Mack Gives Back

Community Service Days

Mack Gives Back is a community-wide series of service events commemorating two days of significance in Merrimack’s history – Veterans Day and St. Augustine’s birthday.

About Mack Gives Back

Mack Gives Back was founded in 2012 by Merrimack’s vice president for mission and ministry, Father Raymond Dlugos, O.S.A.

More than a thousand faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends fan out across the Merrimack Valley and beyond to lend a helping hand to nonprofits and municipal agencies in need of assistance. Volunteers perform a number of services, including packaging food, raking leaves, picking up trash, stocking food pantries and more.

Contact Us

Rosana Urbaez
Director, Hands to Help

Past Mack Gives Back Events

2023 Mack Gives Back
  • 700+ students, faculty and staff participated in Mack Gives Back, Nov. 10 and  11, 2023.
  • Participants prepared, packaged and delivered 145,000 meals to 17 partner organizations.

Read News: Mack Gives Back Days Embodies Mission to Serve

2022 Mack Gives Back
  • Students, faculty and staff participated in Mack Gives Back, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.
  • This year’s Mack Gives Back Day community service event prepared 90,000 non-perishable meals for 10 local nonprofit organizations.

Read News: Merrimack College Honors Those Who Serve by Serving Others

2021 Mack Gives Back

Merrimack students, faculty and staff packed more than 180,000 meals during six separate events this fall and spring.

Instead of the event’s typical raking, painting and outdoor cleanup activities, Mack Gives Back transitioned to providing meals to nearby food pantries and soup kitchens. We partnered with the Outreach Program, a meal packaging nonprofit that delivered food directly to Merrimack’s campus. Mack Gives Back participants then packaged the meals that were picked up and delivered to those in need.

  • 1,000+ Mack Gives Back volunteers
  • Six events in fall 2020 and spring 2021
  • Hourlong shifts of 20 people or less
  • 96,000 meals went to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank this fall
  • 90,000 meals went to the Lazarus House in the spring

Read News: Mack Gives Back Tackles Food Insecurity

2020 Mack Gives Back

Mack Gives Back may have looked different in 2020, but its impact was just as big as past years.

Event Summary

  • Dates: Saturday, September 19, Saturday, October 17 and Saturday, November 14
  • Participants: 580+ students, faculty and alumni
  • Hours Packing Food: 37+ hours
  • Number of Meals Packed: 72,000

Read News: Merrimack Continues Mack Gives Back Tradition

2018 Mack Gives Back

Instead of having everyone volunteering at the same time on the same day, our 2018 event had students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteering throughout a nine-day period: Thursday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. 

The theme of our 2018 event was “Honoring Those Who Have Served by Serving Others.” This ties in with Merrimack’s founding mission to provide educational opportunities for local soldiers returning home from World War II and the Augustinian tradition of service.