Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I get updates on the charity's projects and activities through the call centre?

Yes, we have a monthly newsletter where we share our activities and impacts and updates on our charity's projects, and upcoming events. You can also follow us on our social media pages.

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How can I help?

Become a volunteer and/or donate towards fresh food box, helping our elderly read the Quran, support an Orphan, support children in the foster care system and support our community gain access to free courses to improve and assist their independence.

Donate here

What locations are you providing the fresh food boxes?

We have pick up hubs across Victoria. Please contact us for specific locations.

This programme is currently servicing Victoria and will expand to all States shortly.

How can I donate to the charity?

We have a simple and secure online donation facility, where you can donate your Zakat and Sadaqah. We are registered by the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission and endorsed by the ATO as a Deductable Gift Recipient.

 

We will send you tax deductable invoice via your nominated email address.  

How can I access a fresh food box?

Complete the form here and we will contact you within 2 business days.

APPLY FOR A FRESH FOOD BOX 

What types of programs and initiatives does the foundation support?

We proudly support 3 giving initiatives

 

1.    Community

PROTECT Us Programs

Our Community Initiative aims to nurture stronger family bonds and promote healthy relationships and Islamic connection. With the cost-of-living skyrocketing, we will deliver fresh and nutritious food boxes to those facing financial stress, while empowering them with free resources like financial and computer literacy courses for greater independence.                                                    

                                                            

2.    Children

EMPOWER Us Programs

Our Children Initiative focuses on improving the lives of orphans caring for their education, health, and well-being. As well as offering employment training and opportunities, enabling them to thrive as independent adults.

We also address the growing issue of Muslim children requiring foster care, ensuring they maintain their cultural and religious identity by providing supportive environments and networks.

 

3.    Elderly

Honour Us Programs

Our Elderly Initiative honours our heroes, our mothers, fathers, and risk-takers. We provide Health and well-being programs i.e. how to manage changes to your physical, mental and well-being.

 

We also provide them free access to programs that teaches them to read the Quran! Starting with the basics of reading Arabic and the aim to read the Quran.

How can I get involved as a volunteer with the charity?

Our customer service centre can assist you in registering as a volunteer or you can express your interest online via our website.

Can I call for more information?

Our call centre will be happy to assist you with your questions, including information about our charity's programs and initiatives, assisting with volunteer registration, accepting donations, and addressing general inquiries related to the charity's mission and activities.

Call: (03) 9917 7521

What will Project Us focus on?

We will focus on:

-      Strengthening family bonds,

-      Provide fresh and nutritious food for those who are financially struggling.

-      We will care for Muslim orphans

-      We will care for Aussie Muslim kids that require foster care

-      We will support our amazing elderly Aussie Muslims by teaching them how to read the Quran from scratch

-      We will provide our community with free programs to support good health and upskill their knowledge.

 

Our aim is to create a positive and lasting impact on the Australian Muslim community and beyond.

What is the Vision?

Our vision is simple but mighty. We exist to serve and elevate our community. The beneficiaries are our recipients and your akirah.

We believe is activating a flourishing and compassionate society rooted in our Islamic values, where we strive to authentically embody the principles of generosity, empathy, and care for others.

What is the Mission of the Project Us Foundation?

Project Us’ mission is to inspire, uplift and support ourcommunity domestically and globally by providing them with access and opportunities for them to flourish and succeed while caring for them with immediate relief and aid.

We will authentically deliver our Islamic values while committing to being transparent and efficient, focusing on helping the members of our community who are struggling, serving them with dignity and respect while maximising the impacts of your donations.

Together, as a community united by compassion and dedication, we are determined to transform lives and elevate the Muslim not-for-profit sector. Through our commitment to these our giving initiatives, we strive to make a lasting difference and sow the seeds of hope and positivity for generations to come.

 

It all starts with Us. We are Project Us.

