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.  

Here's where to find information about Alternative Spring Break; applications will be available in November.

Sigma Phi Sigma Induction 2017

Sigma Phi Sigma, Gwynedd Mercy University's chapter of the National Mercy Honor Society, is pleased to be inducting the following students on Mercy Day (September 24) at 3:00 p.m. in the Waldron GriffinAerie. 

  • Tamara Bell Boyle
  • Samantha Brown
  • Alex Dorn
  • Emily Dougherty
  • Bria Gillard
  • Genevieve Lombardo
  • Emily Makara
  • Jennifer Petras
  • Alyssa Shanaman
  • Jessica Stirling
  • Craig Vinciguerra

Applications will be available early in the spring semester for our 2018 induction.  Students should 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.  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 once the academic year kicks off. Transportation is provided!  

ALLISON ALEJO -- alejo.a@gmercyu.edu
ELANNA DRUCTOR - dructor.e@gmercyu.edu
BAYLEE GOODWIN – goodwin.b@gmercyu.edu
ADRIENNE KELLY – kelly.a1@gmercyu.edu 
SHERMEIR PORTER - porter.s@gmercyu.edu
RACHEL ZOBEL – zobel.r@gmercyu.edu

Our 2016-17 Weekly Service Sites included the following; stay tuned for 2017-18 sites!

PALOOZA

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.    Contact: Elanna Dructor - dructor.e@gmercyu.edu

MANNA ON MAIN STREET

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.  Contact: Baylee Goodwin – goodwin.b@gmercyu.edu

A BABY’S BREATH

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

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES

CSS is one of the largest private non-profit providers of social services in Southeastern Pennsylvania, benefitting more than 165,000 individuals annually.  Motivated by its mission to serve the most vulnerable and at-risk members of our society, CSS offers a variety of community-based and residential programs and services to assist and support me, women and children living in Philadelphia and its four surrounding counties.  Services daily touch the lives of immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, women in crisis, dependent or delinquent youth, senior citizens, and the developmentally disabled.  Catholic Social Servies creates hope for people from every walk of life.  Volunteers will help out mainly in the food pantry, restocking shelves and assisting custimoers with their shopping.  Contact:  Shermeir Porter - porter.s@gmercyu.edu

ZUMBA AT CHRISTO REY PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL

Get fit and build relationships by participating in Zumba with the sophomore class at Cristo Rey!  As part of the Health & Wellness program at the school, Lauren will lead Gwynedd and Christo Rey students in high-energy,  fun, booty-shaking dance routines as an alternative to the typical cardio workout.  Give it a try!  You don't have to be a professional dance to participate!  We have a blast . . . guaranteed!  Contact Lauren DuCharme - ducharme.l@gmercyu.edu

NATURE ABOUNDS

Nature Abounds is a company that sponsors "Watch the Wild," a program to engage people around the world in environmental research.  For 10 minutes a day (as you are able), you will observe the same area outside.  You will note plant growth, climate, animals present, fungi growth, etc., and submit it to scientists via a website so that they can look at data from widespread locations and deduce hypotheses about global warming, climate change, and what can be done to help the earth.  Contact: Rachel Zobel - zobel.r@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