By Sofia Pardini, student intern
The University of California Irvine and the Center for Living Peace partnered on Saturday to take a Leap of Faith. This event was organized by the college students to promote interfaith relationships throughout the community, and although service hours were offered, the majority of people participated due to their passion for the program.
The Center for Living Peace, located in the University Center in Irvine, was established on the principle that ‘good happens.’ This organization was founded by Kelly Smith, an Orange County resident, and is constantly getting more members involved. The philanthropy is focused on combining compassion, courage, connection, and collaboration together to give back to the community. Living peace is not only focused on finding peace externally in the community, however, but internally as well.
The volunteers on the Day of Service on Saturday were split into four different locations: Issiah House Catholic Workers, Islamic center of Irvine, Share Our Selves and Center for Living Peace. Although each group performed different tasks, they were all focused on helping the less fortunate and broadening the perspective of those involved.
In the future many more events, such as a Day of Fasting on Tuesday and a presentation from Queen Noor of Jordan on Wednesday, will be held that the public are encouraged to join. The Center of Living Peace is a great example of how one Orange County resident can make such an influential difference in our tight community.