Following a hiatus due to the pandemic, Merrimack students in March traveled to Camden, N.J. as part of the SEND program, the College’s alternative spring break service trip.
Ten students and two advisors stayed at the Romero Center Ministries and fulfilled key aspects of the Augustinian heritage. From sorting food pantry donations to painting classrooms at a school to spending time with people in the community, the students lived out the Augustinian mission of enlightening minds, engaging hearts and empowering lives.
“This was my sixth SEND experience,” said Theresa MacDonald ’22, a student leader on the trip. “It has been such an important part of my Merrimack experience so I’m glad I got to have one more right before I graduate.”
In addition to service in the community, students participated in reflections and exercises at the Romero Center to help them better appreciate the inequalities the Camden community faces every day.
“The SEND trip gives you the chance to explore your faith, whatever it may be, while also giving back to the community,” said Gabrielle Heroux ’24.
For more than 50 years, SEND has given Merrimack students the opportunity to travel to areas across the country and the world to help those with the greatest need. The program’s name comes from Isaiah 6:9, where the prophet Isaiah responds to God’s call by saying, “Here I Am, Send Me.”