The President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

 

 

The University of North Florida has answered President Barack Obama's call to join the highly successful President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge (President's Challenge for short) for the second consecutive year. This is the fourth consecutive year for the White House initiative and all institutions of higher education have been invited to participate.

           

 In May 2011, Obama first invited presidents of colleges and universities across the country to bring diverse religious groups together for a one-year commitment to interfaith cooperation and community service. Students and administrators were challenged to serve together on projects that strengthened their communities and united people of diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds.

 

During that inaugural year, representatives from 240 community colleges, colleges, universities and theological schools across the country participated in the challenge. Participating schools are asked to focus their challenge efforts on one of the service initiatives included in the Kennedy Serve America Act.

 

UNF's Challenge is coordinated by the Interfaith Center, along with student leaders from Better Together @ UNF. This year, students will be focusing their efforst on homelessness in Jacksonville for their President's Challenge.

 

For more Information on the President's Challenge visit the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Parternships Webpage. For information on upcoming President's Challenge events at UNF visit our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/unfinterfaithcenter.

 

GET INVOLVED:

Interested in combatting homelessness alongside other UNF students? We have three service project opportunities for you this fall:

 

Friday, September 26 @ 7:15am-1:15pm

Clara White Mission - Community Service Project:

Join a small but determined group of students who want to make a difference in the lives of people experiencing homelesness here in Northeast Florida. Fifteen to sixteen UNF students from diverse worldviews (religious and non-religious identities) will be selected to participate in this community service project. After serving breakfast to some of our most vulnerable neighbors, we will enjoy a meal together in "Clara's at the Cathedral" where we will reflect on our experience. Meet at LOT 18 for transportation - look for the yellow school bus

Transportation: Provided free to students  

Cost: $10 donation to Clara's at the Cathedral (for lunch)

To apply: Contact Rachael McNeal, Interfaith Center Coordinator, rachael.mcneal@unf.edu and provide: (1) your name, (2)cell phone number, (3) one-two sentences on why you are interested in serving.

Volunteer service hours avvailable through UNF Volunteer Services: www.unf.edu/careerservices/volunteerservices/Log_Hours.aspx

 

Saturday, October 25

Make a Difference Day

Details to be announced.

 

Thursday, November 13 @ 5:00-9:00pm

Sulzbacher Game Night - Community Service Project:

Fifteen to sixteen UNF students from diverse worldviews (religious and non-religious) will be selected to participate in this community service project - which is part of UNF's commitment to the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Student Volunteers will create an interactive game like trivia or Jeopardy!, collect full-size toiletries to be given away as prizes, then join the fun while reaching beyond your comfort zone to learn about homelessness in Jacksonville. Following service, students will return to UNF where we will reflect on our experience -- exploring some of the big questions of life: who am I? What are my values? What gives my life a sense of meaning, fulfillment and purpose? These are questions of faith -- the human activity of meaning-making in our lives. Interfaith dialogue and cooperation are activities of making meaning alongside others - from different worldviews - both religious and non-religious. Meet at LOT 18 at 5:00pm

Transportation: Provided free to students

Cost: Toiletry donation

To apply: Contact Rachael McNeal, Interfaith Center Coordinator, rachael.mcneal@unf.edu and provide: (1) your name, (2)cell phone number, (3) one-two sentences on why you are interested in serving.

Volunteer service hours avvailable through UNF Volunteer Services: www.unf.edu/careerservices/volunteerservices/Log_Hours.aspx