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 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?
We will have five interfaith community service projects during the 2017-2018 academic year, including two in the fall (September 24, December 3) and three in Spring 2018 (February 25, March 25, April 22). Some students participate only once, while others participate more than once (depending on space). It's your choice.
Here are the details...
We meet on campus before the volunteer work (generally at 11am), for a light breakfast and introductions. Then we drive to the volunteer site for 3-4 hours of volunteer work. (All transportation is provided.) Afterward, we return to campus for pizza and a structured interfaith dialogue, ending by 5:30pm at the latest.
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, please download the Registration Form, and email it to us. (There are detailed directions on the form.) Please note that space is limited, because we're only allowed to bring 8-10 volunteers for each build, and pre-registration is required.