President's Interfaith Community Service Campus Challenge

President's Interfaith Community Service

In the fall of 2011 the White House launched the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus and in the community. In this program, diverse campus groups work alongside community organizations to implement a specific year-long service project.

During the 2013-14 school year, Mississippi State University’s Interfaith Service initiative will bring together people of different faith backgrounds to improve the disaster preparedness of citizens of Oktibbeha County.

The initiative will begin with a dialogue focusing on “serving a neighbor in need” on September 12, 2013, the day after the National Day of Service and Remembrance, designated by the Corporation of National and Community Service. The kickoff event will be followed by a series of coordinated drives to collect specific materials to be assembled into disaster preparedness kits. The collection drives, kit assembly, and kit dissemination will be led by faith-based student groups, community faith-based entities, and university offices. The initiative will be concluded with a closing celebration and reflection on what it means to serve a neighbor in need, and the disaster preparedness kits being distributed to senior citizens within Oktibbeha County.


  • Participating in the “Serving a Neighbor in Need” kick-off event on 9/12 in the Student Union.
  • Promoting the initiative via email, church bulletins, on your organization’s bulletin board, social media and/or website
  • Assist with one of the many collection drives during the fall semester
  • Become a drop-box location and work with members of your organization to collect one item or a number of items from the supply list
  • Assist with locating seniors within Oktibbeha County that could benefit by receiving a disaster preparedness kit



Supporting Organizations can select an item from the list below (see below) to collect throughout the fall and spring semesters and complete the form located here or email the Maroon Volunteer Center. To download a copy of the Emergency Supply List, click here.

2 pairs of sterile gloves (non-latex) Starkville Multicultural Lions Club
4 inch by 4 inch sterile dressings Muslim Student Association
3-day supply of non-perishable food Trinity Presbyterian Church
Variety of adhesive bandages Generation 6:20
Tube of antibiotic ointment Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ
Cleansing agent/ antibiotic towelettes
Hand Sanitizer Second Baptist Church
Burn Ointment
Sterile Water/Eye Wash Solution
Aspirin/non-aspirin pain reliever
Dust Mask Alpha Phi Omega
Scissors B.Davis Shoes
Tweezers B.Davis Shoes
Tube of petroleum jelly
Anti-diarrhea medication
Whistle Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS)
Flash light and extra batteries
Manual can opener University Honors Council
Gallon of water per person for at least 3 days
Pet food Alpha Phi Omega
Waterproof portable container (for important documents) The Boys and Girls Club
Emergency reference materials (such as first aid and information from Campus-Community Emergency Response Team
Sleeping bag or warm blanket
Fire Extinguisher
Matches in a waterproof container
Paper cups, paper towel & plastic utensils Just Truth
Paper and pencil University Baptist Church
Book, game, or puzzle
Battery powered or hand crank radio
Local maps Service Dawgs

MLK Day logo
Support the Interfaith Service Challengeby participating in the MLK Day service project on Jan 20, 2014.

Volunteers on MLK Day learning disaster preparedness tips and performing community service at Adaton Fire Station.

Volunteer performing community-service at Sand Creek Food Pantry on MLK Day.

Interested in joining the Challenge as an Interfaith Ambassador? Contact us.

Antwanise Harris and Dr. Becky Smith at this year’s Interfaith Dialogue. Click here for more photos from the event.

What does Interfaith Cooperation mean to you?


Starkville Multicultural Lions Club
University Honors Council
Hindu Forum
Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ
Second Baptist Church
Alpha Phi Omega
Campus-Community Emergency Response Team
Just Truth
Starkville Church of Christ
University Honors Council
Maroon Volunteer Center
Volunteer Starkville
Trinity Presbyterian Church
University Baptist Church
Generation 6:20
Muslim Student Association
Holmes Cultural Diversity Center