Connecting With Community

MerrimAction is a 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, Massachusetts. It includes a drop-in center that provides after-school tutoring, tax assistance, ESL conversation classes, open gym night and general assistance. MerrimAction volunteers help with tutoring young students, kindergarten through eighth grade, after school.

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1985 to eliminate poverty, housing and homelessness by providing homeownership opportunities to those in need. Students volunteer one Saturday a month to assist at a local build site. Tasks include framing, drywall hanging, painting, laying floors, hanging cabinets, installing insulation and soundproofing.