Merrimack Volunteers Give Back to Community

About 1,300 students, faculty and staff fanned out across the Merrimack Valley and the city of Boston, helping nonprofits and municipal agencies, during the college's Mack Gives Back day on Nov. 5.

 The college has held Mack Gives Back annually on a Saturday near Veterans Day, honoring those who have served by serving others. Merrimack was founded in 1947 for the education of returning World War II veterans. 

Volunteers at 44 sites, including five in Boston, helped with landscaping and grounds cleanup, loading trucks of donated furniture, and preparing medical equipment shipments to developing countries.

“We are happy that we were able to make an impact on our neighboring communities, and grateful for the sites that gave our students an opportunity to give back,” said Alisha Reppucci, the college’s director of community outreach and special projects.

Merrimack President Christopher Hopey, Ph.D., and Michael Crowe, chairman of the board of trustees, toured several sites, talking with volunteers and nonprofit partners.

Volunteers also prepared and served lunch for about 200 veterans and their guests at the Lawrence annual veterans luncheon at the Lawrence Multipurpose Senior Center on Nov. 4.