A coalition of religious leaders is planning a communitywide day of service to help the poor of the greater Allentown area.
Leaders of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities envision a host of projects simultaneously unfolding across the region April 6, culminating with a pot-luck dinner at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Allentown.
''Right now we're trying to get the word out to congregations and get the wheels rolling,'' said Jane Trotter, vice president of programs for the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
Trotter's agency, along with Keneseth Israel, started the Interfaith Coalition for Community Service for Greater Allentown this year as a way to unite Allentown's diverse faith communities into a charitable powerhouse. Trotter conceived the idea after seeing the synagogue sponsor a large, well-organized charity event.
''There are so many congregations doing this on their own but wouldn't it be great [to have them work together],'' Trotter said.
Each congregation will organize and run a project to support an Allentown-based organization that serves the needy.
Through its Web site, the center is serving as the clearinghouse for project ideas and registration. Congregations can choose from a list of available projects -- sewing stuffed bears for the Lehigh Valley Hospice, for example -- or suggest their own. (MORE)