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.
2021 Mack Gives Back
Mack Gives Back is returning this spring and will be similar to last semester. Merrimack students, faculty and staff may participate in packing meals together. Packed meals will be distributed to the town of North Andover and the Lawrence Senior Center.
- Saturday, February 27
- Saturday, March 27
- Saturday, April 24
How It Works
You may serve in groups or as individuals. Each group/individual will be scheduled a time block for meal packing. If one session fills, you may participate in another date. Groups of 10+ will be split up to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines. Registration information will be released two weeks before each event is set to take place.
2020 Mack Gives Back
Mack Gives Back may have looked different in 2020, but its impact was just as big as past years.
- 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
Watch Mack Gives Back Report from MCTV
Photos from Mack Gives Back
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 raking leaves, picking up trash, stocking food pantries and more.
Director, Hands to Help
2019: Nov. 1 - 8
2018: Nov. 1 - 9
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.