Important Updates from CIOGC

Read Excerpts Down Below- 
  1. We are THREE days away!: Our Annual Gala is only three days away! Please join us, Sunday, November 14th at Drury Lane Theatre.
  2. Script for Masjid:  Read announcement down below to be made at your local masjid!
  3. Building Resilience: Giving back to the Community: Learn how you can make a difference in the community by the different ways to give back.
  4. Sheikh Hassan Aly's & Sheikh Omar Hedroug's- Meaning of Resilience: Tune in and watch Sheikh Hassan Aly's & Sheikh Omar Hedroug's warm message to attend the gala.
  5. Townhall Series Recap: If you were not able to attend last Sunday, please tune in to the video below and see highlights of the meeting with Congresswomen Lauren Underwood. 
  6. Congresswomen Underwood's Spring Congressional Internship applications: College students or recent graduates checkout the internship opportunity below. 
     We Look Forward to Seeing Everyone Sunday!

We are THREE days away! Thank you to everyone for their continued support! We are so excited to welcome everyone Sunday, November 14th at Drury Lane. Please be sure to arrive on time! Registration begins at 5pm and the event will promptly begin at 6 pm! There is an exciting evening planned with guest speakers and amazing raffles you can enter to win!

The Community Gala brought together hundreds of guests: Muslims from various ethnic groups living in Chicago, religious leaders representing a variety of denominations and religions, and political and civic leaders from various branches of government and social institutions.
CDC guidelines will be followed.
Script for Masjid

CIOGC is holding its 29th Annual CommUnity Gala this Sunday, November 14th at 6pm at Drury Lane Oakbrook. This year the theme is Journey of Resilience. We highly encourage everyone to attend, it will be a great evening with delicious halal food, networking with fellow Muslim leaders, sharing the journey of the resilience of the community at large, and a chance to meet the keynote speaker Alia Bilal.

She is the Deputy Director of IMAN. 

Check out their website for ticket purchases and more info. No tickets will be sold on-site. There are promotional cards with more info in the lobby.

*Please note physical post cards and stand up banners will be provided for marketing and circulation.

Building Resilience: Giving Back to the Community

For over 25 years, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) has dedicated itself to service to promote mutual understanding and the common good. Over the past two decades, CIOGC has nurtured relationships with various faith communities, and through CIOGC’s Zakat Committee, CIOGC has been able to establish food pantries, free health clinics, and youth programs across the Chicagoland area. With many partnerships CIOGC can provide numerous services, including emergency food assistance, crisis intervention, rental assistance for victims of domestic abuse, childcare, youth tutoring, mentoring, senior citizen support, and much more.

All of this has only been possible through your generous support. We encourage you to donate to CIOGC and commit to taking part in social events and programs. Here’s how you can participate-

  • To address the issue of food disparity Zakat Chicago has allocated $175k to food dispensaries in Chicago. Support Zakat Committee, in local collection, local distribution to help community members.
  • Take part in Congressional Townhall series to collaboratively address issues of social justice important to community members.
  • We are committed to dialogue and action with our faith partners: Every year, the Council and our faith partners organize events to enhance our cooperation. We encourage your participation and support in these events!
  • Get the Youth involved: as developing leaders we should encourage the participation of are youth in events and programs.

Let’s work together to build community resilience and help sustain it. Get involved in the many programs CIOGC offers or offer a simple donation so we can continue the work to help people throughout our community!

Upcoming News & Events

Sheikh Hassan Aly's & Sheikh Omar Hedroug's - Meaning of Resilience
Tune in and listen to Sheikh Hassan Aly's meaning of RESILIENCE and his warm welcome to CIOGC's Annual Gala!
Tune in and listen to Sheikh Omar Hedroug's warm message for CIOGC and his meaning of resilience. 
Recap Townhall with Lauren Underwood
If you were not able to attend  Congressional Townhall Series in partnership with Islamic Center of Naperville (ICN) with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood. Please tune in and watch the highlights of the event. 
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Internship Opportunity with Lauren Underwood
Congresswomen Underwood's Spring Congressional Internship applications are open and will close November 15, 2021-
This Congressional internship provides an opportunity for college students and recent graduates to directly participate in public service through supporting Underwood's constituent engagement and services, legislative research, communications, social media, press, and Congressional office operations. Internships will be conducted in a hybrid schedule, either in D.C. West Chicago or Crystal Lake.
Interested students can apply at:
Please reach out to Liana O’Grady (Liana.O' or Kennedy Anderson ( if you have any questions.

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