Misericordia Univ. Students Explore Community Service Opportunities

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 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, Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wyoming Valley Children’s Assoc., and the United Way of Wyoming Valley. 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, go to the campus website at www.misericordia.edu/muserviceand www.misericordia.edu/servicelearning.