The i-CERV Initiative – Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering

Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible VolunteeringIn December of 2002, the His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the United States of America (Council for USA) inaugurated a new initiative to encourage more people around the nation to engage in consistent voluntary service, known as i-CERV, or Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering.

Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible VolunteeringThus far, the i-CERV and its local affiliates have organized blood drives, worked with local hospitals, collected school supply donations for local underprivileged schools, volunteered at homeless shelters, and provided young community members with many service opportunities.

Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible VolunteeringLinkages with community organizations have also been prevalent. In Miami, for example, the Youth Club Initiative has worked with Habitat for Humanity. In Los Angeles, the Initiative has volunteered for the LA Times Health Fair and many other civic engagements. In Houston, the Initiative has volunteered for The House of Charity and has been recognized and awarded for its outstanding service. A sampling of other organizations with which partnerships — for purposes of service rendering — have been formed include Bryan’s House, the International Rescue Committee, the Albany Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Project Comfort, Turkey Trot, the Hosea Williams “Feed the Hungry” campaign, Hands on Atlanta, Project Open Hand and the American Heart Foundation.

Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible VolunteeringThe underlying ethos of this Initiative and an important component of the Ismaili community’s value system is to promote and instill notions of civic virtue, selflessness, leadership, ambassadorship, and citizenship amongst its members. i-CERV is not only committed to volunteerism but it also educates its members about contemporary social issues that plague the global community, through educational campaigns and modules, such as Journey through Ethics and the Service Leadership Congress. Past topics have detailed the international efforts to address homelessness, illiteracy, global climate change, and other pertinent, service-related issues.

Photographs from Santa Monica 2010 Homeless Count.

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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  1. I got to work with a group of I-CERV representatives today…several young children and their parents and guardians. Some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. It was an honor to work alongside them this morning, serving breakfast to our community. Please support I-CERV and its volunteers.

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