Community Service


Looking for a way to get involved both on campus and in the community? Seeking a way to link your faith with your desire to serve? GMercyU’s Campus Ministry offers a variety of ways for you to get involved, and make a real difference in your life and the lives of others.  

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 Ministry Director Christine Eberle, eberle.c@gmercyu.edu or 215-641-5590.  

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Sigma Phi Sigma: The Mercy Honor Society

Gwynedd Mercy University's chapter of the National Mercy Honor Society inducts students each September.  We are looking for students of good character with a strong academic record and a heart for service.  Applicants can be freshmen, sophomores or juniors (GPS: continuously enrolled since Spring 2017), graduate students, or seniors continuing on into a GMercyU grad program, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2019 or later and a GPA of at least 3.2.  Students are asked to write an essay, document their volunteer activities, and submit two letters of reference demonstrating their commitment to the core Sigma Phi Sigma values of Scholarship, Fidelity, and Service.  Applications (pdf) are due no later than Friday, March 16.  Questions?  See Mary Reilly (reilly.m@gmercyu.edu) or Christine Eberle (eberle.c@gmercyu.edu).

Mercy Advocates in Service 2017-2018:

Mercy Advocates have the opportunity to make a difference both locally and globally.  They involve their peers in community service while raising awareness of justice issues worldwide.  Contact any Mercy Advocate in Service member to accompany this person to a weekly service site. Transportation is provided!  Weekly Service Sites include the following:
 

A BABY’S BREATH / Collegeville

Mercy Advocate Contact: Adrienne Kelly – kelly.a1@gmercyu.edu

A Baby's Breath's (ABB) primary mission is to "help a mother to see her child take his/her first breath." It is a safe place where mothers, fathers, and families can talk freely without being judged and where they can hear the truth from a voice filled with compassion and hope. Through their pregnancy counseling sessions with ABB volunteers, mothers are given the opportunity to discuss and focus on their life goals.  Volunteers help with child care during parenting and pre-natal classes, as well as organizing donations. 

 

ELM TERRACE / Lansdale

Mercy Advocate Contact: Allison Alejo – alejo.a@gmercyu.edu

Elm Terrace Gardens is a senior living facility where volunteers are an essential part of the residents’ lifestyle and quality of life, maintaining strong ties with the wider community.   A few possibilities for service may include friendly visits, helping at special events and other activities, such as BINGO and "mini manicures."
We may also help with transportation for the residents down to the various events. 

 

FAMILY SERVICES – Project HEARTH / North Penn

Mercy Advocate Contact: Allison Alejo – alejo.a@gmercyu.edu

Project HEARTH (Helping Elderly Adults Remain in Their Homes) links elderly adults who are healthy enough to live in their own homes with special support services that help them to remain independent.  A few possibilities for service may include yardwork, painting, errand and transportation service, and friendly visiting.   

 

NATURE ABOUNDS (Daily for 10 minutes, in your own location and on your own schedule!)

Mercy Advocate Contact: Rachel Zobel – zobel.r@gmercyu.edu

"Watch the Wild" engages people around the world in environmental research. For 10 minutes a day, you will observe the same area outside. You will note plant growth, climate, animals, fungi growth, etc. and submit it to full-time scientists on the website so they can look at the data from all around the country and deduce some hypotheses about global warming, climate change, and what efforts can be done to help the earth.

 

For more information, please contact the Mercy Advocate at the service site in which you are interested, or Director of Campus Ministry Christine Eberle, eberle.c@gmercyu.edu.

 

Resources

Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team
Mercy Global Action at the United Nations
Mercy Beyond Borders
Mercy Volunteer Corps
Bread for the World
Catholic Relief Services
Pax Christi
United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
SOA Watch: Information about the School of the Americas Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation