MMU and EA partner to assimilate students to service and Cedar Rapids

Mount Mercy University and Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance are partnering on Aug. 25 for Service Day, a day dedicated to helping students assimilate to the Cedar Rapids area as well as the university’s service learning experience.

“MMU students will have the opportunity to explore parts of Cedar Rapids while learning about the university’s dedication to community improvement,” said Isaiah Corbin, coordinator of volunteerism and service learning. “This is a fun partnership that really will be beneficial to students, especially if they haven’t had the chance to explore the city before.”

Students will gather downtown before breaking into groups. The groups will focus on cleaning the Downtown, Medical, New Bohemia, Czech Village and Uptown districts. They will work to pick up trash, cut tree suckers and clean city meters. There will be a total of 11 groups with 10-15 students in each group.

Service learning is at the heart of Mount Mercy’s mission; students are asked to use what they learned in the classroom and translate it to a volunteer project. In the 2014-15 school year alone, students tracked over 10,000 hours of volunteer hours.

“Members of the university work together to encourage students to volunteer,” Corbin said. “There is tremendous value in service learning projects, and it’s even better when we’re able to partner with community organizations.”

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