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Service Food DriveS1Mercy’s philosophy on service is that we do not want service to simply be a requirement for our students.  We want service to become a part of their lives, here at Mercy and beyond. To put this idea into practice, required service hours are kept to a minimum. The hope is that students will experience the importance of service as a way to help others and live out their faith through the required hours, and then choose to continue to serve because they see the value of service within their lives.

To try and help the students unpack their service experiences, all students attend a service reflection once a semester during their theology classes. Each class meets with the Campus Minister to reflect and share the service that they have been a part of and to process through the impact that this service has had on them.

Doing service is wonderful, but if the students do not reflect on their experience, it becomes something that happened once and is done. By processing through their service experiences students are able to learn, grow and hopefully make future service experiences even more fruitful.

It is in the context of Mercy’s mission that the following requirements have been developed:

  • Freshmen will perform a minimum of 5 hours.
  • Sophomores will perform a minimum of 10 hours.
  • Juniors will perform a minimum of 15 hours.
  • Seniors will perform a minimum of 10 hours.
  • 5 hours of service must be completed for a parish/church by the service hour deadline senior year

The 2015-2016 student body turned in over 11,550 service hours.Service_JDRF5S

Last year’s graduating class completed over 12,900 service hours over their four years. This is 9,090 hours more than required minimum. 3,175 of those hours were completed from a Parish or Church.

100% of the class of 2016 completed more service hours than were required to graduate.

Just a few of the local places and organization you can find Mercy students giving of their time:

  1. Bergan Mercy Hospital
  2. Bethlehem House
  3. Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  4. Catholic Charities
  5. Children’s Museum
  6. City Sprouts Community Garden
  7. Essential Pregnancy Services
  8. Habitat For Humanity
  9. Heart Ministry Center
  10. Intercultural Senior Center
  11. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  12. Many Parishes and Churches
  13. Mercy Housing
  14. Mercy Villa
  15. Munroe-Meyer Institute
  16. Nebraska Humane Society
  17. Nebraska Medical Center
  18. Ollie Webb Center
  19. Open Door Mission
  20. Ronald McDonald House
  21. Siena Francis House
  22. Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
  23. Stephen Center