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Grace J. Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry

Students on their Alternative Spring Break trip to Durbin, West Virginia build homes with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity.Students on their Alternative Spring Break trip to Durbin, West Virginia build homes with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity.

Service Opportunities

Defining the Merrimack Experience

Service opportunities through the Grace J. Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry give Merrimack students the opportunity to embody key aspects of our Augustinian heritage, which emphasizes intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth through community life and service to others.

We hope that these programs draw students closer to God through reflecting on how their communal experience of doing service and working towards justice connects with and influences their individual spiritual journeys. 

Our service programs invite students to serve in a diverse array of domestic and international locations. Each location provides students with rich experiences that engage skills they learn on campus and challenge them to expand their perspectives about themselves and their responsibilities to others within the context of a global society.

Learn more about our service programs:

Alternative Break

International Service Immersion

MerrimAction

Learn more about our annual service opportunities:

Thanksgiving Basket Drive 

The Thanksgiving Basket Drive is an opportunity for the Merrimack community to support families without financial resources to have thanksgiving dinner. Students, faculty, and staff donate full thanksgiving meals to a local church in Lawrence. Volunteers are needed to sort, organize, and drive meals over to the church.

Christmas Giving Tree 

The Christmas Giving Tree is an opportunity for the Merrimack community to provide financial resources to families to buy Christmas gifts for their families. Students, faculty, and staff are asked to donate gift cards for the use of underprivileged youth and families. 

Sweeps Week

Sweeps week is an opportunity for Merrimack students to make an impact on local non-profits who help people around the Merrimack Valley. At the end of each academic year, students recycle and donate unused or lightly used clothing, housewares, food, and other supplies to support local families in need before returning home. 

“If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor.”        Saint Thomas of Villanova

 

Contact:

Jeffrey M. Wallace          Campus Minister                 978-837-5453   WallaceJM@merrimack.edu

Augustinian Volunteer    978-837-5309