Washington -- Summer in the United States is often a time to slow down the pace of everyday life, and for many, including some American Muslims, to get to know neighbors and solve shared problems.
The Muslims Care campaign is a summer volunteer program launched three years ago to encourage Muslims to help their communities. Monthlong themes offer ideas of ways for Muslims to contribute to American society, said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which spearheads the campaign. CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, with 33 chapters in the United States and Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.