President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge

The White House will again be hosting the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge. To join the Challenge, campuses are required to submit an interfaith service plan by October 15th. More details here.

An email was sent today (below) announcing upcoming webinars.

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Dear Campus Challenge Campus Lead,

I am excited that you are all working on preparing plans for participation in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Reports on your plans are due October 15.

To assist you in this process we have planned four webinars. I want to get these dates to you so you can plan on participating. As the dates approach we will send specific information about how to join the webinars.

August 15th 2:00 pm EDT

Funding Interfaith/community Service work

Developing plans so that funding doesn’t drive program. Finding and using institutional resources. Looking for grants and outside finding.

August 30th 2:00 pm EDT

Developing strong community service programs that include interfaith

What are the characteristics of a strong community service program?  What tools are available to incorporating interfaith?

September 12 2:00 pm EDT

“Nuts and bolts” of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

How to become involved in the Challenge. What is expected. What are the possibilities. What are your questions as you look forward to submitting a report on your plan on October 15.

September 25th 2:00 PM EDT

Share your story (tips and best practices)

Letting the campus know what you do. Stories for the media. How to share your story with the White House.

If you have questions or suggestions please contact me at EdPartners@ED.gov.

Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Director
Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Center
U.S. Department of Education

Community Engaged Learning… online? Look what is happening in Maine!

From Inside Higher Ed..

Colleges are being pushed to increase “service learning” and “civic engagement” initiatives at the exact same time that they’re being pressured to move online. These don’t have to be opposed, necessarily, but in practice they generally are. Can community engaged learning happen… online?

Check out how Maine Campus Compact is supporting service-learning faculty in creating online service-learning courses! Great job, Maine!