Service Learning

Service Learning

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The Office of Campus Ministry and Service Learning, guided by the mission and values of Mercy College, inspires students, faculty and staff to grow in their understanding of spirituality and service.

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Service learning is an integration of organized service into the higher education curriculum in order to both benefit the community and enhance the student’s learning experience.

Through service learning, students are involved in experiential learning with instructor-facilitated reflection. These experiences are typically in a community agency or non-profit organization –always an institution that can benefit from the student’s volunteer effort.

The basis for service learning at Mercy College includes the Mercy College values, the Corporal Works of Mercy (Matthew 25:34-36), and the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching. When we engage in service, we deepen these values in our lives!

How Do I Get Involved?

Mercy College offers many opportunities to engage in community and on-campus service projects. From helping make a blanket for Project Linus on campus to participating in the Alternative Spring Break Trip in regions outside Ohio, Mercy College students can reach out to those in need. The Director of Campus Ministry and Service Learning organizes such opportunities and can also give suggestions for places of service when service hours are required for a class.

Need Volunteers?

If you are looking for volunteers to help with an event or if you have a service opportunity that you would like to be shared with Mercy faculty, staff, or students, please complete the Volunteer Request Form. Volunteer and service opportunities are posted on the 3rd floor Jefferson bulletin board outside of the student lounge on the Toledo campus and are emailed out monthly to Mercy faculty, staff, and students.

Complete the Volunteer Request Form

Service Immersion Trip Program

Service Immersion Trips are one of the ways that Mercy College “educates and inspires students to lead and to serve in the global community.” They provide students an experience of service and social justice education that is rooted in relationship with the wider community. Students are given the opportunity to engage with the world around them, encounter new realities, and reflect on their experiences in the context of a diverse community and through the lens of our Mission and Values.

Typically, a service immersion trip is a multi-day experience that might include engaging with or serving the local community, cultural learning, relationship building, and daily prayer and reflection. Each trip has a different focus that encompasses the social justice issues of that region. Past service immersion trips have taken place in a variety of locations including New Orleans; rural Appalachian communities in Kentucky; Baltimore, Maryland; Indian Island, Maine; and Las Vegas. The cost is dependent upon the location and covers transportation, lodging, meals.

Please review the Service Immersion Trip Program Policies & Guidelines.

Spring Break Service Immersion Trip 2020
Saturday, March 7 through Wednesday, March 11
Chicago, IL

Journey with us to Chicago to explore what it means to be the Mercy difference. Spend 5 days living simply in community, providing service to those in need, and reflecting on the causes of poverty and injustice as well as the deeper meaning of service. We will be hosted by the Brother David Darst Center, a social justice education center that provides opportunities for participants to see more clearly the faces of those who are pushed to the margins of our society. Through partnerships with local agencies, participants will get to know others, challenge stereotypes, confront fears, and break down barriers.

COST: $150 (includes transportation, meals, and housing)

HOW TO APPLY: Complete the online application.

DEADLINE: Applications are due February 3, 2020, along with a $50 nonrefundable deposit. The remaining balance will be due on February 28, 2020.

PAYMENTS: For those on the Toledo campus, please go to the Business Office on the 6th floor of Jefferson to pay your deposit or remaining balance. You can pay with cash, check, debit or credit card. All major credit cards are accepted. If you are at the Youngstown location or outside of Toledo, you can call the Business Office (Diane Rahn at 419-251-1726 or Nicole Wilson at 419-251-2025) to make a credit card payment over the phone. You may also bring a check or cash to Darnell LaRosa in Youngstown. Make checks payable to Mercy College of Ohio.

Apply early! Space is limited.

QUESTIONS? Contact Annie Devine at the information below.

  • Document .pdfService Learning Handbook

    The service learning experience at Mercy College provides students with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, and the reflections on those experiences personally impact the students.