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Community Outreach

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.

The Campus Outreach Office is part of the Campus Ministry Office. Many programs and ministries are done in collaboration with the Campus Ministry Team. The Community Outreach Office is located in Banks Student Life Center within the Campus Ministry Office. Learn more about Campus Ministry.

Programs

9/11 Flag Carry

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.

Dinners for Kids: Volunteers bag and deliver prepared meals to children identified as "in need" in the Dallas School District three days a week.

McAuley Market Food Pantry: Located in the left side of Henry Student Commuter Lounge and open Tuesdays 3-5pm, Fridays 12-2pm and by appointment by calling x6495. Food, drinks, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies available to all Misericordia students, faculty, and staff.

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

Thanksgiving Basket Project: Each year, the campus community sponsors local families with a holiday meal at Thanksgiving. We typically serve about 100 families who have been recommended by social service agencies and churches, sponsored by clubs, organizations, and individual donors..

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, Leadership Wilkes Barre, Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce, and Wilkes Barre Chamber of Commerce.

Mercy Leaders Scholarship Program: The Mercy Leaders Program is an initiative that recognizes, trains, and supports students who are civically engaged. A very selected group of students pledge to complete 200 hours of service in on calendar year, and, in exchange for that commitment, will receive leadership, training, and support from the staff and fellow Mercy leaders, and participate in ongoing supervision and reflection activities. Students who enroll in this program and successfully complete the 200 hours of service will receive an award of $1000 to be taken off their tuition.

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Ministries

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

Adopt-a-Veteran: Students visit with veterans at the local VA Medical Center playing BINGO, wheelchair basketball, and various activities.

Blue Chip Farm: Students will be engaged in helping with any physical tasks this animal shelter may need such as: outdoor work, cleaning cages, walking, grooming, and feeding animals.

Serendipity Therapeutic Riding Program: Students volunteer with barn work and assisting children and adults with disabilities ride horses as side walkers.

Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm: Volunteers spend the day doing a variety of farm work including gardening, harvesting crops, cleaning wool, and other activities.

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

Food Bank Ministry: Students spend time volunteering at the Weinberg Food Bank organizing donated items.

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

Spring Break Service Trips: Student leaders and chaperones take small groups to service site locations in places like New Orleans, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Schenectady to volunteer over Spring Break.

Contact the Community Outreach Office:

Lindsey Riddell

Lindsey Riddell
Community Outreach Coordinator
Misericordia University
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612
Tel: 570-674-8041
Fax: 570-674-6186
lriddell@misericordia.edu