The Problem

On August 5, 2012, a neo-Nazi walked into a Gurdwara (Sikh House of Worship) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and massacred worshippers inside, taking six lives and permanently altering the lives of many others. This tragedy was not the first or last time Sikh Americans were targeted, but it underscored the importance of educating our fellow Americans about our traditions and values.

The Solution

In memory of Satwant Singh Kaleka, Suveg Singh Khattra, Ranjit Singh, Sita Singh, Prakash Singh, and Paramjit Kaur, who lost their lives at the Oak Creek Gurdwara, and to promote awareness and appreciation of the Sikh American community, the Sikh Coalition encourages its supporters throughout the United States to devote at least one day each year to seva (selfless service). Seva is an integral part of the Sikh religious tradition and a timeless idea, which brings people together and helps them celebrate their common humanity.

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Impact

Since the launch of the Day of Seva project in 2013, hundreds of volunteers in 15 cities throughout the United States have prepared hundreds of meals for the homeless, cleaned neighborhood parks, and partnered with other communities on charity drives in honor of the lives lost at the Oak Creek Gurdwara.

How You Can Help

Would you like to volunteer to organize a National Day of Seva event in your local community or learn more about how you can support this initiative? Please email dayofseva@sikhcoalition.org.

“One of the concepts we have in our religion is ... staying in high spirits. Regardless of what the situation is, we need to always spread love and peace and keep helping each other. There will be people who will be ignorant or hate others, but we can’t let that get the better of us.”

Jasvir Singh, Michigan Sevadaar in the Huffington Post