Volunteer Location

Volunteering is located at our Braybrook warehouse. The address: Unit 6/90 Cranwell Street Braybrook VIC 3019

There is free all-day parking onsite or we are a 9-minute drive from Tottenham train station. There is also the 220 Bus that can be taken from or to Tottenham and Sunshine train station from the warehouse.

Volunteer Age

Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

Volunteer Role

There are 3 volunteering roles: Warehouse Volunteering, Community Engagement Volunteering and Delivery Driver Volunteers.

Warehouse Volunteers help hands-on in our warehouse, physically sorting and packing food for distribution to the people we support.

Tasks include:

Packing fresh produce and poultry in boxes.

Sorting, labelling, repacking food donations.

Community Engagement Volunteers help in the community in a customer service role, providing food directly to people in need. Assisting at our programs that provide food directly to people in need.

Tasks include:

Customer service: greeting, signing in and ensuring customers are welcomed.

Giving food boxes to customers.

Delivery Driver Volunteers safely transport fresh food boxes from our warehouse and deliver to pick up hubs and if required the homes of vulnerable families following the assigned routes. This includes handling food boxes with care, maintaining cleanliness, and adhering to delivery schedules.

Volunteer Manual handling requirements

Due to the physical nature of these roles, volunteering involves significant amounts of manual handling, and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Manual handling tasks include lifting, lowering, bending, pushing, pulling, holding, twisting, turning, repetitive movements and standing for extended periods of time. Some heavy lifting up to 15kg may be required.

Volunteering may not be suitable for anyone with muscular, skeletal, or back injuries. Please consider if this type of volunteering is right for you. We do not allow volunteers to participate if we determine volunteers are unable to perform tasks safely.

Volunteer Commitment

Volunteers commit to volunteering 1-2 shift a week.

Volunteer Day and Times

Shifts are from 5.30PM on Tuesday or from 9AM on Wednesday. We are closed on weekends and public holidays.

Is my donation to the charity tax-deductible?

As a registered charity, any donations above $2 can betax-deductible for eligible donations.

Hejaz Zakat Foundation Trading As Project Us Foundation ABN 65 601662 382 is a Charity and Public Benevolence Institution (PBI).

What is the Islamic legal status of Project Us regarding Zakat?

Project Us are considered as an agent (wakil). They are entrustedby the donor to deliver the donated Zakat to the beneficiary.

How does Project Us identify Zakat eligible beneficiaries?

Project Us through our field offices and/or implementing partnersconduct needs assessments in the locations where we plan to work. In mostcases, our teams will conduct an eligibility assessment which can includesupporting evidence to identify the most vulnerable to receive zakat.

What percentage of donations goes directly to the programs and beneficiaries?

We have a 100% policy. This means of every dollar you donate goesdirectly towards the program you intended it for.

 

Our corporate partners generously contribute to our operationaland administration costs therefore your donations have maximum impact.

DONATE TODAY

How long does Project Us keep Zakat money in the bank before spending?

Zakat should not be kept later than an Islamic year (ḥawl).Project Us are committed to distributing the Zakat funds as soon as possiblesoon after a donation. Only in extenuating circumstances out of Project Us’control would this be delayed towards the end of the year.

How does Project Us raise funds?

We collect general donation from the public as well collect anddistribute our communities Zakat, Sadaqah, Zakat al-Fitr, Qurban, Kaffarah(missed fasting) with our open and transparent policy.

 

We also have the generous support of our corporate partners, HejazFinancial Services, and Islamic Bank of Australia.

How does Project Us fund its administration and operational costs?

There are costs associated with running an organisation effectively. However, thanks to our generous corporate partners donations cover the cost of administration and offer the use of their resources.

 

This means we can direct 100% of every donation to the project it was intended for.

 

We guarantee that 100% of every dollar you donate goes directly to helping people in need.

