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, or 215-641-5590.  

Sigma Phi Sigma Application 2016

Sigma Phi Sigma, Gwynedd Mercy University's chapter of the National Mercy Honor Society, is now accepting applications (PDF) for our September 2016 induction.  Students should be freshmen, sophomores or juniors (GPS: continuously enrolled since Spring 2015) with an anticipated graduation date of May 2017 or later and a GPA of at least 3.2.  Students are asked to write an essay and submit two letters of reference demonstrating their commitment to the core Sigma Phi Sigma values of Scholarship, Fidelity, and Service.  Application deadline is Friday, March 18.  Questions?  See Mary Reilly ( or Christine Eberle (

Click here to download an application (PDF).

Mercy Advocates in Service 2016-2017:

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 once the academic year kicks off. Transportation is provided!  



Wednesdays and Fridays, times vary          Transportation Provided
Contact: Baylee Goodwin –

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.” Volunteers will serve food, tend to guests, clean and do dishes.  


Wednesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm          Transportation Provided
Contact: Adrienne Kelly –

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 learn about the life developing inside of them and are given the opportunity to discuss and focus on their life goals. ABB explores their options regarding adoption, speaks to them about the message of chastity, and also offers a first step in the healing process in post-abortive support.


Dates and Times Vary          Transportation Provided
Contact: Elanna Dructor -

Palooza works with young adults with cognitive disabilities in order to help them maintain a sense of normalcy in everyday life and activities.  Adults with special needs should be embraced for who they are, encouraged to share their talents, and appreciated as valuable members of their community.  The mission of Palooza Activity Center, Inc. is to create an environment in which these exceptional adults have the opportunity to form and foster friendships, build community connections, share their talents, and develop skills that will enrich and support their adulthood.    


Wednesdays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm          Transportation Provided
Contact: Gabby Pane -

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries creates partnerships and services that respond to the needs of those who are experiencing poverty in the North Philadelphia community, especially women, children and person with special needs.  Volunteers will work with pre-k children in the classroom, assist teachers and work with adults in the day program.  Volunteers must present their clearances in order to participate.     


Fridays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm          Transportation Provided  
Contact: Rachel Zobel -

The Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is dedicated to caring for unwanted, lost, and abused domestic animals.  Volunteers will walk, feed and play with animals.  On occasion, they will assist in cleaning kennels.  Mostly volunteers provide love and compassion for animals that have been abused and mistreated.  


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
Millennium Development Goals
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