July 15, 2019

Sister organizations continue annual community service tradition

United in Service

Sister organizations Mount Mercy University, the Catherine McAuley Center and Mercy Medical Center are continuing the tradition of spreading mercy in the community.

Circle the City with Mercy is a one-day community service project with volunteers from each organization coming together on Friday, July 19, near the anniversary date marking when the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Cedar Rapids in July 1875.

Now in its second year, Circle the City with Mercy partners look for a unique community service project each year to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to the community.

Ramps for the homebound

This year, the three organizations will be working at several different building sites for the Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program (WRAP), which provides timely home access to people in need by building custom wheelchair ramps for those with limited mobility. Many WRAP clients are elderly or have a chronic illness.

“WRAP is thrilled with the number of volunteers who will give of their time to complete home access projects. Each ramp built gives an individual with limited mobility the choice to age in place, improving their quality of life and providing freedom to come and go. WRAP is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Circle the City with Mercy.”

Sixty Circle the City with Mercy volunteers will build five wheelchair ramps from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 19. Prior to the building session, they will gather at 7:30 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center’s Hallagan Education Center for breakfast and a brief program honoring the Sisters of Mercy. The builds will take place at locations in Cedar Rapids and Marion.

Sister Organizations

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to 1,800+ enrolled students and uniquely blends an outstanding liberal arts education with equally outstanding professional preparation.

The Catherine McAuley Center (CMC) has offered hope and opportunity through educational and supportive services that promote stability, skill-building, and connection since 1989. The Center provides one-on-one tutoring in English, U.S. Citizenship, and basic academic skills to more than 450 adult learners each year, offers shelter and trauma-informed, female-responsive programming for up to 15 women at a time, and is proud to welcome and support some of Iowa's newest residents through a refugee resettlement program and supportive services for refugees and immigrants.

CMC is a 501(c)3 organization, is certified as a Service Enterprise by the national Points of Light organization, and is a proud partner of the United Way of East Central Iowa and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

For 119 years, Mercy Medical Center has delivered The Mercy Touch® to its patients by partnering the latest technology with compassionate and high-quality healthcare. A subsidiary of MercyCare Service Corporation, Mercy is a fully accredited, 445 licensed-bed regional hospital based in Cedar Rapids, IA. Founded in 1900 by the Sisters of Mercy, today it offers a wide range of patient-centered services, including world-class cancer care at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. Mercy has the most advanced private patient suites in the eastern Iowa Corridor as well as an established network of primary and urgent care clinics located throughout Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities.