Helping others has been a mission for Anne Milan Ali since she was a child growing up in Southern California.

Anne volunteers at Islah Academy in Los Angeles, where she helps educate students. She also assists seniors and submits grant proposals for Islah LA, a community center founded by Muslim Americans that serves South Los Angeles.

“What’s most enjoyable is that one sees not only children grow into leaders in their communities, but seniors contributing their expertise and sage wisdom to others in our community,” she said. “Without regard to income, religion or ethnicity, we have a collective working essence of parents, volunteers, staff and businesses that is heartwarming.”

For her efforts, CAIR-LA and the Boukai Family Foundation recognize Anne with the Everyday Heroes award, saluting the work and deeds of Southern Californians during these challenging times. Thanks to the Boukai Family Foundation, recipients receive $500.

After working 28 years for the City of Los Angeles in a variety of positions before retiring in 2004, Anne, who owns a master’s degree in social work from USC, has focused on several projects, serving on the board of the African Children’s Choir and the Watts Towers Arts Council, among several other organizations.

She also is the author of “Impeccable: Remembering Sister Clara Muhammad,” a book on the late wife of former Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad.

Each week, CAIR-LA and the Boukai Family Foundation are recognizing the contributions of everyday people in Southern California making heroic efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. To nominate someone, visit bit.ly/socaleverydayheroes