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Community Service

students hanging off rafters of a house they are building

Community service is an integral part of the ongoing life of all of the faith communities at the Interfaith Chapel. 

All of the religious groups engage in regular community service activities such as:

  • providing and serving food at local soup kitchens,
  • food drives,
  • clothing drives,
  • volunteering in local schools as tutors or mentors,
  • Habitat for Humanity projects,
  • alternative spring break trips,
  • and other community service activities.  

The faith communities at the chapel also work with each other on various community service projects each year and take time for reflective interfaith dialogue about the values and commitments within each of their traditions that inspire them to give back to the community. 

During December each year the Chapel sponsors “Gifts for the Giving,” soliciting donations of clothing and toys that are then distributed to schools and other organizations in the community that serve the needs of poor children.  Chapel communities have worked with homeless shelters, Foodlink, various Rochester area soup kitchens, schools in the Rochester City School District, and with agencies serving the refugee population in Rochester.  The Student Association for Interfaith Cooperation (SAIC) engages in a variety of interfaith community service projects, with a different focus each year.

Students interested in participating in community service projects should contact the chaplains or student leaders of the various faith communities or the President of SAIC to learn about upcoming community service opportunities.