As part of a national initiative sponsored by former president Barack Obama (“The President’s Interfaith Community Service Campus Challenge”), the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and an array of religious groups for the past six years to create opportunities for students to engage in community service with people from diverse religious backgrounds and beliefs.
This project promotes interfaith understanding and cooperation on campus and provides opportunities for meaningful interfaith dialogue and community service while helping low-income families.
Our monthly interfaith community service projects include several hours of volunteer work at a local Habitat for a Humanity building site or soup kitchen, with some time beforehand for introductions, to get to know each other, and an hour afterward for a structured interfaith dialogue.
Want to get involved?
Two Interfaith Community Service and Dialogue events are scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year on Sunday, November 4, 2018, and Sunday, March 31, 2019.
- We meet on campus at 10:30 a.m. for a light breakfast and introductions.
- Then we drive together to the volunteer site in Northampton, MA for 4 hours of volunteer work. All transportation is provided.
- Afterward, we return to campus for pizza and structured interfaith dialogue, ending by 6:30 p.m.
No experience or special skills are required, and you don’t need to be “religious.” All that’s required is a big heart, an open mind, and a commitment to show up (on time!) and stay till the end.
If you'd like to participate in our Interfaith Community Service and Dialogue on March 31, 2019, please complete this online form by March 20, 2019, using your UMass Amherst login. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is required.