Specific Allocations

Zakat is given to specific categories of people, such as the poor, needy, debtors, travellers, and those employed to collect and distribute zakat. These categories are mentioned in the Quran (9:60).

Economic Impact

Zakat plays a crucial role in wealth distribution and poverty alleviation. It helps reduce the gap between the rich and the poor in Muslim communities.

Zakat in Non-Muslim Societies

In certain countries, non-Muslim governments recognize the importance of zakat and allow Muslims to practice it within their legal frameworks.

Remember, zakat is an important act of worship and charity forMuslims, promoting empathy and compassion for those less fortunate in the community.

Zakat Calculation

The standard zakat rate is 2.5% of a person's eligible wealth. It is calculated based on various assets, including cash, gold, silver, and business assets after deducting essential expenses and debts.

Social Benefits

Zakat not only benefits the recipients but also brings social cohesion and a sense of responsibility among the Muslim community.

Meaning of Zakat

Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It is an obligatory act of worship and a form of charitable giving that aims to purify one's wealth and help those in need.

The word "zakat" is derived from the Arabic root word"Zaka," which means to purify, grow, or increase.

Global Observance

Muslims worldwide participate in the giving of zakat, making it one of the most significant charitable practices globally.

Wealth Purification

Zakat is believed to purify a person's wealth and soul. By giving a portion of their wealth to those in need, Muslims acknowledge that their material possessions are a trust from Allah and that they should be used in a just and responsible manner.

Collective Responsibility

In some Muslim-majority countries, there are official institutions responsible for collecting and distributing zakat to ensure it reaches those in need.

Zakat Al-Fitr

Apart from the annual zakat, there is another form of obligatory charity known as Zakat al-Fitr. It is given during the month of Ramadan and is intended to aid the poor so that they can enjoy the festivities of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Zakat vs. Sadaqah

While zakat is a mandatory obligation, Sadaqah (voluntary charity) is highly encouraged in Islam. Sadaqah has no fixed amount or guidelines and can be given at any time and in any form.

Can I call for more information?

Our call centre will be happy to assist you with your questions, including information about our charity's programs and initiatives, assisting with volunteer registration, accepting donations, and addressing general inquiries related to the charity's mission and activities.

Call: (03) 9917 7521

Can I get updates on the charity's projects and activities through the call centre?

Yes, we have a monthly newsletter where we share our activities and impacts and updates on our charity's projects, and upcoming events. You can also follow us on our social media pages.

Linkedln

Instagram

Facebook

Collective Responsibility

In some Muslim-majority countries, there are official institutions responsible for collecting and distributing zakat to ensure it reaches those in need.

Economic Impact

Zakat plays a crucial role in wealth distribution and poverty alleviation. It helps reduce the gap between the rich and the poor in Muslim communities.

Global Observance

Muslims worldwide participate in the giving of zakat, making it one of the most significant charitable practices globally.

How can I access a fresh food box?

Complete the form here and we will contact you within 2 business days.

APPLY FOR A FRESH FOOD BOX 

How can I donate to the charity?

We have a simple and secure online donation facility, where you can donate your Zakat and Sadaqah. We are registered by the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission and endorsed by the ATO as a Deductable Gift Recipient.

 

We will send you tax deductable invoice via your nominated email address.  

How can I get involved as a volunteer with the charity?

Our customer service centre can assist you in registering as a volunteer or you can express your interest online via our website.

How can I help?

Become a volunteer and/or donate towards fresh food box, helping our elderly read the Quran, support an Orphan, support children in the foster care system and support our community gain access to free courses to improve and assist their independence.

Donate here

How does Project Us fund its administration and operational costs?

There are costs associated with running an organisation effectively. However, thanks to our generous corporate partners donations cover the cost of administration and offer the use of their resources.

 

This means we can direct 100% of every donation to the project it was intended for.

 

We guarantee that 100% of every dollar you donate goes directly to helping people in need.

How does Project Us identify Zakat eligible beneficiaries?

