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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. 



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. 



Augustinian Volunteer      978.837.5309

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