Misericordia University celebrated Mercy Week and the heritage of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, who founded the institution in 1924, by hosting a Service Fair in the Banks Student Life Center. The annual fair provides students an opportunity to meet with representatives from social service agencies that work in the local community and have a need for volunteers. The Misericordia departments of Service-Learning and Community Outreach collaborated on the one-day event.
The following agencies participated in the program: American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Commission on Economic Opportunity, Heartland Hospice, Oak Leaf Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug, McGlynn Learning Centers, Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center, Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc., and Volunteers of America, representing Caring Communities, Manna House, Master Leasing, and Ruth’s Place.
Misericordia routinely receives recognition for the service efforts of its students. During the 2016-2017 academic year, 2,625 students participated in service and provided 196,510 hours of service to the community.
Of those students doing service, 723
completed 20 hours or more of service and 1,103 were engaged in academic service-learning courses, according to Mountaintop resident Kevin Feifer, director of Office of Service-Learning at Misericordia.
For more information on the service opportunities available to students at Misericordia, please go online to www.misericordia.edu/CampusMinistryand click on the Service to Others link.