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Donate to the UNITED SIKHS Food Bank Today

This Thanksgiving, give others a reason to be thankful too.

Last month, we announced the initiation of the first UNITED SIKHS food bank on the east coast of the United States. We are excited to begin collecting donations and working with volunteers this week to provide warm meals to as many people as possible in time for Thanksgiving, a North American holiday that emphasizes gratitude and sharing one’s bounty.

Just in New York alone, 1.7 million individuals live in poverty. For these people, providing basic necessities for themselves and their families is a daily battle. While many of us take the availability of food for granted, for 1,700,000 of our neighbors, it’s not guaranteed. For this reason, UNITED SIKHS has begun addressing the vast need of emergency food, with your help.

Get Involved in the Giving This Week!

Sunday:

 Join UNITED SIKHS on Sunday, November 22, at Glen Cove Gurudwara Sahib as we prepare hot meals for the homeless, which will be delivered to Fort Washington Men’s Shelter.

Tuesday:

 On Tuesday, November 24th, UNITED SIKHS will kick off weekly donation and food-preparation days at Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar in Hicksville. Supporters can bring by vegetarian canned foods, monetary donations, or helping hands to assist in preparing warm meals, which will be transported to Bethany House shelter in Long Island, New York.

Food drop-off locations are listed below:

If you are unable to drop off food donations at any of these locations, please email us at foodbank@unitedsikhs.org or call us at 516.884.7976, and we can establish a convenient drop-off location.You may also email or call us if your gururdwara is interested in participating in our Food Bank initiative. Please click here to make monetary donations from our website.

Finally, you can sign up to become a UNITED SIKHS volunteer online by filling out this form.

Keep up to date on the food bank and other UNITED SIKHS initiatives by following our social media accounts: Facebook | Twitter

UNITED SIKHS Launches Food Bank on East Coast, USA

UNITED SIKHS is humbled to announce the initiation of the UNITED SIKHS food bank in New York City, which covers all five boroughs – Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan, as well as the counties of Nassau and Suffolk in Long Island. To donate food cans for the bank, write to foodbank@unitedsikhs.org or to sign up as a volunteer, click here.

One of the pillars of the Sikh faith is the concept of Vhand Chakna, or sharing one’s possessions and blessings with others. Walking on the path of service as laid out in Sikhism, we are devoted to battling extreme hunger all over the world:

In Malaysia, UNITED SIKHS launched the Malaysia Foodbank Organization, raising funds with Good Will Walks in 2014 and 2015. Since its inception, the Malaysia Foodbank organization has provided over 150 tonnes of food to those who need it most, including the Orang Asli community, from which seven children went missing in August.

UNITED SIKHS extended its hunger relief efforts in 2010 by launching “Feed the Hungry” to feed the hungry in Canada:

UNITED SIKHS distributing food to the needy in Toronto, Canada in 2014. Click here to view more pictures.

The Guru Nanak Food Bank inaugurated in 2011 in Kenya continues to serve food to the needy.

Her Excellency, Mrs. Pauline Kalonzo signing the pledge for the Sri Guru Nanak Food Bank, a project of UNITED SIKHS.

 

Historically, Guru Angad Dev Ji’s wife, Mata Khiviji, planned and organized langar when people gathered for spiritual darbar during the times of Guru Nanak and continued the tradition through Guru Arjan Dev Ji. Mata Khivi and community members worked as a team to provide fresh, hot, and healthy food for everyone who gathered. This is how the tradition of langar began.

Langar has always been provided to whoever is in need of a meal, regardless of race, religion, caste, or gender. The Sikh faith teaches us to treat all human beings as equal when carrying out acts of selfless service, or seva. It is a blessing to be able to extend this concept internationally, and provide food to thousands of individuals who would otherwise go hungry. It is thanks to your support that we are able to carry out our mission of providing aid and assistance to the needy. Donate today to help support these programs.

Also needed are volunteers in three areas:

  • Logistics: Volunteers are needed for tracking where food goes, when food is needed in an area, how much is needed, where food donations can come from, etc.
  • Physical Distribution: Volunteers are needed to pick up and transfer food.
  • Operations: Volunteers in this group will execute the delivery remotely and report the status back to the project manager.