Project Us through our field offices and/or implementing partnersconduct needs assessments in the locations where we plan to work. In mostcases, our teams will conduct an eligibility assessment which can includesupporting evidence to identify the most vulnerable to receive zakat.

How does Project Us raise funds?

We collect general donation from the public as well collect anddistribute our communities Zakat, Sadaqah, Zakat al-Fitr, Qurban, Kaffarah(missed fasting) with our open and transparent policy.

 

We also have the generous support of our corporate partners, HejazFinancial Services, and Islamic Bank of Australia.

How long does Project Us keep Zakat money in the bank before spending?

Zakat should not be kept later than an Islamic year (ḥawl).Project Us are committed to distributing the Zakat funds as soon as possiblesoon after a donation. Only in extenuating circumstances out of Project Us’control would this be delayed towards the end of the year.

Is my donation to the charity tax-deductible?

As a registered charity, any donations above $2 can betax-deductible for eligible donations.

Hejaz Zakat Foundation Trading As Project Us Foundation ABN 65 601662 382 is a Charity and Public Benevolence Institution (PBI).

Meaning of Zakat

Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It is an obligatory act of worship and a form of charitable giving that aims to purify one's wealth and help those in need.

The word "zakat" is derived from the Arabic root word"Zaka," which means to purify, grow, or increase.

Social Benefits

Zakat not only benefits the recipients but also brings social cohesion and a sense of responsibility among the Muslim community.

Specific Allocations

Zakat is given to specific categories of people, such as the poor, needy, debtors, travellers, and those employed to collect and distribute zakat. These categories are mentioned in the Quran (9:60).

Volunteer Age

Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

Volunteer Commitment

Volunteers commit to volunteering 1-2 shift a week.

Volunteer Day and Times

Shifts are from 5.30PM on Tuesday or from 9AM on Wednesday. We are closed on weekends and public holidays.

Volunteer Location

Volunteering is located at our Braybrook warehouse. The address: Unit 6/90 Cranwell Street Braybrook VIC 3019

There is free all-day parking onsite or we are a 9-minute drive from Tottenham train station. There is also the 220 Bus that can be taken from or to Tottenham and Sunshine train station from the warehouse.

Volunteer Manual handling requirements

Due to the physical nature of these roles, volunteering involves significant amounts of manual handling, and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Manual handling tasks include lifting, lowering, bending, pushing, pulling, holding, twisting, turning, repetitive movements and standing for extended periods of time. Some heavy lifting up to 15kg may be required.

Volunteering may not be suitable for anyone with muscular, skeletal, or back injuries. Please consider if this type of volunteering is right for you. We do not allow volunteers to participate if we determine volunteers are unable to perform tasks safely.

Volunteer Role

There are 3 volunteering roles: Warehouse Volunteering, Community Engagement Volunteering and Delivery Driver Volunteers.

Warehouse Volunteers help hands-on in our warehouse, physically sorting and packing food for distribution to the people we support.

Tasks include:

Packing fresh produce and poultry in boxes.

Sorting, labelling, repacking food donations.

Community Engagement Volunteers help in the community in a customer service role, providing food directly to people in need. Assisting at our programs that provide food directly to people in need.

Tasks include:

Customer service: greeting, signing in and ensuring customers are welcomed.

Giving food boxes to customers.

Delivery Driver Volunteers safely transport fresh food boxes from our warehouse and deliver to pick up hubs and if required the homes of vulnerable families following the assigned routes. This includes handling food boxes with care, maintaining cleanliness, and adhering to delivery schedules.

Wealth Purification

Zakat is believed to purify a person's wealth and soul. By giving a portion of their wealth to those in need, Muslims acknowledge that their material possessions are a trust from Allah and that they should be used in a just and responsible manner.

What is the Islamic legal status of Project Us regarding Zakat?

Project Us are considered as an agent (wakil). They are entrustedby the donor to deliver the donated Zakat to the beneficiary.

