Working Toward Justice

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


The SEND Program - Alternative Break Service Trips
Here I am, SEND me! (Isaiah 6:9)

SEND trips are student-led opportunities where Merrimack undergraduates volunteer during their winter, spring or summer break to serve and immerse themselves in communities in other states or countries.  Listen to three incredible stories shared by our students about how their service is making a difference around the world and in their own lives.




More Information:


Nicole Benevenia
Campus Minister for Service and Social Justice


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.  

Lenten Back Pack Drive
Members of the Merrimack Community are invited to assist the Department of Children and Family Services in the efforts to insure the safety and well being of children in foster care by donating back packs filled with items a child might need during emergency relocation.

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.