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Grace J. Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry


MerrimAction is a weekly service program for Merrimack students to connect with the local community.  

Each semester, students volunteer their time in various ways, including serving meals to the homeless, organizing and pricing used clothing, playing with children and tutoring. Working with service agencies in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities, MerrimAction heightens the college community’s awareness of cultural and urban issues, offering experiences that teach students how they can be transformed through the process of reaching out to others.


Current Placements:

Hands to Help

Hands to Help is a neighborhood resource center in collaboration with St. Mary’s Church in Lawrence, MA. It includes a drop in center that provides after school tutoring, tax assistance, ESL conversation classes, open gym night, and general form assistance. MerrimAction volunteers will help with tutoring young students, kindergarten through eighth grade, after school. 

Lawrence Catholic Academy

Lawrence Catholic Academy is a Pre-K through Grade 8 school located in Lawrence, MA.  In conjunction with the family and the Catholic Church community, LCA fosters the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of the whole child. MerrimAction students volunteer at the after school program assisting with homework help and playing games with the children. 

Bread & Roses

Bread & Roses is a restaurant style soup kitchen located in Lawrence, MA with a strong and rich tradition of being a center of hope to thousands of people.  Guided by a spirit of hospitality and nonviolence, respect for the dignity of each person who comes through the door is a hallmark of the Bread & Roses community.  MerrimAction students help out with everything and anything including preparing food, serving food, cleaning tables, and washing and drying dishes. 

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity




The Merrimack Valley affiliate of Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1985 with ultimate goal to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by providing homeownership opportunities to those in need. Students volunteer one Saturday a month to assist on a local build site.  Tasks include everything from helping with framing, drywall hanging, painting, laying floors, or hanging cabinets, insulation installation and sound proofing. 

Ruth’s House

Ruth’s House Inc. is a non-profit corporation operating a charitable thrift store in Haverhill, MA.  Their mission is to recycle, reuse and renew for charity with a goal to help clothe the low income community.  MerrimAction students assist in the overall operation of the store including tagging, sorting, and pricing clothes.



Augustinian Volunteer       978.837.5309

Fr. Raymond Dlugos, OSA   V. P. of Mission and Ministry, Director of Campus Ministry