National Alliance On Mental Illness Of New York City
NAMI is a great free resource for anyone looking to get educated on Mental Wellness. As someone who has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression since I was 18, NAMI has been a great place for me to find information on finding a therapist when I first moved to NY and attending free talks during Covid to extend my knowledge on mental wellness. They offer resources such as classes and training, mental health programs and events, and a helpline to recommend non-emergency resources and solutions.
New York University
The Islamic Centre of NYU has been a safe space for me to grow as a Muslim woman in the city. From volunteering for Iftar during Ramadhan, to celebrating my 1st Eid alone in the city. Everyone has been so welcoming and free of judgement of the way I have decided to practice.
They are currently raising funds for the orphans of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
North Brooklyn Coalition of Neighbors Helping Neighbors
North Brooklyn Angels was a sanctuary for me during the pandemic while I was FUNemployed. Being able to serve and give back to the community that I so dearly love has been great. North Brooklyn Angels aims to raise awareness about food insecurity in North Brooklyn neighborhoods by organizing interested neighbors to volunteer their time in meal prep and service.
I have volunteered many many hours with the Angels and can confirm that it's been really rewarding being able to support others within the community.
All Hands and Hearts
All Hands projects have always been so welcoming no matter where I go. AHAH are a disaster relief organisation that supports the rebuilding of schools in areas that are affected by natural disasters. FYI - schools are usually the last buildings to be rebuilt after a disaster. This causes a lot of children to not have access to education or a safe space to play with their friends.
I have volunteered with them in Nepal, Puerto Rico and Mexico - each one has been amazing. I have met some lifelong friends from these projects and I would love to gift back to an organisation that has given me so much.