He trained to be a physician, but Dr. Ahmed Almukhtar pursued his calling as a servant of humanity.

In 2013, Dr. Almukhtar joined Uplift Charity, where he serves as director of operations.  The organization was founded by Owaiz, Omar and Fuad Dadabhoy and Yacoob Bholat in 2006. The four men wanted to do more than donate money to charity, so they initiated a program to help area Mosques collect and distribute zakat.

Lately, Dr. Ahmed has led efforts by Uplift Charity in assisting needy families by paying their rent and utilities and providing them food and other urgent needs. The organization, supported by private donations and grants, also provides vehicles, furniture, laptops and tutoring to help families and individuals become self-sufficient again.

Most of the group’s work is done in Orange County but it also assists those people in San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties.

“We work with many organizations to supplement our work,” he said. “We don’t have legal expertise for instance or medical or counseling services. We rely on partners to help with that so any (individual) receives comprehensive care from the community.”

For his efforts, CAIR-LA and the Boukai Family Foundation recognize Dr. Ahmed 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.

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