Service Trips give you the opportunity to serve where genuine need exists in another area of our country. You'll gain first-hand perspective of the rich cultural diversity of our country and its people while building relationships with fellow volunteers and people at the service site. Service trips open your eyes and expand your horizons, giving you a new perspective to bring home. 

**Become a Service Trip Leader**

Service Trip Leaders are critical.  Mount Mercy University Alternative Break trip leaders have many titles including leader, follower, financial manager, educator, fundraiser, and supervisor.  A trip leader finalizes the project details with community organizations, sets group itineraries, helps lead reflection, and much more.  This is a valuable leadership opportunity for any student looking to gain a meaningful experience while addressing societal needs and making real connections between academics and lived experiences.  To lead a trip, fill out the following application.  For more information, contact Isaiah Corbin at

Fall Diversity Immersion Trip: St. Louis – October 20-25th

Cost: $75

For the Fall Trip, we will be traveling to St. Louis to work with Urban Mission Experience.  Urban Mission Experience will guide us during our four days in St. Louis as we serve in a variety of experiences.  Opportunities will include working at a transitional house for women and children, an area food bank, and Habitat for Humanity.  This short-term experience will help you gain a better understanding of issues facing urban areas and how you can become an agent of change.

Registration Due: September 20th
Student Leaders: Elizabeth Wareham and Hillary Kaefring

Advisor: Isaiah Corbin

Alternative Spring Break Trips:

St. Michaels, AZ. – March 19-26th

Cost: $150

Over the course of Spring Break, students will be traveling to St. Michaels, Arizona where they will be serving the St. Michaels Navajo Reservation.  While on this trip, they will be working with students who have special needs.  Not only is this an amazing opportunity to serve, but it is also a chance to learn about the Navajo's culture and past.

Registration Due by December 1st 

Student Leaders: Jessica Hiney and Evan Bowman

Advisor: TBD

Washington D.C. – March 19-26th

Cost: $150

Join us this Spring Break as we travel to The Pilgrimage in the heart of Washington D.C. to focus on issues of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in our nation's capital.  During the trip, we will participate in serving the poor and homeless by working at local food banks, homeless shelters, and interacting with the homeless people of the city.  This trip will allow you to experience many aspects of poverty and hunger while serving others.

Registration Due December 1st

Student Leaders: Madison Coates and Liz Gonner

Advisor: Isaiah Corbin

End-of-Year Service Trip: Denver Urban Ministries, Denver, CO – May 21-27th

Cost: $150

Registration Due: March 1st 

End the year with a service trip to Denver, CO!  We will be working with Denver Urban Ministries through their Urban Plunge program.  The week-long trip will focus on learning about urban poverty through service and educational opportunities.  Service opportunities will focus on working on issues on hunger, homelessness, youth, and poverty.

Advisor: Isaiah Corbin,


Service Trips are limited in size, and are first-come, first-served. All service trips are open to Mount Mercy students, faculty, staff and alumni, unless otherwise stated. A full application for each service trip will also be available on the Mount Mercy Mission & Ministry Facebook page. To participate or for more information on Service Trips, contact Isaiah Corbin at, or by phone at 319-363-1323 x1396.