If you are interested in volunteering for this initiative, please contact foodbank@unitedsikhs.org, and fill out the join form.

We are excited to take this step in our effort to reduce hunger around the world with the addition of a food bank in New York, where 1.7 million individuals live in poverty. The foodbank will be located at the following address:

UNITED SIKHS Food bank
55 Broadway, Suite – D
Hicksville, NY 11801

Keep up to date on this issue and other UNTIED SIKHS initiatives by following our social media accounts:Facebook | Twitter

Sikh Community of Seattle Offers Helping Hand to Washington Wildfire Victims

Seattle, Washington-UNITED SIKHS and the Sikh community of Washington have organized a relief effort in support of victims of the hundreds of wildfires that have devastated the state since July.

Community members gather at the check presentation ceremony in Washington State. Photo courtesy of The Chronicle.

Over the last few weeks, UNITED SIKHS’ United States Northwest region coordinator Balwant Singh worked with the Seattle Sikh sangat, or Sikh congregation, to raise a total of $20,000. Members of the six-family Omak Sikh community raised an additional $6,000. In total, a check of $26,000 was donated to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, which manages multiple fire relief funds that aim to assist wildfire victims as effectively as possible by assessing specific needs and channeling donations directly to affected individuals. $15,000 of the donation was designated to the families of the three firefighters who have lost their lives since the fires began, with each family receiving $5,000. The rest of the money will be utilized directly for fire victims.

UNITED SIKHS is grateful for your continued support, which allows us to provide assistance victims and their families.

 

“God gave us the same color blood.”

During the check presentation ceremony, which took place at Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare, Harminder Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldip Singh, Balwant Singh, and other members of the local Sikh community were present. Mayors Jon Culp and Cindy Gagne of Okanagan and Omak, respectively, attended the ceremony as well. Not only was this event an opportunity to provide seva, or selfless service, to those in need, but also a chance for the local Sikh population to build common ground with their fellow community members, comprised of Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike, and to present themselves as the supportive, concerned, and active citizens that they are. Balwant Singh addressed the community members in attendance, stating,”We are the Sikh people-different look, different faces. But the almighty God gave us the same color blood. God sent us here to help each other.”

This year, wildfires have burned over 8 million acres of land in the United States. Wildfires have been burning in Washington State since July, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate as numerous homes have been destroyed. Victims, firefighters, and evacuees are still in need of immediate assistance.

UNITED SIKHS is now collecting canned food and clothing for those affected by the wildfires. To donate, please contact

sikhaid-usa@unitedsikhs.org

Part 1: Sri Mukhtsar Sahib: Awareness of cancer and organic farming.

Sri Mukhtsar Sahib

18 March 2013.

With the present day technology, reaching any place is not difficult. There were times in the 60es and 70es in India when even going 300 km off the main highway was a problem; it took days to reach the destination. Taking the United Sikh’s goal of cancer awareness and organic agriculture in Punjab, we made our first stop in Sri Mukhtsar Sahib, the place which is famous for the epic history of the 40 Mukhte. Sri Mukhtsar Sahib is 60km North-West of Bathinda, the only big city nearby. An Ariel view of Sri Mukhtsar Sahib reveals that the place is surrounded by green fields. Globalisation has taken its toll there as nearly all products of all brands are available without any special effort. Continue reading ‘Part 1: Sri Mukhtsar Sahib: Awareness of cancer and organic farming.’ »

Becoming an Eco-Sikh !!

 

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UNITED SIKHS  in collaboration with EcoSikh is planning to outreach all their members and sangat about Sikh Environment Day.

Becoming an Eco-Sikh !!

15th March 2013, Fremont California:

Environmentalism and Sikhism are commonly looked upon as two completely separate theologies. It is only when we look closely at the Gurbani, we can see how important our environment is to basic Sikh spirituality. Continue reading ‘Becoming an Eco-Sikh !!’ »

Update:4th Sep 12:05 am: DEATH THREAT RECEIVED BY A MILWAUKEE RESIDENT. PLEASE NOTIFY AUTHORITIES (CALL 911) IF YOU RECEIVE ANY THREATSJustin

Update
 4th Sep 12:05 am
 The Milwaukee police along with the FBI reached out to the home of the Caucasian male and found stash and a pile of guns . No arrest has been made of yet.  The security around the temple has been increased.

