Mount Mercy students are packing their bags, gathering tools, and preparing to depart on March 19 and 20 for Spring Break service trips as they prepare to live out the institution’s mission to serve those in need. More than 20 students and staff will leave on March 20 for a Spring Break service trip to San Juan, Texas March 20 – 28. The group will repair houses and construct homes for low-income families in the area during the annual trip.
The group will partner with Proyecto Azteca, a community directed, self-help housing organization dedicated to assisting low income families with the construction of quality, affordable houses, and empowering them to become responsible home owners with an enhanced quality of life.
Other Mount Mercy students are also spending their Spring Breaks serving others. The Mount Mercy College Choir will travel to Florida March 19-20 to perform at nursing homes Pasadena Manor and Boca Ciega Center, as well as the retirement community, The Springs at Boca Ciega Bay Fountains. Choir members will perform several pieces for the residents, including “Hymn for America,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and “Silver the River.”
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928, Mount Mercy provides opportunities to integrate faith and learning for all students. In the spirit of its founder, Sister Catherine McAuley, Mount Mercy is committed to serving the community wherever human need exists through four interdependent goals: using reflective judgment, engaging in strategic communication, serving the common good, and promoting purposeful living. Students regularly participate in service projects that involved everything from helping flood-damaged homes in New Orleans to participating in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day community-wide volunteer projects.