Defining the Merrimack Experience
The growth of students not only intellectually but also spiritually and morally, is the foundation of our Augustinian heritage with its emphasis on community life and serving one another.
It is a powerful combination of academic excellence integrated with the enriching experience of community service that shapes our students and guides them to a rich and fulfilling life.
The College promotes a cooperative approach among members of the college to teaching and learning, to research, and to social justice in sustaining the College’s responsibility as a partner among neighboring communities.
ALTERNATIVE WINTER BREAK (AWB)
Students will stay at the Center for Mission. Through volunteering in local organizations working with the poor and homeless, the group will engage in vital service to the D.C. community. Through their service, groups receive as much as they give, witnessing the reality of what it means to be hungry and poor in the nation’s capital. Students stay in bunk beds and cook their own food.
Students will stay and work with the Romero Center, an urban retreat and social justice education center in the heart of East Camden, NJ that is connected with a Catholic parish. During the day, students work at a variety of work sites: in schools, with hot meal programs, at drop-in centers for persons infected and affected with HIV and AIDS, at housing construction, with the South Jersey Food Bank and with several other agencies in Camden and the Philadelphia area.
ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK (ASB)
- Working in a soup kitchen.
- Volunteering at an Augustinian orphanage or school.
- Building and repairing homes.
- Beautifying a neighborhood environment.
These are but a few of the volunteer activities that many Merrimack College students and their advisors perform every year during Alternative Spring Break (ASB), a tradition on the Merrimack campus for nearly 50 years. During their various locations across the United States and internationally, students become involved in communities and are exposed to different cultures. These experiences encourage a lifetime of civic involvement, and often for the first time, students see the struggles that others must endure. Students raise their own funds to cover program expenses, transportation, food, and supplies for each service site.
OTHER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
- MERRIMACTION - weekly, monthly, one-time service opportunities.
- MERRIMACK IN THE CITY DAY - once each semester to reach out to needs in our local communities.
- THANKSGIVING BASKET DRIVE - opportunity to offer a Thanksgiving meal to families in need.
- CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE - opportunity to care for people in need in the Lawrence area during the Christmas season.
SWEEPS WEEK - end of the academic year opportunity to support families in need by recycling clothing, housewares, food, etc. before returning home.
For more information please contact:
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry