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Community Service Opportunities

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Welcome!  Are you interested in community service?  Looking for a way to get involved in both the campus and the community?  Seeking a way to link your faith with your desire to serve?  At Campus Ministry, we offer a variety of ways in which you can get involved!

Our community service program reflects and enhances the University's commitment to the Mercy tradition of service to society. Our goal is to connect the talents of Gwynedd Mercy University students with people in need in our wider community, as well as to offer students opportunities to reflect on their experience of service.   All students, regardless of faith background, are encouraged to explore the opportunities below.

Don't see what you're looking for? Contact Campus Minister Lauren DuCharme, or 215-641-5592.

Weekly Service

Alternative Break Experiences


Weekly Service

Well-stocked shelves at Manna!Once the fall semester is up and running, we will offer regular service opportunities coordinated by students working as Mercy Advocates in Service.  Advocates will work on our Gwynedd campus to build a constituency for the global poor and advocate for more just policies.  Students will also use the skills they learn as global advocates to support local ministries striving to provide necessary services for those in need.  Learn more and fill out an application, due Wednesday, October 1.  Service opportunities will be posted as soon as locations and dates/times are confirmed.

To find additional volunteer opportunities near Gwynedd Mercy University, you can view a map of our community partners or search a database of non-profits throughout Montgomery County, PA by visiting Info Link PA.


Alternative Break Experiences

Campus Ministry offers service-immersion experiences during school breaks as part of Gwynedd Mercy University’s commitment to the Mercy tradition of service to society.  Applications will be available in late October.  Students, faculty and staff who participate in these experiences have a desire to:

  • Be of service to others
  • Learn more about economic poverty, diversity and social justice
  • Live simply
  • Grow in their spirituality
  • Reflect on their experiences together as a community
  • Strengthen their leadership qualities and commitment for the future

December 15-18:  Advent Service Retreat

  • Students will spend three nights living at the Cranaleith Spiritual Center; giving service at local ministries during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday, and taking time out for prayerful reflection in the evenings.
  • Cost to students:  $40 (Campus Ministry subsidizes the rest)

First Week of March:  Alternative Spring Break

  • Students will travel to various locations around the country for a week of service and simple living. 
  • Cost to students:  $50 plus a commitment to work together to fundraise the full cost.

Our 2014 Alternative Spring Break trips this year took place the first week of March; check out our students' stories and photos!  Intrigued?   Want to get involved in 2015?  Contact Lauren DuCharme at or 215-641-5592.  And many thanks to all who attended our Alternative Break BINGO on March 21, which raised over $2,000 for ASB!


Our ASB Teams in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Baltimore enjoyed their experiences and one another's company!


Local Agencies & Contact Info


201 Progress Drive
Montgomeryville, PA 18936

CONTACT: Joan Brown ext. 6105 –

Impact Thrift Stores is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to financially support local charities through the net proceeds generated by their thrift store operations. Their financial support of these local non-profits enables their staff to spend more time doing what they do best – feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and supporting children and families in need.



45 Forest Avenue
Ambler, PA 19002

CONTACT: Paula Mayewski –

The Senior Adult Activities Center (SAAC) in Ambler is a great source of recreation and socialization for adults age 60 and older. SAAC offers activities that appeal to a variety of interests including volunteer opportunities, line dance, computer class, Tai Chi, yoga, 55 Alive Driving, billiards, nutrition programs, art classes, discussions with legal experts, health screenings and much more! A daily lunch is served and a meals on wheels program is available to those who qualify.