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. 

Fall Diversity Immersion Trip: Chicago – October 15-18th

Cost: $75

Join us as we travel to Chicago to work with Port Ministries on issues of hunger and homelessness.  During the trip, we will work to provide the basic human needs such as food, clothing, education, and other vital support.  The short-term experience will help Mount Mercy students gain a better understanding on the issues of poverty and equip participants with the knowledge to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness and the tools to become advocates for its eradication.

Registration Due: October 1st

Contact: Isaiah Corbin,

Alternative Spring Break: Biloxi, MS – March 22-28th

Cost: $125

Spend Spring Break helping make a difference.  We will be joining Community Collaborations International providing disaster relief where it is needed the most.  Following the 2014 Hurricane Season, we will be placed in a community directly impacted by the weather.  CC International volunteers will work with community organizations to help them serve their constituents and get them back on their feet!  The cost of this trip will include room, food, and travel expenses.

Registration Due: December 1st 

Contact: Isaiah Corbin,

End-of-Year Service Trip: Columban Mission Center, El Paso, TX – May 15-20th

Cost: $125

Registration Due: March 1st 

Join us in our trip to the Columban Mission Center where you will be exposed to the many U.S./Mexico border issues including poverty, migration, and human rights.  You will talk with community members about the pressures, challenges, and joys of living and working along the border; additionally, you will learn about the violence in Juarez and the challenges of migration and human rights.  Hands on service will be limited, but may include working with the homeless population, working on a community garden, and cooking meals.

Contact: 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.