“We’re so pleased that in Plano and all over the world, today is Ismaili CIVIC Day. We are a diverse city, and these kinds of efforts are what make our community so great. We thank you for what you do for the community and for the world, and for Plano.” These were remarks made by John Muns, Mayor of Plano, Texas.

Global Ismaili CIVIC Day was recognized by cities of Dallas, Plano, Carrollton, Grapevine, Euless and Colleyville, where proclamations were made by respective mayors recognizing Ismaili CIVIC.

Ismaili CIVIC is a global program under which the Shia Ismaili Muslim community across the world has united around its centuries-old tradition of serving humanity by rendering voluntary service to improve the quality of life of the communities in which they live, regardless of faith, gender and background.

This international endeavor reflects the community’s ethic of civic engagement and good citizenship, exemplifying Islam’s core values of service, peace, compassion, and care for the vulnerable.

September 26, 2021, was Global Ismaili CIVIC Day around the world, where the global Ismaili community united to engage in community service. The theme of the inaugural day in the United States was “Environmental Stewardship.” In the Central Region, nine events took place with partner organizations that share our core values.

One of these organizations was Groundworks Dallas. Alex Marquard, Director of the organization, described its mission. “The biggest thing that we do is change lives and change places. We create access in the Elm Folk and the Trinity River for the citizens of Dallas, and the citizens outside of Dallas, to come to enjoy this area while still getting to work with the at-risk and homeless youth in the area of teaching them land conservation.” Other events included tilling community gardens that provide food for those in need, cleaning up shorelines, rivers and parks, and much more.

Years of serving the community were commemorated with other guests such as Kevin Falconer, Mayor of Carrollton, Texas, who said, “We are so proud in Carrollton to be home to an Ismaili Jamatkhana. Over my years in public service, my wife Susan and I have grown to love our Ismaili neighbors, and we, as people of faith, have an appreciation for what you all do, and you are so involved in your community. As a community leader, that means so much to me.”