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2012-13 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 gave Hudson Valley Community College the chance to raise the visibility of programs already taking place to foster service and interfaith dialogue. The initiative allowed the HVCC community to enhance and develop additional programs and to partner with other institutions in one or more of the following service experiences:

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

Equinox: Nov. 19 - 20, 2012
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 have provided volunteers to serve this great cause. In 2011, we took 15 volunteers consisting of students, staff and faculty. This effort was done in partnership with the college's Circle K Club.

We also added a food drive to this intiative. The food items went to Equinox to assist in the organization in serving the needs of the community year round. The food drive also benefited the college's food pantry. These events helped 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
Joseph's House is a non profit agency in Troy, NY, dedicated to helping the homeless. The Hudson Valley community organized a drive for needed items at Joseph's House and also provided volunteers who prepared a meal for residents of the shelter.

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

Muslim Journeys Interfaith Panel: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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 hosted an interfaith panel discussion called "Service to Others: Perspectives from the Three Abrahamic Faiths." Representatives from the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions described how their religious beliefs call them to serve others. Participants had an opportunity to engage the panelists and share their own stories of service from their traditions, religious or non-religious.

This program allowed participants to begin to see the similarities and connections between different religious traditions. Attendees were asked to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the college's food pantry.

Children at the Well Documentary - Late April 2013
John Lyden, a filmmaker and recent Hudson Valley 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 hosted a showing of the film followed by a discussion featuring John Lyden and members of Children at the Well who appeared in the film.