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.
Weeklong service experiences in which Merrimack students spend their winter or spring breaks assisting unprivileged communities nationally and internationally.
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 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 underprivileged youth and families.
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.
Campus Minister for Service Opportunities
Augustinian Volunteer 978-837-5309