Interfaith Community Service kick-off Sept. 12


September 4, 2013

The MSU community is invited to attend the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Kick-off event on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Colvard Student Union. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with an Interfaith Involvement Fair and Social (refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided), followed by an Interfaith Dialogue from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The Interfaith Dialogue will be led by Dr. Jonathan Edelmann, Dr. Rani Sullivan, Dr. Seth Oppenheimer and Dr. Albert Bisson.

RESERVE A TABLE FOR THE INTERFAITH FAIR
Faith-based community and campus organizations can reserve a table free of charge for the Interfaith Involvement Fair by completing the table request form available here.

JOIN THE INTERFAITH SERVICE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
Students interested in assisting with breakout sessions during the Interfaith Dialogue and with interfaith service projects throughout the 2013-2014 school year can complete an application to become an Interfaith Service Ambassador by clicking here.

ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICE CAMPUS CHALLENGE
In the fall 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 and in the community. In this program, diverse campus groups work alongside community organizations to implement a specific year-long service project.

During the 2013-14 school year, MSU's Interfaith Service initiative will bring together people of different faith backgrounds to improve the disaster preparedness of citizens of Oktibbeha County.

The initiative will begin with an interfaith dialogue focusing on "serving a neighbor in need" on Sept. 12, the day after the National Day of Service and Remembrance, designated by the Corporation of National and Community Service. The kick-off event will be followed by a series of coordinated drives to collect specific materials to be assembled into disaster preparedness kits. The collection drives, kit assembly, and kit dissemination will be led by faith-based student groups, community faith based entities, and university offices. The initiative will conclude with a closing celebration and reflection on what it means to serve a neighbor in need, and the disaster preparedness kits being distributed to senior citizens within Oktibbeha County.

Organizations can select a disaster preparedness item from the list available here. to collect throughout the school year, and subscribe to the MVC newsletter here to stay up-to-date on service projects supporting the President's Interfaith Community Service Campus Challenge. For more information, click here or contact the Maroon Volunteer Center at 662-325-2150.