Community Outreach

The Outreach Office is located in Banks Student Life Center within the Campus Ministry Office.

Service has been a prized charism at Misericordia University since our formation in 1924. Students, staff, and faculty alike are known to involve themselves in projects throughout the Back Mountain area as well as abroad. Misericordia's history has a rich foundation of service to others, and has a common thread through each of our graduates. We do this by fostering a passion for social justice issues that enable our students to be advocates on behalf of those who are poor and oppressed.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

9/11 Memorial Flag Carry- Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to sign up in the Campus Ministry Office in groups to carry the flag on campus to remember the events of 9/11. Contact Lindsey at x8041 to sign up.

Mercy Week Service Activities (9/21-25)- Check back for more details!

9/26- Children's Advocacy Center Bowl-A-Thon



Programs

Programs (supervised by the Community Outreach Coordinator):

Days of Service: Specific Days of Service are held throughout the year: Mercy Day of Service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and a series of service days during first-year orientation.

9/11 Remembrance Day: Opening ceremony and day long flag carry by students, faculty and staff around campus to honor the lives lost and the heroes of 9/11.

Veterans Day: Children from the community meet with veterans on campus to say “thank you.”

World AIDS Day/Memorial Quilt: The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on campus for World AIDS Day (December 1st) with local agencies and speakers spreading awareness of the stigma that surrounds those living with HIV and AIDS.

Holiday Meal Outreach Projects: Each year, the campus community sponsors local families with a holiday meal at Thanksgiving and Easter. We typically serve about 100 families who have been recommended by social service agencies, and they're sponsored by clubs, organizations, and individual donors.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: During this week, our school takes part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness. This includes a full week of events, including a poverty simulation, various speakers, sponsoring meals for people experiencing homelessness, and service projects for local agencies serving the food insecure.

Community Work Study: The Community Work Study program sends student workers who are federal work-study eligible off-campus to work for non-profit organizations that serve a variety of community needs. Sites include the McGlynn Learning Center at Boulevard Townhomes and Mineral Springs, Little Meadows, Adventures in Learning, Hillside Farms, Camp Orchard Hill, and Noxen Food Pantry.

Students in Service Scholarship Award: Students in Service at Misericordia University (SISMU), formerly known as the Presidential Service Scholars Program, is an initiative that recognizes, trains, and supports students who are civically engaged. A very selected group of students pledge to complete 300 hours of service in on calendar year, and, in exchange for that commitment, will receive leadership, training, and support from the staff and fellow Students in Service, and participate in ongoing supervision and reflection activities. Students who enroll in this program and successfully complete the 300 hours of service will receive an award of $1175.00 to be taken off their tuition.

Ministries

Ministries (Service ministries are coordinated by student members of the Campus Ministry Team):

Adopt-a-Grandparent at Meadows Nursing Facility and Mercy Center: Students visit and provide a social gathering for residents at both of these locations.

Adopt-a-Veteran: Students visit with veterans at the local VA Medical Center.

Blue Chip Farm: Blue Chip Farm is a non-profit, no kill animal shelter. Coordinators for this ministry are responsible to bring students once a month or more to volunteer. Students will be engaged in helping with any physical tasks they may need such as: outdoor work, cleaning cages, walking, grooming, and feeding animals.

Habitat for Humanity: This service project allows students the opportunity to help build homes for low income families with local Habitat chapters.

Kids on Campus/Women with Children Program: Twice a month students plan creative activities and games here on campus with the children from our Women with Children Program.

Soup Kitchen: Students assist at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre PA, by serving meals or working in the clothing bank.

Starry Knights: Students tutor/mentor at an afterschool program at Noxen Elementary two days a week.

Clearances

The following clearances can now be done online:

• Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearances (CY113)
• Pennsylvania Criminal Record Checks (SP4-164)
• Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal Background Checks.

The fingerprint based background check is a multiple step process. You will have to set a date to go complete your fingerprinting after completing the online form.

To begin the process of completing your clearances, follow the link below:

www.dhs.state.pa.us/findaform/childabusehistoryclearanceforms/

Contact Us

Community Outreach Office

Lindsey Riddell

Community Outreach Coordinator

Misericordia University

301 Lake Street

Dallas, Pa 18612

Tel: 570-674-8041

Fax: 570-674-6186

lriddell@misericordia.edu

Campus Ministry

The Community Outreach Office is a part of the Campus Ministry Office. Many programs and ministries are done in collaboration with the Campus Ministry Team.

Campus Ministry

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