Project Downtown is a student run community service organization that serves over a dozen cities. Our mission is to provide essential services for homeless and disadvantaged segments of the community. Furthermore, the organization strives to uphold the principles and spirit of Islam in our endeavors. We believe we can promote a positive image of Islam through such social work and adherence to Islamic ideals. We welcome ALL to join us in providing compassionate, humanitarian services to those in desperate need.
Project Downtown began as an informal initiative a few years ago by a few students that were moved by the plight of homeless and needy individuals in downtown Miami. Initially Project Downtown was a small scale organization, which passed out 30 sandwiches and whatever else could be managed with their limited resources. Although the resources were limited, the students’ compassion was not. What made and continues to distinguish Project Downtown as unique is not the physical support provided, but the emotional. The students considered the people they were serving their friends and took the time to not only distribute food but to converse. Furthermore, the service the students provided was not contingent upon reading a pamphlet or listening to a sermon. To this day, student volunteers have participated in Project Downtown every week for over five years. Although the program has expanded, we strive to uphold the same spirit and ideals the program started with. When asked why we are doing this, our answer is the same as that found in the Qur’an: "We feed you for the sake of God alone, no reward do we seek, nor thanks." (Holy Qur'an,76:9).