Service and the devotion to helping others are guiding philosophies for faith communities. Likewise, at United Way, volunteering is one of three core values of the “Live United” movement.
Seizing on that commonality, United Way of Central Indiana’s (UWCI) Volunteer Center is planning an interfaith exchange during the first-ever Faith United community summit on April 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
With approximately 700 faith-based organizations in Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks and Morgan counties, UWCI “sees great potential to develop meaningful experiences with prospective volunteers in the faith-based community,” said UWCI’s Volunteer Center Director Alan Witchey.
Faith United will focus on the role people of faith play in impacting the community through volunteerism and service, according to Witchey.
Discussion will include such topics as resources available for community impact, disaster volunteer management and community impact strategies.
UWCI will also seek ideas about how best to engage members of the faith community.
The free summit will be at Broadway United Methodist Church on 609 E. 29th St., with lunch provided.
“Faith United is about strengthening connections we’ve already created and starting new ones,” Witchey said. “Since we come to the table with the same mindset about ‘thinking of we before me,’ we are eager to see what is possible next.”
For more information or to attend, call Joyce Rose at (317) 921-1271, email [email protected] or visit www.uwci.org.