Better Together

White House Interfaith Service Campus Challenge Events

Below is a list of events and projects that UCM and Residential Housing have already completed as part of the White House Interfaith Service Campus Challenge at Ohio University. 


Joint Events


9–11 Interfaith Peace Walk — 450 students, faculty and community members walked through campus, uptown Athens, past many local congregations and ended up at the Islamic Center for a candlelight vigil, song and refreshments. Cosponsors included the OU Office of Diversity, Access and Equity; UCM; Residential Housing; the Muslim Student Association; Hillel at OU; Christ Lutheran Church; the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd; Appalachian Peace and Justice Network; Athens Friends Meeting; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens; and Athens Seventh-Day Adventist Church.


Interfaith Campus Challenge Kick-Off — On September 19, 80 students, faculty, staff and community members turned out to the Baker Center Ballroom to learn about how they can get involved and to hear from a faculty and student led interfaith panel.


UCM's Fall Quarter 2011 Events


Interfaith Impact — UCM's weekly student group, meeting on Thursdays at 7pm to allow participants in Thursday Supper to engage in post-service reflection, discussion, and community building.


Better Together Campaign — Led by intern Rachel Hyden, this student committee meets weekly to strategize and plan interfaith service opportunties. Fall events included the showing of two films (Gasland and Thirst) that explore the water crisis, tabling to raise awareness about water issues (including the effects of hydraulic fracturing), and to raise money for clean-water projects in a developing nation.


Better Together Flyer —


UCM–Muslim Student Association Picnic — An interfaith social event at Strouds Run State Park.


Interfaith Stream Clean-Up — On October 2, UCM partnered with Rural Action’s Monday Creek Restoration Project to remove hundreds of pounds of trash and tires out of Wayne National Forest.


Thursday Supper/Saturday Lunch — These programs continue to provide nutritious, locally-sourced meals every week and to engage students and the community in service to one another. They are partnering with other student and community organizations to raise money and donations for local free meals and food pantries as well as awareness about local food security and economic justice.


Residential Housing's Fall Quarter 2011 Projects


Eboo Patel Lecture – Capitol University — September 27, 2011


Mackinnon Hall (Randy Kitchens)

Good Earth Farms — September 22, October 22, & November 5 — A community service trip to work at Good Earth Farms as volunteers.


James Hall (Micah McCarey)

UCM Food Donations — RAs asked James Hall residents to donate non-perishable food to UCM; the collected food was taken there on October 15th.


Service Trip to Columbus focused on Hunger compared to Athens County — October 21–22 — Residents, staff, and Learning Community students who live in James Hall (Micah’s class) traveled to Columbus for an overnight trip to partake in various community service projects on Saturday. The students were able then to compare and contrast the differences in the two communities and needs present vs. resources available.


Jefferson Hall (Erin Edwards)

Make a Difference Day (Athens County Salvation Army) — October 22 — Jefferson Hall staff helped collect cans and non-perishable items for the Make A Difference Day with the Salvation Army in Athens, OH. Although we did not reach our initial goal of 150 items, students contributed approximately 50 items to the cause.


Community Assistant Staff (John Hummell)

Gardening at the Ecohouse — September 25 — CA staff partnered with Office of Sustainability to work in the Ecohouse garden to get it ready for winter and to plant garlic. The Ecohouse garden will become a community garden in Spring of 2012 and the CAs will be involved in helping to plan how to best involve community residents in the project.


Learning Community (Barb Harrison)

Salvation Army, Athens County — October 18 — First year students of the General Psychology Learning Community were engaged in helping to organize the Salvation Army pantry on E. State Street.


Food Collection for Salvation Army, Athens County — October 27 – November 3 — First year students of the General Psychology Learning Community held a food donation drive by walking door to door on two residential streets in Athens to distribute bags to residents along with a flyer explaining that students would return in one week to collect and would welcome any donations the residents could give. In addition, the class placed a collection box at the Seaman’s Grocery store on W. Union (with permission) and collected a large amount of food. The class focused on peanut butter, canned meat, and instant potatoes—these items are the most scarce for pantries at this time.


Washington Hall (Rob Rennich)

Athens Food Bank — Washington Hall concluded a canned food drive on Friday Nov. 11. We were able to collect 511 items to be donated to the Athens Food Bank. The Hall Council also did "trash for cash" and raised $60.12 that they will donate to the Food Bank.