In the Spring of 2011, the White House launched the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus. This year, the College of William & Mary will be among over 200 colleges and universities across the country to participate in this great endeavor. The College has two projects. The Williamsburg-based project will provide William & Mary students to serve as mentors to local middle and high school students in the Williamsburg-James City Public School System, while assisting them in developing meaningful service projects to be carried on in their communities. The Petersburg-based project involves a collaboration with Pathways, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing education opportunities and other services and support to the Petersburg community.
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Post- Conference Interfaith Service Opportunity
Saturday, February 16th
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
“It is going to take all of us Christian, and Jews, Hindus and Muslims, believers and non-believers to meet the challenge of 21st Century….I know that an act of service can unite people from all faiths or even no faith around the common purpose of helping those in need” - President Barack Obama
On February 16th, in recognition of the importance of transforming interfaith understanding into collective action for common good, I-faith is organizing a service event via Pathways, an organization grown from multi-belief engagement to meet health, education and job needs in Petersburg, Virginia (http://www.pathways-va.org/mission/), the city with the highest child poverty rate in the state(41.4%). The event is a part of President Obama’s Challenge for Interfaith Service, a White-House initiative to encourage college campuses to bring together people from diverse beliefs through service.
The event will be held on Saturday, February 16th from 8:30 am- 5:00 pm. We will be learning in-depth about how the Petersburg community is working to combat issues of poverty. We will assist with their home weatherization and gardening projects, and conclude with a reflection on service using the teachings of various traditions.
To sign up or for more info, please contact Abdullah Noor (firstname.lastname@example.org).