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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 Trips

Scholars in Service Program


Weekly Service

Get to Know the Team!
We are grateful to our wonderful student leaders for coordinating weekly service:

  • Kathleen Carroll, Carol Patton, Amy Schneider & Sean Welch

Our local volunteer opportunities reflect the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

  • The Solana Horsham:  Mondays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    As an Assistive Living residence, The Solana offers specialized and compassionate care to those who need some help with activities of daily living. It offers support services daily to seniors who desire to retain their independence but do not require the skilled nursing care provided in nursing homes. The Solana also provides specially-designed programs and care for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia-related illnesses.  Contact Carol Ann Patton –
  • Mercy Mentors (Ambler):  Mondays 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
    Weekly group mentoring at The Villa for Children and Families in Ambler for youth who demonstrated a history of truancy, emotional trauma, family conflict and difficulties in the community.  Please note that this is an ongoing commitment; these teens need stability!  Transportation is provided.  Contact Kathleen Carroll,
  • Zumba at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School:  Fridays 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Come to Cristo Rey High School in Philly and be part of their health and wellness curriculum!  We leave from Visitation House on Fridays at 2:30 pm, Zumba with students from 3-4, have a few moments to chat and get to know students, faculty and staff and then return to campus by 5 pm.  This is a really unique opportunity to grow in partnership and solidarity with a new group of God’s people.  Weekly commitment encouraged but not mandatory.   But keep in mind--we have a blast!  Interested?  Please contact Lauren DuCharme:   215.641.5592!  
  • Manna on Main Street (Lansdale): Fridays 3-6 p.m.
    Well-stocked shelves at Manna!
    Relying on a core of volunteers, Manna seeks to end hunger in the North Penn region by providing food, fulfilling social service needs and conducting community education through a food pantry and soup kitchen, emergency financial aid, counseling and referrals in community outreach.  Manna’s vision is “that everyone might be fed."  Contact Sean Welch,

To find additional volunteer opportunities near Gwynedd Mercy University, you can contact agencies directly, 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 Trips

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.  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
  • Grow in their spirituality
  • Reflect on their experiences together as a community
  • Strengthen their leadership qualities and commitment for the future

Our 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.