Mount Mercy University students, faculty and staff rolled up their sleeves for a Saturday of service during Mercy and Mission week, September 18-24. Nearly 50 members of the Mount Mercy community gave up a Saturday to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, Prairiewoods, and the Catherine McAuley Center during a week-long celebration of Mount Mercy’s Mercy heritage and faith-inspired education.
Students, faculty and staff helped paint, clean and maintain trails, and make tea-bags on September 18 during the service day component of Mercy and Mission week. The week allowed the campus community to reflect on the unique history of the University and the calling of service and volunteerism that is woven into the foundation of the institution.
Service to the community is a key component of Mount Mercy’s mission, and the Mount Mercy community had the opportunity to volunteer for a variety of tasks, including creating teabags on campus to donate to the Catherine McAuley Center. The service activities invited students to experience in a tangible way the calling of the Sisters of Mercy and to gain a deeper understanding of the institution’s mission.
“Service is a time you can learn about yourself and learn to collaborate with others on a task,” says Sister Shari Sutherland, Mount Mercy executive director for Mercy mission and identity. “Every task is important, and everyone can do something that makes a contribution.”
“When I volunteer, I feel a sense of involvement in the community, and it gives me the satisfaction of helping someone who needs help,” says Abby Myers, a freshman from Waukon, Iowa, who volunteered at Habitat for Humanity.