On Sunday, Sept. 27, volunteers from the Mound View Neighborhood Association, Coe College and Mount Mercy University will gather in Central Park at 16th Street NE and B Avenue NE from 1 until 3 p.m. to join in a community cleanup project followed by fun in the park.
To celebrate the fall inauguration of President Laurie Hamen, Mount Mercy University has partnered with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH) to construct three new Cedar Rapids homes. As announced in December, Mount Mercy faculty, staff and students will provide labor for CVHFH Youth United and Pope Francis Build projects.
Each year, the third Monday in January is designated as MLK 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 in the life of Dr. King.
Mount Mercy University’s Enactus team has received two grants that will allow them to grow the EmpowHer project, a partnership with the Catherine McAuley Center aimed at teaching women the skills needed to find employment.
“We have been working with the Catherine McAuley Center on the EmpowHer project for three years now,” said Enactus President Julia Cuvelier. “This is a project that we do every year with the ladies to help them gain the skills and confidence that they need to go out into the working world and be able to do the best that they can.”
Fifteen Mount Mercy freshmen in Dr. Norma Linda Mattingly’s portal class, Immigrants and Literacy, visited Taylor Elementary School in Cedar Rapids on Oct.17 to read storybooks to children in preschool through fourth grade.
They volunteered during Mount Mercy’s Fall Break to participate in the America Reads Challenge, a national initiative to improve the reading skills of elementary-age children. The challenge has been going strong across the country since 1996.
Mount Mercy University is collaborating with Meth-Wick to bring educational programming to residents of the Cedar Rapids retirement community. The speaker series M&M Scholars launched in January and will engage residents in lectures featuring the expertise of university faculty and staff. The first series event hosted Librarian and Archivist Kristy Raine in a discussion on the Stone City Art Colony and School. Faculty members Jim Grove and Mohammad Chaichian are also on the schedule and additional programs are being arranged through May.