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President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

Habitat for Humanity Trip - Melbourne, FL 2012
Habitat for Humanity Trip - Melbourne, FL 2012

The President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge gives Hudson Valley Community College the chance to raise the visibility of programs already taking place to foster service and interfaith dialogue. The initiative will also allow the HVCC community to enhance and develop additional programs. Finally, we hope to partner with other institutions in one or more of our service experiences.

The college is excited to be participating in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge during the 2012-2013 academic year. Please join us at any or all of the following:

Nov. 19, 2012 (7:45 - 10 p.m.)
Nov. 20, 2012
(7:45 - 10:30 p.m.)
Equinox is a nonprofit agency in Albany NY. They provide comprehensive treatment and services in Albany County. Their annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner serves more than 9,000 people who are lonely, homebound or homeless. Thousands of volunteers are needed to assist with coordination, food preparation, meal delivery, and clean-up. This is the second year we will provide volunteers to serve this great cause. Last year we took 15 volunteers consisting of students, staff and faculty. We hope to double participation this year. This effort will be done in partnership with the college's Circle K Club.

This year we will also add a food drive. The food items will go to Equinox to assist the organization in serving the needs of the community year round.

The food drive will also benefit the college's food pantry. There will also be another opportunity to give to Hudson Valley's food pantry as part of the interfaith panel on service. These events will hopefully raise awareness of the fact that HVCC's food pantry is often in need of supplies since we have many students in need.

Joseph's House and Shelter - Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 (2 - 6 p.m.)
Joseph's House is a non profit agency in Troy, NY, dedicated to helping the homeless. The Hudson Valley community will organize a drive for needed items at Joseph's House and will also plan for volunteers to prepare a meal for residents of the shelter.

Schoharie County - Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
In the late summer of 2011, Schoharie County was devastated by Hurricane Irene. There are still many people in need more than a year later. In partnership with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, NY, the college community will help satisfy these needs by taking a group of volunteers to help with building, clean-up, and provide any other needed service. We hope to mobilize this effort on campus through Hudson Valley's Habitat Club and Circle K. The college community will also do drives to collect needed items for victims such as clean drinking water. We hope to collaborate with the College of St. Rose and Russell Sage College in this effort.

Muslim Journeys Interfaith Panel - Tuesday, April 9, 2013 (1 - 1:50 p.m.)
Bridging Cultures Bookshelf - "Muslim Journeys"
In the fall of 2012, the Dwight Marvin Library and the Campus Ministry Office began collaborating on a grant proposal to participate in a program called "Muslim Journeys." This program is the first of a series called the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf and is the result of a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). This program is aimed at helping the public increase it's understanding of Muslim beliefs, practices, and culture.

As part of this program, we will host an interfaith panel discussion called "Service to Others: Perspectives from the Three Abrahamic Faiths." Representatives from the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions will describe how their religious beliefs call them to serve others. Participants will have an opportunities to engage the panelists and share their own stories of service from their traditions, religious or non-religious.

It is hoped that this program will allow participants to begin to see the similarities and connections between different religious traditions. Attendees will be asked to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the college's food pantry. The result of the library's grant application will be announced in January 2013.

Children at the Well Documentary - Late April 2013
John Lyden, a filmmaker and recent HVCC graduate, produced a film in 2012 called "Stepping Toward The Lion: Finding My Story." The film chronicles the story of Children at the Well, an organization located in the Capital District of New York. The organization brings youth together to share stories from their faith traditions to help deepen their own faith traditions, learn about and meet me people from other faiths, and to promote peace and understanding. The film shares the story of young Muslim boy was able to overcome prejudice and isolation in the wake of 9/11 by being part of Children at the Well. The college will host a showing of the film followed by a discussion featuring John Lyden and members of Children at the Well who appear in the film.

Interfaith Series - Throughout the year
The Campus Ministry Office will present a series of reflections electronically through the Campus Chronicle, student announcements and the college's Campus Ministry Facebook page. These reflections will feature various aspects of the major world religions including holidays, beliefs, rituals, and practices. Reflections will come from the Campus Chaplain, from interviews with people of different faiths, and from guest contributors.

Contact Information
Cylon George
Siek Campus Center, Suite 220
(518) 629-7168