicated volunteers of all ages caring for people of all faiths and backgrounds!

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed of grain which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills.” [Quran 2:261]

 

EVENT 3 – IFTAR WITH ROHINGYA’S REFUGEES
Celebrate Ramadan with Muslim Rohingya refugees! We will be enjoying food, sharing stories, and learning new traditions! This community iftar is open to all. We welcome all of you as our guest. Please RSVP so we can ensure we have an accurate headcount for food and because space is limited.

WHEN: Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
WHERE: Rohingya Cultural Center (RCC) on Devon
2740 W Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mwa-community-iftar-with-rohingya-refugees-tickets-46082188065

EVENT 4 – COMFORT, CARE & COLLECT
Head into the last ten days of Ramadan with a community service activity for the whole family. On Saturday, June 2nd, join Muslim Women’s Alliance volunteers to make blankets, assemble ChemoCare kits, pack meals for local food pantries and collect for Refugee Eid Gift Drive.

Our annual “Comfort, Care & Collect” service project is about gathering volunteers together to make and immense impact in the community on multiple levels. We are #StrongerTogether. Please donate generously.

WHEN: Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
WHERE: Orland Park Prayer Center
16530 104th Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60467

Click bit.ly/Serve4MWA to donate now!

EVENT 5 – WORDS TO LIVE BY
Learn to gain a deeper connection with our Lord and find new ways to call on Him. This year we have a special surprise for you ladies. Come to the events to find out what it is! Do not miss out on this spiritual workshop with 3 inspirational women scholars. This class will be taught by Hafidha Mayam Salman, Alimah Sana Mohiuddin, and Tayyaba Syed.

Alimah Sana Mohiuddin has a graduate degree in family marital therapy, and received her ijaza in Islamic jurisprudence, Quranic explanation, and hadith from Jaamia Zaynab lil banaat in Lusaka, Zambia. She is currently teaching various courses at Ribaat, and is a mother of five living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Maryam Salman spent an initial period of three years in Damascus during the late nineties studying Arabic and Shafi’I jurisprudence. She completed the memorization of the Qur’an and received an ijaza in Qur’anic recitation from the late Syrian scholar, Shaykh Abu al-Hasan al-Kurdi. She has been actively involved in teaching both privately and in classroom settings to women, teenagers and children. She continues her Islamic studies at the Ribaat Academic Institute. She graduated with a degree in early childhood and elementary education and resides in Chicago with her husband and three children.

Award-winning author and journalist Tayyaba Syed is a UIC graduate and has been writing professionally since college. Her work has been featured in numerous publications like NPR, Islamic Horizons and Chicago Parent about topics ranging from family and faith to health and current affairs. Currently, Tayyaba is pursuing parallel degrees in Qur’anic recitation, Arabic and Islamic Studies with the Ribaat Academic Program. She began formally studying the traditional sciences after motherhood and has since been teaching lessons from the Seerah and Islamic history to local women and youth as a mentor. Alongside this, she works for Daybreak Press, has written for 20+ book titles including Encyclopedia Britannica and Noor Kids and travels extensively to perform as a Muslim storyteller. Tayyaba lives with her husband and three children in the Northwest suburbs.

WHEN: Sunday, May 20th, 2018
2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
WHERE: MECCA Center
16W560 91st St.
Willowbrook, IL 60527

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/words-to-live-by-part-1-tickets-46255863533

WHEN: Sunday, May 27th, 2018
2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
WHERE: IFS
300 W Highridge Rd.
Villa Park, IL 60181

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/words-to-live-by-part-2-tickets-46255865539

WHEN: Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
WHERE: MEC
8601 Menard Ave.
Morton Grove, IL 60053

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/words-to-live-by-part-3-tickets-46255872560

WHEN: Sunday, June 10th, 2018
2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
WHERE: ICW
900 E Geneva Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/words-to-live-by-part-4-tickets-46255880584

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DONATE TO MWA
MWA thrives on your donations to fund the many community service and philanthropic events that would not be possible without your donations. JazakAllah Khair in advance!