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http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1603

Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast

Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast
Aug 31st, 2012, 16th Bhadon (Samvat 544 Nanakshahi

Highlights

• UNITED SIKHS is looking for volunteers to assist victims of Hurricane Isaac
• Thousands of people have been rendered homeless, thousands are without power,  thousands are surviving with little or none to eat. Please help us make a substantive change and donate generously to the UNITED SIKHS Hurricane Isaac Relief Fund.
• Hurricane and storm warnings stretch across Louisiana , Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.  New Orleans residents note unexpected flooding patterns
• UNITED SIKHS – UMEED sets up Disaster Support Helpline for victims of Issac at 1-855-878-6333

New Orleans, Lousiana:  President Barack Obama has declared federal emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi as Hurricane Isaac has left hundreds of thousands without power and its path of devastation has left many stranded. UNITED SIKHS Emergency Response Team (US-ERT) encourages everyone in the affected regions to take the necessary precautions and prepare for local flooding as fallen trees and debris are causing property damage and power outages. UNITED SIKHS is working with governmental agencies to assist with the response and recovery. For information on what to do in case a Hurricane strikes visit http://ready.gov/hurricanes. Continue reading ‘Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast’ »

Sikhs Killed in USA Terror Attack on Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship)

Sikhs Killed in USA Terror Attack on Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship)

Dr Harcharan Gill, who was at the scene said, “The police response was quick but the paramedic team waited for almost two hours to go inside the Gurdwara building,  sensing the possibility of of another shooter, which was not the case. The community is in deep shock, we never thought that this could have happened with us.” Continue reading ‘Sikhs Killed in USA Terror Attack on Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship)’ »

Call for Laptop Donations for Hospital Facility in Kenya

Community Appeal
Immediate Need of Laptops at Siaya Hospital in Rural Kenya

  • Need 15-inch laptops in working order with batteries and a minimum of 1 GB of RAM. Hard drives are optional. Ship to UNITED SIKHS 39126 State Street, Fremont, CA 94538
  • 15000+ patients seen since April 2012 using the open-source technology supplied by MediGrail LLC.
  • The work accomplished can be seen at: http://unitedsikhs.org/docs/SiayaDistrictHospital-EHDT.ppt

San Jose, CA: UNITED SIKHS is putting a  fervent and immediate call for LAPTOP DONATIONS! A team of high school students is leaving for a trip from the West coast to Kisumu, Kenya in mid-July 2012. We have a window of opportunity that should not be missed. Continue reading ‘Call for Laptop Donations for Hospital Facility in Kenya’ »

UNITED SIKHS hosts its 45th Blood drive at Gurdwara Singh Sabha,Carteret, NJ

Marking yet another anniversary of the unfortunate 1984 attacks on Harmandir Sahib(Golden temple) in Amritsar, UNITED SIKHS, in collaboration with Community Blood Services (CBS), hosted a blood drive at Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Carteret,,NJ. More than 40 community members participated and generously donated blood. This was UNITED SIKHS’s 45th blood drive and yet another attempt to serve the community in every possible way.

According to America’s Blood Center’s(ABC), only 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood out of which less than 10 percent do annually, and about 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives and with the support of Gurdwara Management and CBS, we were able to collect more than 40 pints of blood in this blood drive.

UNITED SIKHS has been consistently conducting blood drives in different communities to respond to this vital and crucial need of people all
over the world. A big thanks to all those who donated blood at the drive and those who perform this sewa on a regular basis. Also, we thank the management of Gurdwara Singh Sabha at Carteret,NJ who has always been very supportive and compassionate in organising such drives.

We cannot undertake such important projects without the support of generous community members like you. Please volunteer or donate today!

To organize a blood drive in your region write to sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org. For more information on Blood Drives or other UNITED SIKHS Community Service initiatives, visit us at www.unitedsikhs.org.