photo - A group of volunteers with Islamic Relief USA take a selfie with Delores J. Porter,whose house was submerged in water after Hurricane Matthew flooded the town of Princeville. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

When it comes to disaster relief, few outfits across the South have been as organized, efficient or cheerful as the Baptist and Methodist recovery networks.

At a time when the far right often cites the inability — or refusal — of Muslims to assimilate, these young volunteers are ready, willing and able to do what other religious groups in this country have been doing for decades: providing emergency aid, labor and comfort to people suffering the effects of natural disasters.

“It’s a great way to show other people that Muslims are friends and that we can work together,” said Mimi Hassanain of Livingston, N.J., an employee with Islamic Relief who sanded drywall in a Princeville home Tuesday (Aug. 22).