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Job Opportunities

Join our MWA Board – Volunteer
Director of Finance
The Director of Finance is responsible for the accounting functions of the organization, that is continually growing and maturing. A key success factor for this position is the ability to be self-directed, highly motivated and hands-on across a wide area of responsibilities. The Director is expected to take ownership of recurring accounting functions as well managing the donor database, and to drive process improvements within the finance department. For more information, go to FINANCE DIRECTOR ROLE

Director of Marketing
Director of Public Relations

Join our MWA Staff – Paid Positions
Operations Manager
The Muslim Women’s Alliance is excited to announce it is hiring an Operations Manager. This is a full time position with benefits. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The position’s primary responsibility is ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing administrative support to allow the organization to execute its vision and programing. Working with the board of directors, project managers and volunteers, the position also contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices. For more information, go to OPERATIONS MANAGER

TO APPLY, PLEASE SEND RESUME AND INTEREST TO JOBS@MWACHICAGO.ORG

Khadija Fund

The MWA 2017 Khadija Fund Details
The Khadija Fund is Muslim Women’s Alliance’s latest effort to empower women striving to become financially independent. MWA is committed to being a resource for financially-challenged Muslim women by filling in gaps where community and civic allocation is lacking. What is the next step for a woman who has left an abusive situation or a newly arrived refugee woman?

The main goal of the Khadija Fund is to remove hurdles, such as lack of training or equipment, for women in entering the workforce. Micro-grants from the Khadija Fund can be used, for example, to secure equipment needed to start up a business, certifications, coaching or other items and advanced education that will ensure the recipient’s ability to secure employment or launch a business to earn an income and gain financial independence.

The Khadija Fund is designed to get the necessary tools into the hands of women looking start earning and stand on their own two feet. Help us to spread the word about this opportunity and remember by supporting MWA, your generous donation will assist and aid the women who need it the most in your local community.

The amount awarded will differ based on demonstrated need and ability and will range from $250 to $2000

Applicants must fall into one of these categories:
1. Female, in possession of skill or talent that has been previously used to earn an income, currently in need of equipment or certification to re-enter the workforce.

2. Female, currently unemployed and in need of assistance in forms of resume building, technical skill acquisition, computer, and technology training with hopes of securing employment.

Click here for application –
2017 MWA Khadija Fund

MWA Celebration 2018 Sponsorship

Take advantage of MWA’s sponsorship package that will gain your organization/business exposure to more than 2,000 women and men! You can also pick a package below to be included in the program that will be featured at each individual place setting at the MWA Celebration of the Muslim Woman event Sunday March 11th. Last year this was a SOLD OUT event with over 500 women and this year we expect even more. The income MWA generates from advertising revenues is used directly to support activities for MWA’s 4 core focus areas: mentorship, leadership development, community service, and social justice (specifically gender equity). Your funds will go a long way in supporting the charitable mission of MWA.

Community Sponsorship
Package 1 – Executive Community Sponsor – $3,500
• Platinum Package for Lunch
o You will receive a FULL page (5″x8″) of sponsorship space in our event program booklet, an EXCLUSIVE table for you to use for sponsorship material and the option of having a female REP at the table, and special mention during the event. In addition, you will receive 2 tickets to the event.
• Full year inclusion in every e- newsletter for your logo
• Space on our website for the full year displaying your Logo
• During Ramadan
o Inclusion in every event postcard (about 5-6 in total that are distributed on a weekly basis) to mention something like “MWA is partnering with XXX to help better serve the community.” (To be customized with sponsor).
o Link to your website from the Logo.

Package 2 – Gold Community Sponsor – $2,500
• Gold Package for Lunch
o You will receive a FULL page (5″x8”) of sponsorship space in our event program booklet, an EXCLUSIVE table for you to use for your sponsorship material, special mention during the event and 1 ticket to the event.
• 3-time inclusion in our e- newsletter for your logo
• Space on our website for six months displaying your Logo
• During Ramadan
o Inclusion in 2 event postcards (about 5-6 that are distributed weekly) to mention something like “MWA is partnering with XXX to help better serve the community.” (To be customized with sponsor).
o Link to your website from the Logo.
Lunch Advertising

• PLATINUM $2,000; You will receive a FULL page (5″x8″) of sponsorship space in our event program booklet, an EXCLUSIVE table for you to use for sponsorship material and the option of having a female REP at the table , a three- time inclusion in our e-newsletter that will reach our 2,000+ member list-serve and special mention during the event. In addition, you will receive 6-months of advertising space in the “Sponsors “section of our MWA website and 2 tickets to the event.

• GOLD $1500; You will receive a FULL page (5″x8″) of sponsorship space in our event program booklet, an EXCLUSIVE table for you to use for your sponsorship material, a three-time inclusion in our e-newsletter that will reach our 2,000+ member list-serve, special mention during the event and 1 ticket to the event.

