Mission and Ministry

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.

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. 

Spring Dates

  • 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.

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

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.

Contact Us

Rosana Urbaez
Director, Hands to Help

Archive of Past Events

2019: Nov. 1 - 8

Read News: Mack Gives Back Blazes New Trails, Honors Veterans

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.

2017: Nov. 4

Read News: Mack Gives Back Day Honors Those Who Serve

2016: Nov. 5

Read News: Merrimack Volunteers Give Back to Community