What is the Mission of the Project Us Foundation?

Project Us’ mission is to inspire, uplift and support ourcommunity domestically and globally by providing them with access and opportunities for them to flourish and succeed while caring for them with immediate relief and aid.

We will authentically deliver our Islamic values while committing to being transparent and efficient, focusing on helping the members of our community who are struggling, serving them with dignity and respect while maximising the impacts of your donations.

Together, as a community united by compassion and dedication, we are determined to transform lives and elevate the Muslim not-for-profit sector. Through our commitment to these our giving initiatives, we strive to make a lasting difference and sow the seeds of hope and positivity for generations to come.

 

It all starts with Us. We are Project Us.

What is the Vision?

Our vision is simple but mighty. We exist to serve and elevate our community. The beneficiaries are our recipients and your akirah.

We believe is activating a flourishing and compassionate society rooted in our Islamic values, where we strive to authentically embody the principles of generosity, empathy, and care for others.

What locations are you providing the fresh food boxes?

We have pick up hubs across Victoria. Please contact us for specific locations.

This programme is currently servicing Victoria and will expand to all States shortly.

What percentage of donations goes directly to the programs and beneficiaries?

We have a 100% policy. This means of every dollar you donate goesdirectly towards the program you intended it for.

 

Our corporate partners generously contribute to our operationaland administration costs therefore your donations have maximum impact.

DONATE TODAY

What types of programs and initiatives does the foundation support?

We proudly support 3 giving initiatives

 

1.    Community

PROTECT Us Programs

Our Community Initiative aims to nurture stronger family bonds and promote healthy relationships and Islamic connection. With the cost-of-living skyrocketing, we will deliver fresh and nutritious food boxes to those facing financial stress, while empowering them with free resources like financial and computer literacy courses for greater independence.                                                    

                                                            

2.    Children

EMPOWER Us Programs

Our Children Initiative focuses on improving the lives of orphans caring for their education, health, and well-being. As well as offering employment training and opportunities, enabling them to thrive as independent adults.

We also address the growing issue of Muslim children requiring foster care, ensuring they maintain their cultural and religious identity by providing supportive environments and networks.

 

3.    Elderly

Honour Us Programs

Our Elderly Initiative honours our heroes, our mothers, fathers, and risk-takers. We provide Health and well-being programs i.e. how to manage changes to your physical, mental and well-being.

 

We also provide them free access to programs that teaches them to read the Quran! Starting with the basics of reading Arabic and the aim to read the Quran.

What will Project Us focus on?

We will focus on:

-      Strengthening family bonds,

-      Provide fresh and nutritious food for those who are financially struggling.

-      We will care for Muslim orphans

-      We will care for Aussie Muslim kids that require foster care

-      We will support our amazing elderly Aussie Muslims by teaching them how to read the Quran from scratch

-      We will provide our community with free programs to support good health and upskill their knowledge.

 

Our aim is to create a positive and lasting impact on the Australian Muslim community and beyond.

Zakat Al-Fitr

Apart from the annual zakat, there is another form of obligatory charity known as Zakat al-Fitr. It is given during the month of Ramadan and is intended to aid the poor so that they can enjoy the festivities of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Zakat Calculation

The standard zakat rate is 2.5% of a person's eligible wealth. It is calculated based on various assets, including cash, gold, silver, and business assets after deducting essential expenses and debts.

Zakat in Non-Muslim Societies

In certain countries, non-Muslim governments recognize the importance of zakat and allow Muslims to practice it within their legal frameworks.

Remember, zakat is an important act of worship and charity forMuslims, promoting empathy and compassion for those less fortunate in the community.

Zakat vs. Sadaqah

While zakat is a mandatory obligation, Sadaqah (voluntary charity) is highly encouraged in Islam. Sadaqah has no fixed amount or guidelines and can be given at any time and in any form.

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