The year-long Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, announced by President Barrack Obama on March 17, strives to incorporate religious and community cooperation and involvement.
College campuses are often a melting pot of cultural and religious identities from which students can gain respect and understanding of one another’s affiliations. This challenge hopes to incorporate the educational aspect of that melting pot into the community.
In a video message, President Obama encouraged campus-based religious and non-religious organizations to work with community organizations and houses of worship to tackle year-long community service projects.
“Our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted,” President Obama said at the 2009 National Prayer Breakfast, “to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what is broken.”