Students explore community service opportunities

The service fair was held during Mercy Week.

Misericordia University celebrated Mercy Week and the heritage of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, who founded the institution in 1924, by hosting a Service Fair in the Banks Student Life Center. The annual fair gives students an opportunity to meet with representatives from social service agencies that work in the local community and have a need for volunteers and support.

 Misericordia has been recognized for its students’ service to those most in need. The University was named by the Corporation for National and Community Service to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service — placing it among the top colleges and universities in the country for commitment to bettering their communities through service initiatives and service-learning academic programs.
During the 2011-12 academic year, MU students provided 158,154 service hours to the community with 849 Misericordia students engaged in academic service-learning courses. Of those who did service, 602 students were engaged in at least 20 hours of community service per semester.
The agencies represented at the fair included Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, McGlynn and Mineral Springs Learning Centers, Ruth’s Place, Victims Resource Center, Blue Chip  Farm Animal Rescue, Consumer Credit Counseling, Catherine McAuley House, Girl Scouts – Scranton, Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, and the United Way of Wyoming Valley. The Misericordia departments of Student Activities, Service-Learning and Campus Ministry, along with the Insalaco Center for Career Development, coordinated the one-day fair.
For information on the service opportunities available to students at Misericordia University, go to the campus website at and Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.
Wyoming Valley Children’s Association representatives Bryne Lewis, development director, and Kathleen Williams, executive director, shown from left, share information about internships and volunteer opportunities at the agency with Misericordia University’s Andrea Molitoris, a first-year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program from Scranton, Pa., and Brad Pfahl, a first-year medical imaging major from Nicholson, Pa.