Sharing a meal with our community
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is not only apparent in our workforce and workplace, but extends outside of our walls into the marketplace – our communities. Our Asian business resource group (BRG) recently participated in an impactful community outreach event during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Ramadan starts on a different date every year, because the Islamic calendar is lunar, or based on moon phases. This year it began May 26 and concluded June 24.
Asian BRG team members from our Northern Virginia market brought food to a local mosque one Saturday evening after sunset. During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. The food was from a local restaurant owned by a Muslim of Pakistani descent. The menu included halal meat (meat permissible for Muslims to consume) and veal korma (curry and meat), along with many other side dishes.
Thanks to the time volunteered by our Asian BRG team members, about 250 people received iftar (a meal taken together to break the Ramadan fast) at the Prince William Islamic Center.