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 icorbin@mtmercy.edu.

Fall Immersion Trip: Kansas City, MO – October 19-23rd 

Cost: $75

Far our Fall Break service trip, we will be traveling to Kansas City to work on an Urban Plunge Program with Christ for the City International. The Urban Plunge is designed to help us discover our strengths, passions, and where we may be called to step out and make a different. They do this by setting up visits and service opportunities with a variety of different faith-based social service agencies in the Kansas City area. We will have the opportunity to work with the homeless, children, and elderly. Participants will be challenged to take what we learn to come back and find ways to assist in our own city of Cedar Rapids.

Registration Due: September 25th
 
Student Leaders: Elizabeth Wareham

Advisor: Candace Chihak

Grand Rapids, MI – October 19-23rd 

Cost: $75

This fall break, we will be traveling to Grand Rapids, Michigan to support the community through service-learning. The service trip will be addressing a variety of our Mercy Critical Concerns, and we will be putting into action the very heart of our Mercy identity. Opportunities include helping at clubhouse cancer support community, serving at the Blandford Nature Center, and exploring the Grand Rapids area. This will be a wonderful opportunity to both serve and connect with other Mount Mercy students!

Registration Due: September 25th
 
Student Leaders: Cali Arbuckle and Jess Hiney

Advisor: Isaiah Corbin

Alternative Spring Break Trips: March 18-25th 

Franklin, TN

Cost: $150

Come Join us on our Alternative Spring Break Service Trip to Tennessee! During our trip, we will be working with the United Way of Williamson County on developing and building a community garden as well as working with local children. We'll be in the hills just south of Nashville for a trip of service, reflection, and fun.

Registration Due: November 15th
 
Student Leaders: Jaymie Kling and Megan Murphy

Advisor: TBD

St. Michaels, AZ

Cost: $150

Over the course of Spring Break, students will be traveling to the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. They will be serving at the park, as well as traveling to St. Michaels Navajo Reservation to work with students who have special needs. This is an amazing opportunity to serve the environment, as well as serve students in need while learning about the Navajo's culture and past.

Registration Due: November 15th
 
Student Leaders: Jessica Hiney and Evan Bowman

Advisor: TBD

DeFuniak Spring, FL

Cost: $150

For our trip, we will be going to work on the Gulf Coast near DeFuniak Springs, FL with Community Collaborations International. The primary purpose of the trip will be focused on eco-system restoration of the gulf coast. In addition to the variety of eco-restoration projects, our group will have several other community-based projects addressing child welfare, poverty, and homelessness.

Registration Due: November 15th
 
Student Leaders: Lizzy Fowler and Nakola Nyambe

Advisor: TBD

End-of-Year Service Trip: Belize City, Belize

Cost: $1650

Mount Mercy will be heading back to Belize in May! The trip will focus on helping Wind and Fire Ministries and the Coba family recover from the hurricane last August. We will also have the opportunity to go on an island excursion as well as participate in other service projects throughout the week. The cost will cover flight, lodging, food, and the excursion.

Registration Due: December 1st

Advisor: Isaiah Corbin, icorbin@mtmercy.edu

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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 icorbin@mtmercy.edu, or by phone at 319-363-1323 x1396.