MMU honored for commitment to service

Mount Mercy University was honored in October for its commitment to meaningful community service.

The university made the national 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, an honor given to institutions that demonstrate relevant and meaningful service and achieve measurable impacts in the community.

“Volunteerism and service learning are woven into the fabric of Mount Mercy University,” said Isaiah Corbin, director of volunteerism & service learning. “Caring about others is central to student life. The Mount Mercy community is bound together by a shared commitment to doing well in the classroom, building rewarding lives and prosperous careers, and truly making a difference in the world.”

In 2014-15, Mount Mercy students, faculty and staff submitted just over 10,100 volunteer hours. Almost 10,400 hours were submitted for the 2015-16 school year, and the university boasts over 16,000 for the 2016-17 year already.

Most recently, the Mount Mercy community was visible in preparation for 2016 flooding, as students and employees pitched in to move belongings to safety, fill sandbags and sandbag homes. The university’s Olson Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic offered free services to families affected by flooding, and the Enactus Club devised a way to reuse the sandbags after the flood threat was over.

Sandbags to Handbags is Enactus’ solution to helping reduce landfills of sandbags used to protect Cedar Rapids residents from flood waters. The club is partnering with local nonprofits to turn almost 3,000 sandbags into reusable handbags. The handbags will be available before Christmas in local businesses located in and near the New Bohemia District.

Find more information on Mount Mercy’s dedication to volunteerism and service learning, visit www.mtmercy.edu/leadership-service.

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