• SILVER $750; you will receive 1/2 page (5″x4″) of advertisement space in our event program booklet, space on our sponsorship display table (business cards and/or fliers), and a one-time inclusion in our e-newsletter that will reach our 2,000+ member list-serve (most of whom are in the Chicago land area).

• BRONZE $450; You will receive 1/4 page (2.5″x4″) of advertisement space in our event program booklet along with space on our sponsorship display table at the event to showcase your business’s marketing (business cards and/or fliers).

• A La Carte Menu
• FULL page (5″x8”) of sponsorship space in our event program booklet – $1,000
• 1/2 page (5ʺx4ʺ) of advertisement space in our event program booklet – $650
• Sponsor wishes to purchase additional tickets – 10% discount
• Only display business’s marketing on a sponsorship table
■ With others – 300
■ Exclusive table – 800

If interested in any of the packages, please click below to sign up and pay:
   

REGISTER

  
You may also contact Carla Taylor at Carla@mwachicago.org for any questions.

MWA Scholarship

The MWA 2018 Aisha (RA) Scholarship Details

The Muslim Women’s Alliance Scholarship is in honor of Aisha (RA), the greatest of women scholars. The purpose of this scholarship is to empower women, and to allow them to become self sufficient.

MWA is offering two separate scholarships, to two separate individuals, in the amount of $2,500.00 each (One thousand five hundred dollars, only).

Applicants must fall into one of these categories:

  1. Female, High School graduate, entering into a two year or four year college
  2. Female, currently enrolled in a two year or four year college
  3. Female, entering into, or currently enrolled in a trade school.

Eligible Students:

  1. Muslim Female; must be at the age of 17 years or older, as of March 1, 2018.
  2. Must be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident of the United States, and a resident of Illinois.
  3. Must be pursuing an Associate’s degree, a first Bachelor’s degree, or pursuing technical or vocational training at an accredited school.

*Students who are graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2018, and/or those who will be pursuing a graduate degree are ineligible.

  1. To be eligible to apply, the annual household income must not exceed the maximum for the household size.

Household Size

Maximum Annual Household Income

1

$25,000

2

$40,000

3

$45,000

4

$52,500

5

$60,000

6

$67,500

These guidelines are based and formatted on information from the national average of the U.S. Department of Labor. To adjust for households larger than 6 people, add $7,500 for each additional member.

Requirements to apply: (Please provide proof and documentation for each)

  1. Accepted to, or currently enrolled in college
  2. GPA of at least 3.0, or a B average
    1. For College: Provide High School or College transcript
    2. For Technical/ Vocational Training: Entrance exam results, or letter of reference proving eligibility.
    3. Proof of household income
      1. For College: FAFSA Application
      2. For Technical/ Vocational Training:  A copy of the first 2 pages of tax returns; Form 1040 for 2016/2017, together with a copy of the 2017 W-2
      3. Demonstrate an active participation in community service or philanthropic work (Not necessarily at an Islamic center)
      4. 5.       Provide two letters of recommendation. The letter can comment on your academic ability, promise of future success, your extracurricular activities or how your efforts have contributed to the community. Be sure that the letter of recommendation includes contact information for the person writing the letter.
        1. One from volunteer/ community service
        2. One from school, internship or work
        3. Write an essay (Please see below for requirements)

Requirements for essay:

  1. Topic: How do you think, the education you will receive empowers you to make an impact in society?
  • This can be in your home, at school, at work, or in the community. Also explain how you would embody the characteristics of a companion, or one of the wives of our Prophet Mohammed (SAW) to make such an impact.
  • Your essay will be judged on creativity, content, style, and grammar.
  1. Essay must be typed
  2. Length: 500 – 700 words maximum.
  3. Font: Times New Roman
  4. Size of Font: 12
  5. Line spacing: Double
  6. Margins: 1 inch all around
  7. Must have a cover page, with the name of the applicant and the title of the essay
  8. If any references are being made, the correct citations, in APA or MLA, and reference page.

 

Application Timeline

  • Application deadline: February 16, 2018 (Postmarked, or electronic time stamp must be no later than midnight of due date)
  • Application selection: March 1st, 2018
  • Awarded: Spring 2018 (At the MWA Annual Lunch event, exact date TBA)

Note: Payments will NOT be made out to the individual. Payments will only be made out to the Educational Institution for educational expenses, housing, school supplies, and books.

Click here to access the application form.