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Grace J. Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry

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 toward 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.

Service Programs

Alternative Breaks

Weeklong service experiences in which Merrimack students spend their winter or spring breaks assisting unprivileged communities nationally and internationally.

International Service Immersion

Students serve and live with communities in countries outside the United States.


A service program for Merrimack students to connect with the local community. 

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 to the church.

Christmas Gift Card Drive

The Christmas Gift Card Drive is an opportunity for the Merrimack community to donate gift cards for underprivileged teenagers (13-17 years old) during the Holiday Season.  

Sweeps Week

Sweeps Week is an opportunity for Merrimack students to support local nonprofits 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.



Nicole Benevenia
Campus Minister for Service Opportunities

Augustinian Volunteer    978-837-5309