News Archive : volunteerism

August 20, 2018 - 2:34pm
More than 300 Mount Mercy University students, staff and faculty are teaming up with local organizations to help with service projects around Cedar Rapids during Mustangs in Action Day, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m.–Noon.
July 23, 2018 - 2:59pm
KCRG – Volunteers tackle service projects all the time. But the work usually involves cleaning up yards or maybe painting houses. But organizations connected to the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids did something a bit different to kick off what they hope will become an annual community service project. Volunteers from three organizations connected to the Sisters of Mercy work on building beds at a Marion warehouse. This was the project for the first Circle the City with Mercy community service event. They built beds.
July 17, 2018 - 1:03pm
Sister organizations Mercy Medical Center, Mount Mercy University and the Catherine McAuley Center are embarking on a new tradition to continue spreading mercy in our community. Circle the City with Mercy is a one-day community service project with volunteers from each organization coming together on Friday, July 20, near the anniversary date marking when the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Cedar Rapids in July 1875.
June 6, 2018 - 9:20am
A disaster continues to unfold in Guatemala after a massive volcanic eruption and some students from Mount Mercy University are witnessing it first-hand. Jamarco Clark and the group of seven students from Mount Mercy University are safe. They were exploring a village a couple hours away from Volcán de Fuego when it erupted this past weekend. 
April 17, 2018 - 9:12am
New date: Wednesday, May 2 Mount Mercy University and the Cedar Rapids Community School District are teaming up for a service project on Wednesday, April 18. More than 35 students from Coolidge, Grant and Van Buren elementary schools will build and deliver care packages to benefit Mission of Hope, a local organization that provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to those in need.
March 29, 2018 - 11:06am
Mount Mercy University students, faculty and staff spent Spring Break 2018 in Texas responding to the still-heavy need for volunteers after Hurricane Harvey hit in August 2017. Twenty-six Mount Mercy community members made the trip and spent March 18–24 in the Beaumont and Port Arthur areas dismantling houses and cleaning up neighborhoods.
November 1, 2017 - 10:12am
Little ghosts and goblins filled the hill last night for Mount Mercy University’s 2017 Halloween on the Hill. A long-standing Mount Mercy tradition and favorite student-volunteer opportunity, local kids visited campus for a night of ghoulish games, spooky stories, freaky fun, frightening food and trick-or-treating in multi-level haunted house.
September 13, 2017 - 11:08am
Mount Mercy University and Coe College students will join forces to volunteer for a cause on Sunday, Sept. 17 during Mound View Cleanup. Volunteers will tidy up Central Park and the surrounding area from 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Both institutions call the Mound View neighborhood home and have made it a tradition to team up to remove trash from the area twice each year. It began as a challenge from Mount Mercy to Coe, with both schools having a high number of student volunteers.
August 21, 2017 - 12:09pm
More than 270 Mount Mercy University students are teaming up with local organizations to help with service projects around the city during Mustangs in Action Day, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m.–Noon. For the third consecutive year, Mount Mercy students are encouraged to explore Cedar Rapids while participating in service projects. Organizations involved include Catherine McAuley Center, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, Discovery Living, Feed Iowa First and Jane Boyd Community House.
January 13, 2017 - 9:13am
Each year, the third Monday in January is designated as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—the only federal holiday observed as a day of service. Across the country, individuals and groups will donate their time to community projects, honoring the commitment to service and community exemplified by the life of Dr. King. Mount Mercy University students, faculty and staff will honor Dr. King’s legacy Jan. 15–18 with a variety of events. Some events are open to the public while others are for students only.
November 22, 2016 - 10:03am
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.
August 19, 2016 - 11:02am
About 100 Mount Mercy University freshmen are teaming up with the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance to help with service projects around the city during Mercy in Action Day, Aug. 21. For the second consecutive year, Mount Mercy students are encouraged to explore downtown Cedar Rapids while participating in the service projects. Projects include trash pick-up, landscaping, and cleaning benches and lights.
August 17, 2016 - 11:41am
Mount Mercy University Athletics teamed up with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday and Wednesday to help prepare for Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness Week, set to take place Aug. 23–27 in the historic Wellington Heights neighborhood.
March 15, 2016 - 8:48am
Mount Mercy University senior Monica Kordick will join the ranks of over 1,100 people who have dedicated a year of their lives to Mercy Volunteer Corps, an organization promoting social change by placing and supporting volunteers with people who are economically disadvantaged and marginalized in the United States and South America.
December 8, 2015 - 2:46pm
As the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy within the Catholic church approaches, Mount Mercy University is reflecting on the special tie the institution has to the holy year. In preparation for the Jubilee, Pope Francis stressed the importance of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. In the Bull of Indiction he wrote, “It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.”
August 24, 2015 - 12:26pm
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.
March 14, 2014 - 4:49pm
Nursing graduate Stephanie Nibaur ’13 was accepted into Mercy Volunteer Corps as a 2013-2014 volunteer. As part of the Catholic Volunteer Network of AmeriCorps, the Mercy volunteers work to foster social change in impoverished or disadvantaged areas of the United States and South America. Volunteers are placed for one year, working in the realms of health, education and social work. Nibaur is serving in St. Michaels, Ariz., a remote community in the Navajo Nation. She is working with residents to help them soar to their full potential.
April 10, 2012 - 12:01pm
Mount Mercy University students traveled to Port Ministries in Chicago over spring break to lend volunteer help and other support for the inner-city ministry. The group of students, faculty and staff left March 23 and returned March 31.
March 7, 2012 - 9:04am
Mount Mercy University students are skipping the beach and heading to Chicago for an inner-city service trip over spring break.
January 16, 2012 - 12:41pm
Mount Mercy University hosted a celebration ceremony in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16. In his welcoming address, President Christopher Blake said it was not a coincidence this special event was being held at an institute of higher education, noting that King was an educated man, inspiring him to lead a movement for equal rights that would change the world.

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