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Interfaith Service Week

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Published on Sep 11, 2009

August 31 to September 6, 2009 marked Interfaith Service Week, part of President Obamas United We Serve Campaign. While the campaign as a whole urged Americans to make community service a national priority this summer, Interfaith Service Week specifically encouraged communities to reach across faith lines and volunteer side by side. This summer, there were more than 3,000 interfaith service projects initiated nationwide, three times more than the original goal.

During Interfaith Week, ML Resources Social Vision, in partnership with The Salvation Army and The Salvation Army Advisory Council, organized volunteer service opportunities in Washington, D.C. with The Salvation Armys Grate Patrol program, a van that feeds over 3,000 homeless in Washington D.C. each month, and The Salvation Armys Sherman Avenue Feeding Program, a worship/crisis center that provides lunch to 30-50 people weekly (3 days/week).

On September 3, 2009, ML Resources Social Vision, 9/11 Unity Walk, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) hosted Fast2Feed, an interfaith Iftar [breaking of the fast] and community service rally at the 6th and I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. The event not only brought together people from diverse backgrounds, it also explored the potential coming for ongoing services in the greater Washington area community. Fast2Feed collected a substantial number of canned goods and non-perishable food items from participants, which were donated to The Salvation Armys Emergency Assistance Programs, providing help to community members who need it most.

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