“Communities of faith are responding to President Obama’s call to service in historic numbers and working together to strengthen our nation,” said Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. “President Obama applauds their service and looks forward to their continued engagement, through the United We Serve initiative and beyond.”
Some of the highlighted interfaith projects this week include Jewish, Hindu, and evangelical Christian college students joining with the Muslim Students Association to hand out food, clothing and hygiene kits to the homeless in downtown Orlando.
In Washington, D.C., the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue will host “Fast 2 Feed,” an interfaith Iftar, on Sept. 3 . People of diverse faiths will share the traditional meal that ends the daily fast during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. As people share the Iftar dinner, participants will talk about how they can better work together on existing as well as potential projects to serve the greater Washington community.
“For religious organizations, serving people in need is an integral part of their mission,” said Nicola Goren, acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “United We Serve builds on that reality by encouraging interfaith cooperation to continue and expand the important service that is currently being accomplished.”