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President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge
Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP)

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Since his inauguration, President Obama has emphasized interfaith cooperation and community service—"interfaith service" for short—as an important way to build understanding between different communities and contribute to the common good. A video of the President discussing interfaith/community service is posted at www.whitehouse.gov/interfaithservice

The documents below will assist you in participating in the program. The first step is to complete the Registration Form and return it to EdPartners@ED.gov. In this way you are registered to receive notices about Webinars and other resources to assist you with planning.

Interfaith service involves people from different religious and non-religious backgrounds tackling community challenges together—for example, Protestants and Catholics, Hindus and Jews, and Muslims and non-believers—building a Habitat for Humanity house together. Interfaith service impacts specific community challenges, from homelessness to mentoring to the environment, while building social capital and civility.

American colleges, community colleges, and universities have often been at the forefront of solving our nation's greatest challenges. The White House is encouraging institutions of higher education to make the vision for interfaith cooperation and community service a reality on campuses across the country.

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. In this program diverse campus groups work together to implement a specific year-long service project. On some campuses student organizations partner with local religious groups to tackle a specific community challenge together.

270 colleges, universities, community colleges and graduate theological schools participated in the first year. Following a July 9-10, 2012 summer gathering, registration for the 2012-2013 school year is underway, and shows promising commitments of participation from higher education institutions across the country.

The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships provides information, webinars, and training materials on the President's interfaith and community Service Campus Challene and Together for Tomorrow initiatives. To access these materials, click here.

Archived Documents:

This initiative is led by the White House and is supported by the Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). For more information contact the White House Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Office at WHPartnerships@who.eop.gov or the Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Center at the Department of Education EdPartners@ed.gov or the Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Center at the Corporation for National and CommunityService. fbnp@cns.gov.


 
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